Dominic Valerian

Partner

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Dominic represents employees and consumers in class action and individual cases, and is experienced in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration.v

Dominic Valerian is an experienced civil litigator focused on representing injured employees and consumers in complex cases. He has successfully prosecuted class and mass actions involving false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, privacy, and wage and hour claims. Dominic has also handled high stakes personal injury, wrongful termination, commercial, and professional liability cases.

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Be sure to put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.
-Abraham Lincoln

Experience

Before joining Valerian Law in 2020, Dominic was a partner at Gallo LLP, a litigation boutique focused on prosecuting consumer class and mass actions. Dominic has played a key role in many of the firm’s significant cases, including Bottoni v. Sallie Mae, which eliminated an estimated $76 million in collection charges from the student loan obligations of some 40,000 Californians, a series of actions against for-profit culinary schools, which recovered tens of millions of dollars for students misled to believe they would become chefs, and various online privacy cases.

Dominic began his litigation career at the international law firm Dewey Ballantine (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) defending commercial and consumer cases. Dominic grew up in Oakland, graduated from UC Davis with honors and earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors team.

  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
  • B.A., with honors, University of California, Davis
  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Notable Cases

  • Chen v. Chase Bank USA, N.A., No. 19-cv-01082-JSC (N.D. Cal. 2020) Represented credit applicants in Equal Credit Opportunity Act claims against Chase for allegedly failing to provide the specific reason for adverse credit actions resulting in a $429,659 class settlement
  • Kirby v. Excelsior I, Inc., No. 2019-CP-40-01109 (S.C. Court of Common Pleas 2019) Represented used car buyers in claims against their lender for allegedly repossessing and reselling their vehicles without taking the steps required by South Carolina law and secured a $2 million class settlement
  • Tsyn v. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, No. 14-cv-02552-LB, (N.D. Cal. 2018) Represented Wells Fargo Financial Advisors in claims alleging they were not paid overtime, had unlawful deductions from pay and did not receive reimbursement for business expenses resulting in a $9.5 million class settlement
  • Garcia v. Vivint Solar Developer LLC, Case No. RG16838596 (Alameda Super. Ct. 2018) Represented consumers in claims against solar company for alleged false advertising and failure to contract in the language of the sales pitch and secured individual damages and an injunction requiring contracts to be in the same language as the sales presentation
  • Matera v. Google LLC, No. 5:15-cv-04062-LHK (N.D. Cal. 2018) Represented non-Gmail users in claims alleging Goodge violated anti-wiretapping laws by scanning their email and secured an injunction requiring Google to stop scanning emails to Gmail accounts for advertising purposes
  • Schaffer v. Massage Green Int’l Franchise Corp., Case No. BC571914 (Los Angeles Super. Ct. 2017) Represented massage therapists in claims alleging they were not separately compensated for non-productive time and secured a $277,000 class settlement
  • Corley v. Google, Inc., No. 16-CV-00473-LHK (N.D. Cal. 2016) Represented hundreds of Google Apps for Education users in claims against Google for allegedly reading user account emails in violation of anti-wiretapping laws that resulted in a confidential settlement
  • Huber v. San Diego Ballpark Funding, LLC, No. 37-2013-00066456-CU-CO-CTL (San Diego Super. Ct. 2016) Represented Padres personal seat license (PSL) holders in claims alleging breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing based on the club’s discontinuation of the PSL program and secured a $2 million class settlement
  • Bottoni v. Sallie Mae, Inc., No. C 10-03602 LB, 2013 WL 12312794 (N.D. Cal. 2013) Represented private student loan borrowers in claims challenging imposition of never incurred percentage-based collection charges and secured a class settlement that resulted in an estimated $76 million in debt relief and $1 million in refunds
  • Amador v. Cal. Culinary Academy, Inc., No. CGC-07-467710 (S.F. Super. Ct. 2012) Represented former culinary school students in claims alleging false advertising against their school that resulted in a $40 million settlement