Krysta Kauble Pachman
Partner
Los Angeles Office Phone: (310) 789-3118 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education
  • Northwestern University (B.A., Political Science and Communication Studies, magna cum laude)
  • UCLA School of Law (J.D.)
Judicial Clerkship

Law clerk to the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, United States District Court for the Central District of California

Krysta Kauble Pachman
Partner

Krysta Pachman represents plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial litigation, including class actions, patent cases, copyright matters, and other disputes.  Pachman has a track record of obtaining trial wins, favorable settlements and arbitration victories for her appreciative clients:

Krysta absorbed a lot of technical information, digested it, and helped the team understand the challenges with our case.  [She] developed and recommended strategies, and stood [her] ground when the other side and their expert tried to bully [her].  Krysta’s professionalism and skill was essential to the outcome we received from the panel.

-Denise M. Buffington,  Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Counsel, Kansas City Power & Light Company

Pachman recently represented Kansas City Power & Light Company, where she was an essential part of an arbitration team on a renewable energy litigation matter.  She delivered the opening statement, cross-examined the other side’s expert, presented fact and expert witnesses, handled depositions, managed expert reports, and wrote the pre-and post-hearing briefs.  The panel unanimously ruled in her client’s favor.

In the widely covered Ferrick, et al. v. Spotify USA, Pachman was an integral part of a trial team that secured a $43.45 million cash settlement fund and an agreement to pay future royalties to settle a class-action lawsuit with Spotify brought on behalf of music copyright owners (fees and expenses not yet determined).  The settlement is subject to court approval.  This case made national news, receiving press from Billboard, Forbes, and Reuters.

Pachman was also part of a team that secured a $40 million settlement for a class of derivatives traders in Timber Hill v. Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., et al.  Timber Hill alleged Defendants violated federal securities laws through their illicit insider trading and front-running scheme that damaged Timber Hill and other investors by artificially deflating the value of options and equity forwards traded by Timber Hill and Class Members.   This is the largest ever stand-alone options settlement and the largest ever Section 20A options settlement.

Pachman currently serves as counsel for one of the largest-ever certified consumer classes, which encompasses nearly all U.S. cellular phone purchasers, all of whom have been impacted by Qualcomm’s anti-competitive conduct.  This complex case straddles the intersection of antitrust and technology, and involves Qualcomm’s monopoly in the cellular modem chip market to extract supra-competitive licensing fees on its intellectual property.  Most recently in the matter, Ms. Pachman briefed and successfully obtained class certification for the group – synthesizing hundreds of pages of expert analyses, voluminous fact evidence, and case law spanning complex antitrust and intellectual property issues.  In 2018, the Court granted class certification in a 66-page order finding “substantial,” “strong” and “compelling” evidence to support the certification.  Click here for the certification order.

Earlier in her career, Pachman played a key role in Schulein, et al. v. Petroleum Development Corp.,  representing a class of more than 7,000 limited partners who invested in 12 oil and gas limited partnerships, who alleged the defendants made false and misleading statements and omitted material information regarding the value of the assets held by the partnerships in proxy statements used to solicit votes in favor of mergers that caused the investors to be cashed out of their investments.  Pachman took key depositions, wrote the opposition to defendants’ motion for summary judgment, and wrote the successful opposition to defendants’ motion to decertify the class.  The case was settled for $37.5 million in March 2015, with the class receiving approximately $24 million.

Prior to joining Susman Godfrey, Pachman served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  She also serves on the Board of Governors for the Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles.

Honors and Distinctions

Recommended Lawyer, Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes, The Legal 500, (Legal 500), 2019

Named a Next Generation Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder (ALM, 2018)

Southern California “Rising Star” (Thomson Reuters, 2017, 2018, 2019)

UCLA Law Review, Chief Comments Editor, Vol. 58

Professional Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Board of Governors, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Notable Representations

In re Qualcomm Antitrust Litigation  Pachman serves as counsel for one of the largest-ever certified consumer classes, which encompasses nearly all U.S. cellular phone purchasers, all of whom have been impacted by Qualcomm’s anti-competitive conduct.  This complex case straddles the intersection of antitrust and technology, and involves Qualcomm’s monopoly in the cellular modem chip market to extract supra-competitive licensing fees on its intellectual property.  Ms. Pachman has played a crucial role in this matter – from taking depositions of key Qualcomm C-level executives and high-ranking Apple third-party witnesses to working with and defending the depositions of antitrust, pass through and licensing experts to representing class members in discovery. Most critically, Ms. Pachman briefed and successfully obtained class certification for the group – synthesizing hundreds of pages of expert analyses, voluminous fact evidence, and case law spanning complex antitrust and intellectual property issues.  In 2018, the Court granted class certification in a 66-page order finding “substantial,” “strong” and “compelling” evidence to support the certification.  Click here for the certification order.

Timber Hill v. Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., et al.  Pachman was part of the team that secured a $40 million settlement for a class of derivatives traders in Timber Hill v. Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., et al.  Timber Hill alleged Defendants violated federal securities laws through their illicit insider trading and front-running scheme that damaged Timber Hill and other investors by artificially deflating the value of options and equity forwards traded by Timber Hill and Class Members.   This is the largest ever stand-alone options settlement and the largest ever Section 20A options settlement.

Ferrick et al. v. Spotify USA In this music-industry related copyright class action, Pachman, along with a team from Susman Godfrey L.L.P. and Gradstein & Marzano, secured both a $43.45 million cash fund and an agreement to pay future royalties to settle a class-action lawsuit with Spotify brought on behalf of music copyright owners.  This ground-breaking case gained national media attention, receiving press from Billboard, Forbes, and ReutersFees and expenses have not yet been determined.

General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation In this massive class action against General Motors, hundreds of suits were consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation in New York over an ignition switch defect in GM vehicles, which causes the engine to switch off during use and disable the car’s air bags.  Pachman worked with a team of Susman Godfrey lawyers on the sixth personal injury bellwether case, which settled favorably on eve of trial.  This case received substantial press from outlets such as The Wall Street Journal.

Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation Pachman defended more than twenty depositions in this nationwide antitrust class action brought against the world’s largest manufacturers of lithium ion batteries, which power virtually every laptop computer, cell phone, smartphone, digital music player (e.g., iPods), tablet device (e.g., iPads), digital camera and camcorder, and cordless power tool used today.  The suit alleges that the defendants engaged in a long-running conspiracy over more than a decade to unlawfully fix, raise and stabilize prices of lithium ion batteries.

ZiiLabs v. Apple and Samsung Along with a team from Susman Godfrey and Heim Payne & Chorush, Pachman represented ZiiLabs, a subsidiary of the Singapore-based media company Creative Technologies, Ltd.  Ziilabs brought claims for patent infringement of its patents related to graphics processing technology developed originally by 3DLabs.  Pachman took and defended key depositions in this matter, prepared and argued key motions in limine, defeated summary judgment and successfully opposed Daubert motions.  The case settled on the eve of trial after Apple had taken a license.

Sentius v. Microsoft Pachman represented Sentius against Microsoft in a patent infringement suit involving automated database technology.  Pachman handled the Daubert motions in this matter. The case settled on highly favorable terms within 24 hours of the court issuing orders on those motions.

Schulein, et al. v. Petroleum Development Corp., et alPachman, along with a team from Susman Godfrey, represented plaintiffs in this class action litigation in Santa Ana federal court on behalf of more than 7,000 limited partners who invested in 12 oil and gas limited partnerships.  Plaintiffs alleged the defendants made false and misleading statements and omitted material information regarding the value of the assets held by the partnerships in proxy statements used to solicit votes in favor of mergers that caused the investors to be cashed out of their investments.  On the eve of trial, after three years of hard fought litigation – and following the court’s denial of defendants’ class decertification motion, which Pachman wrote, and denial of defendants’ partial motions for summary judgment, also written by Pachman — the case was settled for $37.5 million, with the class receiving approximately $24 million.

Taylor v. Shippers Transport Express Pachman, along with a team from Susman Godfrey, represented Shippers Transport Express and SSA Marine in a misclassification case.  Susman Godfrey was retained to assist with trial preparation, and the case settled on favorable terms just before trial.

Westmoor v. Ganga Pachman, along with a team from Susman Godfrey, represented Westmoor in this copyright infringement suit in the Central District of California.  Pachman briefed cross-motions for summary judgment in this case, which settled on favorable terms shortly after motion for summary judgment briefing.

Articles

The Music Modernization Act’s Impact on Pre-1972 Works, The Daily Journal, April 2019