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Angelica Ornelas

Associate

Overview

Angelica Ornelas devotes her practice to representing consumers, insureds, and fraud victims. Since joining the firm, Angelica has litigated cases resulting in over $200 million in recoveries for plaintiffs. Her representative matters include Daccache v. Raymond James Financial, Inc., brought on behalf of victims of the Jay Peak investment fraud—the largest in the history of the EB-5 visa program—and Larson v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A), a certified class action alleging that John Hancock improperly inflated cost of insurance charges deducted from its customers’ life insurance policies. She currently represents policyholders in similar “cost of insurance” litigation, including In re Lincoln National 2017 COI Rate Litigation, Maxon v. Sentry Life Insurance Company, Spegele v. USAA Life Insurance Company, and Bally v. State Farm Life Insurance Company.

Angelica grew up in South Monterey County. She earned an undergraduate degree from UC Los Angeles and completed a master's program at San José State University before receiving her law degree from UC Berkeley. Angelica speaks Spanish and French.

Clerkships

  • Judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Judicial law clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law

M.A., San José State University

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Admissions

  • California
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French

Experience

Jay Peak EB-5 Investment Visa Litigation
Worked with leadership team members and federal equity receiver to recover $150 million in action against Raymond James Financial relating to EB-5 Visa investment project to develop Jay Peak in the Vermont area.

In re MacBook Keyboard Litigation
Representing consumers who purchased MacBook laptops equipped with faulty “butterfly” keyboards.

In re FieldTurf Artificial Turf Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation
Representing the city of Fremont in multidistrict litigation against sellers of defective artificial turf fields.

Larson v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A)
Represented insureds who were improperly assessed inflated cost of insurance charges. Recovered $59.75 million for a certified class of policyholders.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Named to the Northern California Rising Stars list (2017-2018)

Affiliations

Community & Professional

  • Member, The Sedona Conference, Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Young Lawyers Division
  • Alameda County Bar Association 
    • Member, Barrister Section
    • Member, Trial Practice Section

Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • The National Mortgage Settlement: What Every Bankruptcy Judge Needs to Know
    Dana Point, California
    04.2013

Publications

  • Author, “Advocate’s Guide to the National Mortgage Settlement’s Servicing Provisions (Part 3),” National Consumer Law Center Reports
    National Consumer Law Center eReports #11
    01.2013
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