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Class Actions, Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation Practice.
Rich Goetz is the Chair of the firmwide Class Actions, Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation Practice. Rich has defended individual, mass, and class actions across the country against medical device and prescription drug manufacturers, food companies, hotel chains, an automobile manufacturer, a boat manufacturer, a retail store chain, and a mining company. His recent clients include Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co., Inc. He has spoken on California’s unfair competition laws at Mealey’s Litigation Conferences and has been a member of the national faculty for the ABA’s Annual National Institute on Class Actions. He is also an editor of the “Class Actions” chapter in Rutter’s California Practice Guide: Civil Procedure Before Trial. Rich also has extensive experience litigating insurance disputes. He represented insurers in the highly publicized class actions challenging insurance broker compensation, and is currently lead counsel in a major insurance coverage action pending in the California Supreme Court. Rich has been invited by the California Court of Appeal to file amicus briefs in highly publicized insurance coverage litigation. Rich has been counsel in a Tokyo arbitration before the Japanese Commercial Arbitration Association, has advised on matters pending in Liberia, and has represented clients from Brazil and China in U.S. courts. He has litigated entertainment and intellectual property disputes for a motion picture studio, a film director, a television producer, a sports marketing company, and a defense contractor; environmental actions for an electric utility, a steel company and an automobile manufacturer; construction disputes for a natural resources company; and securities actions for commercial and investment banks.
Product Liability Advisory Counsel (Sustaining Member); Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Bar Association Litigation Section; Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003-05); Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation (2001-04), Volunteers of America of Los Angeles (VOA), and Uncommon Good; Pacific Council on International Policy; Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
University of Chicago, J.D., 1984: Associate Editor, Law Review, 1982-84 Dartmouth College, A.B., 1981: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa.