Blanca Fromm Young is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Young’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on civil fraud, products liability, and intellectual property disputes.
Ms. Young regularly represents clients in civil fraud disputes arising under the False Claims Act. Ms. Young has handled False Claims Act matters in a broad range of industries, including the financial services, insurance, education, and energy industries. Representative matters include:
- Defending a for-profit educational institution in a qui tam action, which resulted in dismissal of the lawsuit and a $984,457 sanctions award against relators’ counsel.
- Defending a for-profit educational institution in multiple qui tam actions, False Claims Act investigations, and state attorneys general investigations.
- Defending a major insurance company in multiple qui tam actions alleging fraud in connection with flood insurance claims handling after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuits.
- Defending a major financial institution in a qui tam action relating to mortgage servicing contracts with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- Defending an equipment manufacturer in a qui tam action arising from alleged non-compliance with government contract requirements.
Ms. Young has substantial experience representing clients in products liability disputes, intellectual property disputes, and other complex commercial litigation. Representative matters include:
- Defending a major tobacco company against claims of false advertising and unfair competition, resulting in a defense verdict after a three-month bench trial.
- Defending a manufacturer of dry cleaning solvent in litigation concerning soil and groundwater contamination in California.
- Representing major record companies in various actions for copyright infringement against internet music services, including a damages trial relating to the LimeWire service that resulted in a $105 million settlement.
- Representing a major computer hardware manufacturer against a supplier’s claim of alleged theft of trade secrets.
- Defending a manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment in Johnson v. American Standard, in which the California Supreme Court adopted the “sophisticated user” defense and upheld summary judgment in favor of the client.
- Defending a major oil company in personal injury actions by multiple plaintiffs related to well water contamination.
Ms. Young is committed to pro bono work and public service. In 2011, Ms. Young received an Award of Merit from the Bar Association of San Francisco for her efforts to secure funding for San Francisco’s courts during a time of fiscal crisis. Ms. Young is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee, which helps provide access to justice by connecting members of the public with lawyers qualified to offer representation in specific areas. Ms. Young also serves on the San Francisco Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, which evaluates candidates for judicial office in state trial and appellate courts in San Francisco. Ms. Young’s pro bono work focuses on the needs of underprivileged women and children. Ms. Young has litigated state and federal habeas challenges in coordination with the Action Committee for Women in Prison and the California Habeas Project. Ms. Young has also had the privilege of working with the Disability Rights Legal Center to uphold the rights of disabled students and their advocates. A former co-chair and current member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, Ms. Young is also deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the firm and in the legal profession.
Ms. Young was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star list in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Ms. Young received a B.A. from Yale University in 1998, where she graduated magna cum laude and was twice recognized as MVP of the women’s soccer team. Ms. Young received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2001, where she graduated second in her class. While at UCLA, Ms. Young served as a comments editor on the law review, and taught an undergraduate class on legal and philosophical problems related to the punishment of crimes. After law school, Ms. Young served as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.