Abby Meyer is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group and leads the firm's Food and Beverage team. A seasoned litigator, she specializes in defending against consumer class actions targeting the consumer products, retail, and food industries and in litigating complex civil business disputes. In addition to her work representing clients in litigation, Abby provides advice and counsel to consumer packaged goods companies on various compliance issues including FTC compliance and unique marketing issues presented under California state law.

Areas of Practice

Consumer Class Action Defense & Related Advice Work

Abby specializes in defending companies against consumer class actions targeting product information found on the labels of packaged goods or associated advertising materials. For instance, she has defended claims such as "natural," "vanilla," "Made in USA," "flushable," and sustainability claims. She has also defended against alleged slack fill, underfill, contamination (heavy metals, PFAS), and health halo class actions.

She has successfully resolved disputes at the demand letter phase, opposed motions for class certification, and brought motions for summary judgment of the purported plaintiffs' claims. Abby’s clients have included food, beverage, cosmetics, and retail/consumer goods brands and services.

Based on her experience litigating numerous of these actions and her authorship on related topics, Abby also advises companies on whether their product labels are compliant with FDA regulations and other law (such as the FTC Green Guides and parallel state laws). Her goal is to help clients avoid litigation in the first instance.

Complex Civil Litigation

Abby has long represented companies facing business disputes, such as in the vendor/supplier, licensor/licensee, and reseller contexts. She also represents companies in real estate related litigation and breach of contract actions. In the complex civil litigation arena, Abby both brings and defends actions on behalf of her clients.

Abby looks to partner with her clients to understand their business, their goals, and to align litigation strategy accordingly. Her goal is to give legal advice that also helps her clients achieve their business objectives.

Abby handles all aspects of litigation, from early resolution, to case filing, to trial, and appellate practice. She handles cases in both state and federal court, and also in the arbitration context. Abby has defended against multi-party, multi-year, and multi-jurisdiction litigation.

In addition to her legal practice, Abby is an advocate for women and parents. She co-chairs the firm’s OC Families group which serves as a resource for the parents in the Orange County office. She previously served as co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Mommy Esquire committee and served for several years as a director of the board for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association.



  • Defeated putative class action alleging that the company misrepresented or omitted information regarding PFAS in clothing products on a motion to dismiss. (Garland v. Child.'s Place, Inc., 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59395 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 1, 2024).)
  • Representing a technology retailer with a false pricing class action.
  • Representing a services company with a false advertising class action.
  • Represented a beverage manufacturer during a three-day bench trial on whether consumption of the beverage exposed consumers to a Prop 65 chemical. The judge found that the plaintiffs did not establish a prima facie case of exposure.
  • Represented beverage retailer in false advertising class action. Prevailed on motion for summary judgment.
  • Represented specialty foods manufacturer in false advertising class action. Prevailed on motion to dismiss.
  • Following scorched-earth litigation related to an easement and involving seven parties, drafted, argued, and won summary adjudication of all claims against our client, ending our client’s involvement in the matter; argued and affirmed on appeal (Rickley v. Gulf Oil Corp., 2021 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1307).
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for a financial institute following a downtown Los Angeles jury trial in a wrongful foreclosure action.



Ones to Watch — Construction Law, Best Lawyers, 2021-2024

Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020-2023



Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts

FDA Law Blog Posts

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts

Retail Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements



Member, Food & Drug Law Institute California Programs Planning Committee

Member, Orange County Bar Association

Co-Chair, Orange County Bar Association’s Mommy Esquire Committee

Past Member of Board of Directors, Orange County Women Lawyers Association

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J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2013

B.A., Cinema-Television (Critical Studies), University of Southern California, 2007, magna cum laude

B.A., University of Southern California, 2007, magna cum laude


  • Prior to working at Sheppard Mullin, Abby worked for the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California as an extern in 2011.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
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