Roland Tellis is Head of the Firm’s Class Action Practice Group and co-manages the Firm’s Los Angeles Office. His practice focuses on complex, high-profile litigation, including consumer class actions, financial fraud, business torts, corporate misconduct, automobile defect, food labeling, false advertising, securities fraud and environmental contamination. He has held leadership roles in numerous multi-state, complex class action cases, including:
- Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, a multi-state class action involving hundreds of thousands of vehicles equipped with “defeat devices” designed to evade emissions laws.
- One of three lawyers appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation, a multi-state class action involving tens of millions of vehicles equipped with a defective airbag inflator. The case involves the largest consumer product recall in U.S. history.
- Appointed Co-Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re: Southern California Gas Leak Cases, a California class action involving the largest methane gas leak in U.S. history.
- Co-Lead counsel in In Re MyFord Touch Consumer Litigation, N.D. Cal. Case No. 3:13-cv-03072-EMC. A multi-state class action involving millions of vehicles equipped with a defective “infotainment system.” (Hon. Edward M. Chen; Court Clerk: 415-522-2034)
- Lead counsel in Falco v. Nissan North America, Inc., C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:13-cv-00686-DDP. A certified class action involving hundreds of thousands of vehicles equipped with a defective timing chain system.
- Co-Lead counsel in Bias v. Wells Fargo Bank, a certified nationwide RICO class action involving millions of mortgage loans.
- Co-Lead counsel for the Mortgagor Class in In Re LIBOR-Based Financial Instrument Antitrust Litigation, a class action case filed on behalf of homeowners alleging the artificial manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate.
Mr. Tellis has represented clients in numerous jury trials, including several involving hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2005, Mr. Tellis received commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his assistance in a successful parallel prosecution of a $120 million securities Ponzi scheme perpetrated by foreign currency traders. Mr. Tellis also represented the owner of a multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolio in a lengthy jury trial over claims of an oral partnership and the Screen Actors’ Guild and members of its national board in a leadership battle.
Mr. Tellis has become a leader in representing plaintiffs in multidistrict class action litigation. He is lead class counsel in several complex class action cases, including cases in the financial services sector, the automobile industry and the food and beverage group. His experience exemplifies the depth and breadth of resources that Baron & Budd provides for its clients. Some of Mr. Tellis’ consumer class actions include Bias et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, a class action concerning fraud in the setting of default related bank fees; Stitt et al. v. Citibank et al., putative class action concerning fraud in the setting of default-related bank fees; Ellis et al. v. JPMorgan Chase et al., a putative class action concerning fraud in the setting of default-related banks fee; Payne et al. v. Bank of America, et al., a putative class action involving manipulation of the LIBOR U.S. Dollar rate; In Re: Brazilian Blowout Litigation, a class action concerning issues of fraud in connection with the sale of Brazilian Blowout hair products; Delacruz v. Cytosport, Inc., a putative class action concerning false advertising, fraud, and misrepresentations regarding dietary supplement products; Aarons et al. v. BMW of North America, LLC et al., a class action concerning premature transmission failure in MINI Cooper vehicles and in In re: Alexia Foods, Inc. Litigation, a class action concerning false advertising, fraud and misrepresentations concerning frozen food products.
Prior to joining Baron & Budd, Mr. Tellis practiced with the international law firms of Bingham McCutchen LLP and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he litigated complex cases on behalf of corporate defendants and tried multi-million dollar cases to verdict.
Mr. Tellis was named among the Best Lawyers In America (2015, 2016), a Super Lawyer (2006-2015) and was a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and Chair of its annual program entitled “Taking and Defending Depositions.” He was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and was appointed to serve as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He was the Chair of the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s Attorney Settlement Officer Panel Committee and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Central District of California to the Central District’s Attorney Admission Fund Board. Along the way, has devoted time to the pro bono representations of indigent clients and has mentored young lawyers and law students in association with the South Asian Bar Association.
Mr. Tellis earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
- Program Chair and Faculty, “Taking and Defending Depositions,” Practicing Law Institute (2009-2010)
University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1996)
University of California, Los Angeles (B.S. 1992)
Bar & Court Admissions
Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (Woodward White, Inc., 2014)
Super Lawyers, Southern California (Thomson Reuters, 2008-2013)
Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star (Thomson Reuters, 2004-2007)
Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Department of Justice (2005)
Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers, 2017)
American Bar Association
California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Century City Bar Association
Association of Business Trial Lawyers