June 11, 2021

“Fighting Insider Abuse After Van Buren,” Lawfare, June 11, 2021

“Fighting Insider Abuse After Van Buren,” Lawfare, June 11, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Van Buren v. United States on June 3 was a significant victory for civil liberties groups, researchers, the defense bar and others troubled by the broad reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) urged by the government. Writing for the majority, Justice Amy Coney Barrett correctly, in our view, struck down the “broad” view of the CFAA in a 6-3 vote. The majority rejected the government’s expansive interpretation of the statute that would have empowered private companies, simply by the way they drafted employee policies or terms of service, to criminalize “a breathtaking amount of commonplace computer activity.” The Van Buren decision established that, going forward, to violate the CFAA, a user must access data from part of a device or network to which the user is not permitted access. This is a far steeper bar than the government’s preferred reading of the CFAA, which would have criminalized “misuse” of data—to which the user had authorized access—under policies dictated by the data owner…

April 27, 2021

Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman Welcomes Seasoned Litigator, Dawn Utsumi

April 29, 2021 – Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman is pleased to announce that Dawn Utsumi has joined their litigation team. Dawn Utsumi has successfully prosecuted and defended high-stakes business disputes across a variety of areas, including business torts, contracts, class actions, securities fraud, trade secrets, insurance, government investigations, and employment matters.  Dawn consistently achieves successful outcomes for her clients both before and at trial and has extensive experience in all stages of litigation.  Dawn was a key member of a trial team that successfully litigated a four-week federal jury trial in Minnesota in an RMBS-related action, resulting in a $27.8 million verdict for the client.  This trial was one of dozens of separate actions that resulted in recoveries of over $1 billion for the Trust.  She has also represented various individuals and entities—including a national financial services company, and a luxury hotel chain—in connection with DOJ investigations.   Recently, Dawn achieved early dismissal of a class action suit filed in the Northern District of Illinois alleging consumer protection violations.  Her national practice includes litigation at the trial and appellate level in both federal and state courts as well as arbitration.

Prior to joining ZFC, Dawn was an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and clerked for the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez of the Central District of California.


April 26, 2021

Rachel Fiset Named Among the 2021 Women of Influence- Attorneys by Los Angeles Business Journal

April 26, 2021 — Ms. Fiset, co-founder and managing partner of Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman LLP, is a top litigator representing clients in complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations.

Ms. Fiset has been named among the “Women of Influence- Attorneys” of 2021 by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The “Women of Influence- Attorneys” special issue recognizes LA’s  top women attorneys. These attorneys were chosen for their exceptional legal skill and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards, and for their contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.

This is the second year Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman has been recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal, having been named “Top Boutique Firm” in 2019.

Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman congratulates Rachel Fiset and all of this year’s honorees on being recognized for exemplifying the highest professional and ethical standards throughout their practice.

Read the Women of Influence- Attorneys supplement

August 20, 2020

The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman is proud to announce that Partner, Michael Zweiback, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Criminal Defense: White Collar. Michael Zweiback has been recognized for his excellent work since 2016. Learn more about Michael Zweiback here and here

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June 8, 2020

Michael Zweiback talks with CBS about President Trump invoking Insurrection Acts and Designating Antifa as a Terrorist Orgnanization

Michael Zweiback, former federal prosecutor and terrorism expert, was featured on CBS Los Angeles following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. government would designate ‘Antifa’ as a terrorist organization.


President Donald Trump tweeted that, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” He also threatened to take military action if ongoing demonstrations and protests don’t stop. The law called the Insurrection Act would allow him to send active duty troops to any uprising he sees as ‘threatening the state and its residents’.

However, legal analysts are quick to note that, despite occasional pushes to create one, no current statute gives the U.S. authority to declare domestic groups as terrorist organizations in the same way that it can foreign groups.

Mr. Zweiback, a former federal prosecutor and terrorism expert, told CBS that while the federal government through its federal law enforcement partners can investigate acts of violence, “the act under which he is talking… only applies to international terrorism groups.” Furthermore, Mr. Zweiback added that President Trump “views his power as somewhat limitless.. and gets ahead of what he’s actually able to do.”

To watch the interview, click here.