Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 2005, Toji Calabro has been taking on (and sometimes representing) some of the largest companies and wealthiest individuals in the country, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, AT&T, DIRECTV, Ford Motor Company, Nissan, and several insurance companies. He has a proven track record of winning significant results on behalf of individuals and businesses at all stages of litigation, from pre-suit resolutions to successful trials to appellate victories.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Calabro practiced in the New York City and San Francisco offices of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where he gained extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, civil RICO actions, structured finance and other complex financial instruments, insurance and reinsurance disputes, product liability cases, employment matters and business torts.
While at Quinn Emanuel, Mr. Calabro was an integral part of several teams that achieved groundbreaking results. One of the most significant was his work on a confidential, international civil RICO dispute. The team developed such compelling facts and legal arguments that the other side agreed to a nine-figure settlement before the lawsuit was even filed. He was also part of the Quinn Emanuel teams that recovered billions of dollars from financial institutions arising out of their practices concerning the formation and sale of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. Mr. Calabro was part of the team that obtained a precedent-setting opinion from the New York Court of Appeals regarding the application of the “follow the fortunes” clauses in reinsurance treaties (USF&G v. American Re, 20 N.Y.3d 407 (2013)), and he was part of other teams that brought vanguard litigation that helped define the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders concerning the development and operation of collateralized debt obligations (“CDOs”).
After ten years at Quinn Emanuel, and shortly after the birth of his twin boys, Mr. Calabro moved back to his hometown, Kansas City, Missouri. Since then, he has continued to sue some of the largest names across the country in cases involving complex business disputes, consumer class actions, and employment violations, typically in “David vs. Goliath” settings—all on a contingency fee basis.
In one recent matter, Mr. Calabro worked with others to score a significant victory for a real estate developer in a fraud and civil RICO case against an array of well-funded, billionaire defendants represented by three of Kansas City’s most prominent law firms. He has also prosecuted a number of class actions with others, including: a consumer action against Nissan arising out of a design defect that caused the floorboards in certain Nissan models to rust through; and several cases against various insurance companies for charging artificially high “cost of insurance” charges in connection with universal life insurance policies they issued.
Mr. Calabro is currently handling several matters including:
- A large employment dispute in California against AT&T on behalf of a putative class of DIRECTV technicians arising out of DIRECTV’s failure to classify the technicians as “employees,” and pay them as California law requires;
- A consumer fraud action in Missouri against a drug manufacturer on behalf of a putative class who purchased some of the company’s HIV drugs;
- A multi-million dollar civil RICO and fraud action on behalf of a service-disabled veteran owned small business against a large, well-funded private equity firm
- A putative class action in California against foreign language interpretation companies for willfully misclassifying its interpreters as “independent contractors” instead of employees;
- A wrongful termination / employment discrimination action against a hedge fund in the San Francisco Bay Area, and
- A multi-million dollar breach of contract action concerning artificial intelligence in Santa Barbara, California
Mr. Calabro is also evaluating other potential cases concerning complex business claims; personal injury / product liability; employee misclassification, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and other employment disputes; and consumer fraud.
While Mr. Calabro travels frequently to California and elsewhere for work, he is based in Kansas City, Missouri, where he is dad to his twin sons.
* Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits. Some clients on a contingency fee may be responsible for certain costs and expenses.
J.D. – Stanford Law School
B.S., B.A. – University of Missouri, Columbia
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