Erin E. Meyer
Associate

emeyer@kvn.com
Tel. (415) 676-2252

Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 2009

Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude, 2006 

Clerkships

Hon. Patti B. Saris
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2009-2011 

Bar Admissions

California

Massachusetts 

Erin E. Meyer

In addition to winning a high-stakes patent trial and $100 million commercial arbitration, Ms. Meyer represents clients in challenging class actions and complex commercial litigation.  While running the discovery process and preparing witnesses, Ms. Meyer uses her ability to marshal complex facts to either win at trial or summary judgment, or to position her case for a successful settlement.   

She is also continuing the work she began as a Yale Public Interest Fellow, where she litigated affirmative and defensive political asylum claims before the Boston Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She is currently handling immigration matters pro bono, representing domestic violence survivors seeking asylum as well as unaccompanied minors.  

Ms. Meyer is fluent in Spanish.

Cases of Note

Downey v. Public Storage and Perez v. Public Storage: We are defending the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, in two class actions filed in California alleging violations of Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Both matters are pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Cobarruviaz, et al. v. Instacart: We defeated a putative class action filed against a leading on-demand technology company, Instacart, which connects customers with personal shoppers for grocery shopping and home delivery. The class action addressed an issue critical to the new “sharing economy”: whether personal shoppers who use Instacart’s technology platform were properly considered independent contractors rather than employees. The court issued its order dismissing the class action claims on November 3, 2015.

Independent Contractors v. Caviar: We represent Caviar, a technology company that connects food-delivery professionals with consumers and restaurants that might not otherwise offer a delivery option. In 2015, we defeated a putative class action filed against Caviar, in which independent contractors offering courier services alleged that they should instead be classified as employees. The court dismissed the class-action claims and compelled individual arbitration on November 16, 2015. We are currently representing the company in an individual arbitration addressing identical claims.

Bowe v. Public Storage: We defended the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, from a consumer class action lawsuit. The plaintiff alleged our client deceived customers who bought tenant insurance policies. The plaintiff claimed Public Storage sold tenant insurance to him and other storage consumers without properly disclosing that the company retains a “substantial portion” of the premiums. The suit claimed that the insurance program offered by Public Storage was “a hidden profit center for itself that kicks back unconscionable profits at the expense of consumers.” The suit, filed in Miami federal court, sought restitution for all of the insurance premiums paid to Public Storage by its customers over the past four years. Within three months of being retained, and just seven months before trial, we prevailed on a Summary Judgment Motion which dismissed the class’ RICO claim. The matter settled favorably two days before trial.

Round Rock Research LLC v. SanDisk Corporation: We defended SanDisk from numerous patent assertions by Round Rock, including a total of 15 patents asserted in two separate litigations in the District of Delaware, and 12 patents asserted in another case in the Northern District of California. We prevailed in all adjudicated phases of the Delaware and California actions before the parties reached a broad settlement. In the California action, we secured final judgment in favor of SanDisk after obtaining a summary-judgment victory based on patent exhaustion. In the first Delaware phase, which culminated with a jury trial on two asserted patents, we obtained a defense verdict invalidating most asserted claims of both patents, and finding no infringement as to the other claims. In the next Delaware phase, a second jury trial was vacated after we obtained summary judgment invalidating claims from a third patent asserted by Round Rock. The other patents in the Delaware actions remained pending adjudication when the parties settled.

Oracle America Inc. v. CedarCrestone, Inc.: We helped our client CedarCrestone, Inc. reach a successful settlement in this copyright infringement suit. Oracle had sued former business partner CedarCrestone Inc. in California federal court, accusing it of misappropriating Oracle's intellectual property during their partnership and then using its partner status to attract customers.

Company v. Former Chief Executive Officer: Our client's former CEO threatened litigation over his termination and the conversion of his equity interests in the company. On behalf of the company, we sought declaratory relief in arbitration. The former CEO brought counterclaims seeking more than $100 million in damages. Following a three-week hearing, the arbitrator granted our client's request for declaratory relief and dismissed all counterclaims, finding for our client on every disputed legal and factual issue.

Honors and Awards

Yale Law School

  • Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Student Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

Duke University

  • Mellon Undergraduate Award in Latin American Studies
  • William J. Griffith Service Award
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