Chambers USA and Chambers Global, recommended in General Commercial Litigation (California) and Trials (of all types, Nationwide)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
The Legal 500, USA Edition, Leading Trial Lawyers (2021-2023)
Benchmark Litigation “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018), “The Top 20 Trial Lawyers in California” (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019)
Lawdragon Hall of Fame (2023)
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2012-2023)
Lawdragon Legend (2020)
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2023-2024)
The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “The Top 100 Lawyers in California,” (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, Editors’ Pick 2001)
California Lawyer Magazine Attorneys of the Year (CLAY Award), Municipal Law (2019), White Collar Criminal Defense (2018), Intellectual Property Litigation (2012)
The Irish Legal 100 (2021-2022)
Benchmark Litigation “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)
California Lawyers Association “Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame” (inducted 2018)
Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
Los Angeles Magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyers”: Ranked #1 Super Lawyers Southern California (2020-2021); Ranked either #1 or #2 Super Lawyers Southern California (2019-2023); Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers (2018-2023), Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers (2016-2023), “Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers” (16 times), “Top 50 Southern California Women Super Lawyers” (14 times); “Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, Professional Liability, and White Collar Criminal Defense” (2006-2023)
The Best Lawyers In America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2004-2024 eds.); Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities Litigation, Legal Malpractice-Plaintiffs, and White Collar Criminal Defense; Orange County Lawyer of the Year – Criminal Defense (2013); Orange County Lawyer of the Year – White Collar Criminal Defense (2017 and 2022)
The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “California’s Top Women Lawyers” (2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2002)
Business Today, “USA’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers (2023)
The San Francisco Recorder, Attorneys of the Year (2012)
The National Trial Lawyers, “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California” (2008-2014)
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Business Litigation Trial Lawyer of the Year (2010)
Orange County Business Journal, “OC 500 Directory of Influence” (2023, 2021, 2020, 2019)
The National Law Journal, Annual “Winning” Edition (2012)
Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Orange County Women Lawyers, Attorney of the Year (2003)
Anti-Defamation League of Orange County & Long Beach, Jurisprudence Award (2001)
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year (2000)
Public Law Center of Orange County, Attorney of the Year (1996)
The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, Lawyer of the Year (1983)
State Bar of California, Wiley Manuel Award for Pro Bono Service (1998)
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated since 1983. Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
In 2023, Jennifer represented MGA Entertainment in a trademark and intellectual property lawsuit 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.
Jennifer 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 in 2023 for our client.
In 2022, Jennifer tried and won a unanimous defense jury verdict for Kevin Spacey in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Spacey had been sued for sexual battery by actor Anthony Rapp.
In 2011, as lead counsel for MGA, Jennifer won the retrial of Mattel v. MGA (aka “Barbie v. Bratz”), a billion-dollar “bet the company” copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation case. MGA had lost a previous trial, been ordered to pay Mattel $100 million in damages, and was forced to surrender the Bratz brand to Mattel. In the retrial, which Jennifer entered just 12 days before trial began, the jury found that MGA owned the entire Bratz brand and rejected all of Mattel’s claims. Additionally, Mattel was ordered to pay MGA $85 million for theft of MGA’s trade secrets, plus $85 million in punitive damages and over $139 million in attorneys’ fees. (Although the damages award to MGA was reversed on appeal, the judgment awarding $139 million in attorneys’ fees stands.) Mattel v. MGA Entertainment et al, USDC Central District of California.
In 2009, Jennifer was lead counsel for the plaintiff in a five-month business fraud jury trial in Los Angeles. The jury awarded $300 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. The case settled in bankruptcy court for $120 million. Auerbach Acquisition Associates v. Daily, LASC.
In 2021, Jennifer represented CashCall Inc. as plaintiff in a landmark legal malpractice suit against an AmLaw 100 law firm, Katten Muchin. This suit was one of the largest such cases ever seen in the country with over $850 million in damages. After years of hard-fought litigation, Jennifer and the K/A team achieved a landmark settlement on the eve of trial.
In 2019, Jennifer and the K/A team settled Broadwood Investments v. The United States, in which the client, Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas, sued for relief from an IRS denial of his attempted deduction for distressed Chinese debt. Shortly before trial, the Government settled and allowed a deduction of $40 million plus significant interest. It was a nationwide first for such a deduction to be allowed.
In 2018, Jennifer won a jury verdict for MassMutual Life Insurance Co. in a bellwether class action jury trial in Los Angeles. The class claimed it had been unfairly deprived of dividends. The jury found it had not, which led to the collapse of a nationwide class. The trial was covered live on CVN, which named it one of the Top Defense Verdicts of the year, as did the Daily Journal.
Also in 2018, Jennifer successfully defended the City of Costa Mesa on Yellowstone Women’s First Step House et al v. Costa Mesa, in which a network of sober living home operators contended the City had violated the FHA and ADA by passing an ordinance regulating them. A unanimous federal court jury disagreed. For this verdict Jennifer won her third CLAY Award (California Lawyer Magazine Attorneys of the Year) in Municipal Law. It was also featured as one of the Daily Journal’s Top Defense Verdicts of the year.
Jennifer defended Standard & Poors in United States v. McGraw-Hill Companies, in the government’s lawsuit alleging that S&P inflated the ratings of certain mortgage-backed securities. After years of hard-fought litigation, the case settled for $1 billion — less than one-fifth of what the government had initially demanded.
In a 2013 Los Angeles County Superior Court trial, Jennifer along with Kay Anderle as co-counsel for the plaintiff in a breach of contract, fraud and conversion jury trial won nearly $5 million for their client, including $1.4 million in punitive damages. Larian v. Talassazan, LASC-Santa Monica.
Jennifer won a defense jury verdict for a law firm accused of wrongfully terminating the plaintiff, the head of its billing department, due to her alleged “whistleblowing” on billing fraud.
Jennfier has also defended the county CAO in the groundbreaking Orange County bankruptcy litigation, civil and criminal, and before the Securities and Exchange Commission; he was never indicted or fined.
Jennifer achieved a defense verdict for an university in a multi-million-dollar, six-month fraud and misrepresentation jury trial; plaintiffs were students in its inaugural law school class. The jury awarded them zero damages.
Jennifer has represented on civil or administrative matters, several judges, the Orange County District Attorney and the Sheriff.