Steven Feldman

Steven N.
Feldman

Partner

Partner

Education
  • Harvard Law School (J.D.) cum laude
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University (B.S., Journalism)
Clerkships
  • Hon. Jacqueline H. Nguyen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Hon. Jacqueline H. Nguyen, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Admissions
  • California
  • New York

Steven Feldman helps clients such as Allergan, Peloton, and T-Mobile navigate a broad range of high-stakes litigation, including complex commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, and challenging class actions.

Mr. Feldman is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, well-known early stage companies, and individuals. He uses his experience at all stages of litigation to develop creative and aggressive case strategies for his clients, with the goal of obtaining their desired result—whether it be a favorable settlement or winning at trial.

Mr. Feldman has deep experience in the courtroom. In addition to serving as a member of several successful trial teams—including the team that won a $12 million punitive damages verdict and liability findings on all counts in favor of his client following a three-week federal jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York—he has argued and won significant motions for clients in state and federal courts in California and New York. He also has a strong record of defeating challenging class actions, obtaining numerous dismissals at the pleadings stage or earlier.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Feldman began his career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where he focused on complex business litigation.

Experience

Commercial Litigation

Koch v. Greenberg. Won an eight-figure punitive damages verdict and liability findings on all claims of fraud, deceptive business practices, and false advertising following a highly publicized, three-week jury trial in New York federal court in a suit related to the defendant’s sale of counterfeit fine wine to our client.

Alec Baldwin v. Mary Boone et al. Obtained a seven-figure settlement, representing a full trial victory, on behalf of Alec Baldwin in a high-profile art fraud case against the Mary Boone Gallery. (See“Why Is Alec Baldwin at least $1 Million Richer Today?” The New York Times; “Alec Baldwin Settles …,” the Daily Journal; “Alec Baldwin’s Legal Tussle Over Art,” The New Yorker)

Goldcrest Film Distribution v. Summit Entertainment. Won the dismissal of a multimillion-dollar contractual dispute on behalf of Lionsgate subsidiary Summit Entertainment over alleged deceptive accounting practices used to calculate profit participations for the Twilight movie series.

High-Tech Matters

T-Mobile v. Huawei et al. Won a seven-figure verdict and liability findings on behalf of T-Mobile following a three-week jury trial alleging intellectual property theft and breach of contract by China’s largest phone manufacturer.

Peloton Interactive Inc. v. Flywheel Sport. Representing Peloton in a patent infringement action against competitor Flywheel relating to Peloton’s category-creating bike.

Ubisoft Entertainment, SA v. Yousician Oy. Advising the venture-backed maker of a prominent interactive musical instrument learning software in patent litigation brought by videogame maker Ubisoft.

Class Action Defense

Otero v. Zeltiq Aesthetics. Won dismissal of a putative class action against Allergan subsidiary Zeltiq Aesthetics alleging that customers of the company’s high-profile CoolSculpting fat-freezing system were deceived by marketing materials that described the medical device as having been “cleared” but not “approved” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (See “Allergan’s Fat-Freezing Unit Freed From False Ad Claims,” Law360).

Shin v. Umeken USA et al. Won dismissal of a putative class action brought against our client, a leading health and dietary supplement company, alleging claims of false advertising, misbranding, and RICO, as well as violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The Ninth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the lower court victory defeating this putative class action.

Brown v. USHG et al. Won dismissal on behalf of a prominent New York City restaurant chain and its owner in a putative antitrust class action alleging a price-fixing conspiracy amongst the owners of numerous high-profile restaurants. (SeeBig Apple Eateries Freed From No-Tip Conspiracy Case,” Law360).

Ruhnke v. Allergan. Obtained a low-five-figure settlement in a putative consumer class action litigation seeking over $85 million in damages against our client, Allergan. The settlement came on the eve of the plaintiffs’ certification papers being due and following aggressive offensive discovery that revealed facts damaging to the plaintiffs’ case. The suit alleged that Allergan’s leading skincare and cosmetics line was in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and that the product was being marketed in a way that violates false advertising and unfair competition laws.

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Hammock et al v. Nutramarks Inc. et al. Won dismissal of federal putative class action regarding homeopathic medicines following aggressive and strategic offensive discovery that revealed the inadequacy of multiple lead plaintiffs and legal deficiencies in the overall case. Plaintiffs agreed to voluntarily dismiss the action just days before their motion for class certification was due.

Lopez v. Caskers LLC. Obtained dismissal of a putative consumer class action alleging violations of California’s Automatic Renewal Law on behalf of Caskers, the leading e-commerce company focusing on the curation and sale of craft spirits.

CEH v. U.S. International Trading Corp. Obtained dismissal of a putative consumer class action alleging that our client violated false advertising laws by misleadingly labeling a consumer product as “organic.”

Recognitions

  • 40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation (2019)
  • Future Star, Benchmark Litigation (2019)
  • Named to the Southern California Rising Stars list (2016-2018)

Activities

Board Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Board Member, Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Los Angeles

Moderator, “The Insight Roundtable,” a series Mr. Feldman created and developed, which features one-on-one interviews with leading jurists, lawyers, and business executives such as the general counsels of The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, Toyota, and Kleiner Perkins