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James Schurz represents clients in federal and state courts in the areas of consumer protection, advertising, product liability, environmental, and food law.
Mr. Schurz has broad experience representing manufacturers, retailers, and resource companies involving a diverse range of consumer products, technologies, and industries. His recent cases have involved fruit juice, coffee, soft drinks, dietary supplements, baby food, over-the-counter drugs, home electronics, and semiconductor chips. Mr. Schurz has served as trial counsel in class actions, MDL proceedings, jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. He has appeared extensively in courts throughout California, in particular, San Francisco Superior Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the California Courts of Appeal.
Mr. Schurz has advised and defended clients in actions related to Proposition 65 (California's unique toxics and labeling law) and California's consumer protection and unfair competition laws. He recently prevailed in Environmental Law Foundation v. Beech-Nut et al., the largest Prop. 65 food case to go to trial. He regularly handles litigation and trial of suits brought by private litigants and law enforcement officials for unfair business practices and false advertising claims against manufacturers and retailers.
Mr. Schurz has deep experience with many of the world's leading arbitration forums, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, and UNCITRAL. He has handled arbitrations involving intellectual property, distribution contracts, fuel contracts, joint ventures, and the development of infrastructure projects. He also has broad experience litigating the enforceability of arbitration clauses in federal and state courts. He is co-chair of the San Francisco Bar Association's Arbitration Committee and co-chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Advocacy Committee.
Rachel Lowe is an attorney with Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group. Rachel represents clients in a variety of industries, including food and beverage and insurance, in class actions and other complex commercial disputes. She often works hand in hand with regulatory counsel to advise industry-leading food producers facing litigation and investigations. She regularly practices in state and federal trial and appellate courts in false advertising class action cases stemming from product labeling. Rachel also has experience representing clients in product litigation, trademark, and employment matters.
Rachel has been repeatedly recognized as one of Southern California’s “Rising Star” lawyers. She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California.