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Leading Consumer Class Action Firm Changes Name to Edelson McGuire
[January 14, 2010]

Leading Consumer Class Action Firm Changes Name to Edelson McGuire

Chicago, Ill., Jan 14, 2010 ( via COMTEX) -- The national class action law firm previously known as KamberEdelson, LLC has announced that it is changing its name to Edelson McGuire, LLC. Myles McGuire, the firms newest named partner, has been with the firm and its predecessor for six years.

Six years ago, Myles knocked on my door and told me he wanted to join me in building the top consumer class action law practice in the country. Partnering up with Myles was one of the best choices I have made and making him a named partner was one of the easiest choices the firm has made, explained Jay Edelson, the firms managing partner.

The firm has racked up a string of high-profile successes over the last three years, including a $30 million settlement involving the Thomas the Tank lead paint recalls, mobile content settlements totaling over $100 million (including a $36 million settlement approved last week), and privacy settlements against Amazon and Sears. The firm represents former governor Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti Blagojevich in civil matters. It also advises statewide and national politicians on consumer issues relating to the federal bailout of banks, cellular telephony, and privacy concerns.

Currently, Edelson McGuire is leading the efforts to sue national banks such as JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo over claims that they illegally suspended the home credit lines of tens of thousands of Americans.

The firm simultaneously announced the addition of legendary labor and entertainment attorney Barry Jay Reiss to the firm. Reiss has previously served as an officer at leading companies such as CBS Records, Arista Records, MCA, and ColumbiaHouse Company represented such musical groups as U2. He also served as a labor attorney for the Teamsters and was the East Coast General Counsel of MCA-Universal where he oversaw film, television, music, and book publishing.

Barrys wealth of experience and integrity make him a terrific addition to the firm, Edelson said. We look forward to his leadership in growing our emerging labor and entertainment practices.

Reiss, who is located in New York, will serve as Edelson McGuires New York presence. The firm also has lawyers in Florida, California and Illinois.

Recently, the attorneys formerly comprising KamberEdelsons New York office, led by Scott A. Kamber, have launched the firm KamberLaw, joined by a newly formed Los Angeles office. Kamber has been lead counsel in numerous technology and privacy class actions since the first Internet privacy settlement in the 1990s and, most recently, in the pending Facebook Beacon settlement.

Scott and I continue to be good friends, both personally and professionally and I look forward to continuing that relationship, said Edelson. We both are strongly committed to the protection of consumer rights and the fact that we have different visions for our respective firms will do nothing to change that.

Edelson McGuire, which has tripled in size in two years despite a tough legal climate, also announced the addition of attorney William C. Gray, who will be an associate in its Chicago office. Gray, a cum laude Harvard Law School graduate, previously was an associate at Sidley & Austin.

About Edelson McGuire: Edelson McGuire, LLC, formerly known as KamberEdelson LLC, is a commercial litigation and legal and political consulting firm with attorneys in Illinois, New York, California, and Florida. The firms attorneys have been recognized as leaders in these fields by state and federal legislatures, national and international media groups, the courts and their peers. They have testified before the United States Senate on class action issues and have repeatedly been asked to work on federal and state legislation and policy issues involving banking, cellular telephony and consumer privacy. Their attorneys have appeared on hundreds of national and international television and radio programs to discuss their cases and class action and consumer protection issues more generally. Their class settlements are collectively worth over one billion dollars and have changed the consumer protection policies of numerous industries.

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