Rudy R. Perrino is a litigation partner in WFBM's Los Angeles office. His work focuses on the defense of mass tort, toxic tort, product liability and environmental claims, with an emphasis on the defense of cross-border and transnational matters, including defense of judgment enforcement actions in the U.S. and on foreign soil. He has extensive experience managing, litigating and trying large-scale, high exposure cases in courts across the country and around the world. He also has substantial experience counseling large public and private companies on issues relating to best practices, environmental compliance and chemical safety issues.

Rudy joined WFBM after serving as a partner in an Am Law 100 law firm, where he served as co-chair to that firm's Mass Tort, Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation practice group. In large part, Rudy came to WFBM to be able to provide clients with a more flexible rate structure, a diverse team of litigators and an ability to service cases of all sizes and types.

Rudy also previously served for several years as the Director of Litigation at Dole Food Company, where he managed worldwide litigation. While at Dole, Rudy was the key driver of the Company's strategy that led to the final resolution of more than 20,000 claims and over 250 lawsuits. Under his direction, the Company also successfully fended off two separate efforts to enforce massive Nicaraguan judgments ($500 million and $97.5 million respectively) and, in one case, established that further judgments emanating out of Nicaragua could not be recognized in the U.S. He was also key architect and driver of the strategy that proved the existence of a massive fraudulent scheme based in Nicaragua aimed at using U.S. and foreign courts to extort millions of dollars from Dole and other defendants.

Prior to working for Dole Food Company, Rudy worked for several years as a litigator representing chemical companies, petroleum companies, manufacturers, distributors and other various business interests primarily in claims of toxic exposure and environmental contamination. His experience defending toxic exposure claims covers a wide spectrum of toxins, including pharmaceuticals.

Rudy's environmental experience is similarly broad, having represented defendants in disputes and before regulatory agencies on matters emanating out of alleged contamination of soil, water and air.

Prior to attending law school, Rudy worked for several years in the environmental consulting industry for a premier San Diego-based environmental consulting firm. Rudy is active in the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and has an active pro-bono practice.

In his spare time, Rudy enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, travelling, camping, playing golf, running and skiing. Languages: Spanish.

Recent Presentations, Conferences & Speaking Engagements

"Benzene Litigation: From the Mountains to the Sea", Jersey City, New Jersey (2014)

Contact Information
Email: rperrino@wfbm.com
T: 213.489.4820
F: 213.489.4015
Education
University of California,
Riverside (B.S. 1990)

University of San Diego,
School of Law (J.D. 1997)

Memberships
State Bar of California

American Bar Association

Association of Corporate Counsel

Los Angeles County Bar Association
Admissions
California (1997)

United States District Court,
Southern, Central, Northern,
and Eastern Districts of
California

United States Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit
Areas of Practice
Environmental Law

Products Liability Litigation

Toxic Tort Litigation