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David Jolley

David M. Jolley

Of Counsel
San Francisco +1 415 591 7079 djolley@cov.com Download V-card

David Jolley is of counsel practicing in the areas of complex commercial, consumer, and financial services litigation, with an emphasis on defending against claims brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law (“Section 17200”) and Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”).

Over the past several years, Mr. Jolley has represented a wide range of clients, including large financial institutions, food and drug companies, corporate officers, high technology companies, and major sports leagues.  He has litigated claims of consumer fraud, unfair competition, false advertising, breach of contract, deceptive packaging, misappropriation of trade secrets, and antitrust violations, among others.

  • Successfully defended Wells Fargo Bank against multiple class actions brought under California's consumer protection laws (Section 17200 and CLRA).  This was achieved either by winning summary judgment, as in Corriea v. Wells Fargo Bank, by defeating class certification, as in Endres v. Wells Fargo Bank, or by compelling non-class arbitration, as in Sylvester v. Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Successfully defended Chase Bank against a putative class action alleging violations of California’s consumer protection laws (Section 17200 and CLRA), breach of contract, and fraud.  This outcome in Amirhamzeh v. Chase Bank USA resulted from a successful motion to dismiss in which all claims were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented national producer of candy products in a government investigation concerning the company’s packaging and advertising practices in California, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Successfully defended Wyeth in multiple class actions brought under California's consumer protection laws (Section 17200 and CLRA) alleging violations of medical privacy statutes, resulting in the dismissal of all claims.
  • Represented former CEO of publicly-held financial institution in an SEC enforcement action alleging violations of the securities laws, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Successfully defended the National Football League against antitrust action involving use and licensing of sporting equipment, resulting in dismissal of all claims.
  • Litigated significant securities fraud claim on behalf of UBS Financial Services stemming from sale of complex securities, resulting in a highly favorable settlement.
  • Served as counsel in misappropriation of trade secrets action for local technology company, resulting in a $52 million jury verdict for the client.
  • Advised Fortune 50 financial institution on negotiations, litigation strategy, and settlement of significant dispute involving dissolution of partnership agreement.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented a public interest group in opposing a proposed conversion from non-profit to for-profit status of the primary health insurance company in Washington and Alaska.
  • Through Covington’s ongoing relationship with the Marin County Public Defender’s Office, successfully represented indigent defendant charged with various criminal and probation violations.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Delta Deuteron Educational Foundation, Trustee, 2006-present
  • Legal 500 US, Media, Technology, and Telecoms - Advertising and Marketing (2017)