|University ||University of California, Berkeley, B.A., with high distinction, 1984|
|Law School||UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1989 UCLA Law Review|
•American Bar Association
•State Bar of California
•Bar Association of San Francisco
•Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Ms. McLean is a partner in the Business Trial practice group in the firm's San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Ms. McLean's practice focuses on the defense of complex class actions, with particular emphasis on consumer finance and product liability. She represents auto finance companies and other financial institutions, insurance companies, and other providers of consumer products and services with regard to alleged unfair business practices, consumer disclosure issues, and mortgage and auto lending claims. She also represents major manufacturers in the tobacco, building products, and chemicals industries in multistate class actions and public entity cost-recovery litigation.
Recently, she has litigated issues at the vanguard of California law on the enforcement of consumer arbitration clauses containing class action waivers, e.g., Arguelles-Romero v. Superior Court, 184 Cal. App. 4th 825 (2010) (finding arbitration clause with class action waiver not unconscionable) and Smith v. AmeriCredit, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115767 (S.D. Cal.) (granting motion to compel arbitration and dismissing action).
Ms. McLean represents Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Motor Credit Corporation in class actions nationwide. She won the dismissal of all TFS entities from federal multidistrict litigation arising out of the 2010 product recalls. In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, 785 F. Supp. 2d 883, 904 (C.D. Cal. 2011). In 2013 alone, she secured the dismissal of three class actions against TFS entities, settled two on a single-plaintiff basis, and settled one with no payment by TFS.
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