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BRUCE V. SPIVA
BRUCE V. SPIVA
Bruce V. Spiva has tried cases, conducted arbitrations, and argued appeals in areas ranging from securities and antitrust, to Congressional redistricting, civil rights and First Amendment law. Mr. Spiva was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP prior to starting his own practice. He obtained a law degree in 1992 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor and the Treasurer of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. in 1988 from Yale University. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome Farris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Spiva represents businesses and associations in various types of commercial litigation, including antitrust, class actions, contracts, securities litigation, arbitrations, partnership disputes, insurance coverage, and a broad range of other matters. Mr. Spiva represented a major pharmacy benefits management company in a securities arbitration against a Wall Street bank and won a $9.75 million arbitration award for the client. He helped a major hotel company obtain summary judgment and sustain that ruling on appeal in a putative worldwide class action. He has written and contributed to briefs to the United States Supreme Court, including an amicus brief on Internet file sharing in MGM v. Grokster. Mr. Spiva has also argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Spiva's class action experience includes areas of the law as diverse as antitrust, consumer protection and housing discrimination. He was lead counsel in a nationwide consumer class action against a major Internet service provider in which the firm obtained class certification and a successful settlement on behalf of the class worth millions of dollars. Mr. Spiva has a unique perspective among the class action bar in that he has successfully litigated meritorious cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. Spiva testified on the Robinson-Patman Act as part of an expert panel before the Antitrust Modernization Commission. He is the author of several articles, including "Indirect Purchaser Litigation on Behalf of Consumers After CAFA" in the Fall 2005 issue of Antitrust, and has presented at numerous conferences, including those of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, American Bar Association, Conference Board, Harvard Law School Black Alumni, and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers' Association.
Mr. Spiva is the former Chair of the Board of DC Vote, an organization dedicated to securing Congressional voting rights for the residents of the District of Columbia. DC Vote recently honored him as a Champion of Democracy for his service. He testified before the United States Congress in favor of the D.C. Voting Rights Act, a bill that would give residents of D.C. a representative in Congress, and that was passed by the House of Representatives in the 110th Congress. He is a former co-chair of the D.C. Bar Litigation Section Steering Committee, and he serves on the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and the American Antitrust Institute. Mr. Spiva is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, the States of Maryland and California, the United States Supreme Court, and several other federal courts.
BRIAN D. STEWART
BRIAN D. STEWART
Brian Stewart received his J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2012, where he served as a senior staff member on the American University Law Review. During his studies, he interned with the Enforcement Divisions of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as the financial services regulatory and enforcement practice of Mayer Brown LLP. Mr. Stewart earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of Washington in 2008.
Before joining The Spiva Law Firm PLLC, Mr. Stewart was a Regulatory Analyst at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. While there, he led investigations into manipulative and fraudulent activity on the United States equities markets, and examined broker-dealer practices for compliance with federal securities law. Mr. Stewart is admitted to both the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.
RACHEL M. ROBERTS
RACHEL M. ROBERTS
Rachel Roberts is a paralegal at The Spiva Law Firm PLLC. Ms. Roberts has experience working as a paralegal on complex and class action litigation matters including: consumer protection, ERISA, and securities litigation. She received a Master of Science in Global Politics from the London School of Economics in 2012, focusing on democracy, civil society, and the rule of law. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Roberts was a paralegal at Keller Rohrback, LLP in Seattle, WA. She holds a B.A. in Political Science (2008) from Reed College.