Craig Briskin joined the Washington, D.C. office of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in 2007 and became a partner in 2009. Mr. Briskin focuses his practice primarily on class actions related to antitrust, consumer and mortgage law.
Craig Briskin currently serves as interim co-lead counsel in a proposed nationwide class action against Visa, MasterCard and major banks in In re ATM Fee Antitrust Litigation, pending in federal court in Washington D.C. Plaintiffs allege that the member banks of Visa and MasterCard agreed with not offer lower access fees for cash withdrawals from lower-priced ATM networks, allowing Visa and MasterCard to dominate the market, and resulting in overcharges to consumers.
Mr. Briskin also represents plaintiffs in two cases in Maryland and the District of Columbia, against several large hospitals, alleging that they overcharge their patients for access to their medical records. He also is co-counsel with Center for Science and the Public Interest in false labeling litigation against Kellogg and CVS. Mr. Briskin is also counsel for home purchasers in Whidbey Island, Washington who allege that a real estate company failed to disclose that their homes were subject to extreme levels of military jet engine noise.
Mr. Briskin served as co-counsel with AARP Foundation Litigation in a series of cases that have secured important protections for spouses and family members of borrowers in the federal reverse mortgage program. In Bennett v. Donovan and Plunkett v. Castro, plaintiffs challenged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s failure to protect spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers from foreclosure, and the right of family members and heirs to purchase their family home for 95% of its appraised value. As a result of the litigation, HUD rewrote its standard reverse mortgage and regulations, and now gives spouses of new reverse mortgage borrowers the opportunity to defer foreclosure while they continue living in their homes.
Prior to joining the firm, Craig Briskin prosecuted antitrust and commodities class actions at Labaton Sucharow LLP in New York. Among other matters, Mr. Briskin represented a class of natural gas futures traders who claimed damages resulting from defendant natural gas traders’ manipulation of prices through false reporting to industry publications. Settlements with defendants, the last of which were approved in June 2007, were in excess of $100 million. Craig Briskin also represented consumers and third-party payors in several successful antitrust actions alleging that brand-name drugmakers blocked generic competition and charged supracompetitive prices for their products, through abuse of the patent system and sham litigation.
Mr. Briskin serves as state co-chair for the District of Columbia chapter of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and serves on the case development committee of Public Justice. He has spoken and moderated several panel discussions concerning consumer law and arbitration issues at the District of Columbia Bar. He has taught law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
From 1999-2001, Mr. Briskin was an Equal Justice Works fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group. He represented indigent and primarily immigrant clients in welfare, disability and immigration matters, in administrative hearings, and in state and federal court.
Mr. Briskin received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1998. Following law school, Mr. Briskin clerked for Justice Alexander O. Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court.