Melanie M. Blunschi

  • Partner
  • Emelanie.blunschi@lw.com
  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • Suite 2000
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA
  • T +1.415.391.0600
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Profile

Melanie Blunschi, a nationally recognized litigator, represents clients from across sectors in business-critical disputes, including securities, privacy, and consumer class actions. 

With a track record of success before state and federal courts across the United States, Ms. Blunschi handles complex business litigation for a range of clients, including publicly traded companies, Big 4 professional services firms, and startups. She develops effective arguments for clients by mastering the facts in complicated and often highly technical situations — from multifaceted financial disputes to data attacks to self-driving car technology. She aligns case strategies with clients’ business priorities to help achieve the most desirable outcome.

Ms. Blunschi was recently named a Class Action MVP by Law360 for her success in resolving high-stakes class actions.

Ms. Blunschi currently co-chairs the firm’s Retail & Consumer Products Group and previously served as Co-Chair of the San Francisco Litigation & Trial Department. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the International Center for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).

Experience

Ms. Blunschi’s experience includes:

  • Successfully defending an online advertising technology provider in putative consumer class actions under California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), alleging that Turn and Verizon used “super cookies” in violation of privacy and consumer protection laws; this involved achieving walk-away settlements in both actions after filing motions to dismiss and pursuing aggressive discovery from plaintiffs (N.D. Cal. & Los Angeles Superior)
  • Representing Stroz Friedberg, a cybersecurity and risk management firm, in proceedings arising out of Uber’s purchase of self-driving car technology (N.D. Cal., Del. Ch., & JAMS)
  • Winning dismissal for a major technology company of a putative consumer class action under the UCL regarding alleged security vulnerabilities in smartphone and other mobile device processors (N.D. Cal.)
  • Securing a complete victory for Revel Systems, a point-of-sale technology company, after a former consultant tried to seize a portion of the company based on an alleged early-stage stock grant; after a contentious evidentiary hearing, the arbitrator found in Revel’s favor on all claims (AAA)
  • Successfully defending AMD, a global semiconductor company, in a securities class action based on alleged false statements regarding demand for certain types of processors; the case settled for pennies per share – and less than plaintiffs spent litigating (N.D. Cal.)
  • Convincing plaintiffs in a securities class action against Live Nation to abandon their claims instead of filing an amended complaint (C.D. Cal.)
  • Winning dismissal of fraud claims against Balform Ltd. related to failed technology trials (N.D. Cal.)
  • Winning summary judgment in favor of Oracle Corporation in a US$3 billion securities fraud class action arising from a missed earnings forecast and alleged false statements regarding functionality of integrated ERP and CRM software (N.D. Cal. & 9th Cir.)
  • Successfully defending Deutsche Bank in securities actions related to its residential mortgage-backed securities business (S.F. Sup.)
  • Winning dismissal on behalf of Noah Education in a securities class action lawsuit based on Section 11 claims against a developer of interactive multimedia learning materials, its senior officers, and directors (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Winning dismissal for Ernst & Young of a securities class action based on a major bank failures (C.D. Cal. & 9th Cir.)
  • Winning summary judgment for Deloitte & Touche of claims arising from the failure of the country’s largest hard-money real estate lender (D. Nev. & 9th Cir.) 

Thought Leadership

  • International Arbitration: Focus on Chinese Counter-Parties  -  October 29, 2019
  • International Arbitration: Resolving a World of Disputes -  January 25, 2016
  • New Rewards for Whistleblowers, New Risks for Public Companies -  August 10, 2010
Recognized as a Class Action MVPLaw360 2020
Bar Qualification
  • California
Education
  • JD, Stanford University Law School, 2004
    With Distinction
  • BA, University of Southern California, 2001
    magna cum laude
Industries
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Financial Institutions
  • Retail & Consumer Products
Practices
  • Securities Litigation & Professional Liability
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • International Arbitration