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  • Education
    • J.D., Loyola Law School-Los Angeles, 2016, Certificate in Civil Litigation with honors, Production Editor for Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review
    • B.S., University of California-Irvine, 2011
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2019
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2018
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2018

Ilana Zelener knows how important sound advice and strategy are to a successful enterprise. As an associate in the Commercial Litigation practice, clients rely on Ilana to partner with Polsinelli's seasoned attorneys to provide practical litigation strategies that offer a comprehensive approach based on legal, economic and industry trends. She is dedicated to understanding challenges from the client's perspective and executing litigation strategies that align with their broader business objectives.

In order to resolve cases efficiently, she diligently prepares cases for trial by relying on her legal research and motion drafting skills. Ilana takes pride in bringing a collaborative and strategic brand of representation to each matter.

Ilana's practice centers on representing businesses, organizations, and individuals in commercial litigation matters and disputes. She has experience litigating complex actions involving: 

  • Breach of contract and fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, false advertising, and other general business contract and tort claims.
  • Litigation involving the car rental industry
  • Personal injury actions
  • Defending actions with legal issues involving consumer-protection statutes including claims brought under California's Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act
  • Successfully represented national bank in connection with a negligence and equitable indemnity dispute and obtained motion for judgment on the pleadings in favor of bank. In connection with cross-complaint in same action, obtained dismissal in favor of bank 
  • Obtained motion for summary judgment in favor of rental car client in an action involving violations of unfair business practices under Business and Professions Code § 17200 and California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) under California Civil Code § 1750
  • Obtained dismissal at the pleading stage in a state action alleging intentional and negligent misrepresentation, concealment, unfair business practices under Business and Professions Code § 17200 and false advertising under Business and Professions Code § 17500 causes of action
  • Obtained dismissal of national car rental company at the pleading stage in a state action alleging causes of action for negligence, violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, violations of the Bane Act, and other torts
  • Secured dismissal for national telecommunications carrier in a case involving breach of contract, conversion, and unjust enrichment 
  • Obtained summary judgment for international supplier of photographic equipment and materials in an action involving breach of contract, fraud, violations of Business and Professions Code §§ 17200 & 17500, and interference with prospective economic advantage 
  • As lead counsel, successfully obtained numerous dismissals of negligence lawsuits brought against a consumer reporting agency in connection with a large data breach
  • Obtained summary judgment for non-profit in two actions based on alleged misuse of donations and fraudulent misrepresentations related thereto (affirmed on appeal; Supreme Court review denied)
  • Successfully represented individual in a lawsuit involving contract and fraud claims related to a promissory note
  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action alleging resale of electricity in violation of California’s unfair competition laws 
  • Successfully represented national rental car company in defense of various tort claims, including negligence and negligent entrustment 
  • Successfully negotiated a public housing dispute for individual client 
  • Obtained dismissal in favor of rental car client in multiple negligent entrustment cases
  • Obtained summary adjudication for owner in an action involving preliminary notice and mechanic’s lien issues
  • Effectively represented multiple companies in business-to-business breach of contract and tort disputes
  • Negotiated and obtained numerous favorable settlements in actions involving allegations of negligence, violations of the UCL, and the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRA) on behalf of one of the “Big-3” consumer reporting agencies
  • Successfully negotiated an insurance demand and repayment claim in favor of individual client