Litigation

Litigation – Business & Corporate, Employment, Intellectual Property, Insurance, Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Development

Our trial lawyers provide proactive, sophisticated and reasoned strategies to manage risks and costs of modern-day litigation. We litigate cases through trial and appeal in state and federal courts, including the bankruptcy courts, and represent clients in arbitrations. We routinely appear before administrative, trial, and appellate tribunals. We represent a diverse group of well-known public and private companies in complex civil litigation. We emphasize practical business solutions and advise clients on claim avoidance, risk management, insurance coverage, mitigation, and the protection of confidential material.

Business and Corporate All forms of business disputes including corporate, shareholder and partnership issues, director and officer liability, antitrust, lender liability, professional liability, securities, and governance issues

Employment Employers' defense against employee claims dealing with issues such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, wage and hour disputes, and other workplace claims. We also represent companies in disputes concerning breaches of restrictive covenants, misuse of confidential information and trade secrets, employee dishonesty and disloyalty, and other contract disputes

Intellectual Property Patent and trademark infringement, copyright litigation, prosecuting and defending against injunctions, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (USPTO) decisions, Markman hearings, TTAB (Trademark Trial and Appeals Board) practice, and anticompetitive or restrictive trade practices

Insurance Analysis of the clients' risks and what insurance coverage may be available for both first-party and third-party coverage; negotiation with prospective insurers for coverage; assist clients with the submission of claims in a manner that will maximize the prospects of triggering coverage; representation of clients in disputes with insurers regarding the scope of coverage for claims; and litigation against insurers where coverage disputes arise

Real Estate Breach of contract, breach of lease, specific performance, partition, quiet title, neighbor disputes, commercial landlord/tenant matters, boundary disputes, adverse possession, easement and right of way lawsuits, real estate fraud, title insurance, and other real estate cases

Environmental Environmental liability, civil defense of regulatory enforcement actions or citizen suits including air quality compliance actions, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), pollution liability, resource protection, cost recovery and contribution actions for contaminated property clean-ups and related damages, including recovery under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), groundwater basin adjudications, and water rights disputes and transfers of water

Land Use Development Defense of project approvals, challenges of project denials and development impact fees and other conditions, eminent domain, constitutional challenges and Civil Rights actions, direct and inverse condemnation claims, takings claims, writs of mandate & administrative mandamus, and injunctions

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