Mr. Stern is an associate in the San Diego office of Johnson Fistel. Mr. Stern is an integral part of the firm’s complex business and class action litigation practices, focusing on shareholder, consumer, and employment litigation. Mr. Stern also has extensive experience representing individuals and corporations in complex business tort and contract matters, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury matters, and employment matters.
Throughout his career, Mr. Stern has been and continues to be retained by individuals and commercial entity plaintiffs in the prosecution of complex class action matters and his work has proved instrumental in securing significant, multi-million dollar settlements from some of the nation’s largest employers, healthcare providers and commercial service providers. Some of Mr. Stern’s notable cases include: Anello, et al. v. HealthSouth, et al., Lead Case No. GIC806902 ($5 million class settlement on behalf of surgery/rehabilitation patients where the average recovery of a class member was in excess of $13,000); Martin v. Costco, Case No. 34-2012-00118165 (significant consumer class settlement arising out false and misleading product labeling); Conners v. Rag Traders Retail, LLC, Case No. BC581413 (significant wage and hour class settlement); Orzano v. Hazelwood Enterprises, Case No. 37-2016-00029231 (significant wage and hour class settlement); Gallagher v. H. H. Restaurant, Inc., Case No. 37-2016-00031247 (significant wage and hour class settlement); Lujano v. Advantage Health Systems, Case No. 27-2017-00023690 (significant wage and hour class settlement).
Notably, prior to joining Johnson Fistel, Mr. Stern served as trial counsel on behalf of a family-owned corporation in a case involving fraud and related tort claims, resulting in significant jury awards for compensatory and punitive damages, ultimately enabling Mr. Stern’s client to continue its decades-old family business.
Areas of Practice: Mr. Stern concentrates his practice on complex securities and derivative litigation, consumer rights litigation, and employment litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
Professional Qualifications and Activities: Mr. Stern was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2013, and is admitted in good standing with the following courts:
- All courts in the State of California
- The United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Mr. Stern is also a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Bar Association
- Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
- San Diego County Bar Association
- North County Bar Association
- National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)
Mr. Stern is also a certified contract advisor/agent with the National Football League (NFL).
Education and Awards: Mr. Stern earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 2008 and his Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in 2012, graduating from both institutions with honors.