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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.
Matthew Hersh has had wide-ranging experience in appellate practice, arbitrations, copyright law, and public interest and public service.
After receiving his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Hersh worked as an attorney at Jenner & Block LLP. Mr. Hersh was a member of the briefing team for several landmark Supreme Court cases, including MGM v. Grokster, which established the liability of peer-to-peer file-sharing companies for infringing content, and Rumsfeld v. Padilla, one of the first legal challenges to military detention policies to reach the Court in the post-9/11 era. Mr. Hersh also contributed amicus briefs in Padilla v. Kentucky (a case establishing the right of noncitizens to effective representation at the pleading stage), Dickerson v. United States (a case reaffirming the Miranda rule), Christopher v. Harbury (a case involving human rights abuses committed by the CIA overseas), and United States v. Arvizu (a case involving search-and-seizure rights). In addition, Mr. Hersh has briefed appellate cases in a wide array of State and intermediate federal appellate courts.
Mr. Hersh has also maintained an active practice in copyright and intellectual property law, litigating extensively on behalf of the recording industry and other content owners. Mr. Hersh was a member of the legal team that helped to formulate the initial industry strategy for antipiracy litigation against individuals unlawfully sharing music online. He also helped to oversee the implementation of a groundbreaking settlement with an overseas website operator that resulted in the first-ever copyright "filter" in a commercial peer-to-peer music network. In addition, Mr. Hersh has successfully litigated on behalf of the recording industry in actions at the Copyright Royalty Board and has represented a small family-run carpet company in a copyright case against a major Las Vegas casino for the unauthorized use of a carpet design.
Mr. Hersh has maintained an extensive public interest and pro bono practice throughout his legal career. He led a successful five-year habeas corpus effort on behalf of a South Carolina woman wrongly convicted of homicide for the use of cocaine while pregnant, eventually convincing a unanimous South Carolina Supreme Court to vacate the conviction and grant a new trial. Mr. Hersh's public interest practice also included litigation on behalf of a woman suing the CIA for the death of her husband in Guatemala; on behalf of the American Bar Association in defense of lawyer trust accounts against a Fifth Amendment claim; and on behalf of independent booksellers seeking compensation for price discrimination in favor of major bookselling chains.
Mr. Hersh is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, and several other federal courts. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
Mr. Hersh is a native Washingtonian and is an avid international traveler. He has worked and lived for several years in Argentina, including a one-year volunteer stint as a lawyer with the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles, an Argentine civil liberties organization largely modeled after the ACLU. He is proficient in Spanish, but gave up on learning tango after multiple efforts.
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.