practice areas

Expertise. Efficiency.

BUSINESS LITIGATION

When business disputes arise, companies of all sizes turn to us to guide them through the litigation process and to understand and effectively accomplish their goals. We quickly investigate the matter and offer a road map to resolve the issue in the most cost-effective manner. It could be an immediate injunction to help businesses in legal actions against competitors who use unfair and illegal practices to gain a competitive edge. Or it could be an aggressive contract dispute to recover what your company is owed. We have extensive experience with claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence and other complex litigation matters.

Wherever appropriate, we seek to negotiate solutions to our clients’ business disputes without unnecessary or expensive litigation. When litigation is the best course, we are able to draw on more than a decade of business litigation experience, and we will ensure that your rights are protected. 


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

During the course of representing a client’s business interests in litigation, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise regarding ownership of intellectual property. We are adept and experienced in identifying those issues, sometimes before they arise, and addressing them in an effective and aggressive manner. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants handling cases involving copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress, working hard to protect our clients’ intellectual property in trials, arbitrations and appeals nationwide.


REAL ESTATE LITIGATION

We have an extensive background in the real estate industry, having worked closely with developers, brokers, property managers, appraisers, lenders, landlords and tenants on a wide variety of issues. We have successfully litigated, tried and arbitrated a wide range of real estate disputes and have extensive experience in litigating partnership disputes, member disputes, purchase agreement disputes, construction contract disputes, lender disputes, anti-deficiency and one-action litigation, title disputes, commercial leases, and insolvency proceedings.

Our experience on both sides of the courtroom, in all types of real estate litigation, furthers our ability to analyze the complex facts and circumstances that arise in real-estate-related disputes. Additionally, our extensive experience and familiarity with multiple facets of the local and national real estate community enable us to provide important insights to clients and meet their specific legal objectives in challenging economic times. When issues arise, we can identify and execute the most advantageous business-oriented solutions, either by pursuing or defending legal actions or through mediation.


ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION

Our clients in the entertainment industry have included various high-profile actors, comedians, directors, producers, musicians, authors, and independent production companies in the film, television, and music industries. Our areas of concentration include disputes regarding contracts, trademark and copyright infringement, right of publicity, right of privacy, defamation, and internet-related disputes. We have even represented entertainers in high-profile criminal defense matters.


PERSONAL TORTS

A personal tort is a wrong against a person, whether to reputation, feelings, or to the body. This includes negligence-based claims as well as intentional torts, which occur when someone purposely engages in conduct that causes injury or damage to another. We have a track record of successfully handling disputes involving claims for negligence, defamation (slander and libel), fraud/deceit, assault, battery, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

In addition, we have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in connection with sexual battery claims, both in California and in other states. Consent plays a critical role in the way we understand sexual relationships, and the issue of consent is increasingly in the spotlight (rightfully so) in the #MeToo era. Under California law, an individual is only consenting if he or she has reached the age of consent, engages in the activity freely and willingly, and understands the nature of the act. When sexual contact occurs without consent, it can give rise to both criminal and civil claims. We have had success in discreetly pursuing pre-litigation resolutions that protect the privacy interests of all parties when it has been beneficial to do so, but we will aggressively litigate when in the best interests of our clients.


APPELLATE ADVOCACY

We bring an impressive record of experience and achievement to the new reality an appeal creates. We serve both existing firm clients and clients represented at trial by other counsel by providing case assessment and strategic appeal guidance, as well as thoughtful and diligent brief preparation and oral advocacy. Our ability to synthesize and analyze the case, the record, and the controlling standards of review can help create compelling arguments that earn judges and clients' trust as well as victories.