Overview

Shelley G. Hurwitz is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Los Angeles office. Ms. Hurwitz has extensive experience defending product manufacturers against individual and class action claims for personal injuries, property damage and alleged violations of consumer protection and privacy statutes. As a member of the firm's Aviation Team, she has represented numerous foreign and domestic airlines in personal injury claims, class actions and other civil matters. She has represented defendants in numerous toxic exposure cases, and claims under California's Proposition 65.

In addition to her product liability and aviation practices, Ms. Hurwitz is a member of a national team of attorneys, fiduciary accountants and paralegals who advocate on behalf of nonprofit organizations as beneficiaries of matured bequests. Ms. Hurwitz and the team follow donor intent by reducing administration fees, maximizing gift value and expediting distributions. Leveraging off Holland & Knight's national footprint and technology, all probate and trust administration matters are managed in a paperless environment, with client access to working files.

Ms. Hurwitz has extensive experience in state and federal court, and before the California Appellate Courts, California Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in class and individual matters.

Experience

Product Liability and Consumer Class Action Litigation Matters

  • Defended a handheld torch manufacturer in numerous catastrophic personal injury claims at the trial court level and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; multiple wins at the trial and appellate level
  • Defended health-related organizations against class action claims of violation of California's consumer privacy statutes; case dismissed at the pleading stage
  • Defended pharmacies against class action claims of violation of California's consumer laws; case dismissed at the pleading stage, with the dismissal affirmed by the Appellate Court and California Supreme Court
  • Defended an airline against multiple class actions, including privacy class actions and claims for improper baggage fees
  • Defended numerous defendants against class claims that the defendant's call recording practices violated California's penal laws
  • Defended car seat manufacturers against wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims
  • Defended a glass manufacturer against wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims
  • Defended multiple domestic and foreign airlines against personal injury and wrongful death claims
  • Defended numerous chemical manufacturers against claims that exposure to their products caused disease
  • Defended an appliance manufacturer against claims that appliances caused fire and water damage to property, and caused catastrophic injuries to consumers
  • Defended a car rental company against class action alleging violation of consumer protection laws
  • Defended a nail gun manufacturer against claims that product caused injury to users
  • Defended a blinds manufacture against claims that product caused injury to child
  • Defended a trucking company against wrongful death suit arising from accident at a trucking yard

Credentials

Education
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A.
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Supreme Court of California
Honors & Awards
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award, 2014

Publications

Speaking Engagements

News