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Third Party and Expanded Liability Claims Against Lawyers


Speaker(s): James B. Kobak, Jr., Rita M. Haeusler
Recorded on: Feb. 15, 2017
PLI Program #: 208033

Rita Haeusler is a partner in Hughes Hubbard’s litigation practice and head of the firm’s Los Angeles office. She has more than 25 years experience litigating in a variety of state and federal courts throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest, Tennessee, New Jersey and New York, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Her practice focuses primarily on complex litigation in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment, antitrust, class actions, e-commerce, privacy, and employment law. She has worked on a number of cases involving drug companies, including the defense of Cartwright Act and Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17200 claims brought by independent pharmacies alleging price fixing and unfair competition with respect to prescription pharmaceuticals.

Among her professional activities, she serves as a Member of the Advisory Board, of USC Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel. She is a member of Union Internationale des Avocats, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, and chair of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Council.

She received both her B.A. cum laude and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Advisory Board, USC Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel (2009-2011)
  • Member, Union Internationale des Avocats
  • Member, Board of Directors Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Ninth Circuit Advisory Council (2011 - present)
  • Member, Technology Standing Committee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court of Tennessee
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Groups and Other Information

Education Information

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., 1980, cum laude (with Departmental Honors)
  • Universidad de Salamanca

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983


James B. Kobak, Jr. is Senior Ethics Counsel and former General Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP where he formerly chaired its Practice Standards, Procedures and Ethics Committee and Antitrust Practice Group.

He is a member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the Ethics Institute and Ethics Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, the Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct of the New York State Bar Association, the Professional Discipline Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Mr. Kobak is a past president of the New York County Lawyers Association. Mr. Kobak serves as one of two editorial advisors to the New York ethics treatise published by Oxford University Press, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Law 360 Legal Ethics. He was a founder of NYCLA's American Inn of Court and was awarded NYCLA's Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal in 2006.

Mr. Kobak is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School where he was the Associate Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Kobak served as lead counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidations of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global, Inc. He taught seminars on antitrust/intellectual property issues for over a decade at Fordham and University of Virginia Law Schools and served as editor of the ABA Antitrust Sections' publication Intellectual Property Misuse: Licensing and Litigation.