Roland Tellis co-manages Baron & Budd’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.
Tellis has represented clients in numerous jury trials, including several significant disputes. In 2005, Tellis received commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his assistance in the successful prosecution of a $120 million securities Ponzi scheme perpetrated by foreign currency traders. Tellis also represented a multinational food company in litigation directed at the theft of its trade secrets by competing scientists. Tellis represented the owner of a commercial real estate portfolio in a large-scale litigation. And, Tellis also represented the Screen Actors’ Guild and members of its national board.
Tellis has become a leader in representing plaintiffs in multidistrict class action litigation and has become a formidable force in protecting consumer rights. Tellis 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. Tellis’ experience exemplifies the depth and breadth of resources that Baron & Budd provides for its clients.
Some of Tellis’ consumer class actions include Bias et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, a putative 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 bank fees; Payne et al. v. Bank of America, et al., a putative class action involving manipulation of the LIBOR U.S. Dollar rate; In re L’Oreal Wrinkle Cream Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, a putative class action involving fraudulent marketing of skin care products; In re: Avon Anti-Aging Skincare Creams and Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, a putative class action involving fraudulent marketing of skin care products; In Re: Brazilian Blowout Litigation, class counsel in the certified 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 putative class action concerning premature transmission failure in MINI Cooper vehicles; and in In re: Alexia Foods, Inc. Litigation, a putative class action concerning false advertising, fraud, and misrepresentations concerning frozen food products.
Tellis served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and is a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Tellis is Co-Chair of the Settlement Panel of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Tellis is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and was Chair of an annual program entitled “Taking and Defending Depositions.” He was recognized as a “Rising Star” from 2004-2007 (Thomson Reuters) and a “Super Lawyer” from 2008-2012 (Thomson Reuters).
Tellis earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1996 and a B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992.