Angelica Ornelas

Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP
555 12th Street, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94607
(415) 445-4003

Angelica has substantial experience litigating class actions and other complex matters in federal courts across the country. Prior to joining BFA, Angelica was an associate at Girard Sharp, where she specialized in consumer protection and financial products litigation. While at Girard Sharp, Angelica served as co-class counsel in Prather v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., representing individuals who received illegal automated calls or text messages from the bank. Angelica was also a member of the litigation team in Daccache v. Raymond James Financial, Inc., brought on behalf of victims of the Jay Peak investment fraud—the largest in the history of the EB-5 visa program—and Larson v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A), a certified class action alleging that John Hancock improperly inflated cost of insurance charges deducted from its customers’ life insurance policies.

Before Girard Sharp, Angelica was a Fellow at the California Monitor Program, a program of the California Attorney General, where she worked closely with Congresswoman Katie Porter to ensure that the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers delivered the relief Senator Kamala Harris negotiated for Californians as part of the landmark $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement.

Angelica earned an undergraduate degree from UC Los Angeles and completed a master’s program at San José State University before receiving her law degree from UC Berkeley. After law school, she clerked for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada.

Angelica is an active member of the Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production. She recently presented at the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Electronic Discovery Seminar on topics involving collection and production of electronically stored information and advanced search methodologies. Angelica is also a member of the Federal Bar Association and a Mentor for Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy. She has been selected as a Northern California Rising Star every year since 2017.

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
J.D. (2011)

San Jose State University
M.A. (2008)

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. (2006)

California (2012)

U.S. Courts of Appeals:
Ninth Circuit (2019)

U.S. District Courts:
N.D. Cal. (2016)
C.D. Cal. (2017)
N.D. Ill. (2019)