Tammy is a partner in the firm’s Global Product Liability Group and a co-chair of the firm’s Class Action and Complex Litigation Practice Group. She handles class actions and multidistrict litigation for her clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. She also handles class actions and collective actions in foreign countries in copycat litigation. Tammy has successfully defeated class certification in nationwide and statewide class actions alleging unfair business practices, employment discrimination and wage-hour litigation, false advertising, product liability, and medical monitoring claims in both trial courts and on appeal. Her clients include consumer goods manufacturers, food and beverage companies, automobile manufacturers, tobacco companies, cell phone manufacturers, and service providers. Tammy was part of the team that developed and implemented the strategy leading to the defeat of more than 50 statewide tobacco class actions. She also served as trial counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company in a statewide class action trial in New Orleans, Louisiana, that lasted over two years. The team successfully defeated the plaintiffs’ request for medical monitoring relief in one of the few medical monitoring cases to go to trial.
Tammy also has expertise in settling class actions early and efficiently. She also advises her clients on regulatory issues in the United States and in foreign countries and she has significant experience in preparing expert and company witnesses. She develops and conducts programs for her clients and co-counsel on defending and settling class actions. Her clients regard her as strategic and creative. They trust her common sense approach to problem-solving and appreciate her dedication to her clients. Tammy was included in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Best Lawyers in America and recognized as a "Litigation Star" in Top 250 Women in Litigation (2012 and 2013) and as a "California Litigation Star" in Legal Media Group’s Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2010 and 2011).
Tammy is the managing partner of SHB’s San Francisco office and is a member of the firm’s Management Council and the Women’s Management Council.
Presentations and Publications
Tammy B. Webb & Ina D. Chang, Drawing the Line Between Class Action and Quasi-Class Action, 11:1 Mass Torts Litigation (ABA Section of Litigation), Fall 2012. View
"Managing Class Actions in an MDL Environment: The Application of Class Action Principles to an Individual Claim MDL Proceeding," 2012 Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation - Class Actions.
"The Consequences of CAFA: Litigation Strategies in Post CAFA Complex Litigation," 2012 Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation - Class Actions.
“Defeating Product-Liability-Based Consumer Fraud Class Actions,” 2009 ABA Section of Litigation Joint CLE.
"Assessing Defenses to Class Cert – in Light of IPO and Its Progeny – Challenging the Loss Causation and Market Efficiency," 2008 Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting.
"Recent Trends in Class Actions Violations Involving the Automotive Industry,” 2008 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation.
"The Evolution of Medical Monitoring Claims in Class Actions," National Forum on Class Actions and Complex Litigation.
"The role of FRCP 23(c)(4) in employment class actions,” Shook, Hardy & Bacon Annual Employment Law Update.
"Looking Back at the Class Action Fairness Act After the First Year,” Shook, Hardy & Bacon Annual Update on the Law.
Tammy Webb, The Functional Effect of Eliminating Gender Bias in Jury Selection: A Critique and Analysis of J.E.B. v. Alabama, 48 Oklahoma Law Review 173 (1995).
Tammy is a member of the California and Missouri bars, the American Bar Association-Product Liability Section, the Bar Association of San Francisco, Queen's Bench, and the Defense Research Institute.
Tammy is admitted to practice before the state courts of California and Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the federal district courts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
1996 J.D., with highest honors, University of Oklahoma School of Law
1993 B.A., Oklahoma State University
- "Rising Star," LawDragon and "Litigation Star, Top 250 Women in Litigation
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- Managing partner, SHB San Francisco