Chambers USA: General Commercial Litigation (California)
Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star (2024)
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2020-2023)
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2023-2024)
Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (by invitation only, limited to top ½ of 1 percent of lawyers nationally)
Litigation Counsel of America, Mesereau Cup for Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2015-2016
Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation; White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation (2015-2023)
Listed in The Best Lawyers In America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2011-2024), Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Legal Malpractice-Plaintiffs; White Collar Criminal Defense; Orange County Lawyer of the Year 2024 (Legal Malpractice-Plaintiffs); Orange County Lawyer of the Year 2014 (Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar)
Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
California Lawyer Magazine, 2012 Lawyers of the Year, Honorable Mention (Litigation)
OC Metro Magazine, Orange County’s Top Lawyers for 2013 (Criminal Defense)
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in a business fraud trial. The jury awarded several millions of dollars in economic and punitive damages.
Team member for MGA in the 2011 retrial of Mattel v. MGA. Our client was defending against copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation claims and prosecuting its own trade secret misappropriation claims. The jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation and awarded $85,000,000 in damages to MGA Entertainment (although the award to MGA was reversed on appeal, the defense verdict on all of Mattel’s claims remains, and a $137,000,000 attorneys’ fee award also remains).
In 2009, represented client on a case that resulted $350 million verdict in a business fraud trial. This was the largest jury verdict in California for 2009.
Represented the former chief of gastroenterology at a major Southern California hospital, and professor of medicine at UCLA, on an indictment alleging conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. District Attorney alleged fraud was in excess of $100 million. Client pled to two felonies which were later dismissed.
In same case listed above, represented physician in action by the state Attorney General to suspend client’s license to practice medicine. Motion was denied.
Represented the principal of an investment company in a District Attorney investigation into a $54 million Ponzi scheme and sale of unlicensed securities.
Represented the president of an appraisal company charged with conspiracy to commit mortgage loan fraud and identity theft. District Attorney alleged fraud in excess of $50 million.