Hunter R. Eley

Hunter R. Eley

Office: 310.557.9100
Direct: 310.557.9123
Fax: 310.557.9101
heley@dollamir.com

education

J.D., William and Mary School of Law
William and Mary Law Review
Order of the Coif

B.A., University of Virginia

experience

Law Clerk, United States District Court for Western District of Virginia

recognition

Named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the Daily Journal

Named one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” by Los Angeles Magazine

Speaker, ACI’s 8th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Speaker, ACI’s 9th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Speaker, ACI's 10th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation &  Regulatory Enforcement

Speaker, ACI's 11th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement

Speaker and Co-Host, ACI's 20th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation (San Francisco, October 2014)

Speaker, ACI's 21st National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation (New York, January 2015)

Speaker, ACI's 22nd National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation (Los Angeles, April 2015)

Speaker, ACI's 23rd National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation (Chicago, July 2015)

Speaker, ACI's 5th Bank and Non-Bank Forum on Mortgage Servicing Compliance (Washington, D.C., November 2015)

Speaker and Co-Host, ACI's 19th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement (San Francisco, January 2016)

Speaker, ACI's 24th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation (Miami, January 2016)

Speaker, Residential Mortgage Servicing and Foreclosure Challenges in an Evolving Regulatory and Litigation Environment (Strafford Webinars, Dec. 16, 2014)

Author, "California's Top Court Weighs Post-Concepcion Consumer Arbitration Provisions," Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Oct. 23, 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 10

Author, “National Associations Are Subject to Duties and Liability Under California’s EJL,” Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Nov. 18, 2011, Vol. 15, Issue 12

Author, "Robo-Signing Redux: California AG Targets Credit Card Industry," Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Jun. 25, 2013, Vol. 17, Issue 3

Hunter R. Eley, Managing Partner of DAE, was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 in the State of California in 2012 by the Daily Journal.  As the chair of the firm’s financial services practice, Mr. Eley has served as lead counsel in defense of consumer claims in state and federal courts in California, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.  Having successfully defended claims arising out of TILA, FDCPA, RFDCPA, RESPA, FCRA, and CCFCRA , among others, Mr. Eley’s experience extends across all lines of the consumer lending business, including issues arising out of mortgage lending and servicing, credit cards, healthcare loans and auto loans.

Mr. Eley has successfully represented clients in a wide range of business disputes, including:

  • Obtaining judgment in favor of Fortune 100 technology company in trademark and internet domain name dispute;
  • Successfully defending Silicon Valley software company against claims of retaliation in two-week jury trial, which was affirmed on appeal in published decision;
  • Successfully defending a nationwide lender against claims of false advertising and unfair competition, resulting in a highly favorable settlement at trial;
  • Counseling a commercial bank on wide range of compliance issues related to a trade secret injunction;
  • Counseling a multi-state mortgage company in a partnership dispute and buyout;
  • Defending designer of fashion accessories against claims of trade secret infringement;
  • Was part of a trial team that successfully defended a consortium of high-net-worth investors and professional athletes in high-stakes litigation in the Central District of California;
  • Acted as lead counsel in two bench trials in Virginia, obtaining judgments in favor of clients in each case;
  • Successfully defending a university at trial against claims of racial discrimination and breach of contract in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Mr. Eley has represented clients in the entertainment industry in numerous court and arbitration proceedings in the U.S. and Canada, including arbitrations before the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the Independent Film and Television Alliance.  In 2007, Mr. Eley represented an independent producer in the Central District of California in a groundbreaking lawsuit against an international distributor over the payment of guild residuals, resulting in a highly favorable settlement.  This litigation had far-reaching implications in the entertainment industry, and was the subject of numerous articles and commentary.  Mr. Eley has also represented entertainment clients in private mediations, settlement conferences and contract negotiations, including successfully representing an actress in a hit television show in highly contentious negotiations with a former manager.

Mr. Eley is an active member of the California State Bar and the Virginia State Bar.  Mr. Eley served as a law clerk to the Honorable James C. Turk in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.  He received his J.D. from the William and Mary School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the William and Mary Law Review.  During law school, Mr. Eley served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Lawrence L. Koontz, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.  A graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Eley received a B.A. in German Language and Literature, and furthered his interest in languages while living in Munich, Germany and Florence, Italy.  Prior to joining DAE, Mr. Eley practiced law in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP.