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Becca J. Wahlquist

Becca J. Wahlquist

Partner| Los Angeles


Becca Wahlquist has a wide-ranging, complex commercial litigation practice, including claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), nationwide class action cases, appellate litigation, contract and business tort disputes, and commercial and appellate arbitrations. In addition to defending various Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 businesses in TCPA class action litigations in federal and state courts throughout the country, Becca consults with major U.S. companies about compliance with laws pertaining to advertising and communications compliance. Becca is head of Snell & Wilmer's TCPA Practice Group and co-chair of Snell’s Class Action Defense Group. She was invited by the Senate Commerce Committee in May 2016, and by a House Judiciary subcommittee in June 2017, to provide testimony about the TCPA's impact on American businesses, and spoke on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She received a 2008 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award for her work in the field of complex commercial arbitration and also devotes significant time to pro bono civil rights matters.

  • Lead counsel representing several major American corporations in defending against individual and putative classwide Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims involving autodialed calls, pre-recorded calls, texts, faxes, collections calls, and transactional/informational calls.
  • Provide compliance advice and instructions to several major businesses regarding their communications both with customers and prospective customers, as well as consumer-facing documents and policies.
  • Represent various companies in complex commercial litigations in state and federal courts, government investigations, and arbitration proceedings, as well as in state and federal courts of appeal.

Becca Wahlquist has more than a decade of experience defending major companies sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), including acting as lead attorney for various Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations facing potential damages in the six to ten figures of liability exposure. Her litigation experience includes several significant matters in the TCPA hotbeds within the Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh federal circuits. In addition, Becca consults with major American companies about compliance with federal and state laws pertaining to telephone and text communications with consumers and prospective consumers, and has filed TCPA-related comments with the Federal Communications Commission. She was invited by the Senate Commerce Committee in May 2016, and by a House Judiciary subcommittee in June 2017, to provide testimony about the TCPA's impact on American Businesses, and spoke on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Becca is the head of Snell & Wilmer's TCPA Practice Group.

  • Lead counsel representing a broadcast and satellite service against various putative class-wide actions brought in state and federal venues under the TCPA for calls made to cellular telephones, for text messages, and for prerecorded messages.
  • Lead counsel defending a multinational technology manufacturer against nationwide class TCPA case alleging vicarious liability for autodialed and DNC violations.
  • Lead counsel defending a multinational telecommunications corporation against a nationwide class TCPA case alleging prerecorded messaging.
  • Lead counsel defending a multinational beverages company against a nationwide class TCPA case alleging autodialed texts.
  • Lead counsel defending a major telephone carrier against a nationwide class TCPA case alleging prerecorded messaging.
  • Lead counsel defending a national restaurant chain against a nationwide TCPA case alleging autodialed texts.
  • Lead counsel for a national insurance company against nationwide class TCPA alleging prerecorded calls, and TCPA counsel for same client in nationwide class action involving facsimiles.
  • Counseled a commercial provider of nutritional products, a gaming company, and a home sales company, amongst others, on compliance matters involving TCPA-related issues.
  • TCPA consultant for a major national association of American businesses.

Becca Wahlquist has a wide-ranging, complex commercial litigation practice, including contract and business tort disputes, claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), nationwide class action cases, appellate litigation, and commercial arbitrations. In addition to defending various businesses in TCPA litigations in federal and state courts throughout the country, Becca consults with major American companies about compliance with laws pertaining to communications with consumers. Becca received a 2008 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award for her work in the field of complex commercial arbitration. She also devotes significant time to pro bono civil rights matters.

  • Represented DIRECTV, Inc., in a series of putative class action litigations in multiple jurisdictions, including in the Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts (suits primarily alleging claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)) and before the California and Oklahoma Supreme Courts.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in two putative nationwide class action lawsuits alleging false advertising and fraud.
  • Represented major American corporation during investigations brought by state Attorneys General and by the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Represented DIRECTV, Inc., in two putative class-wide arbitrations filed by independent contractors in the satellite equipment sales business. Sought California trial court reversal of an arbitration panel's determination that the contracts at issue permitted class procedures in arbitration. Acted as primary drafter of all appellate briefs, including at the California Supreme Court, concerning significant issues of arbitration review procedures available in California.
  • Represented various manufacturers of beverages, foods, and clothing in federal and state court putative class actions involving claims of false advertising and deceptive labeling.
  • Represented DIRECTV, Inc., in a putative class action involving false advertising claims, including opposition to class certification of a nationwide class. Drafted all appellate briefs and handled oral argument before the California Court of Appeal concerning class certification issues.
  • Represented cosmetics company defending against claims of trade dress infringement tied to its packaging.
  • Represented international manufacturer in seeking to enforce its trademarks and brands registered in the United States.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in litigation against ex-employee and the competitor with whom he had shared trade secrets, including seeking a TRO and permanent injunctive relief.
  • Represented DIRECTV, Inc., in a contract dispute in federal district court in Los Angeles. Took witnesses at trial, drafted and argued dispositive motions.

Becca Wahlquist has a wide-ranging, complex commercial litigation practice, including contract and business tort disputes, claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), nationwide class action cases, appellate litigation, and commercial arbitrations.  In addition to defending various businesses in TCPA litigations in federal and state courts throughout the country, Becca consults with major American companies about compliance with laws pertaining to communications with consumers.  Becca received a 2008 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award for her work in the field of complex commercial arbitration.  She also devotes significant time to pro bono civil rights matters.

  • Represented an Alabama death row inmate in seeking to have the trial court invalidate the underlying trial on Constitutional grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. Representing the client during the appeal process, and have briefed and argued before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeal and, in April 2018, was lead counsel in oral argument before the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Represented several women in obtaining citizenship through provisions in the Violence Against Women Act; represented a women in seeking asylum due to sexual orientation discrimination in her home country; represented woman in seeking permanent restraining order against abusive husband.
  • Ran monthly clinic for homeless veterans in Los Angeles, providing advice on a host of legal issues faced by these veterans.
  • Represented on a pro bono basis a California inmate alleging civil rights and constitutional claims against prison guards who had kept him shackled in a 2-foot by 2-foot by 6-foot holding cage for 19 hours, denying him access to food, water, adequate clothing, restroom facilities, or mental health assessments. Second-chaired seven-day-long trial in Central District of California to verdict.
  • New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
    • Senior Articles Editor, Review of Law and Social Change (2000-2001)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., Literature, 1996)
  • Brigham Young University (M.A., Literature, 1993)
  • Brigham Young University (B.A., English, cum laude, with honors, 1990)

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Articles and Speaking Engagements

  • 2008 California Lawyer of the Year Award, California Lawyer (March 2009)
  • The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California (2006)
  • Disability Rights Legal Center, Board Member (2007-2009)
  • Public Counsel's Homeless Veterans Clinic (2006-2009)
  • A Place Called Home, South Central Los Angeles, Volunteer SAT Instructor (2010-2011)
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Partner (2010-2014)
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Partner (2007-2010), Associate (2001-2007)