Areas of Practice
Ms. Suwatanapongched's practice covers a wide variety of complex business litigation. Her experience includes defending clients in consumer class actions and representing clients in a broad spectrum of business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition law violations under Section 17200, privacy rights, false advertising, breach of fiduciary duties, and violations of state and federal antitrust law. She has also represented financial institutions in matters dealing with commercial loan defaults, judicial foreclosures, and lender liability.
Ms. Suwatanapongched has experience in all stages of litigation, from filing and responding to complaints to conducting discovery to handling dispositive motions, mediations, arbitrations, and judgment enforcement.
In November 2012, Ms. Suwatanapongched helped found and launch the Thai American Bar Association (“TABA”) and served as its Founding President. TABA is the first organization to support Thai and Thai-American legal professionals in the United States. She currently serves on TABA's Advisory Board. Ms. Suwatanapongched also serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles (“APABA”), where she has served on the Board of Governors since 2007 and was its President in 2015.
In addition to her leadership roles externally, Ms. Suwatanapongched is an active member of the firm's diversity group, the Diversity and Inclusion Attorney Network. She is also a representative on Sheppard Mullin's Associates Forum.
•Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Posts
• Baker v. Microsoft Corporation Revisited: Video Gaming Company Seeks to Stop Class Action Plaintiffs From Shortcutting the Appeals Process, May 8, 2015
• Baker v. Microsoft Corporation: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Class Action Against Video Gaming Company May Make It More Difficult to Defeat Class Actions, April 28, 2015
• Dennis v. Kellogg Company: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Sets Aside Class Action Settlement Because Terms Did Not Meet Legal Standards for Cy Pres Distribution, September 17, 2012
• California Court of Appeal Clarifies Breach of Warranty Law in Class Actions and Vacates Order Certifying Class of Consumers in American Honda Motor Company, Inc. v. Superior Court, December 9, 2011
• California Court of Appeal Holds Class Action Waiver in Commercial Contract Not Unconscionable, September 21, 2010
• Second Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Arbitration Provision Waiving Class Actions Unenforceable And Applies Stolt-Nielsen to Deny Class Arbitration, July 30, 2010
Video Game Law Blog Posts
• Baker v. Microsoft Corporation Revisited: Microsoft Seeks to Stop Class Action Plaintiffs From Shortcutting the Appeals Process, May 14, 2015
• Baker v. Microsoft Corporation: Game Companies Beware, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision May Make It More Difficult to Defeat Class Actions, April 15, 2015
• Redbox Collection of ZIP Codes Does Not Violate Song-Beverly Privacy Rights, July 11, 2014
• Kid Gamers: Safe Harbors for Video Game Providers, February 28, 2014
• Machinima: Machine + Cinema, March 16, 2010
•Advisory Board/Former Founding President, Thai American Bar Association
•Advisory Board/Past President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles
•Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
•Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
•Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers