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Deborah E. Arbabi

Partner

darbabi@crowell.com
Phone: +1 949.798.1318
3 Park Plaza
20th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614

Deborah E. Arbabi is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Orange County office and is a member of the firm's Antitrust & Competition Group. Deborah is a seasoned litigator with a focus on antitrust and allegations of overcharges in a variety of contexts. Deborah assists clients with achieving recovery through litigation, negotiation, and pursuit of claims, and has recovered over $1 billion for clients in recent years. She has unique experience in class action claims recovery, and devotes the majority of her practice to pursuing and maximizing claims in large antitrust and tort settlements. She is experienced in the process by which class action settlements are administered and distributed, and in resolving disputes involving allowable purchases, sufficiency of data, jurisdictional issues, and matters affecting allocations of funds.

Deborah is experienced in all aspects of complex litigation, including trial, pretrial and appellate work. She has handled matters in federal and state courts, as well as in ADR procedures. 

Deborah performs work on a pro bono basis, including matters involving deceptive financing, homelessness assistance, domestic violence, and other family law issues. Deborah served for 20 years on the Public Law Center's Board of Directors, Orange County's public interest law firm, including two years as the president of that board.

Deborah graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1993. While in law school, Deborah served as the executive notes editor for the Interdisciplinary Law Journal. She also worked with the law school's faculty in connection with representation performed for the Central District of California's Federal Indigent Defense Panel. Deborah earned her bachelor of arts in literature from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in 1990.

Deborah is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association Sections, on Litigation and Antitrust, and the California Bar Association Section on Litigation.

Education

  • Miami University, B.A. literature (1990)
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D. (1993)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: California

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Judge Considers Revisions To Apple Settlement Over Throttled iPhones Daily Journal (December 7, 2020)
Media Mentions
Apple, Others, Object to $87.7M Fee Request In IPhone Throttling Settlement The Recorder (October 7, 2020)
Media Mentions
Crowell & Moring Named Law Firm of the Year by Public Law Center (Aug.28.2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Turning Fees into Funds: Maximizing Recovery in the MC/Visa Interchange Fee Litigation," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (March 9, 2020). Authors: Daniel A. Sasse, Deborah E. Arbabi, Charlene Sun and Christy Markos.
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"Value Champion: Leveraging Investigations Teams to Impact the Bottom Line," GICLI's Fifth Annual Meeting, Incline Village, NV (October 15, 2019). Moderator: Daniel A. Sasse; Panelist: Deborah E. Arbabi.
Speech/Presentation
"Affirmative Recovery – Legal Departments Can No Longer Afford To Be Only Cost Centers," ACC Tennessee Chapter, Nashville, TN (July 11, 2019). Presenters: Deborah E. Arbabi, Daniel A. Sasse and Joe Lines.
Speech/Presentation
"Affirmative Recovery – Legal Departments Can No Longer Afford To Be Only Cost Centers," ACC Tennessee Chapter, Memphis, TN (July 10, 2019). Presenters: Deborah E. Arbabi, Daniel A. Sasse, and Joe Lines.
Speech/Presentation
"Pathways to Recovery in the MasterCard/Visa Interchange Fee Litigation," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (May 2, 2019). Authors: Deborah E. Arbabi, Daniel A. Sasse, Christy Markos and Paul I. Sung.
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Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Listed as "Highly Recommended" in Global Competition Review's 19th Annual "GCR 100" (Feb.22.2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"Maximizing Corporate Recovery," Association of Corporate Counsel, Tennessee Focus (2019). Authors: Daniel A. Sasse, Deborah E. Arbabi, Jordan Ludwig, and Paul I. Sung.
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