Pamela Pressley has headed up Consumer Watchdog's regulatory e orts since 1999. Pressley has served as lead counsel in challenges to insurance industry rate hike proposals resulting in savings to California policyholders of $3.2 billion since 2003. Additionally, Pressley has led Consumer Watchdog's e orts to enforce Proposition 103's mandates to protect California insurance policyholders against discriminatory practices and premium overcharges, including through rulemaking proceedings before the California Department of Insurance and court actions. Pressley has also authored numerous appellate briefs and presented oral argument in cases seeking to enforce Proposition 103 and California’s consumer protection laws. She prosecuted an enforcement
action against Mercury Insurance for its practice of charging illegal brokers’ fees that led to the company being ned $27.5 million, the largest penalty ever imposed on a property casualty insurance company in California. She also litigated a court action against the Department of Managed Health Care, resulting in a court order requiring the agency to ensure health care plans cover medically necessary treatment for autism. In May, 2010, Pressley was named as one of the top women litigators in California by the Daily Journal. Pressley received her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. Before joining Consumer Watchdog, Pressley worked for CalPIRG as its Consumer Attorney and as a sta attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest, a non-pro t, public interest law rm specializing in consumer, environmental, and civil rights advocacy and litigation.