Austin V. Schwing

Austin V. Schwing is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Mr. Schwing sits on the Steering Committee of the firm’s Class Actions Practice Group and is a member of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group. Mr. Schwing is co-chair of the Consumer Class Action Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. Mr. Schwing has substantial experience with complex, large-scale commercial litigation, including consumer and antitrust litigation. His litigation and counseling experience includes work for companies in many sectors, including the commercial goods, manufacturing, energy, high-technology, professional services, and defense industries. In 2011, Law360 named Mr. Schwing one of the top five class action lawyers in the United States under forty years old.

Representative matters include:

Successfully defended Flying J, then the United States' largest retailer of diesel fuel, in 28-state multidistrict consumer class action alleging several billion dollars in damages.
Succesfully defended leading technology company in a privacy-related class action before the California Supreme Court, resulting in judgment in favor of the client.
Defeated class certification and secured summary judgment for eHarmony in a consumer class action lawsuit in California federal court.
Defeated numerous consumer class actions for Avis and Budget in several state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Defeated purported nationwide class of purchasers of allegedly defective printers for Hewlett-Packard.
Defeated consumer class action relating to electricity smart grid in California for Landis+Gyr.
Successfully represented Intuit in nationwide class action relating to tax refund processing service. After successfully obtaining order dismissing all claims without prejudice, negotiated highly favorable settlement.
Defeated class action relating to tax-consequences of foreign accounts for UBS.
Successfully defended the world's largest company in wage-and-hour class action.
Currently representing Nike, Inc. in class action relating to its Nike+ FuelBands.
Defended Sempra Energy, California's largest utility, and its affiliates in a several-month-long trial involving multiple antitrust and consumer class actions alleging $21 billion in damages.
Currently defending Chunghwa Picture Tubes in massive multidistrict litigation relating to alleged price-fixing of LCD panels.
Currently defending Chunghwa Picture Tubes in massive multidistrict litigation relating to alleged price-fixing of cathode ray tubes.
Represented pharmaceutical company in multiple class actions alleging monopolization under Section 2 of the Sherman Act.
Defended the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor tools in antitrust and intellectual property lawsuit.
Represented the world's largest manufacturer of computer networking equipment in antitrust monopolization and tying claim.
Defended popular brand-name-apparel company in securities class action and Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower case.
Represented the world’s largest defense company in tort action involving hundreds of claimants.

Mr. Schwing is heavily involved in pro bono activities and serves as a liaison between the firm and several nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Schwing received his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco in 1997, where he graduated with honors.
Mr. Schwing is a member of the State Bar of California. He has handled cases in many states across the country.

Recent Publications

Comity Versus Unitary Law: A Clash of Principles in Choice-of-Law Analysis for Classification Proceedings in Multidistrict Litigation, Seattle University Law Review, 2010.

The Perils of Collecting Information at the Register, ABA Class Action Journal, Sept. 8, 2011.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Antitrust and Competition and 2) Class Actions
Law School UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2000
Admitted Year 1999
Education University of San Francisco, B.A., 1997
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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