Brian R. Blackman

Brian R. Blackman specializes in commercial and complex business litigation with an emphasis in privacy, unfair competition, false advertising, deceit, business torts and admiralty matters. Mr. Blackman has represented clients from a broad range of industries including retail, transportation, communication, financial institutions and technology.

Mr. Blackman has considerable experience in defending consumer class actions, including claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law, Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, Consumers Legal Remedies Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other statutory claims. He also has substantial trial and arbitration experience, including serving as lead trial counsel in complex commercial matters. He maintains an active appellate practice and has argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Team.

Key Experience

Lead trial counsel in obtaining Judgment of more than $5.02 million for ocean carrier and its insurers based on claim under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for cleanup and response costs resulting from the leakage of hazardous material. Trial decision reported at APL Co. Pte. Ltd. v. Kemira Water Solutions, Inc., 999 F.Supp.2d 590 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 25, 2014).

Lead associate and member of trial team that obtained defense judgment for national retailer on claims under California’s Unfair Competition Laws and Consumers Legal Remedies Act relating to gift card practices.

Lead associate on team that obtained denial of class certification of claim for violation of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act relating to the collection of customer email addresses.

Lead associate and member of international arbitration team that obtained an award of costs and dismissal of all claims, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, against former Officers and Directors of satellite corporation.

Lead trial counsel in obtaining jury verdict in favor of inspection company on claims for breach of contract relating to international sales of natural gas.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) Privacy and Data Security and 3) Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
Law School University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 1998)
Admitted Year 1994
Education Santa Clara University (B.A., 1994)
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
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