Marcos D. Sasso

Of Counsel

sassom@ballardspahr.com
Tel 424.204.4324
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

Marcos Sasso focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the representation of financial services companies. Marcos advises large national banks, credit card issuers, and other lenders in class actions, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and other complex litigation and arbitration matters in California and throughout the country. He also counsels clients on regulatory compliance matters. Marcos has significant experience with the range of consumer financial services laws, including, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and state laws such as California's Unfair Competition Law, Consumers Legal Remedies Act, and Homeowners Bill of Rights.

Marcos handles matters involving preemption, identity theft, credit reporting, and fair debt collection, as well as auto financing, health care financing, commercial contracts, and retail banking disputes. He has served as lead trial counsel for financial services companies in defeating class and individual claims, and has successfully argued for the enforceability of consumer arbitration agreements in trial and appellate courts. He has designed and executed litigation strategy, led teams of attorneys, and negotiated favorable settlements for his clients.

Marcos has extensive litigation experience before the California trial courts and Courts of Appeal, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California district courts. He also has defended clients in appeals before the California and Idaho Supreme Courts and the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Representative Matters

  • Defeated class certification on behalf of national bank in a nationwide class action alleging violations of the TCPA based upon "wrong number" calls to cell phones
  • Successfully represented large national bank and major national retailer on appeal before the California Court of Appeal in putative class action challenging enforceability of bank's arbitration agreement
  • Represented large national bank and major national retailer in defeating putative class claims as preempted by the National Bank Act and OCC regulations
  • Defeated class certification on behalf of global financial services firm in an action alleging violations of various California consumer protection laws in connection with the purchase of retail installment sales contracts from California automobile dealers
  • Represented large national bank, global credit card company, and national consumer financial services company, among others, in multiple class and individual actions, including arbitrations, against allegations of improper use of auto dialers under the TCPA

Publications

Co-author, "California Supreme Court Poised to Provide Guidance on Ascertainability in Class Actions," Ballard Spahr alert, April 22, 2019

Co-author, "More Questions Than Answers in Ninth Circuit's Examination of Critical California Arbitration Issue," Ballard Spahr alert, February 22, 2019

Presenter, "Ninth Circuit Update: Anticipated Impact of Recent Decisions on Consumer Litigation," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 8, 2018

"Class Action Majority Rejected," The Daily Journal, February 2, 2018

"Case Will Test Standing of Settlement Objectors," The Daily Journal, April 17, 2017

Community Activities

Certified Intermediate American Youth Soccer Organization, youth soccer coach and Board Member

University of California, Los Angeles, Law School (J.D. 2003)
Staff Editor, UCLA Entertainment Law Review, 2001-2002

Loyola Marymount University (B.A. 2000)

California

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fourth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits