People: Eric R. McDonough, Partner

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Eric R. McDonough

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-5200
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Mr. McDonough is a partner in the Los Angeles office and leads that office’s Litigation Department.

Mr. McDonough’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, with extensive experience in consumer class actions, trade secrets litigation, real estate disputes, insurance bad faith, and ERISA litigation.  Mr. McDonough devotes significant time to defending consumer class actions involving credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, loyalty programs, data gathering/security and false advertising claims.

Mr. McDonough has also defended employers in a variety of wrongful termination actions, including discrimination, constructive termination, and whistleblower claims.

Mr. McDonough has experience in all phases of civil discovery, pre-trial, and trial.  Mr. McDonough also has significant appellate experience, having argued multiple times before various California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.  In 2012 Mr. McDonough argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Court on behalf of a national retailer.  Melissa Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., 464 Mass. 492 (2013).

Mr. McDonough is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.  Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, the SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.  Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in new and unique ways has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being “five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm.”  Mr. McDonough’s expertise in using such methodologies allows him to efficiently handle both complex and routine litigation for his clients.  

Mr. McDonough is a partner in the Los Angeles office and leads that office’s Litigation Department.

Mr. McDonough’s practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, with extensive experience in consumer class actions, trade secrets litigation, real estate disputes, insurance bad faith, and ERISA litigation.  Mr. McDonough devotes significant time to defending consumer class actions involving credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, loyalty programs, data gathering/security and false advertising claims.

Mr. McDonough has also defended employers in a variety of wrongful termination actions, including discrimination, constructive termination, and whistleblower claims.

Mr. McDonough has experience in all phases of civil discovery, pre-trial, and trial.  Mr. McDonough also has significant appellate experience, having argued multiple times before various California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.  In 2012 Mr. McDonough argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Court on behalf of a national retailer.  Melissa Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., 464 Mass. 492 (2013).

Mr. McDonough is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.  Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, the SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.  Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in new and unique ways has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being “five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm.”  Mr. McDonough’s expertise in using such methodologies allows him to efficiently handle both complex and routine litigation for his clients.  

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law (1997)
    Moot Court Board, (1996-97)
    Associate Editor, Santa Clara Law Review, (1996-97)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1992)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
     

Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (Litigation Section)
     

Representative Engagements

Representative Consumer Class Action Cases

  • Carolyn Austin, et al. v. Michaels Stores, Inc. (2011) San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2011-0005906-CU-BT-CTL (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Tiffany Heon, et al. v. Michaels Stores, Inc. (2011) San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2011-00087307-CU-PO-CTL (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Bilma Hoppin, et al. v. Big Lots Stores, Inc. (2011) San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. CGC-11-508928 (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Roshann Reese, et al. v. Big Lots Stores, Inc. (2011) Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC455718 (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Sandra A. Rubinstein, et al. v. Michaels Stores, Inc. (2011) Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC455047 (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Matthew Capuzzi v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (2011) San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2011-00087738-CU-NP-CTL (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Dennis Simpson v. Circle K Stores, Inc. (2011) Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC471745 (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Ross Rattray, et al. v. Michaels Stores, Inc. (2010) San Diego Superior Court, Case No.
  • 37-2010-00089698-CU-BT-CTL (gift card redemption class action under the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act).
  • Wachovia Dealer Services, Inc. v. Joan Bergquist, et al.; Bergquist v. Allstate Ins. Co., et al. (2009) San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. CIVSS 803206 (putative class action cross-complaint arising out of “GAP” insurance coverage).
  • Linda Carson v. Michaels Stores, Inc. (2008) San Diego Superior Court Case No.37-2008-00089773-CU-BT-CTL (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act involving zip codes).
  • Nathan Thoms v. OfficeMax Incorporated (2008) Sacramento Superior Court Case No. 34-2008-00011565-CU-BT-GDS (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, dismissed at demurrer stage).
  • Michelle Haefner v. Chico’s FAS, Inc. (2008) San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2008-00085039-CU-BT-CTL (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, defeated class certification, settled on appeal).
  • Aura Gomez v. ERJ Insurance Group, et al. (2008) Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC394875 (consumer class action regarding “GAP” insurance coverage).
  • Rebecca Palmer v. Michaels Stores, Inc., et al. (2007) San Diego Superior Court, Case No. 37-2007-00074038-CU-MC-CTL (consumer class action under Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, settled for waiver of costs).
  • Ramela Khachomian v. Chanel, Inc. (2007 C.D. Cal.) Represented luxury apparel designer and retailer in a national class action alleging willful printing of expiration dates on credit cards under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA).  Class allegations dismissed.