Sabrina H. Strong

Partner

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As Co-Chair of the firm’s Consumer Class Actions Practice, Sabrina Strong handles complex business litigation, focusing on class actions and mass tort actions involving medical devices and pharmaceutical products, consumer goods, and a variety of financial services products. Sabrina has tried multiple high-profile cases to verdict, some of which have been recognized as “Top Defense Verdicts” by the Daily Journal. Sabrina also has handled numerous state and federal appeals throughout her career. Capitalizing on her unique combination of high-profile trial experience and sophisticated appellate work, Sabrina is regularly called upon to actively litigate cases as appellate counsel throughout trial for high-exposure matters across a wide variety of industries. Sabrina also litigates and advises companies on privacy and healthcare-related matters.

In 2008, Sabrina helped found the Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic at the UCLA School of Law, and served as an Adjunct Professor at the clinic until 2012. Sabrina regularly lectures on class action and complex litigation topics, and serves on the Planning Committee for the ABA’s Annual Class Action Institute.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500, Dispute Resolution - General Commercial Disputes (2018)
  • Named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles list (2017)
  • Multiple recognitions for the year’s “Ten Best” defense verdicts by the National Law Journal and Daily Journal
  • Named a “Rising Star” in the product liability field by Law360 (2012)
  • Recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and published in Los Angeles magazine (2004-2013)

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 

Education

  • New York University, J.D., 1998: Moot Court Board
  • University of California at San Diego, B.A., Political Science, 1994: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Research Scholar; Dean’s List

Professional Activities

Clerkships

  • Honorable William J. Rea, US District Court, Central District of California 

Vice President

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles Chapter)

Executive Committee

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section

Treasurer

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles Chapter) (2016-2017)

Secretary

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Los Angeles Chapter) (2015-2016)

Planning Committee

  • ABA’s Annual Institute on Class Actions 

Adjunct Professor

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Ninth Circuit Appellate Practice Clinic (2008-2012)

Board of Directors

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
  • I Have a Dream Foundation 
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty (Former Board Member)

Speaker

  • “Inside the Beltway: Class-Action Insights from In-House Counsel,” ABA National Institute on Class Actions (Washington, D.C., Oct. 2017)
  • “Rethinking Insurance and Liability in the Transformative Age of Autonomous Vehicles,” RAND Institute for Civil Justice (San Francisco, July 2017)
  • “‘Behind the Curtain.’ Examining Class Actions from the In-House Perspective,” ABA National Institute on Class Actions (Las Vegas, Oct. 2016)
  • “‘Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Beat Dem Plaintiffs?,’ The Supreme Court’s Consideration of Rule 68 Offers of Judgment and Whether These Offers Parade Plaintiffs Out of Court,” ABA National Institute on Class Actions (New Orleans, Oct. 2015)
  • “Complex Case Management,” 2014 Complex Court Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Nov. 2014)
  • “How Juries Decide and How We Help Them Decide,” ABTL 41st Annual Seminar (Oahu, Oct. 2014)
  • “‘Playing in the Not-So-Friendly Confines.’ Offensive and Defensive Strategies for Litigating Privacy and Data-Breach Class Actions in the Season’s High-Tech e-Commerce Game,” ABA National Institute on Class Actions (Chicago, Oct. 2014)
  • “What the POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola Decision Does—and Doesn’t—Tell Us About the Future of False Advertising Claims Against Food and Beverage Companies,” Los Angeles County Bar Association (Apr. 2014)
  • “19th Annual Litigators Forum: Cases of a Lifetime,” Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Litigation Section (Apr. 2014)
  • “Moldy or Not—The Impact of Comcast on the Future of Class Action Litigation, Standing, and Issue Classes,” ABA Section of Litigation Annual Seminar (Scottsdale, Apr. 2014) 
  • “‘Look Younger, Thinner, and Sexier! Um . . . We Promise?’ Plaintiffs’ Growing Appetite for Food and Health-Labeling Class Actions—Do They Deserve a Seat at the Table or Do They Needlessly Fill the Courts’ Plate?,” ABA National Institute on Class Actions (Boston, Oct. 2013) 
  • “‘The Class Definition That Works . . . or Does It?’ Strategies for Pleading and Attacking Class Definitions,” ABA National Institute on Class Actions (Chicago, Oct. 2012)
  • “Up and Over:  Effective Ways to Climb the Maternal Wall,” Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (March 2011) 
  • “Nuts & Bolts: Basic Litigation Skills—Essential Tools for Lawyers,” Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003–2012)

Publications

  • “SCOTUS Approaches Review of Question:  Does the Violation of a Statutorily Created Right Create Article III Standing?,” ABA’s Class Action & Derivative Suits Fall 2014 Newsletter (co-authored with Randall Edwards and Mia Vu) (Nov. 2014)
  • “Cyberattacks Create Unique Risks for Healthcare Providers,” Data Security and Privacy Newsletter, O’Melveny & Myers (co-authored with Jennifer Cardelus) (Sept. 2014)
  • “The Battle Over ‘Standing’ in Class Actions,” ABA Section of Litigation (co-authored with Sevana Babooian) (2014)
  • “Amended Rules for Multidistrict Litigation Take Effect,” Verdict and CADS Report (co-authored with Matt Powers and Justin Mates) (2011)
  • “Drug Manufacturers’ Interactions with the FDA About Drug-Label Content Are Entitled to Protection Under the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine,” Andrews Drug Recall Litigation Reporter (co-authored with Rich Goetz) (2008)
  • Review of Unfair Competition Law for the 2003 California Litigation Review (published by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California) 
  • Trial lawyer in a five-month jury trial defending a concert promoter in a wrongful death case filed by the mother and children of a world-famous pop star. It was one of the most highly publicized cases of 2013 and the Daily Journal selected it as one of the “Top Defense Verdicts of 2013.”
  • Second chair of an eleven-day trial in Los Angeles Superior Court that resulted in a complete victory for the defendants and was named among the “Top Defense Verdicts of 2009” by the Daily Journal. Sabrina defended high-level executives against breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims filed by a former Chief Operating Officer and shareholder. Sabrina examined several key witnesses, including experts on both sides.
  • Defended a major financial institution in a month-long ERISA class action trial concerning services it provided to a billion-dollar 401(k) plan.
  • Defended national managed care organizations in qui tam actions asserting claims under the False Claims Act concerning compliance with Medicare Advantage regulations, including allegations related to inflated premiums resulting from inaccurate risk-adjustment submissions.
  • Defending 9th Circuit appeal after district court dismissed claims against national managed care organization stemming from allegations that in-home assessment provider generated false data for submissions to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Defended a leading manufacturer of household goods against three separate but related consumer fraud class actions in state and federal courts involving claims that a cleaning product harmed plumbing.
  • Defeated a purported class action against a multinational food manufacturer based on allegations that representations on the product’s package were false and misleading.
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