Elaine S. Kusel

Partner

Biography

Elaine S. Kusel, who joined the firm in 2008, is a partner of McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, and leads the firm’s New Jersey office. As a nationally-renowned class action attorney, she performs a significant role in the firm’s Consumer Fraud Class Action division.

After college, Ms. Kusel spent eight years working in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she eventually served as Legislative Director and Counsel to a Member of Congress serving on the House Commerce Committee.

After graduating from law school, her practice had included fraud litigation, mass torts, and international human rights law. In one notable case, Abdullahi v. Pfizer, Ms. Kusel represented Nigerian children enrolled in a clinical trial by Pfizer without their families’ informed consent. In another, Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., her work helped secure a $203 million-dollar class action verdict for unfair bank overdraft fees. Ms. Kusel helped to lead the effort to uncover the financial fraud of Volkswagen, leading to a $40 million-dollar settlement on behalf of the citizens of the State of Arizona in the emissions fraud scandal.

Featured Successes

$203 Million

Trial verdict in a class action for unfair bank overdraft fees

Over $200 Million

Espinosa v. Hyundai, helped secure a class action settlement

$75 Million

Abdullahi v. Pfizer, a case in which she represented Nigerian children enrolled in a clinical trial by Pfizer without their families’ informed consent

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School Washington, D.C., 1994
  • B.S., Boston University Boston, Massachusetts, 1987

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit
  • U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

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