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Sydney Janzen

Associate

I focus my practice on litigating consumer fraud and consumer privacy class actions, as well as consumer protection investigations and enforcement actions on behalf of government entities and other public clients.

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Who is your legal hero?

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Curriculum Vitae

SYDNEY JANZEN is an Associate at Edelson PC, where her practice focuses on consumer protection and privacy-related class actions. Sydney has litigated dozens of lawsuits in federal and state courts on behalf of consumers and employees who have had their privacy rights violated, have been defrauded, or have otherwise been harmed. She has experience bringing claims and achieving class-wide settlements under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and various other consumer protection and consumer privacy laws.

 

Over the last few years, Sydney has litigated consumer fraud cases against a variety of industries, including consumer lenders, solar energy marketers, for-profit universities, consumer electronics manufacturers and distributors, music streaming services, computer software producers, and mobile app developers.

 

Sydney also has experience litigating employment class actions involving misclassification of overtime claims, including reaching a collective settlement against a cellular tower company in which individual class members were eligible for up to tens of thousands of dollars in relief.

 

Recently, Sydney was named Class Counsel in a first-of-its-kind class action brought against one of the most prominent youth volleyball clubs in the country for concealing and failing to disclose to patrons the club owner’s alleged history of sexually abusing teenage girls who he coached. The case has been called “a ‘blueprint’ for sex abuse cases against caregivers.” (Bloomberg, January 2019.)

 

In addition to her litigation practice, Sydney also works in the firm’s Public Client and Government Affairs group, where she represents state Attorneys General, counties, and cities in high-stakes litigation and investigations involving consumer protection, information security and privacy violations, the opioid crisis, climate change, and other areas of enforcement that protect government interests and vulnerable communities. Sydney was recently appointed a Special Assistant State’s Attorney in a case against Facebook for violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (“ICFA”) related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

 

Sydney has also represented asylum seekers through the National Immigrant Justice Center and helped pro se litigants achieve settlements for prisoner abuse claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on a pro bono basis.

 

While in law school, Sydney served as Executive Justice of the Moot Court Honor Society, a staff editor for The John Marshall Law Review, and a teaching assistant for Contracts and Legal Writing. Sydney represented John Marshall at the Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, where she was a quarter-finalist and her team won Best Petitioner’s Brief. Sydney earned three CALI awards for receiving the highest grade in Contracts I, Civil Procedure II, and Sales Transactions. Sydney was a 2016 member of the National Order of Scribes.

 

Publications:

Sydney Janzen, Amending Rape Shield Laws: Outdated Statutes Fail to Protect Victims on Social Media, 48 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1087 (2015)

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