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Chair/Moderator Jonathan Shub, Shub Law Firm LLC, Haddonfield, NJ
Jonathan Shub is the founder of Shub Law Firm LLC. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading class action consumer rights lawyers, based on his vast experience and successes representing classes of individuals and businesses in a vast array of matters involving unlawful conduct. He has gained notable attention in the area of defective consumer electronics and computer hardware as a result of many leadership positions in federal and state cases against companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Maytag, IBM and Palm. In fact, Maximum PC Magazine, a leading industry publication, said years back that “Shub is becoming renowned for orchestrating suits that have simultaneously benefited consumers and exposed buggy hardware.” He also has vast experience in mass tort class actions such as Vioxx, light tobacco litigation, and in consumer class actions such as energy deregulation. He is currently heavily involved in litigation on behalf of businesses that were denied insurance coverage involving COVID-19.
Nick Suciu, Barbat, Mansour, Suciu & Tomina PLLC, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Kevin Laukaitis, Shub Law Firm LLC, Haddonfield, NJ
Kevin Laukaitis is a Philadelphia native who practices in the areas of consumer rights litigation and other complex class action litigation. Mr. Laukaitis is a graduate of Drexel University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He attended law school at Temple University Beasley School of Law in its part-time evening program. During law school, Kevin worked full-time as a paralegal and law clerk where he gained practical experience in consumer rights litigation, including complex class actions.
Mr. Laukaitis’ practice has been focused on class action consumer litigation involving overcharging of deregulated energy companies, defective products, mislabeling and consumer fraud, and other areas of complex litigation.
Barry Thompson, Baker McKenzie, Los Angeles
Barry is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office. For over 25 years, he has litigated and tried complex commercial and product liability cases in state and federal courts across the country. These include numerous "bet-the-company" cases and, more recently, contingency / partial contingency fee cases, where Baker takes a stake in the litigation. Barry has represented a variety of clients over the years from high net-worth entertainers to Fortune 100 pharmaceutical and consumer product companies. He is a member of the Firm's National Trial Team and the Litigation Chair for Baker's California Offices.
Barry loves being in the courtroom and is entirely at ease in front of a jury. He never assumes a case will settle, which means his cases undergo an early case assessment (ECA) as well as development of a strategic plan, budget, and themes of the case. At every stage, Barry assesses how new and developing facts, witnesses and documents fit the strategic plan, budget and themes. He also works tirelessly to learn the strengths and weaknesses of his case, to stay ahead of his opponents, and to keep his clients well-informed and well-positioned to settle or try the case, depending on their goals and objectives.
Rachel Soffin, Greg Coleman Law, Knoxville, TN
Rachel Soffin is a Senior Attorney at the law offices of Greg Coleman Law and focuses on consumer class action litigation. Rachel has spent the majority of her career prosecuting class action cases, including state and federal class actions involving product manufacturers and retailers, deceptive trade practices, privacy violations, and insurance and banking disputes. Prior to joining Greg Coleman Law, Rachel worked in the area of consumer class action at Morgan & Morgan’s Tampa office. Prior to her time at Morgan & Morgan, Rachel served as in-house counsel for one of Florida’s largest employee leasing companies.
Rachel obtained her undergraduate degree in Finance, with honors, from The Florida State University. While in college, she worked at the Florida Legislature, where she worked closely with government leaders. Rachel earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, where she served as a Digest Writer on the Stetson Law Review and was published multiple times in that capacity.