Janine Pollack, co-founder of Calcaterra Pollack LLP, has been a class action litigator for almost 30 years and has prosecuted cases that have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for defrauded investors and consumers over the course of those nearly three decades. Her focus is on representing clients who seek redress from companies that employ deception in selling their products or services, including through false advertising. Janine is routinely appointed by courts as lead counsel and to other leadership positions, including in data breach litigation. As lead trial counsel, she has prosecuted jury and bench trials, and won a jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds for wrongful death in a tobacco case.
Janine is the Firm’s Chief Wellness Officer (CWO). As CWO, she provides opportunities and resources on behalf of the Firm for its personnel to enhance their overall well-being and improve their physical and emotional health. The Firm is committed to supporting the wellness of its personnel both inside and outside of the law firm environment, including through work-life balance, positive reinforcement, personal growth, exercise, and nutrition. Janine engages in frequent public speaking on various issues, including time and stress management and wellness.
Janine is currently admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, in addition to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First and Ninth Circuits. She is fluent in French.
- One of the lead litigators in a consumer class action against a large chain of beauty product stores for failure to disclose policy resulting in the re-shelving of used goods.
- Lead litigator in a consumer class action against a major bank for failure to pay interest on mortgage escrow monies.
- One of the lead litigators in a consumer class action against a lender for misrepresentations in financing documents to pay for energy-saving home improvements.
- Interim Co-Lead Counsel in a data breach class action against a large clothing retailer for failing to exercise reasonable care in safeguarding the personal information of its customers.
- One of the lead litigators in a consumer class action against a maker of baseball bats for false advertising and misrepresentations.
- Represented consumers across the country in class action litigation against Skechers, Reebok, and others for false claims regarding the efficacy of “toning shoes” which were advertised as being more effective than regular sneakers in providing body-toning benefits to wearers. Working with the Federal Trade Commission, Janine and her co-counsel were able to secure consumer settlements of approximately $45 million against Skechers and $25 million against Reebok.
University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 1989, elected to Journal of International Business Law)
Rutgers University (B.A., High Honors, English and French, 1986)
New York University in France Semester Abroad, Paris (1985)
Janine currently serves as Co-President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), an organization of firms and attorneys which represents consumer and investor rights and supports the opportunity for consumers and investors to bring class action suits. As Co-President, she develops and advocates for national and state policies impacting the class action bar, securities litigation plaintiffs’ bar and consumer protection plaintiffs’ bar. Janine is also the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at NASCAT, which assists in advancing women as lead litigators. She has served as a team leader to develop Standards and Best Practices for Increasing Diversity in Mass Tort and Class Action Leadership for the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies. Janine is also a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York, where she recently was a co-editor of the publication, Street Smarts for Women Lawyers. She is also working on wellness projects as part of Committee activities.
Janine has been designated as a Super Lawyer every year since 2012 and was named in Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers for 2019 and 2020. She has also been appointed numerous times to Law360 editorial boards. In 2012, Janine was one of the attorneys featured on the front page of The National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List for her work on the toning shoe cases, several of which resulted in record settlements jointly with the Federal Trade Commission against Reebok and Skechers.
- Women Lawyers in Leadership 2020 – Practicing Law Institute – September 16, 2020
- How to Wow Motivation and Wellness: Your Guide to Grit and Fit – University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School – October 21, 2020