Mark B. DeSanto

Mark B. DeSanto is an Associate Attorney in the Firm’s Haverford office.  He has extensive experience in ERISA, securities, data breach, TCPA, all types of consumer protection, and other forms of class actions.  Prior to joining the Firm, he was an attorney in the Radnor office of a national class action law firm where he represented sophisticated institutional and individual investors in complex class actions against corporate defendants and their executives for violations of federal securities laws, as well as consumers in nationwide consumer protection class actions. To date, Mr. DeSanto has been involved in the prosecution of the following federal court class actions:

  • Snitzer et al v. The Board of Trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund et al, No. 1:17-cv-5361 (S.D.N.Y) (settled – $26.85 Million) (represented a class of pension participants of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Plan, alleging that the Board of Trustees breached their fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty under ERISA by, inter alia, over-allocating plan assets to high-risk asset classes);
  • Lacher et al v. Aramark Corp., 2:19-cv-00687 (E.D. Pa. 2019) (represented a class of Aramark’s current and former managers alleging that Aramark breached its employment contracts by failing to pay bonuses and restricted stock unit compensation to managers nationwide);
  • High St. Rehab., LLC v. Am. Specialty Health Inc., No. 2:12-cv-07243-NIQA, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147847 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 29, 2019) (settled – $11.75 million) (represented a class of chiropractors and other similar healthcare practitioners alleging, inter alia, that Cigna and its third-party claims management provider’s use of utilization management review (“UMR”) when evaluating out-of-network claims for chiropractic services performed on individuals who participated in employer-sponsored health benefits Plans that Cigna insured and/or for which Cigna administered benefits claims violated ERISA);
  • Lietz v. Cigna Corp. (In re Cigna-American Specialty Health Admin. Fee Litig.), No. 2:16-cv-03967-NIQA, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146899 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 29, 2019) (settled – $8.25 million) (represented insureds alleging that Cigna violated ERISA by charging an elevated amount for services that included an administrative fee charged by Cigna’s third-party claims management provider, and only passing on a small portion of the elevated amount charged to the doctor, while knowingly hiding this fee from insureds);
  • Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’ Retirement System v. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. et al., Civ. No. 2:11-cv-00289 (D. Vt.) (settled – $36.5 million) (represented financial institutions in class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all Keurig Green Mountain shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • In re St. Jude Medical, Inc. Securities Litigation, Civ. No. 10-0851 (D. Minn.) (settled – $39.25 million) (represented financial institutions in class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all St. Jude Medical Inc. shareholders, alleging that the company and its executives violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934);
  • In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 14–2522 (D. Minn.) (settled – $39 million) (represented a class of payment card issuing financial institutions in nationwide class action against Target for its highly-publicized 2013 data breach in which roughly 110 million Target customers’ personal and financial information was compromised by hackers);
  • Smith v. ComplyRight, Inc., No. 1:18-cv-4990, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174217 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 7, 2019) (settled – $3 million) (represented a class of consumers whose personal information was maintained on ComplyRight’s website during a data breach that occurred from at least April 20, 2018 through May 22, 2018);
  • In re Wawa, Inc. Data Security Litig., Lead Case No. 2:19-cv-06019-GEKP (E.D. Pa) (representing a class of consumers whose personal information was compromised in the highly-publicized Wawa data breach);
  • Kyles et al v. Stein Mart, Inc. et al, No. 1:19-cv-00483-CFC (D. Del. 2018) (represented a class of consumers whose personal information was compromised in a data breach involving Stein Mart and Annex Cloud at various times between December 28, 2017 and July 9, 2018);

Mr. DeSanto is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida.  He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013, where he was also a member of the NSAC Law Review. During his second and third years of law school, Mr. DeSanto worked at a boutique securities litigation firm on Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami.  Mr. DeSanto earned his Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Finance, from the University of Miami in 2009.