Jennifer Romano is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office and is a member of the Litigation Group. Jennifer focuses her practice on defending companies against unfair competition and consumer class actions, and representing major retailers and health care companies in litigation matters. Jennifer represents clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts as well as in arbitration and mediation. Her clients include major retailers, health plans, financial services and professional services firms. Jennifer was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top Women Litigators in California.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Jennifer was a partner at Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. Previously, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer, United States District Court for the Central District of California.
- Defended a national health plan in lawsuits filed by groups of emergency room physicians seeking reimbursement for services provided to health plan patients for whom financial liability had been delegated to other entities under California law. Jennifer argued the defendants’ joint demurrer, and the Court sustained the joint demurrer without leave to amend. The matter is now on appeal.
- Represent multi-national rental car company in defending against multiple representative and class actions alleging unfair competition, false advertising and statutory violations. In a putative class action alleging violation of constitutional rights, Jennifer obtained judgment on behalf of her clients at the pleading stage on the ground that private rental car companies are not state actors subject to constitutional claims. The judgment was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit. Jennifer is also lead counsel for the rental car company in a putative class action alleging unfair and unlawful business practices relating to consumer charges.
- Represented a major health plan against putative class action claims brought on behalf of health care consumers who obtained emergency medical treatment. Jennifer led the case team in filing a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims for failure to exhaust administrative remedies under the Medicare Act and ERISA. The Court granted the motion to dismiss and the case was dismissed prior to any discovery being taken.
- Defended against lawsuit brought by elderly homeowners who asserted fraud and negligence in the sale of homes located on the site of a former landfill. Plaintiffs sought $7 million in damages at trial, and a judgment was entered in an amount totaling just $43,223. On appeal, the judgment was overturned and a verdict entered in favor of Jennifer’s client.
- Represent major retailers in real estate disputes relating to cotenancy provisions, CAM charges, taxes and property damage. Won summary judgment in two separate actions on behalf of a major retailer in co-tenancy disputes with shopping center landlords.
- Defended an expert consulting company in a contract dispute filed by its former employee and forensic accounting expert. Jennifer successfully challenged the plaintiff’s attempt to bypass his obligation to exhaust administrative remedies, and defeated plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, which then led to a favorable settlement for her client.
- Defended Yahoo! Inc. and its affiliates in consumer class actions, breach of contract claims, business torts and trade secrets disputes. Obtained defense judgment against putative class action claims challenging Yahoo!'s First Amendment right to determine the content of its search results.
- Jennifer has an active pro bono practice. She represents Volunteers of America in a lease dispute with a landlord that houses VOA's early childhood development program. She also represented an asylum applicant, a 19-year-old Coptic Christian woman, who faced oppression if deported to Egypt. Jennifer supervised two junior associates in an asylum hearing before an immigration judge, and as a result, the teenager was allowed to remain in the United States.