Elizabeth Sperling

Partner
t:  619.762.5953 (San Diego)
t:  310.556.7860 (Century City)
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Elizabeth Sperling is a litigation partner and Glaser Weil’s co-office managing partner in San Diego. Elizabeth focuses her practice on the representation of financial institutions and other consumer-facing businesses (including in the food and beverage, products, retail, and gaming spaces), real estate companies, property owners and high net worth individuals. 

Elizabeth has extensive trial, arbitration and appellate experience in class actions, business torts, unfair business practices and related consumer protection actions (Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA)), unfair debt collection practices, loan workouts, state attorneys general investigations and litigation, and products liability and complex toxic tort cases.

Elizabeth is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in California and Arizona as well as in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She was consistently recognized as a “Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers and was previously named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential Minority Attorneys” list.

Before joining Glaser Weil, Elizabeth was a partner at an Am Law 50 firm. She is actively involved in diversity and inclusion efforts at the firm level and within the broader legal community.

  • University of Arizona, J.D.

  • Arizona State University, B.A.

  • California

  • Arizona

  • Commercial Litigation

    Served as lead counsel representing a country club in an attorney general investigation concerning consumer complaints of alleged false and unfair business practices and false advertising. Negotiated an extremely favorable prelitigation settlement with no penalties or damages.

    Lead litigation counsel defending a large consumer retailer in high-profile, bet-the-company litigation brought by the California Attorney General’s Office. Defeated the Attorney General’s application for a preliminary injunction that would have destroyed the client’s business.

    Lead litigation counsel representing a national retailer in an action for damages against the Controller of the State of California, represented by the California Attorney General’s Office. Prevailed on summary judgment.

    Lead litigation counsel representing owners and operators of private golf country clubs and business clubs in massive unclaimed property litigation brought by the California Attorney General’s Office. Co-counsel in a companion False Claims Act and unfair business practices action also brought by the Attorney General’s Office.

    Lead litigation counsel in an action for damages against the State of Delaware and private companies for wrongful seizure and liquidation of stock that cost millions of dollars in lost value to foreign clients.

    Represented a major multinational petroleum company in complex franchise disputes involving the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act. Defeated all franchisee motions for preliminary and injunctive relief at the district court and Ninth Circuit.

    Represented a private equity firm in arbitration initiated by a former managing member.

    Defended a book publisher in a defamation and invasion of privacy action seeking millions of dollars in damages. Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of the client before a hearing on our motion for summary judgment.

    Obtained terminating sanctions on behalf of a major multinational petroleum corporation in large-scale, complex environmental litigation.

  • Class Action Litigation

    Obtained dismissal with prejudice for one of the country’s largest ATM owner-operators in an unfair competition class action.

    Secured two orders granting motions to dismiss a major class action against one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers, resulting in dismissal of the action.

    Negotiated pre-suit settlement of a large threatened class action for CLRA and false advertising claims against one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers.

    Represented a university in a fraud and false advertising class action brought by a former student.

    Obtained dismissal of a fraud and breach of contract class action against a business debt renegotiation service.

  • Financial Services Litigation

    Counsel to major national banks in numerous actions filed throughout California alleging false, unfair and fraudulent debt collection and business practices (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Rosenthal Act, TILA, FCRA, ECOA, EFTA, TCPA, Section 17200 of the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL), Section 17500 of the California False Advertising Law (FAL), CLRA, California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act, etc.).

    Represented many banks, mortgage servicers and lenders in financial services litigation involving wrongful foreclosure, the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, the Home Affordable Modification Program, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, UCL section 17200 and FAL section 17500, unfair business practices claims, and assorted common law claims.

    Outside general counsel to community bank and mortgage lenders handling nationwide portfolios of consumer litigation brought under various state and federal laws from Hawaii to Puerto Rico.

  • Real Estate Litigation

    Tried a forcible entry and detainer – eviction action, representing the tenant, in a commercial lease dispute. Negotiated favorable settlement for the tenant.

    Defeated summary judgment in a breach of lease action brought by a commercial landlord against the tenant-client.

    Co-chaired a trial resulting in a defense verdict for a client arising from a claim for prescriptive easement over the client’s property. Safeguarded the defense verdict on appeal.

    Handled numerous easement disputes in California, Arizona and Hawaii, adverse possession cases, quiet title litigation, residential and commercial foreclosure litigation, lease disputes, and title curative actions.

    Represented developers and homeowners in property litigation and prelitigation against city and state government entities.

  • Products Liability and Toxic Torts Litigation

    Represented a Fortune 100 company in several actions involving claims for wrongful death and severe catastrophic injuries resulting from bacterial contamination of household products. 

    Litigated and settled numerous Prop 65 cases for food, beverage, household and consumer products.

    Counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in nationwide opioid litigation.

    Counsel to a multinational Fortune 100 company in numerous strict products liability and toxic tort actions, including benzene exposure claims, with millions of dollars in alleged damages. Obtained dismissals for the client from several complex actions for no payment following the filing of motions for summary judgment.

    Co-chaired a three-week jury trial in an occupational benzene exposure case. Secured a settlement for the client during trial after obtaining key evidentiary rulings on pretrial motions.

    Defended an international appliance company in a wrongful death action in which an individual sustained second- and third-degree burns over 95 percent of his body. Secured complete dismissal of the action for an extremely low settlement.

    Drafted motions obtaining dismissals of global product manufacturers from complex products liability and breach of warranty actions brought in California and Nevada.

  • Arizona State University Los Angeles Leadership Council

  • Ark Theatre Company, former President and Chair 

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers 

  • California Minority Counsel Program, 2017 Conference Planning Committee 

  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego 

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

  • Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles (LA5)

  • San Diego County Bar Association

  • State Bar of California, Committee on Federal Courts 

  • Thrive Scholars (fka South Central Scholars), Mentor

  • University of Arizona College of Law Dean’s Economic Council

  • "500 Leading Litigators in America," Lawdragon, 2024

  • “Most Influential Minority Attorney,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019

  • “The California Supreme Court Limits Tort Liability of Lenders and Servicers,” The Recorder, March 15, 2022.

  • “A Significant Case for All California Mortgage Lenders,” Law360, May 23, 2019.

  • “High Court Lusnak Rejection Brings Uncertainty for Lenders,” Law360, January 25, 2019.

  • “How Intangible Harms Can Result in Tangible FCRA Damages in California’s Post-Spokeo Landscape,” California Litigation, Vol. 30, No. 2, August 2017.

  • “Another Arrow in the Quiver: Defending Against Homeowners’ Challenges to Residential Foreclosures,” Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Vol. 21, No. 4, June 27, 2017.

  • Speaker, “Gen X: Career Blueprint: What Your Next 10 Years Should Look Like,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color 17th Annual Career Strategies Conference, September 25, 2021.

  • Speaker, “Navigating: Biglaw Firm Experience and the Path to Law Firm Partner, In-House Counsel to General Counsel,” 16th Annual Career Strategies Conference, hosted by Corporate Counsel Women of Color, September 30, 2020.

  • Speaker, “Build an Internal Network to Drive Diversity,” sponsored by the California Minority Counsel Program and the Legal Marketing Association of Southern California, July 16, 2019.

  • Speaker, “Moving Beyond Bias,” 2019 California CLE Seminar, co-sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel SoCal, January 15, 2019.

  • Speaker, “How to Make the Most Out of Your End-of-the-Year Performance Evaluation When Meeting with Senior Management,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color, October 10–12, 2018.