Michael J. Stortz

Partner

San Francisco

(415) 591-7583 phone
(415) 591-7510 fax

Michael Stortz is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Communication Litigation Practice Groups.  He has successfully defended companies against claims of unfair competition, false advertising, consumer fraud, breach of warranty, and product defect.  

Michael’s practice includes the defense of nationwide and regional litigation, including multidistrict and putative class action litigation, and on appeals arising out of such litigation.  He has tried such claims to successful conclusion in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrated such claims in venues across the country.

Michael also represents clients in the technology, pharmaceutical and consumer product industries in a wide range of commercial disputes, including antitrust and intellectual property matters.

Michael provided testimony before Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference regarding proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  He was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in 2008.

In General. Michael received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College. Michael was born in Lombard, Illinois and is admitted to the California Bar.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended national telecommunications providers in copycat class actions challenging contractual disclosures and billing practices for airtime minutes.
  • Obtained classwide summary judgment in favor of international computer manufacturer in consumer class action for breach of warranty and unfair competition.
  • Prevailed at trial on false advertising and unfair competition claims against medical device manufacturer.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national telecommunications provider on consumer claims challenging regulatory program fees.
  • Prevailed at trial under Federal Arbitration Act regarding existence of binding arbitration agreement.
  • Successfully defended national telecommunications providers in copycat class actions challenging contractual disclosures and billing practices for airtime minutes.
  • Obtained classwide summary judgment in favor of international computer manufacturer in consumer class action for breach of warranty and unfair competition.
  • Prevailed at trial on false advertising and unfair competition claims against medical device manufacturer.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national telecommunications provider on consumer claims challenging regulatory program fees.
  • Prevailed at trial under Federal Arbitration Act regarding existence of binding arbitration agreement.