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Brian R. Strange, Partner

Location: Los Angeles, California
Phone: 310-207-5055
Fax: 310-826-3210
Email: bstrange@strangeandbutler.com 

Brian R. Strange is an experienced and respected class action and complex business trial lawyer.  Mr. Strange has lectured on class actions before various organizations, including the California State Bar and the Practicing Law Institute.  He was designated as one of Southern California Super Lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and has successfully concluded settlements for class members in excess of $250 million in just the last two years.  Mr. Strange has been appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee by Judge Zouhary in Toledo, Ohio in In Re: Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2196 which settled in February 2015 for over $149 million in settlement for 2 out of 8 Defendants. The remainder of the case settled before trial in an amount to be disclosed. Mr. Strange leads a team of lawyers representing 12 home builders on claims for antitrust violations related to the drywall industry and currently represents 2 internet companies for antitrust violations against Facebook in a high profile case pending in Delaware.

In the past 30 years of participating in complex cases, Mr. Strange has been involved in such noted litigations as the MGM Grand Hotel fire litigation; the Crandall gem case; the San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel fire litigation in Puerto Rico; litigation arising out of the Iran-Contra scandal; and numerous national class actions. Trial victories include a $160 million judgment against the principals of an investment scam in a case tried in Los Angeles Superior Court in 1991.  In February 1993, Mr. Strange obtained a $21 million punitive damage verdict against First State Insurance Company, reportedly one of the largest punitive damages verdicts in California in 1993.  In May 1993, Mr. Strange obtained the first punitive damage verdict in 17 years in a courtroom in Santa Barbara on behalf of a homeless family.  Since 2000, Mr. Strange acted as lead counsel in several class action cases with settlements obtained in excess of $500 million, including settlements with the nation's largest corporations.

Mr. Strange received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Mr. Strange is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all courts in the State of California, and numerous federal courts throughout the country, including several Courts of Appeals.  Mr. Strange authored Municipalities: Welcome to the Antitrust Restraints of the Free Market, Century City Bar Journal, Spring, 1982 as well as several recent articles on security breaches.

Mr. Strange is a former President of the Malibu Boys and Girls Club.  A noted adventurer, the King of Nepal awarded Mr. Strange an anniversary  medal for his 2009 summit of Mount Everest.  He is one of the select few who have summited the highest peaks of all seven continents.

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2012

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California

  • J.D. - 1981
  • Honors: David Snodgrass Moot Court Winner

University of California, Los Angeles, California

  • Bachelor of Arts - 1978
  • Major: Economics
  • "Municipalities: Welcome to the Antitrust Restraints of the Free Market", Century City Bar Journal, Spring, 1982
    Competition Law Damage Recovery Actions: A Status Report on Europe and the United Kingdom, American Bar Association, November, 2012
  • Privacy: Is it Legal "Tracking" or an Illegal Wiretap?, Advocate, July, 2012
  • Into the Breach -- Plaintiffs Have Been Increasingly Successful in Gaining Injunctive Relief for Online Security
  • Breaches, Los Angeles Lawyer, February, 2012
  • International Seminar on Consumer Litigation in Japan, the United States, and China
  • Class Actions, California State Bar
  • Class Actions, Practicing Law Institute

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