Theo Monroe is the principal and founder of the Law Offices of Theodore F. Monroe. His practice focuses on litigation and counseling in the payments, credit card processing, e-commerce, direct response marketing and Federal Trade Commission enforcement arenas. Mr. Monroe also has extensive experience litigating employment, complex commercial, accountant and attorney malpractice, and insurance bad faith actions. His recent representative cases include actions involving acquiring banks, ISOs and payment processors in connection with claims for mishandling of merchant funds.
Mr. Monroe was recently involved in several trademark infringement actions against numerous infringers of well-known products promoted via infomercials throughout the United States and abroad.
He has represented numerous companies in suits brought by the Federal Trade Commission and obtained excellent results for firms in the Internet, loan modification, government grant and nutraceutical industries.
Before opening his own firm, Mr. Monroe practiced law with Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith LLP) and Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard (now Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith) where he defended numerous accounting and law firms in professional liability actions and insurance carriers in bad faith actions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Monroe worked as a forensic accountant at Coopers & Lybrand, providing him a background in forensic accounting and financial analysis that is unique among litigators in Los Angeles. He also served as counsel for the United States Senate campaign of Jim Bunning.
Theo holds a J.D. from Duke University Law School and a B.S. in Accounting (with Honors) from the University of Kentucky.
Theo is a member of the State Bars of California and Kentucky and is admitted to practice before all of the State courts in California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Western District of Michigan, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has chaired numerous trials and arbitrations in professional liability and commercial disputes. Mr. Monroe has also served as outside general counsel to a number of emerging companies in the Internet commerce, electronic transaction, and direct marketing arenas.
- “Think Chargebacks Are Bad? Look What Uncle Sam Can Do,” by Theodore F. Monroe and Bradley O. Cebeci, in The Green Sheet (March 2007).
- “Hanging Out Your Very Own Shingle: A Look Behind the Scenes,” by Theodore F. Monroe and Jonathan Dekel, in The Green Sheet (January, 2007).
- “Hop to it When the Government Calls,” by Theodore F. Monroe and Bradley O. Cebeci, in The Green Sheet (November 2006).
- “Are You Big Brother Material? The FTC Seems to Think So,” by Theodore F. Monroe, Bradley O. Cebeci, and Eugene Rome, in The Green Sheet (September, 2006).
- “Edgy Offshore Processing: Few Pros, Many Cons,” by Theodore F. Monroe, Bradley O. Cebeci, and Jonathan Dekel, in The Green Sheet (July 2006).
- “Firms Serving Online Merchants Must Protect Themselves Legally,” by Theodore F. Monroe, Bradley O. Cebeci, and Jonathan Dekel, in The Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 12, 2006).
- “The Chilling Effect of FTC Enforcement on Advertisers’ First Amendment Rights,” by Theodore F. Monroe, Bradley O. Cebeci, and William I. Rothbard.
- “Visa Requires Change to Merchant Agreements,” by Theodore F. Monroe, in The Green Sheet (June 2006).
- “Legal Review: Is It What You Say or Who You Are?,” by Theodore F. Monroe, Bradley O. Cebeci, and William I. Rothbard, in Response Magazine(October 1, 2005).