Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1992
    Order of the Coif

    Associate Editor, California Law Review
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1987
    Andrew W. Mellon Fellow
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1984

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Memberships

  • Member, American Law Institute (Elected, December 2017)

    Member, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance

    Member, Northern District of California Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel

    Co-Chair, Lawyer Representative Committee for the Northern District of California

    Bar Association of San Francisco

        Judiciary Committee

        Board of Directors

        Executive Committee, Litigation Section

        Board of Directors, Barristers Club

    Editorial Advisory Board Member, California Forms of Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender)

    Board of Directors, Northern District of California Practice Program

    President, San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
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Angel A. Garganta

Partner

Maintaining a national practice with San Francisco roots, Angel Garganta is a partner in Venable's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and co-chair of the Class Action Defense Group. A nationally recognized authority on food, beverage, and supplement litigation and consumer protection laws, Angel focuses his practice on advertising law. He is ranked nationally by Chambers USA in the Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation category, is a member of the American Law Institute, and is AV Preeminent ® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Angel represents a variety of businesses, including manufacturers and retailers, nationally and internationally in a broad range of unfair business practice/consumer class actions and complex commercial disputes. He uses his experience to achieve cost-effective and efficient results on behalf of his clients through early and strategic use of motions to dispose of cases or to position them for favorable settlements.

Prior to joining Venable, Angel was a partner at an international law firm.

Significant Matters

Food, Beverage, and Supplements
  • Regularly counseling and representing food, beverage, and supplement manufacturers and retailers on advertising and labeling issues and reducing class action risk.
  • Representing a food manufacturer in a putative nationwide consumer class action in the Northern District of California involving novel "natural" claims.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a putative nationwide class action in the Southern District of New York against a yogurt manufacturer involving other novel "natural" claims.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims for monetary relief against a dietary supplement company in a four-year-long class action in the Northern District of California alleging that the company falsely advertises the joint health benefits of its products.
  • Defending a food retailer against a putative nationwide class action in the Central District of California alleging false advertising of almond milk products.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a putative false advertising class action against a health and wellness company in the Central District of California.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a putative nationwide class action in the Eastern District of New York accusing an infant and toddler food manufacturer of misleading use of the term "organic."
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a nationwide class action in the District of Massachusetts alleging that a popular supplement is ineffective.
  • Represented a yogurt manufacturer in a Lanham Act action against a competitor, obtaining preliminary injunction stopping the competitor's advertising campaign.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for a national quick-serve restaurant chain in a putative nationwide consumer class action in the Central District of California alleging an "adulterated" ingredient.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims in a putative consumer class action alleging that a yogurt manufacturer's yogurt violated the FDA's Standards of Identity.
  • Defended a national food manufacturer and a national grocery chain in multiple false advertising and consumer class actions regarding the trans fat content of various food products.
  • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal for a national restaurant system in multiple consumer class actions nationally alleging false advertising about the nutritional content of its menu items.
  • Defended a yogurt manufacturer against multiple consumer class actions nationally alleging false advertising about the health benefits of its probiotic products.
  • Represented a major French food and beverage producer as plaintiff in a multijurisdictional international commercial litigation against its Chinese joint venture partners.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a putative nationwide class action against a major supplement retailer alleging that 16 products were misleadingly labeled and advertised.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims in a purported consumer class action alleging a RICO conspiracy to mislead consumers by manufacturers and a major retailer of various popular supplements.
  • Defended a manufacturer of a popular pre-workout supplement against multiple class actions alleging that the product was unsafe and falsely advertised.
  • Defended a national retailer of nutritional supplements against multiple consumer fraud and unfair business practices class actions concerning product quality. 

Other Consumer Products 
  • Regularly representing a national personal care products manufacturer in consumer class action and related matters.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims against an inventory services company in a consumer class action alleging fraud and conspiracy in connection with an alleged recall of certain pharmaceutical products.
  • Defended a manufacturer of Bluetooth headsets against federal multidistrict false advertising and unfair business practices class actions alleging failure to warn consumers of hearing loss risk.
  • Defended a printer manufacturer against a private attorney general action alleging misleading print speed ratings.
  • Defended a prescription drug manufacturer against a products liability class action alleging misleading labeling.
  • Defended a major real estate management company against several tenant class actions challenging its application and security deposit practices.