The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “The Top 100 Lawyers in California” (2023)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
Barrister, Order of Juris (comprised of LCA Fellows who have tried to verdict at least fifty jury and/or bench trials)
Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star (2024)
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2022-2024)
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2023-2024)
California Lawyer Magazine CLAY Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year), Municipal Law (2019)
The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “Top Defense Verdicts” (2018, 2023)
The Best Lawyers in America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2020-2024 eds.); Commercial Litigation, Qui Tam Law and White Collar Criminal Defense
Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers for Civil Litigation-Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense, (2020-2024)
The Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Top Plaintiff Settlements” (2019)
Federal Bar Association, Younger Federal Lawyer Award (2017)
In 2023, Chase was co-lead counsel on defending MGA Entertainment in a trademark and intellectual property jury trial involving its highest grossing doll line. MGA’s LOL dolls gross over $5 billion dollars annually and is MGA’s most popular product. MGA sued OMG GIRLZ for declaratory relief and a finding that it is not infringing on OMG’s mark. OMG filed a counter-claim against MGA and its founder for $100 million alleging violation of the Lanham Act. The jury returned a complete verdict in favor of MGA in less than two hours. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals recognized this win as a Top Defense Verdict in 2023.
In 2022, Chase was co-lead trial counsel on the successful defense of Oscar-winning Kevin Spacey in a sexual battery civil jury trial in the Southern District of New York. After five years of intense litigation, he and Jennifer Keller convinced the jury that Mr. Spacey was not liable and Mr. Rapp should not be given a penny of the $40 million dollars he was seeking. The jury deliberated only thirty minutes before reaching a unanimous verdict. The trial was covered by the global media.
In 2021, lead counsel on winning two court trials against billionaire bond king Bill Gross, securing a restraining order in the first trial for harassing his neighbor by blasting loops of the theme song from Gilligan’s Island, and later convicting Mr. Gross of contempt for defying court orders. Mr. Gross was sentenced to jail after the conviction.
In 2018, Chase was co-lead counsel on a jury trial resulting in defense verdict for the City of Costa Mesa in a legal challenge brought by a network of sober living homes. Awarded Clay Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year).
Defending Michal Jackson’s estate and production company, MJJ Productions Inc., against two plaintiffs. The plaintiffs allege that Michael sexually abused them when they were minors and are seeking over $100 million in damages.
Successfully represented CashCall Inc. in legal malpractice lawsuit brought against Katten Muchin. Damages exceeded $850 million. A confidential settlement was reached on eve of trial.
Representing Guardant Health Inc. as plaintiff against Natera, Inc. in a false light, and intellectual property case. Guardant commercially launched Reveal in February 2021. Reveal provides cancer results without a tumor sample, making it simpler, faster, and available to patients who don’t have tumor tissue. Natera’s similar cancer detection test is inferior including its tissue dependent. Because of the threat Reveal posed, Natera spread false information about Reveal. We are seeking $100 million in damages.
Represented telecom company Ericsson in FRAND dispute with smartphone maker TCL.
Successfully defended SNAP, Inc. against a lawsuit brought by the parents of the decedent. The plaintiff alleged their son was killed in a car accident while using SNAP’s speed filter.
Represented a co-founder of a company that sells designer women’s plus size clothing, in her lawsuit alleging tortious interference against the Silicon Valley investor that forced her out. A favorable settlement was reached for our client.
Successfully represented tech billionaire Henry Nicholas (Broadcom co-founder) in tax case against the United States, which had disallowed his deductions for distressed Chinese debt. Eve of trial settlement allowed an approximately $40 million deduction. This was the first time such a deduction has been permitted by the Government.
Successfully defended Tony, Emmy and two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey on civil litigation in the Central District of California.
Represented I-Hsin Chen, a shipping container warehouse magnate, who was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal.
Defending Microsoft Corporation in twelve patent cases.
Secured jury acquittal for client charged with committing financial fraud against the federal government.
Representing school district in federal grand jury investigation.
Secured jury acquittal for client accused of criminal counterfeit and importation offenses.
Defended hedge fund manager during FINRA, SEC, and federal criminal investigations alleging insider trading and financial market manipulation.
Obtained one of the nation’s only dismissals of terrorism-related charges in high-publicity federal prosecution.
Secured jury acquittal in federal firearms trial.
Obtained noncustodial disposition for former partner of large international law firm in federal tax fraud prosecution.
Defended professor from prominent university against allegations of fraud and embezzlement.
Managed comprehensive international investigation, and conducted proceedings in foreign court, in federal fraud prosecution.
Defended owner of healthcare company against allegations of fraud.
Obtained jury acquittal for federal official charged with criminal misconduct.
Defended a Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marines in federal fraud prosecution.
Obtained jury acquittal in federal drug prosecution in which client faced a potential life sentence.
Defended international entrepreneur against tax fraud allegations.
Represented business owner accused of violating federal currency regulations.
Obtained acquittal for client charged with theft from financial institution.
Obtained acquittal for client charged with large-scale narcotics offenses.