Business Litigation

Our firm’s attorneys combine to provide our clients with a century of diverse business litigation and trial experience.  Our expertise in business disputes encompasses contracts, real estate, construction, entertainment, intellectual property, business torts, derivative actions, corporate governance, competitive practices and Anti-SLAPP.

We successfully and economically represent clients in complex litigation before federal and state courts at trial and appellate levels.  We also handle arbitrations, mediations, and negotiations, and we provide pre-litigation counseling.

We obtain superior results for our clients by combining common sense, exacting legal scholarship, and superior brief writing and trial skills.

Our clients have ranged from “Fortune 500” companies, closely held companies, partnerships, limited liability companies, to individuals.  Our clients have included real estate developers, film studios, manufacturers, distributors, landlords, retailers, homeowner’s associations, and homeowners.

Based on our experience, we believe that the best litigation results are achieved through careful strategic planning, based on a thorough understanding of client needs and goals.  We work with our clients to set reasonable budgets and timelines for litigation goals.  This includes focused discovery and the use of pretrial motions, including the potential for extraordinary relief such as restraining orders, injunctions, receiverships, and attachments.

We have a thorough understanding of the relevant law related to contract, real estate, construction, entertainment, intellectual property, business torts, derivative actions, competitive practices, and corporate governance claims and defenses, allowing us to staff cases more efficiently than large law firms.

The firm’s practice areas also include commercial bankruptcy representation (for non-debtors), trusts and estates litigation, and family law (divorce).  Because business litigation cases often present issues that overlap with these other practice areas, our expertise in these other areas allows us to handle matters involving multiple and varied issues in all of these areas without having to retain or refer our clients to other counsel.

A representative list of reported business litigation opinions where the firm’s lawyers were counsel of record are:

GHK v. Mayer Group, Inc. (1990) 274 Cal.App.3d 856

Streetscenes v. ITC Entertainment Group, Inc. (2002) 103 Cal.App.4th 233

Cotton v. Expo Power Systems, Inc. (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 1371

Oviedo v. Windsor Twelve Properties, LLC (2012) 212 Cal.App.4th 97

Lee v. Schmidt-Wenzel, 766 F.2d 1387 (9th Cir. 1985)

Aronson v. Resolution Trust Corporation (9th Cir. 1994) 38 F.3d 1110