Litigation Department

Attorneys in our litigation department represent public companies, law firms, partnerships, small businesses and individuals engaged in civil law suits. We aggressively advance our clients' interests, whether we are prosecuting or defending claims. We regularly litigate complex civil matters against large law firms with significantly larger resources. We provide results-oriented, cost-effective legal services by working efficiently, preparing for trial early, and carefully managing the pre-trial process. Our civil litigation practice is diverse, sophisticated, and often entails high-profile cases and clients. The cases our attorneys handle often involve contractual disputes and business torts, such as fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in complex business settings. In addition, our litigators have handled disputes involving entertainment, employment, intellectual property, securities, environmental, real estate, construction, elder abuse, insurance, and unfair competition claims, among other areas.

The attorneys in our litigation department are highly experienced and skilled trial lawyers. We are efficient, and effective, and we get results. Our trial lawyers have obtained some of the highest jury verdicts in the State of California. In 2007, the Los Angeles Daily Journal named Luan K. Phan's $96 million trial win against Verdugo Hills Hospital the #1 Jury Verdict for 2007.

Our attorneys have substantial experience and approach each case as a potential trial. This allows our attorneys to focus on the core issues of the case and to litigate efficiently. Our trial expertise reaps substantial benefits for our clients during trial, and our "trial-ready" philosophy helps us to obtain better settlements prior to trial through mediation proceedings.

Our attorneys have obtained dismissals of federal securities actions for our clients brought by shareholders who alleged federal securities violations. We have represented numerous clients in investigations and civil enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In many instances, we have resolved these cases via pre-enforcement dispositions, pre-trial motions or favorable settlements.

Firm attorneys counsel both employers and employees in a wide range of labor and employment issues, such as claims of discriminatory hiring, promotions and training, retaliatory firing, sexual harassment, employment contract violations and defamation. On the plaintiff side, our attorneys have successfully represented former employees of a national package delivery company in wrongful termination and discrimination cases.

Anyone who has ever served as an officer or director of a corporation, or who has been a partner in a partnership, knows that disputes between the principals of a company or partnership are all too frequent. Officers, directors and partners have legally enforceable obligations of due care, loyalty and honesty to the company, shareholders, partners and to each other. When these fiduciary duties are breached, litigation often follows. Our lawyers regularly prosecute or defend such claims on behalf of officers, directors and partners in disputes arising in diverse business settings. Firm attorneys have successfully handled litigation involving disputes over control of corporations, minority shareholder claims, corporate mismanagement, dissipation of assets, and corporate and partnership dissolutions. In addition, we are consulted when potential corporate or partnership disputes appear on the horizon. Our experienced attorneys have been able to provide consultation and creative strategies to prevent disputes from becoming litigation matters.

Our lawyers have substantial experience in professional liability cases involving accountants and attorneys. We have represented both plaintiffs pursuing professional malpractice claims, and firms that have been sued for professional malpractice. Our lawyers also counsel clients to identify potential problems before they arise so as to limit liability and unnecessary exposure. Firm attorneys are cognizant that in these matters, reputations and business credibility are on the line for our clients. For this reason, we strive to handle these cases efficiently and discretely.

We assist clients in protecting patents, trade secrets, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, and Internet domain names. Our lawyers handle high stakes intellectual property litigation. Our lawyers are well versed in complex multi-faceted litigation in state, federal, and administrative courts including courts of appeal.

Although our practice is primarily in Southern California, we litigate cases throughout the nation.