Rand L. McClellan

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Rand McClellan is a commercial litigator focusing on complex matters and class actions. Rand assists clients with consumer protection litigation, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues, deceptive advertising claims, and creditors’ rights matters. He also has significant experience in assisting financial institutions with litigation relating to business loans. 

Rand is an editor and contributor to BakerHostetler's Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog, which provides updates on legal developments, settlements and practical advice. Rand also provides insight on class action issues at speaking engagements. Rand serves as the pro bono coordinator for the Columbus office.

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Class Actions
  • Obtained summary judgment on all claims asserted in a putative class action against one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Ohio, and persuaded the Ohio Supreme Court to affirm summary judgment on appeal. Laboy v. Grange Mut. Cas. Co.
Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained complete jury verdict for a motorcycle manufacturer regarding alleged breaches of contract and consumer protection statutes. Hillard v. Big Dog Motorcycles.
Financial Services/Creditors' Rights
  • Represented lender in connection with borrower’s default on a commercial real estate loan. Quickly extracted property from a proceeding in which numerous parties and lienholders alleged fraud in the transfer of the property, persuaded the court to appoint a receiver, obtained judgment and foreclosed on the property, sold the property at a sheriff's sale, and obtained a significant monetary recovery for the client. Woodward Constr., Inc. v. FOR 1031 Summit Woods I, et al.
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Experience

Class Actions
  • Obtained summary judgment on all claims asserted in a putative class action against one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Ohio, and persuaded the Ohio Supreme Court to affirm summary judgment on appeal. Laboy v. Grange Mut. Cas. Co.
  • As co-counsel, persuaded the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that a class certification order against one of the nation's largest insurers was an abuse of discretion, obtaining full reversal of the order. Kartman v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.
Commercial Litigation
  • Obtained complete jury verdict for a motorcycle manufacturer regarding alleged breaches of contract and consumer protection statutes. Hillard v. Big Dog Motorcycles.
  • Obtained dismissal of an action alleging that a cutting-edge automobile manufacturer was selling its battery-powered automobiles in violation of the Ohio Motor Vehicle Code. Ohio Auto. Dealers Assoc. v Ohio Dep’t of Public Safety, et al. 
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit against a freight distribution client by convincing opposing party, through depositions, written discovery and case law, that its claims were without merit. Texas Freightways, Inc. v. United Pool Distrib., Inc.
Financial Services/Creditors' Rights
  • Represented lender in connection with borrower’s default on a commercial real estate loan. Quickly extracted property from a proceeding in which numerous parties and lienholders alleged fraud in the transfer of the property, persuaded the court to appoint a receiver, obtained judgment and foreclosed on the property, sold the property at a sheriff's sale, and obtained a significant monetary recovery for the client. Woodward Constr., Inc. v. FOR 1031 Summit Woods I, et al.  
  • Represented aviation authority and oversaw a complex eviction and liquidation of a large aviation tenant from several buildings and hangars via Ohio's receivership statutes, over the objections of the tenant's creditors, while obtaining significant monetary recovery for the client through the receivership. Columbus Regional Airport Auth. v. Snow Aviation Int’l, Inc., et al.
Energy
  • Accident investigation for land-based drilling companies.
  • Litigation counsel for Ohio electric cooperatives.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014 to 2015)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association 
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Attorney Admissions Committee (2014 to 2017)

Community

  • Rose Garden Charities: Board Member (2016 to 2017)
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance: Taste to Remember Steering Committee (2016 to 2017)
  • Upper Arlington Leadership Academy (2010)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Region X: Mentor (2015)

Military Service

United States Marine Corps (1997 to 2001)

  • Infantry Officer, First Battalion, Sixth Marines; Intelligence Collections Officer, Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Ohio, 2005

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2005; Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Colgate University, 1997, cum laude, with additional honors in History

Blog

In The Blogs

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Financial Services Blog
SEC Acts on Cryptocurrencies and ICOs
December 14, 2017
In the past few years, and particularly in the past few months, cryptocurrencies or digital currencies – most notably bitcoin and ether – have surged in popularity and dominated the financial press and to some degree even the mainstream...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Seventh Circuit Ties Class Counsel’s Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees to Amount Claimed by Class, in Context of a Judgment
November 20, 2017
On November 14, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its third opinion ending a class action that was almost a decade old. Holtzman v. Turza, No. 17-2330, 2017 WL 5450484 (7th Cir. Nov. 14, 2017). The class action alleged that the defendant...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
‘Excessive’ Shipping Fees May Be Next Target of Consumer Class Actions
By Rand L. McClellan
May 30, 2017
Retailers offering online, telephone or catalog purchases may want to review the shipping fees charged to their customers in the wake of several class actions recently filed in California. Multiple retailers have been hit with consumer...
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Financial Services Blog
Supreme Court Holds That Filing of Time-Barred Bankruptcy Claim Does Not Violate FDCPA
By Rand L. McClellan
May 16, 2017
On May 15, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) in which it held that filing an “obviously time-barred” proof of claim in a bankruptcy proceeding does not violate...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offers for Full Relief Do Not Moot Class Actions
By Rand L. McClellan
January 21, 2016
Relying on “basic principles of contract law,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that an unaccepted settlement offer and offer of judgment under Rule 68 are “legal nullit[ies]” that have no effect on whether a live controversy remains...
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