Debra Albin-Riley is a partner in the firm’s litigation department. Her significant experience before judges, juries, and other decision makers allows her to take matters to trial or skillfully negotiate positive resolutions for her clients prior to trial. Debra’s practice focuses on complex multiparty litigation, including complicated health care and peer review matters, Fifth Amendment takings and eminent domain litigation, real estate valuation, sophisticated commercial contract disputes, Proposition 65 matters, consumer fraud and product liability cases, trust and estate mediation and litigation, and class actions.
Debra has tried numerous cases in California and other jurisdictions throughout the country, including state and federal trial and appellate courts in Texas and Illinois, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Tax Court.
Product-Related and Proposition 65 Litigation and Counseling
Debra has significant experience in representing clients in product liability, toxic tort, consumer fraud, and Proposition 65 matters. She currently represents a major international oil and gas corporation in defending against claims by a city in Northern California claiming it suffered damage as the result of a refinery fire. She also represents a major hospital system in defending claims by employees and others relating to toxic tort claims.
For several years, Debra traveled throughout the country defending class action and opt-out cases brought against a major international pharmaceutical company. She also defended claims based on California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 and the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act for clients in the computer and technology industries, defeating several of those claims at the pleading stage. She obtained a rare summary judgment victory in the Los Angeles County Superior Court for a food manufacturer, defeating claims based on allegations of consumer confusion and deception.
Debra currently represents several manufacturers and distributors in claims brought pursuant to California’s Proposition 65. She has developed a program for clients and in-house counsel, “What You Need to Know About California’s Proposition 65.” More information on this program can be found by clicking here.
Throughout her career, Debra has developed expertise in class action matters, including matters in the state and federal courts. She has represented a major telecommunications company in defending a putative class action involving claims of text message “cramming.” Her client was dismissed from the litigation without payment to the class.
Debra has also represented clients in developing complex settlement structures for resolution of multi-party and class action claims. In years-long litigation involving a prescription medication, she not only tried several cases, but played a pivotal part in devising a settlement scheme for the efficient and effective resolution of tens of thousands of claims.
Debra also secured victories for a client in the computer industry, defeating claims in putative class actions prior to class certification.
Debra is the past chair of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She also served on the board of governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Debra is a member of the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Publications, Presentations, and Recognitions
Debra has been rated among the “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal as a result of her impressive track record of success before judges, juries and administrative hearing officers. She was also listed as one of Lawdragon Magazine’s “Top 500 Leading Litigation Lawyers.” She has been named as a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine every year since 2004 and is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell.
Debra recently published an article in the Daily Journal entitled “High court backs landowners in abandoned railway dispute,” which highlights key aspects of the United States Supreme Court decision in favor of landowners in a pivotal Fifth Amendment property rights case that will allow thousands of people to maintain ownership of millions of acres of land across the country.
Debra has developed an MCLE program, “Boilerplate Bombshells: Commonly Ignored Standard Terms That Can Torpedo Your Case,” in which she advises transactional and litigation counsel about the pitfalls of common “boilerplate” terms in contracts and how to avoid them. Debra has presented this program to in-house counsel throughout California and New York.
Debra has also developed a program for clients and in-house counsel, “What You Need to Know About California’s Propostion 65.” More information on this program can be found here.
Debra is a frequent lecturer and commentator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the media. She has also lectured on trial strategy at Loyola Law School and Pepperdine University School of Law.