Darius Ogloza, the firm’s senior partner, is an accomplished trial lawyer, with more than twenty-five years of experience in complex business litigation and insurance litigation. He is a former partner at Latham & Watkins, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, and clerked at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Darius Ogloza attended the law school at the University of Virginia where he was Articles Development Editor of the Virginia Law Review and received the Alumni Award for Academic Excellence, presented to the graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Immediately after completing law school, Mr. Ogloza clerked for the Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then joined Latham & Watkins LLP as an associate (1994-2000) and as a partner in the firm’s litigation department (2001-2012), including as Assistant Chair and as Chair of the San Francisco litigation department (2003-2006).
While at Latham & Watkins, Mr. Ogloza led a multi-faceted complex business litigation practice with a dual focus on defending consumer class actions, especially in the energy, technology, financial services and healthcare spaces and securing private indemnity and insurance recovery on behalf of corporate policyholders under CGL, E&O, D&O and EPL policies. He has broad experience in all facets of complex litigation proceedings, including federal multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings, securities and consumer class action proceedings in both federal and California courts, and coordinated proceedings in California courts.
Mr. Ogloza has broad experience litigating cases under California’s statutory unfair competition and false advertising laws (Bus. & Prof. Code §§17200, 17500), the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the deceptive practices acts of numerous other states, including Florida, Texas, Arizona and Missouri, as well as under common law contract and tort theories. In the 1990s, Mr. Ogloza was one of the principal trial lawyers responsible for securing a defense judgment in one of the first actions to be brought to trial under § 17200 of the California Business & Professions Code.
Mr. Ogloza has appeared in more than a dozen Superior Courts across the State of California as well as in the U.S. federal district courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California. He has also appeared in proceedings in federal district courts across the country including in the United States district courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Delaware, the District of Puerto Rico, the District of Kansas and the Western District of Washington. Mr. Ogloza has also appeared in several matters in the Superior and Chancery Courts of Delaware and has argued before the Delaware Supreme Court as well as before the appellate courts of California and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Ogloza was the principal architect of the legal defense presented in Klein v. Chevron, L.A. Superior Court, a case which was selected by the California Daily Journal as among the top 10 defense victories in 2009. His appellate victories include published decisions in Gateway v. Ticor, Appriva LLC v. ev3 and Alvarez v. Chevron.
Since forming Ogloza Fortney LLP in January 2013, Mr. Ogloza has secured two significant defense wins.
In June 2013, Mr. Ogloza secured the dismissal without leave to amend of a putative class action complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging violation of Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200 and the CLRA, against a major west coast hospital system. Shortly thereafter, in July 2013, Mr. Ogloza helped secure summary judgment on behalf of his client, a global energy company, in three class action cases originally filed in three California district courts, alleging violations of section 17200, the CLRA and several common law claims based on allegedly unfair retail motor fuel sales practices. This decision was reported at Law 360, July 22, 2013 (In re: Motor Fuel Temperature Sales Practices Litigation, case number 2:07-md-01840, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas).