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Esteban Morales

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Education

  • University of California - Los Angeles (JD)
  • Brandeis University (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Languages

  • Spanish

Esteban is an experienced litigator whose practice is principally focused on class action defense and financial services litigation. Esteban has successfully defended both small and large corporate clients targeted in class action suits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law, and California’s Invasion of Privacy Act. Results include dismissals at the pleading stage and without any discovery following aggressive defense strategies. In addition to defending class actions, Esteban has represented clients in real estate, trust and estate, and securities disputes. He is also a member of the firm's Sports Law Practice.

Before joining the firm, Esteban served as in-house Counsel for a major broker-dealer with thousands of registered representatives stationed throughout the country. In his capacity as an in-house attorney, Esteban litigated cases, routinely interfaced with insurance carriers and brokers, managed outside counsel, and advised on regulatory matters.

Esteban has been featured in The American Lawyer for his pro bono work with immigrant youth seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Esteban also previously practiced at a major international law firm and was an extern for the Honorable Dale S. Fischer, US District Court, Central District of California.

 

Representative Matters

Privacy Class Actions

  • Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice (no discovery) in a privacy class action suit filed against a major NBA franchise
  • Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice (no discovery) in a privacy class action suit filed against the largest global distribution systems provider for air bookings in North America

Securities

  • Managed litigation (including numerous FINRA arbitrations) for four independent broker-dealers
  • Advised clients in connection with SEC and FINRA exams and inquiries
  • Represented a federal equity receiver pursuing claims against former officers, directors, and auditors associated with a Ponzi scheme

Other Litigation

  • Second-chaired trial for declaratory relief involving assignment of a lease and prevailed on a motion for nonsuit

Recognitions & Awards   

  • Public Counsel’s Children’s Rights Project: Pro Bono Award Honoree