Represented MGA Entertainment in a trademark and intellectual property lawsuit involving its highest grossing doll line. 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.
Represented plaintiff minority shareholder in privately-held Fluidmaster against her brother and some of the Board of Directors in a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder oppression. Obtained a very favorable confidential settlement for our client.
Successfully defended former head of USA Swimming and Coach of US Olympic Swim Team in civil lawsuit alleging negligent supervision of an assistant coach. Lawsuit was dismissed by plaintiff against our client.
Defense jury verdict in Los Angeles for MassMutual Life Insurance in $100 million bellwether class action lawsuit. Case was named a 2018 Top Verdict by CVN and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals.
Defense jury verdict for the City of Costa Mesa in a landmark zoning lawsuit brought by sober living home operators and network. Given 2018 CLAY Award (California Lawyers of the Year) in Municipal Law for the victory.
Successfully defended Michael Ovitz (founder of the Creative Artists Agency and former Chair of the Walt Disney Company) against defamation allegations brought by a former LA Times journalist. Confidential settlement reached.
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. The United States Attorney’s Office entered into a settlement on the eve of trial granting our client an approximate $40 million deduction. This was the first time such a deduction has been permitted by the Government.