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Anna S. McLean

Partner
San Francisco
T: 415.774.3154
F: 415.403.6223

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  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1989, UCLA Law Review
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, with high distinction
  • California
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Anna McLean is a partner in the Business Trial practice group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. McLean’s practice focuses on the defense of complex class actions, with particular emphasis on consumer finance, product liability, and high technology. She represents financial institutions, retailers, internet companies, and other providers of consumer products and services with regard to alleged unfair business practices, consumer disclosure issues, privacy, pricing, TCPA and financial claims.

Recently, she has litigated issues at the vanguard of California law on the enforcement of consumer arbitration clauses containing class action waivers, e.g., Arguelles-Romero v. Superior Court, 184 Cal. App. 4th 825 (2010) (finding arbitration clause with class action waiver not unconscionable) and Smith v. AmeriCredit, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115767 (S.D. Cal.) (granting motion to compel arbitration and dismissing action).

Ms. McLean represents Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Motor Credit Corporation in class actions nationwide. She won the dismissal of all TFS entities from federal multidistrict litigation arising out of the 2010 product recalls.  In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, 785 F. Supp. 2d 883, 904 (C.D. Cal. 2011). In 2013 alone, she secured the dismissal of three class actions against TFS entities, settled two on a single-plaintiff basis, and settled one with no payment by TFS.

Representative engagements defending:

  • Major auto finance companies in consumer class actions challenging financing and leasing issues, including Toyota Financial Services, GM Financial, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation, Consumer Portfolio Services, and Santander Consumer USA, among others. E.g. In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, 785 F. Supp. 2d 883, 904 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (granting motion to dismiss with prejudice); AmeriCredit Financial Services, Inc. (now GM Financial), including Bankston v. AmeriCredit, 2011 WL 89730 (N.D. Cal.) (granting dismissal for lack of standing); Wright v AmeriCredit, 2010 WL 5058345 (S.D. Cal.) (upholding validity of notice and dismissing action); Arguelles-Romero v. Superior Court, 184 Cal. App. 4th 825 (2010) (finding arbitration clause with class action waiver not unconscionable); and Smith v. AmeriCredit, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115767 (S.D. Cal.) (granting motion to compel arbitration and dismissing action).

  • Major banks, insurers, and consumer finance companies in class actions in state and federal courts challenging force-placed insurance on automobile and home loans, including Wahl v. American Security Ins. Co., 2008 WL 2444802 (N.D.Cal.).

  • Major car rental companies in multiple state and federal class actions challenging fees, pass-throughs, and refueling charges. Defeated class certification or prevailed on dispositive motion in four recent cases, including Guerra v. Hertz, 504 F. Supp. 2d 1014 (D. Nev. 2007).

  • Major internet retailer in consumer class action concerning pricing of online vs. in-store product sales. 

  • Major disk drive manufacturer in class action alleging consumer warranty claims.

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  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers