Bleichmar Fonti & Auld

Speaker Bio

In her twenty-five year career, Lesley has focused primarily on cases that protect consumers, public entities, and the public interest. She continues to do so as the Head of BFA's Antitrust and Consumer Litigation Teams.  She has received multiple honors throughout her career, including recognition as California Attorney of the Year in 2018, a SuperLawyer since 2016, a ranking in Chambers, and induction into the Fellows of the American Bar Association in 2017.

In July 2018, Lesley was appointed as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in In re: Facebook, Inc. Consumer Privacy User Profile Litigation. The litigation consolidates more than 30 cases filed around the country alleging that Facebook violated consumer fraud and privacy laws in allowing hundreds of third party apps, including Cambridge Analytica, to bundle and sell Facebook users' personally identifiable information without their knowledge or consent. 

She also currently serves as co-lead counsel in theCalhoun et al. v. Google LLC Consumer Class Action, a nationwide data privacy class action brought on behalf of Google Chrome users alleging that Google violated its express promise not to take users' personal data when using the Chrome browser outside of synched mode.

Lesley is a member of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in the In re Google RTB Consumer Privacy Litigation, a nationwide class action challenging Google's practice of sharing and selling users' personal information through Google's digital ad auction system, Google Real-Time Bidding (RTB); and is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering committee in In re ZF-TRW Airbag Control Units Products Liability Litigation,  a class case alleging that the ZF-TRW airbag and seat belt control units in over 15 million cars are defective and may prevent airbags from inflating in the event of crash.

Lesley previously served on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in In re Volkswagen “œClean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 2672 CRB (JSC). The PSC in the Volkswagen litigation recovered $14.7 billion for class members and nearly $5 billion for the environment, the largest automotive class action recovery ever.  In June 2017, Lesley was appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee bringing claims against Fiat Chrysler and Bosch in In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability, MDL No. 17-MD-02777-EMC (“œFiat Chrysler”).  Like Volkswagen, the Fiat Chrysler lawsuit seeks to redress harm to consumers arising out of the illegal and deliberate use of devices to sense when vehicles are being tested, so that those vehicles regularly emit significant amounts of pollution on the road.

Lesley has extensive experience representing sophisticated institutional investors in landmark securities actions.  Select cases include In re Cavanaugh Securities Litig.In re Marsh & McLennan Cos. Sec. Litig.In re Cardinal Health Inc. Sec. Litig. ($600 million settlement); and In re Cisco Systems, Inc. Sec. Litig. ($99 million settlement).

Lesley is committed to public service through volunteer efforts.  She currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Securities Section for the Bar Association of San Francisco, as well as Current chair of BASF's cybersecurity and privacy committee. She has been a repeat presenter at the Bolch Institute's MDL Certificate training program and is one of the original drafters of the Duke MDL Diversity Guidelines.  She is a past Co-Chair of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, a past Co-Chair of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, past National Chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and past Vice-President and Director of the Board of the Frameline Film Festival.