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Babak LalezariBabak Lalezari
Associate Attorney
T: +1 213.229.7781
F: +1 213.229.6781
333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3197
USA

Babak Lalezari is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He practices in the firm’s Litigation Department and is a member of the Class Actions Practice Group and the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Lalezari served as an extern to the Honorable Robert Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and full time law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Mr. Lalezari represents clients at federal and state appellate and trial court levels. He has a significant amount of experience with enforcing arbitration provisions and has drafted arbitration agreements for major clients of the firm. Recent significant litigation matters in which Mr. Lalezari has been involved include:

  • Representing a leading telecommunications company defend against a putative class action alleging violations of California law in connection with the company’s practice of collecting an early termination fee that is a part of their service contract. 
  • Representing a leading financial institution in a multi-district litigation (involving a class action and separate mass actions) arising from the financial institution’s role as indenture trustee for investor funds, where the issuer of the funds allegedly operated a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and was taken over by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Representing a skilled nursing home facility defend against a putative class action lawsuit alleging various violations of the California Health & Safety Code, California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) (Business and Professions Code Section 17200), and California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (Civil Code Section 1750).
  • Securing dismissal at the pleadings stage for a major full-service global investment banking and securities firm in a civil lawsuit brought by the People of the State of California alleging violations of California’s UCL and False Advertising Law (Business and Professions Code Section 17500).
  • Obtaining a dismissal on the pleadings for a multidisciplinary global advisory firm in a lawsuit alleging malpractice in connection with advice provided to a federal savings and loan association.
  • Representing an indigent client in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal secure vacatur of the District Court’s adverse summary judgment ruling in a civil rights case involving violations of the client’s First and Eighth amendment rights.  

Mr. Lalezari graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with College Honors and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Lalezari received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 2008. During his time at Loyola Law School, Mr. Lalezari served as Chief Symposia Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, as teaching assistant to Professor John T. Nockleby, and was a Sayre MacNeil Scholar. 

Mr. Lalezari currently teaches a course on appellate advocacy at Loyola Law School. He helped author the Year in Review on Class Actions: 2011 a Blockbuster Year for Litigators, Highlighted by Supreme Court Rulings in Dukes and Concepcion, Bloomberg/BNA Class Action Litigation Report, February 24, 2012), and published "Domestic Violence: Enough is Enough, Any Force is Enough" in the Phoenix Law Review. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Iranian-American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association, and is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the United States District Court, Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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EDUCATION

  • Loyola Marymount University
       2008 Juris Doctor
  • University of California - Los Angeles
       2005 Bachelor of Arts

ADMISSIONS

  • California Bar

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • California Northern District

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