Overview

Zoë Wilhelm harnesses complex facts to advocate on behalf of her clients in class action, accounting and valuation litigation. She also represents companies in routine business disputes, working with her clients to devise strategies that meet their goals. While Zoë has experience litigating in California state and federal court, her litigation practice is national. Zoë is the co-leader of the firm’s retail industry group.

Leveraging her accounting and valuation litigation experience, Zoë defends appraisal actions following short-form mergers, lawsuits challenging the price paid in forced buyouts and disputes related to existing entities. She has a deep understanding of complex financial issues, including those related to allocations, the valuation of pass-through entities and discount rates.

Zoë also defends consumer class actions involving claims asserted under state consumer protection laws such as the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law, the California Gift Card Law, the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and implied and express warranty law. Zoë is well-versed in class action procedural issues, such as one-way intervention, mandatory (no opt-out) classes, exceptions to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) jurisdiction and class certification.

Zoë honed her trial skills at the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy at Stanford Law School, one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended telecommunications company in a class action asserting violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Successfully defended car manufacturer in a class action asserting violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act
  • Obtained advantageous class-wide settlement of California Invasion of Privacy Act claims in one of two competing class actions and successfully defended settlement from proposed intervenors
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of pharmaceutical company in an age discrimination case after successfully removing the case to federal court on the basis of fraudulent joinder
  • Defended insurance company in class action alleging the insurer improperly charged for workers compensation insurance for independent contractors

Credentials

Bar Admissions

California
New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. Journal of Constitutional Law (2009)

Yale University
B.A. (2004)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Firm Leadership

  • Co-Leader, Retail Industry Group; Hiring Committee
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