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Lupe R. Laguna

Lupe Laguna represents businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex litigation involving business disputes, consumer class action defense, false claims act matters, and sensitive government investigations.

Lupe received his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he was awarded the Lowden-Wigmore prize for the best-student published academic article. A member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, while in law school Lupe was the founding president of the Northwestern Native American Law Students Association. After law school Lupe clerked for the Honorable John J. Tharp on the Northern District of Illinois, where he worked on a variety of cases involving employment disputes, consumer class actions, and complex criminal matters.

Lupe is a former infantry Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq twice with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, 2004-2008
  • Legal Extern, Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • Legal Extern, California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Appeals, Writs and Trial Section, 2014
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Kimberly J. Mueller, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2013
  • Obtained summary judgment for an international financial services company partner accused of billing fraud.°
  • Obtained dismissal, with prejudice, of class claims brought against national bank alleging violations of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act and the California Unfair Competition Law. °
  • Represented international automaker accused of consumer fraud.°
  • Represented insureds in dental malpractice Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding.°
  • Represented global automakers in federal criminal grand jury and NHTSA investigations.
  • Represented fintech lender in state attorney general investigation.
  • Represented underwriter syndicate in class action alleging Securities Act violations.
  • Represented an international cosmetics company in the settlement of consumer class action claims relating to violations of state consumer protection law.°
  • Represented a Fortune 500 logistics company in nationwide TCPA class action.°
  • Represented a packaged seafood company during federal criminal antitrust investigation and parallel civil proceedings.°
  • Represented an independent Special Litigation Committee of a California corporation in connection with derivative claims brought against company board members.°
  • Assisted multiple Fortune 100 companies in responding to SEC inquiries and conducting internal investigations.°
  • Represented the world’s largest telecommunications company in defense against a government lawsuit to block a proposed merger.°
  • Acting as Special Counsel for the City of Redondo Beach, prosecuted misdemeanor criminal trials through jury verdict. °

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Laguna prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law
    • Coordinating Comment Editor, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology
    • Recipient of Lowden-Wigmore prize for best student published academic article
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Sonoma State University
Clerkships
  • Hon. John J. Tharp, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015-2016
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California