Purvi G. Patel is an associate in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Consumer Litigation and Class Action practice group. Ms. Patel’s practice includes a broad range of complex litigation in federal and state court and she advises clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, with a focus on consumer class action defense. She represents, among others, retailers, banks, manufacturers, and insurers in litigation involving contract disputes, unfair competition, false advertising, consumer fraud, data security, and privacy. Ms. Patel has also developed expertise advising clients regarding the impact of various California laws and regulations on existing and proposed business practices, including the collection and use of personal information under the State’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.
Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Patel served as a law clerk to the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to her clerkship, she was an associate at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Chicago.
After graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A., with honors, in history, philosophy, and social studies of science and medicine, Ms. Patel received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. During law school, she was a senior member of the Loyola Law Journal and was named, in 2005, Loyola’s National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Law Student. In addition to clerking for Judge Marshall and briefly clerking for the Hon. Blanche M. Manning, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Ms. Patel served as an extern to the Hon. Ann Claire Williams of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representative matters include:
- Representing retailers in multiple federal class actions involving Song-Beverly Credit Card Act claims.
- Representing bank in federal class action arising out of data security breach.
- Advising retailers, banks, credit card companies, and online businesses regarding potential privacy implications of proposed business practices involving collection of personal identification information.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of insurer in federal court involving breach of contract and bad faith claims.
- Defeated wiretapping, eavesdropping, and related common law claims alleged against client in connection with consolidated In re Pellicano civil cases through successful motion for summary judgment on statute of limitations grounds.
- Represented national retailer in statewide civil prosecution involving California's hazardous waste control law.