Angela E. Kleine

Partner | San Francisco | (415) 268-6214
(415) 268-6214

Angela is a skilled litigator defending companies in complex consumer and commercial disputes. She has deep experience leading teams in class action litigation, internal investigations, and trial and arbitration. She draws on this experience to provide practical and strategic advice to clients navigating uncertainty arising from innovative business practices, including novel applications of consumer reporting, unfair competition, and unfair and deceptive acts and practices laws. She frequently counsels on pre-litigation strategy and compliance, helping clients balance business interests and legal risk. Her clients include innovators in technology, recruiting, health care, and financial services fields.

Angela also regularly defends financial institutions against consumer class actions and enforcement matters under banking, fair lending, and credit reporting laws. She guides interactions with regulatory and enforcement agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. A committed contributor to pro bono representation, she recently represented the ACLU and Asian Law Caucus in a ground-breaking case regarding the FBI’s surveillance of Muslim Americans. She also regularly advises a San Francisco nonprofit public benefit corporation in litigation and pre-litigation matters, including conducting multiple arbitrations and mediations of commercial contract disputes.

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  • (N.D. Cal.) Won motion to dismiss putative class claims asserting novel application of the FCRA to LinkedIn service.

  • (N.D. Cal.) Successfully settled putative class action alleging that profiles developed from public social media posts to identify passive employment candidates were “consumer reports” under the FCRA.

  • Defend government-sponsored entity in multiple federal actions claiming that the development of loan underwriting software made it a “consumer reporting agency” under the FCRA, including second-chairing jury trial.

  • (4th Cir.) Won motion to dismiss with prejudice a putative class action asserting novel claim that the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act’s default-judgment provision applies to foreclosure proceedings conducted through state executory process, and represented bank on appeal in the Fourth Circuit.

  • Represented consumer product company in successful AAA matter, including leading briefing, depositions, and presenting direct and cross examinations at arbitration hearing.

  • Won or successfully settled a series of class actions and multidistrict litigation regarding mortgage loan modification practices, including taking numerous named plaintiff and expert depositions and arguing MDL motion to dismiss.

  • (N.D. Cal.). Won significant victory for the Asian Law Caucus and ACLU in long-running litigation shedding light on the FBI’s surveillance and racial and religious profiling of Northern California communities and defended decision in the Ninth Circuit.



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