Roland Tellis is head of Baron & Budd’s Class Action Practice Group and co-manages the Firm’s Los Angeles Office. His practice focuses on complex, high-profile litigation, including consumer class actions, financial fraud, business torts, corporate misconduct, automobile defect, food labeling, false advertising, securities fraud and environmental contamination.
He has held leadership roles in numerous multi-state, complex class action cases and has represented clients in many jury trials, including several involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
In 2005, Mr. Tellis received commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his assistance in a successful parallel prosecution of a $120 million securities Ponzi scheme perpetrated by foreign currency traders.
Mr. Tellis also represented the City of Sunnyvale in environmental litigation concerning perchloroethylene contamination of a large mixed-use development site and the California Water Service Company over the contamination of hundreds of drinking water wells throughout California.
Mr. Tellis also represented the owner of a multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolio in a lengthy jury trial over claims of an oral partnership and the Screen Actors’ Guild and members of its national board in a leadership battle.
Mr. Tellis has become a leader in representing plaintiffs in multidistrict class action litigation. He is lead class counsel in several complex class action cases, including cases in the financial services sector, the automobile industry and the food and beverage arena. His experience exemplifies the depth and breadth of resources that Baron & Budd provides for its clients.
Prior to joining Baron & Budd, Mr. Tellis practiced with the international law firms of Bingham McCutchen LLP and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he litigated complex cases on behalf of corporate defendants and tried multi-million dollar cases to verdict.
He was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and was appointed to serve as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
He was the Chair of the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s Attorney Settlement Officer Panel Committee and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Central District of California to the Board of Trustees for the Central District’s Attorney Admission Fund. Along the way, he has devoted time to the pro bono representations of indigent clients and has mentored young lawyers and law students in association with the South Asian Bar Association.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1996)
- University of California, Los Angeles (B.S. 1992)
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- Professional Associations:
- American Bar Association
- California State Bar
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Century City Bar Association
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
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