Simmonds & Narita LLP
50 California Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111
Direct Dial: (415) 283-1007
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Jeff Topor specializes in complex litigation, with an emphasis on defending debt buyers, debt collectors and law firms in federal and state courts against individual and class claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Mr. Topor has tried cases before juries in both state and federal court in California, has extensive experience in federal and California appellate courts, and has mediated and arbitrated scores of matters. Previously, Mr. Topor was associated with a national complex litigation firm in San Francisco, where he successfully litigated private antitrust consumer class actions against a major software manufacturer, resulting in settlements worth almost $1.3 billion for California and Minnesota businesses and individuals.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Topor was employed as a Staff Attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. As a Staff Attorney, he orally presented to three-judge panels for disposition more than fifty appeals presenting a wide variety of civil and criminal legal issues. And, as a Motions Attorney at the Court, he developed particular expertise in appellate motion practice, presenting hundreds of motions, both dispositive and non-dispositive, to the Court for resolution. Before returning to Northern California, where he was raised, Mr. Topor held a similar position in the Office of Staff Attorneys at the United States Court of Appeals for The Eighth Circuit in St. Louis for two years, and he clerked for a Minnesota state trial court judge.
Mr. Topor is a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota. In 1993, he graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he participated in the Rosalie Wahl Moot Court. During law school, Mr. Topor clerked for two years at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, where he assisted in briefing and preparation for oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Minnesota v. Dickerson, 508 U.S. 366 (1993).
Mr. Topor is a member of the Bar of the States of California and Minnesota, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, the United States District Courts in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, and in the Districts of Colorado and Minnesota. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, and the American Collectors Association (Members’ Attorney Program).