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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 civil rights, Congressional redistricting and antitrust, to securities and First Amendment law. He is a founding partner of The Spiva Law Firm PLLC, a majority-minority owned law firm. 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 was lead counsel in a nationwide consumer class action against a major Internet service provider in which the firm obtained class certification and ultimately a successful settlement on behalf of the class worth tens of millions of dollars. He has also represented plaintiffs in several other class actions that are either ongoing or that have resulted in significant benefits to the class. Mr. Spiva's class action experience includes areas of the law as diverse as antitrust and housing discrimination. 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.
In addition to his class action practice, Mr. Spiva represents businesses and associations in various types of commercial litigation, including antitrust, contracts, securities litigation, arbitrations, partnership and related business disputes, and a broad range of other matters. Mr. Spiva recently 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 also 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 numerous briefs to the United States Supreme Court, including an amicus brief on Internet file sharing in the MGM, et al. v. Grokster, et al. case.
Mr. Spiva testified on the Robinson-Patman Act as part of an expert panel before the Antitrust Modernization Commission. He is the author of numerous 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. 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. 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 American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. He is also 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.
CATHERINE A. BENDOR
CATHERINE A. BENDOR
Catherine Bendor has over 18 years of experience in litigation and policy advocacy representing clients in individual and class action litigation, with a specialization in civil rights litigation. Most recently Ms. Bendor served as the Legal Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP), where she worked on federal court litigation and policy advocacy concerning civil rights, housing, education, and other issue areas.
Prior to her work at NLCHP, Ms. Bendor was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice for close to eight years, where she represented the United States in numerous federal court lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act and other federal civil rights statutes. Among other cases at the Justice Department, Ms. Bendor served as lead counsel in a complex federal court litigation challenging discriminatory practices of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, which resulted in monetary damages for plaintiffs of over $1,000,000, and injunctive relief estimated at over $80,000,000. She also represented the U.S. in the first-ever jury trial of a pattern of practice case against a landlord for sexual harassment in housing, which resulted in an award of over $500,000 for the plaintiffs and substantial injunctive relief. Ms. Bendor's previous work includes litigation and other advocacy in the areas of employment discrimination, prisoners' rights, and international human rights.
Ms. Bendor received her law degree, cum laude, in 1992 from Harvard Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1988 from Cornell University.
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.