Berman Tabacco

Kristin J. Moody

Partner

Kristin J. Moody

Kristin J. Moody, a partner in Berman Tabacco’s San Francisco office, is dedicated to delivering financial justice to investors and consumers and fights hard for them every day through her prosecution of securities and consumer financial fraud class actions.

For almost two decades, Kristin has litigated high profile complex class actions in courts across the country, achieving substantial results for clients.  She has played a leading role in the prosecution of class actions that have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured classes.  Kristin also analyzes potential securities law and consumer law violations and advises clients on potential claims.

Kristin has published several articles in the areas of financial fraud and securities class actions. She has also taught Business Law at Fisher College and sat on the Fisher College Advisory Board.  Active in her community, Kristin also previously sat on the National Advisory Board for the non-profit, Generation Citizen.  Prior to joining Berman Tabacco, Kristin practiced at two prominent international law firms where she represented clients in securities class actions, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission actions, and U.S. Department of Justice and regulatory investigations.

Experience

  • One of the lead members of the team and managed the day-to-day prosecution of In re Zynga Securities Litigation, No. 12-cv-04007 (N.D. Cal.), which alleged defendants misled investors regarding the company’s financial condition and core business metrics, including leading up to a large secondary offering of insiders’ stock.  The case resulted in a settlement of $23 million for investors.
  • Lead partner for the firm in McLaughlin v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 3:15-cv-02904-WHA (N.D. Cal.), which achieved a precedent-setting opinion holding that the defendant Wells Fargo Bank, NA is required under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) to indicate the amount of property insurance proceeds held by the bank on the plaintiff customer’s payoff statement.  The litigation ultimately attained a settlement providing the damages class with 88% of the maximum damages available under TILA and requiring Wells Fargo to disclose insurance claim funds on all of its payoff statements going forward.
  • Counsel for co-lead plaintiff Ohio Public Employees Retirement System in a securities fraud class action against BP plc and certain officers and directors, In re BP PLC Sec. Litig., No. 10-md-2185 (S.D. Tex.), which arose out of the 2010 explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  The team achieved a $175 million settlement on behalf of holders of BP’s American Depository Shares.
  • One of the lead members of the team representing lead plaintiff State Universities Retirement System of Illinois in the prosecution of In re General Electric Co. Securities Litigation, No. 09 Civ. 01951 (S.D.N.Y.), which alleged that GE concealed substantial liquidity and credit risks in its financial services unit, GE Capital.  The case resulted in a settlement of $40 million for investors.
  • Served as one of the lead members of the team and managed and oversaw the day to day prosecution of In re Force Protection Securities Litigation, No. 2:08-cv-845 CWH (D.S.C.), representing co-lead plaintiff Laborers’ Annuity and Benefit System of Chicago.  The case settled for $24 million for investors.
  • Managed and oversaw the day-to-day prosecution on behalf of Massachusetts Laborers’ Pension Fund of the securities class action, In re International Rectifier Securities Litigation, No. 07-cv-02544 (C.D. Cal.), against International Rectifier Corp. and several of its former officers and directors, alleging accounting fraud at the company.  The team attained a settlement of $90 million for investors.
  • Second chaired a federal bench trial and primarily responsible for all discovery and preparation leading up to the trial.

Community Involvement

  • Generation Citizen (former National Advisory Board member)
  • Fisher College (former Advisory Board member)
  • American Civil Liberties Union

Publications, Presentations & Appearances

  • Contributor, The Class Act, National Association of Securities and Class Action Attorneys (April 2010)
  • Contributor, Annual Survey of Securities Class Actions and Derivative Suits: 1999, ABA (2000)
Kristin J. Moody Partner
San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104

Kristin J. Moody, a partner in Berman Tabacco’s San Francisco office, is dedicated to delivering financial justice to investors and consumers and fights hard for them every day through her prosecution of securities and consumer financial fraud class actions.

For almost two decades, Kristin has litigated high profile complex class actions in courts across the country, achieving substantial results for clients.  She has played a leading role in the prosecution of class actions that have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured classes.  Kristin also analyzes potential securities law and consumer law violations and advises clients on potential claims.

Kristin has published several articles in the areas of financial fraud and securities class actions. She has also taught Business Law at Fisher College and sat on the Fisher College Advisory Board.  Active in her community, Kristin also previously sat on the National Advisory Board for the non-profit, Generation Citizen.  Prior to joining Berman Tabacco, Kristin practiced at two prominent international law firms where she represented clients in securities class actions, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission actions, and U.S. Department of Justice and regulatory investigations.

Education
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M., 2003)
  • Boston College Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1999)
  • Bucknell University (B.A., cum laude, 1995)
Experience
  • One of the lead members of the team and managed the day-to-day prosecution of In re Zynga Securities Litigation, No. 12-cv-04007 (N.D. Cal.), which alleged defendants misled investors regarding the company’s financial condition and core business metrics, including leading up to a large secondary offering of insiders’ stock.  The case resulted in a settlement of $23 million for investors.
  • Lead partner for the firm in McLaughlin v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 3:15-cv-02904-WHA (N.D. Cal.), which achieved a precedent-setting opinion holding that the defendant Wells Fargo Bank, NA is required under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) to indicate the amount of property insurance proceeds held by the bank on the plaintiff customer’s payoff statement.  The litigation ultimately attained a settlement providing the damages class with 88% of the maximum damages available under TILA and requiring Wells Fargo to disclose insurance claim funds on all of its payoff statements going forward.
  • Counsel for co-lead plaintiff Ohio Public Employees Retirement System in a securities fraud class action against BP plc and certain officers and directors, In re BP PLC Sec. Litig., No. 10-md-2185 (S.D. Tex.), which arose out of the 2010 explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.  The team achieved a $175 million settlement on behalf of holders of BP’s American Depository Shares.
  • One of the lead members of the team representing lead plaintiff State Universities Retirement System of Illinois in the prosecution of In re General Electric Co. Securities Litigation, No. 09 Civ. 01951 (S.D.N.Y.), which alleged that GE concealed substantial liquidity and credit risks in its financial services unit, GE Capital.  The case resulted in a settlement of $40 million for investors.
  • Served as one of the lead members of the team and managed and oversaw the day to day prosecution of In re Force Protection Securities Litigation, No. 2:08-cv-845 CWH (D.S.C.), representing co-lead plaintiff Laborers’ Annuity and Benefit System of Chicago.  The case settled for $24 million for investors.
  • Managed and oversaw the day-to-day prosecution on behalf of Massachusetts Laborers’ Pension Fund of the securities class action, In re International Rectifier Securities Litigation, No. 07-cv-02544 (C.D. Cal.), against International Rectifier Corp. and several of its former officers and directors, alleging accounting fraud at the company.  The team attained a settlement of $90 million for investors.
  • Second chaired a federal bench trial and primarily responsible for all discovery and preparation leading up to the trial.
Honors & Distinctions
  • Notes and Comments Editor, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review
Admissions
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern 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 Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • First Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Third Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
Affiliations
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association
  • Queen’s Bench
  • Women in Securities (WISe)
  • Public Justice
Education
  • Generation Citizen (former National Advisory Board member)
  • Fisher College (former Advisory Board member)
  • American Civil Liberties Union
Publications, Presentations & Appearances
  • Contributor, The Class Act, National Association of Securities and Class Action Attorneys (April 2010)
  • Contributor, Annual Survey of Securities Class Actions and Derivative Suits: 1999, ABA (2000)