Fred Puglisi

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Avenue of the Stars 1901
Los Angeles 90067 CA US

Fred R. Puglisi is a partner in the Century City office and Practice Group Leader of the Business Trial Practice Group. He was recognized as a California Lawyer of the Year in 2003 for his successful defense and trial of a $2 billion class action.

Mr. Puglisi has extensive experience in complex and general business litigation in state and federal courts, including class actions. He has conducted numerous trials and arbitrations, including trying class and representative actions.

Mr. Puglisi also has broad appellate work which includes arguments to the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He has defended a number of complex class and representative actions alleging various business torts, unfair competition, false advertising, violations of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, land subsidence, and others.

Mr. Puglisi represented State Compensation Insurance Fund in a $2 billion class action alleging breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The matter was tried to the court for seven months and included testimony from 54 witnesses and admission of 1,214 exhibits. On June 17, 2003, the court rendered its 117 page decision and judgment in favor of State Fund on all issues and causes of action.

Mr. Puglisi obtained summary judgment in a $200+ million TCPA class action brought against Blue Shield of California. The plaintiff sought certification of a California only class of individuals who were insured with Blue Shield and allegedly “robo called” using a prerecorded message.

Plaintiff alleged that the prerecorded message, which directed insureds to look for their renewal information in the mail and to visit Blue Shield’s website for renewal information, constituted telemarketing and that Blue Shield lacked express written consent to send such prerecorded messages.

In a case of first impression, Mr. Puglisi convinced the court that the prerecorded messages were not “telemarketing,” but rather informational calls that due to Blue Shield’s status as a covered entity under HIPAA were not actionable under the TCPA.

Education:

  • J.D., University of Minnesota, 1985, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.S., University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1982, cum laude

Admissions:

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of California

Memberships:

  • Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Former Board member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association, (Litigation Section)
  • Member, California State Bar, (Litigation Section)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

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