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Name: Francis O. Scarpulla
Firm Name: Law Offices of Francis O. Scarpulla
Country: USA - California
Expertise: Competition Law

Telephone: (415) 788-7210
Fax: (415) 788-0706
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

A 50-year veteran of the San Francisco antitrust bar, Francis O. Scarpulla has recovered billions of dollars for consumers worldwide since 1970. Mr. Scarpulla’s scope of work is truly global: he is active in class action cases in both the U.S. and Canada, and was admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors in the United Kingdom in 2010. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Scarpulla was the past Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the California State Bar. He has participated in both ABA and CEB panels on competitive business practices, as well as being a guest lecturer in MBA programs. Mr. Scarpulla was also an instructor at The University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law at Golden Gate University Law School. Mr. Scarpulla is on the approved list of mediators for the Northern District of California, the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Upon graduation from Hastings School of Law in June 1967, Mr. Scarpulla became an associate in the Law Offices of Joseph L. Alioto with responsibilities for the preparation of complex civil antitrust cases. In November 1970, Mr. Scarpulla formed his own firm and continued prosecuting complex civil cases. In June 2006, Mr. Scarpulla joined the firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason as a senior partner where he led that firm’s antitrust practice until March 2015, when he returned to his original firm.

Mr. Scarpulla has participated in many federal antitrust class actions which have served to develop both state and federal law. Mr. Scarpulla has been appointed as lead or co-lead for indirect-purchaser plaintiffs’ counsel in many federal class actions, which position has led to outstanding settlements on behalf of plaintiffs. See, for example, In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1827.

Francis is on the approved list of mediators for the Northern District of California, the State Bar of California, and the San Francisco Bar Association. He has taught antitrust law courses at several bay area law schools, including University of California’s Hastings School of Law, the University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University Law School.

Francis O. Scarpulla specializes in prosecuting complex civil cases, primarily antitrust lawsuits, most of which are Class Actions. Mr. Scarpulla is an advocate for the plaintiff.

He received his B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley; and his J.D. at University of California, Hastings School of Law.


– Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, California State Bar
– Band 1 Plaintiffs’ Antitrust Attorney by Chambers & Partners U.S.A.
– AV Preeminent in Martindale
– Best Lawyers in America
– California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”)
– Super Lawyer
– Top 100 Lawyers in California
– Titan of the Bar
– Finance Monthly Antitrust & Competition Law Firm of the Year (USA)
– Global Leading Lawyers – Competition U.S. Plaintiffs Law Firm of the Year
– Lawyers of Distinction – Top 10% (USA)
– America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%
– Who’s Who Legal: Plaintiff’s’ Antitrust Lawyer
– Top Lawyer in Northern California
– AI – Most Outstanding Law Firm of the Year
– ACQ5 Global Award – US (CA) Antitrust Attorney, Firm of the Year, and Game-Changer of the Year
– National Law Journal Trailblazers, M&A Antitrust
– Lawyers Worldwide Awards – Five Star Lawyers
– Global Awards – Best in Class Action Law Services

Publications & Presentations:

– Co-author, “B.W.I., California’s Favorable Class Action Jurisprudence, and Their Post-CAFA Application,” Competition, Vol. 17, No. 2, Fall 2008.
– Co-author, California State Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law, 2009.
– Co-author, California Class Actions and Procedures, published by LexisNexis.
– Co-author, California Antitrust Law, published by California State Bar, section on indirect-purchaser class actions.
– Contributor, Mediation Techniques, published by International Bar Association; chapter: “Aggression in Mediation.”
– Panelist, “Plaintiffs’ Strategies for Pursuing Private Damage Claims,” 2010 International Cartel Workshop, Paris, February 10-12, 2010.
– Co-Author, “Thinking Globally about Recovery Actions in International Cartel Cases,” pending publication by Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford University Press.