Profile

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.

Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
  • Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts