Jean-Paul Cart represents clients in complex business litigation matters in all varieties of business torts and commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, trademark infringement, securities fraud and derivative class actions, licensing and contract actions, insurance disputes, privacy litigation, ADA website accessibility and Proposition 65 claims, and other related commercial litigation. He also provides pre-litigation risk analysis and counseling to clients involved in complicated transactions.

Whether working to avoid litigation or preparing for trial, Jean-Paul approaches every matter from a strategic angle with his client’s business goals in sharp focus. Jean-Paul’s experience covers all aspects of litigation, from declaratory relief actions to nine-figure demands. He is regularly called upon to quickly learn new industries and areas of law, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Schiff Hardin, Jean-Paul was a member of the business trial and litigation practice of an international law firm. He also previously served as law clerk for the Santa Ana Target Gang Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. 

  • Experience

    • Defeated class certification on behalf of product manufacturer facing putative class action “slack fill” claims under California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and Unfair Competition Law (UCL).
    • Obtained various dismissals for a hospitality company in putative class actions under California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), Unfair Competition Law (UCL), and Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (RFDCPA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
    • Defeated class certification in putative insurance class action brought by third-party claimant alleging unfair claims handling practices.
    • Obtained dismissal of putative employee benefits class action on behalf of a public university.
    • Obtained favorable class action settlement in case alleging noncompliance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA).
    • Successful prosecution of claims for the unauthorized use of Muhammad Ali’s identity in a promotional video broadcast during the pregame show before the Super Bowl.
    • Successfully tried breach of fiduciary duty and negligence claims on behalf of the FDIC, in its receivership capacity following a bank failure.
    • Defeated fraudulent attempt to establish first use of a trademark sought by celebrity client.
    • Represented leading apparel manufacturer in several trademark infringement cases, both on the plaintiff and defense side.
    • Represented various companies in connection with distributorship disputes, trademark licensing, and royalty disputes.
    • Successfully defended client following collapse of significant real estate transaction, resulting in complete defense victory and significant monetary payment from opposing counsel’s malpractice insurance carrier.
    • Represented real estate developers in connection with partnership and employment disputes.
    • Successfully defended public university in First Amendment litigation.
    • Represented a drug manufacturer in several federal securities class actions regarding product recalls, including on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and shareholder derivative class actions relating to a successful tender offer in a going-private transaction.
    • Advised various clients regarding cybersecurity and privacy legal compliance and risk mitigation strategies.
    • Represented and counseled numerous companies regarding actual or potential claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Unruh Civil Rights Act relating to website accessibility, compatibility with screen readers used by the visually impaired, and implementation of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
    • Represented and counseled product manufacturers regarding actual or potential claims under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – otherwise known as Proposition 65.
  • Credentials


    • University of California - Berkeley - School of Law, J.D., 2009
      Berkeley Journal of International Law, Associate Editor
      National Trial Competition Team Member, Board of Advocates
    • California Polytechnic State University, B.S., Business Administration, 2006, summa cum laude
      Dean's Honor List

    Bar Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
      • Insights

        Blog Post

        Three Slack Fill Regulatory Changes for Manufacturers to Watch

        Schiff Hardin Product Liability & Mass Torts Blog


        Evidence: Objecting to Expert Opinion Testimony at Trial

        Continuing Education of the Bar, California

        News Release

        Seven Attorneys Named Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been named to the 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers Lists

        Six Schiff Hardin attorneys have been recognized on the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Elects Nine New Partners Nationwide

        Firm Taps Six in Chicago, Two in San Francisco, One in Ann Arbor for Advancement

        News Release

        Five Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

        The Super Lawyers selection methodology includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area, and independent research on candidates.


        The Lis Pendens: Strategies and Pitfalls

        California Real Property Journal

        Trending Legal Issue

        Other Publications

        • "Selection of Outside Counsel," (co-author) Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Thomson Reuters Westlaw and the Association of Corporate Counsel (2016) (updated 2017, 2018)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Evidence: Objecting to Expert Opinion Testimony at Trial,” Continuing Education of the Bar, California (Sep. 27, 2018)
      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

        Throughout his career, Jean-Paul has dedicated hundreds of hours to pro bono work, and with excellent results. He successfully first-chaired two misdemeanor criminal trials on behalf of the City of Redondo Beach. He represented several clients in obtaining Holocaust-survivor benefits from the German government. He is currently representing a client seeking asylum in the United States following a decade of abuse as a political prisoner in Ethiopia. Jean-Paul regularly works with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.


        Jean-Paul is also heavily involved as coach for Berkeley Law’s mock trial program and is an active member of the San Francisco Bar Association and Association of Business Trial Lawyers.