Rebecca E. MacLaren

Practice Areas:

Securities Litigation and Arbitration, Professional Liability Litigation, Property and Casualty Law, Media Liability
Office Locations: California
Tel: (310) 836-4800 Fax: (310) 836-4801


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Rebecca E. MacLaren is a partner in Winget, Spadafora & Schwartzberg, LLP's Los Angeles office. She has over a decade of experience litigating complex, high-stakes matters in the securities, professional liability and commercial litigation arenas. She also has experience in new media and licensing matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. MacLaren worked for a boutique litigation firm specializing in securities arbitration and regulatory enforcement for institutional, corporate and individual clients. She has represented clients in connection with investigations and disciplinary actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. MacLaren also previously practiced at an established Los Angeles commercial litigation firm, where she specialized in creditors' rights and receiverships.

Ms. MacLaren's practice currently includes a wide variety of professional liability matters, including accounting and legal malpractice claims, as well as claims against real estate and insurance professionals. She has also represented new media companies and entertainment industry trade associations in varied matters, including licensing and royalties disputes. Ms. MacLaren has successfully defended and favorably resolved many cases involving alleged professional negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution and other intentional misconduct. She is adept at identifying and capitalizing on key issues quickly to resolve highly contested cases on favorable terms, and has a track record of success in defeating cases at the pleading stage.

Ms. MacLaren earned two B.A. degrees in History and Sociology from the University of San Francisco in 1996. She earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University in 2000.

Ms. MacLaren is admitted to practice law in California and United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California. She is also an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of broker dealer client from multi-million dollar federal securities class action at pleading stage
  • Obtained dismissal of non-FINRA members wrongly named in FINRA securities arbitration proceeding
  • Successfully defended attorney and his law firm against claims of intentional misconduct and disgorgement of fees
  • Successfully defended registered representative in FINRA investigation of alleged self-dealing and conflicts of interest, resulting in no disciplinary action