My practice focuses on class actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States, representing plaintiff classes in major consumer fraud, civil rights, employment and insurance sales practices cases and other complex commercial litigation.
I am admitted to practice law in the state courts of Arizona and Illinois, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Arizona, the Northern District of Illinois, the District of Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
I, along with other members of the firm, serve as co-counsel for the Lead Plaintiffs and a class of shareholders seeking relief under the federal securities laws against the Apollo Group and some of its officers. Following a nearly two month jury trial, we successfully obtained a verdict against the Defendants of approximately $275 million – one of the largest verdicts for an investor class since the law was enacted.
We currently serve as counsel for a class of non-MD healthcare providers in national class actions against major health insurance companies challenging the manner in which they calculate patients' out-of-network health insurance benefits. We are also working with attorneys at other firms in representing the families of fallen soldiers and other veterans in a national class action against a major insurance company to recover life insurance death benefits due to them, arguing that the insurance company's withholding of the benefits is wrongful and in breach of the insurance contract.
I have also represented minority policyholders in several class actions against various insurance companies under the Federal Civil Rights Act for racial discrimination in the sale and administration of life insurance policies and for discriminatory credit scoring in the sale and administration of property insurance policies. And, I have served as counsel or co-counsel in numerous consumer fraud and anti-trust class actions, and represented employees in collective actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
I am a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Arizona, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and currently am co-editor of and occasional contributor to the American Bar Association’s Class Action and Derivative Suits Newsletter.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Carthage College in 1995, and my law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1998, also graduating cum laude. During law school, I served as a legal writing tutor for other law students, as a research assistant and editor for three professors, and as an intern at both the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Prior to joining Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C., in 2000, I was an associate with the law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., in Rockford, Illinois, where I practiced in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, estate planning, and medical malpractice defense. While in Illinois, I also served as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois and as Antitrust Counsel for the Association of Women in the Metals Industry.
Licensed since 1998
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1998||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Arizona's Top Lawyers||AZ Business Magazine||2014|
|Fellow||American Bar Foundation||2014|
|Selected to Membership||Arizona's Finest Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star 2011||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star 2012||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Shareholder Attorney||Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, PC||2000 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Holmstrom & Kennedy, PC||1998 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee||Chair||2013 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Class Action and derivative Suits Committee||Co-Editor of the CADS Newsletter||2008 - 2013|
|Public Justice||Member||2007 - Present|
|Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Maricopa chapter)||Member||2001 - Present|
|The State Bar of Arizona||Member||2001 - Present|
|The Association of Women in the Metals Industry||Antitrust Counsel||1999 - 2000|
|Illinois State Bar Association||N/A||1998 - Present|
|In re In re Apollo Group Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. CV-04-2147 PHX-JAT (District of Arizona)||Unanimous Jury Verdict for Plaintiffs/Investors|
|ABA Class Action & Derivative Suits||Class Actions 101: A Primer on Finding Plaintiffs for Your Class Action . . . Ethically||2013|
|The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy||CAFA at a Glance||2013|
|ABA Class Action & Derivative Suits||Class Actions 101: CAFA Diversity Jurisdiction at a Glance||2013|
|American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter||Class Actions 101: A Primer on Elevated Health Claims||2012|
|American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter||Class Actions 101: Rule 23(b)(2) or (b)(3)? Does It Matter?||2011|
|American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter||Class Actions 101: Defining an Ascertainable Class||2010|
|American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter||Class Actions 101: What Is an Opt-In Class Action?||2010|
|American Bar Association, Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Newsletter||Class Actions 101: Class Certification Discovery: Q&A for New Class Action Lawyers||2008|
|The Arizona Republic||Ask the Expert: Does a wage garnishment harm my chances for getting a new job?||2007|
|Creighton University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Carthage College||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|Rule 68 Offers of Judgment in Putative Class Actions: Litigation Strategies Given Growing Circuit Split||Practical Tips for Plaintiffs' Counsel||2015|
|Roundtable: Developing A Private Litigation Approach to Charter School Accountability||Developing A Private Litigation Approach to Charter School Accountability||2015|
|Professional Development Workshop at Arizona Summit School of Law||Secrets of a Superstar Associate, the H.E.L.P. Project, and Using Social Media in the Job Search||2014|
|The ABA's Sound Advice Audio Library||Numerosity as It Pertains to Class Certification||2013|
|Biennial Anti-Trust Meeting||How Antitrust Laws Affect Industry Associations||1999|