Profiles

james clapp

James Clapp

Attorney
(760) 209-6565, ext. 101

Jim earned his J.D. in 1989 from Northwestern University School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. He received his B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia, where has was an Echols Scholar and a National Merit Scholar.Over his 25-year career, Jim has built an impressive record of success in complex employment and consumer class action cases. He is recognized as one of the leading employment class action attorneys in California and has served as lead class counsel in more than 80 certified class action lawsuits, several of which have resulted in published opinions. Jim has spoken frequently on a wide variety of topics involving employment and consumer law and has testified before the California State Assembly on the legality of certain employment compensation practices.

Jim has earned an AV-Preeminent® rating, the highest rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell, the country’s leading attorney rating service. He has also been named as a California “Super Lawyer” since 2008, which is an honor reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in California. Jim is currently serving on the California State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (“JNE Commission”), which is tasked with evaluating candidates who are being considered for judicial appointment.

Jim has obtained verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients totaling well over $300 million. (Of course, results depend on the facts of each case, and we cannot guarantee any particular result.) Some of those results include:

$106 million
In re Citigroup Wage and Hour Cases
$50 million
Steinberg v. Morgan Stanley
$45 million
Garett v. Morgan Stanley
$44 million
Bowman v. UBS
$37 million
Burns v. Merrill Lynch
$21 million
Thill v. Edward Jones
$20 million
Takacs v. A.G. Edwards
Marita M. Lauinger

Marita M. Lauinger

Attorney
(760) 209-6565 ext. 104

Marita attended the University of Southern California and received a B.S. in Business Administration. She earned an M.B.A. in Management from San Diego State University, and her J.D. from the University of San Diego where she previously received her Paralegal Certificate.After receiving her undergraduate degree from U.S.C., Marita entered the management training program at Carter Hawley Hale department stores where she was a department manager for several years. Her legal experience includes working as a litigation paralegal at McInnis, Fitzgerald, Rees & Sharkey while she attended law school. After she completed law school and was admitted to practice law in the State of California, she worked as a litigation attorney with Callahan, McCune & Willis LLP, Dostart Clapp & Coveney LLP and Gordon & Rees LLP.

Marita has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of employment matters, including class actions and representative actions under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act, PAGA. Marita is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the State of California, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Kevin McInerney

Co-Counsel
(775) 849-3811

Kevin is a trial lawyer. A graduate of Yale Law School, Kevin has tried over 300 jury trials to verdict. He is one of the few lawyers in California to have tried multiple class actions. He has handled more than 50 appeals in the federal and state appellate courts.Kevin spent more than 20 years in the United States Attorney’s office before entering private practice. Since 1998, Kevin has specialized in representing plaintiffs in class action cases. Kevin has been appointed lead or co-lead counsel in more than 50 certified class actions involving violations of federal or state employment law. Kevin will co-counsel with Clapp Legal APC on selected cases.

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Teri Zaayer

Paralegal
(760) 209-6565, ext. 102

Teri earned her B.A degree from California Polytechnic State University. She completed the University of San Diego Paralegal Program with honors and received a M.A. degree from San Diego State University. Teri is also a Certified Digital Forensics Examiner.Teri has more than 20 years of experience as a litigation paralegal in both state and federal courts. She has worked in the areas of employment law, consumer law, and class actions. Teri also worked at the San Diego Public Defenders Office, San Diego State University, and Peregrine Systems.