Before joining Baron & Budd in 2014, Evan Zucker represented clients in matters which had positive ramifications across the country for those who had been victims of improper mortgage and loan-service fees. He has been appointed class counsel or co-class counsel in more than a dozen state and nationwide class action matters dealing with such corporate malfeasance. In three such cases, Mr. Zucker successfully recovered compensation for mortgage holders in California, New Jersey and Massachusetts who had been improperly charged late fees and mortgage-related servicing fees.
Earlier in 2014, Mr. Zucker worked as part of a trial team which won a verdict on behalf of an elderly couple against a home insurance company in a matter stemming from the total destruction of their home during the 2009 Los Angeles wildfire known as the Station fire. In that case, the jury made a finding that allowed punitive damages against the insurer for acting with malice toward the couple, essentially forcing them to live in a cramped hotel room for two and a half years while the insurance company repeatedly and fraudulently denied them the full value of their insurance claim.
Before starting work at Baron & Budd, Mr. Zucker also represented several individuals in civil rights cases against various state and local law enforcement entities, receiving several favorable settlements for these citizens. Additionally, he worked with California senators to pass legislation protecting the privacy of Californians who were victimized by online extortion schemes which posted consumers' personal information. Evan was instrumental in furthering litigation aimed at shutting down these cyber-thieves.
Evan was in middle school when his family's home was devastated by the Northridge earthquake in 1994. At the time he saw the tremendous impact that industry-wide insurance practices could have on middle class families, especially after a natural disaster. As a result of this experience, even before deciding to attend law school, Evan gravitated toward work in law firms that handled cases against insurance companies, including those against insurers who engaged in malicious claims handling practices. Ultimately, Evan found himself working to recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of commercial and residential policyholders faced with catastrophic losses after that same 1994 Northridge earthquake. As a result of these experiences, he was inspired to seek a career in law. Evan has been representing citizen plaintiffs ever since, and will continue that work as a part of Baron & Budd's Banking Fraud and Automotive Defect team.
In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing basketball and likes to snowboard in winter. And although he learned to juggle balls in the air as a youth, these days he prefers to concentrate his multitasking skills on giving Baron & Budd's clients the best representation possible.
'Earthquake insurance: the dim reality' Los Angeles Daily Journal (September 5, 2014)
'New Bill Targets Internet Extortion' Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 28, 2014)
'Unfair practices law not a shield against suits by insureds' Los Angeles Daily Journal (Nov. 14, 2013)
'Unintended consequences of Dodd-Frank reform laws.' Los Angeles Daily Journal (Oct. 24, 2013)
'A rent-to-own computer spying case.' Los Angeles Daily Journal (Dec 21, 2012)
'New law proposes to limit length of depos in California.' Los Angeles Daily Journal (Aug 13, 2012)
'Class actions - a device for the greater good?' Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 15, 2012)
'How Do California's Privacy Laws Protect Consumers' Los Angeles Daily Journal (Dec 14, 2011) - Guest Column (Front Page)
'Online Privacy: Can the Law Deal with History Sniffing?' San Francisco Daily Journal (Jan 26, 2011)
'Expanding the Waistline of Executive Branch: Federal Exemption of the Foreign Affairs Powers,' Los Angeles Daily Journal (Oct 22, 2010)
'Financial Reform: The Shifting Pendulum of Preemption,' Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 23, 2010)
'Is the Supreme Court Ready To Validate Class Action Waivers?' Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 20, 2010)
'Federal Law Trumps State Class Action Rules,' Los Angeles Daily Journal (April 7, 2010)
'Trends in Federal Preemption of Products-Liability Cases,' Advocate (March 2010)
'Are Your Clients Violating State or Federal Law Wiretapping Laws?' Century City Lawyer (Feb 2010)
Loyola Law School of Los Angeles (J.D., 2009)
University of California, Los Angeles (B.S. in Mathematics/Economics 2003)
California State Court admission in December 2009
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
Super Lawyers Rising Star, Consumer Litigation (Thomson Reuters 2013-2014)
American Association for Justice
Consumer Attorneys of California
Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Certified Los Angeles County Mediator
Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Young Lawyers Division