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REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Representing Bill Cosby in all of his civil and criminal actions for sexual assault and defamation claims in California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania
  • Represented plaintiff California First Investors against the State of California in a high-profile case involving a $2.3 billion contract to purchase state-owned buildings. An eight figure settlement was reached mid-trial
  • Representing the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power (“LADWP”), the second largest water district in the United States serving over 1.6 million customers, in the negotiation and entry of a highly complex estimated $70 million settlement of multiple class actions in which all 1.6 million customer accounts will be made whole
  • Represented WhiteWave Foods in a complex settlement regarding DHA-Omgea 3 labeling, and an action challenging the labeling of all nut-based milks sold in the United States.
  • Represented Blake Shelton in his defamation lawsuit against In Touch Weekly
  • Represented rapper Drake in a trade libel lawsuit
  • Represented producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison in a contract action against Legendary Films involving the film “Godzilla”
  • Representing Kylin Pictures International, Inc., in a breach of contract dispute brought by actor Kevin Costner regarding the motion picture “Shanghai Sojourners.”
  • Representing the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust in litigation against a Trust beneficiary.
  • Represented Hilton Grand Vacations (“HGV”) in a defeating class certification in a multi-billion dollar putative class action filed in California with exposure ranging from $18 billion - $54 billion
  • Represented the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas in a putative class action alleging that it violated California’s Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”) by recording customer calls without their consent. Settled a privacy class action filed in California with over $2 billion in damages at stake, for $14.5 million
  • Obtained acquittals on six felony charges alleging that Dr. Sandeep Kapoor over-prescribed pain medications to Anna Nicole Smith
  • Obtained an $18.2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against McKessen Corp., the largest U.S. drug wholesaler, by participants in an HBO & Co. profit-sharing plan that bought the company's stock
  • Obtained an eight figure settlement against a major insurance company that created a product targeting low-income residents in several different states
  • Obtained a $2.9 million settlement in class action brought on behalf of pension plan participants of AOL Time Warner
  • Successfully defended State Street Bank & Trust Co., as the directed trustee of United Airline Inc.'s employee stock ownership plan in a case where the plan participants claimed damages of over $2 billion

 

For more than twenty years, we have focused our practice on representing clients in pursuing and defending actions or claims in high-stakes litigation.  Our nationally recognized trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisors are known for an aggressive, creative and efficient pursuit of winning cases for our clients.  With lawyers in Los Angeles and New York, we represent clients in their most important cases because we understand that litigation involves risks and rewards.  We know how to get results while being equally focused on costs.  That is why we believe alternative fee arrangements play to our strengths, by rewarding results over time to the benefit of both the client and us.  We encourage our clients to discuss contingent, fixed, or hybrid fees in order to arrive at flexible, predictable and a properly aligned balance of interests in our clients litigation spending.  In collaboration with our clients, we will create the alternative fee arrangement that fits best with the merits and risks of each particular case.

Entertainment & Media

We are considered one of the leading media and entertainment litigation firms in the country, having consistently litigated many high profile cases over the past two decades, including cases involving profit participations and accounting issues related to the vertical integration of entertainment companies, defamation, right of publicity, privacy invasion, copyright and trademark infringement, artist/manager disputes, television format protection and licensing, personal services agreements, contractual disputes, international disputes, and various intellectual property matters involving all aspects of the entertainment and media industry.

Business Dispute, Brand Protection & Crisis Management

Our team helps clients maintain their brand and reputation by offering a deep and critical understanding of each of the core matter areas, representing industry leaders and businesses in a range of matters including defamation, class action, privacy and intellectual property. With a varied group of clients ranging from hospitality to consumer products to celebrities and entertainment executives, our practice continues to evolve in order to meet the new set of challenges facing our clients in the 21st century.  We have successfully represented public and privately held companies, municipalities, and prominent public figures in an array of nationwide matters, including brand and individual reputation defense, false light, first amendment, false labeling, unfair business practices, privacy, and trademark protection.

Criminal Defense

We have established a track record of success in complex criminal defense cases for individuals and corporations.  Our attorneys are skilled at handling parallel civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings to the client’s advantage in matters alleging securities, tax, and healthcare fraud.  Clients can also turn to us when their reputation is at stake or from matters involving DUI, theft, criminal trespass, or assault.

Family Law

Our clients include CEOs and other business owners and executives, hedge-fund owners and operators, venture capitalists, artists, actors, producers, directors, musicians, athletes, agents, business managers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, and their spouses. Whether through counseling or in court, our lawyers carefully craft specific and holistic strategies based on each client’s goals, sensitivities, and concerns. Clients rely on our stealth approach to resolve their most serious and personal conflicts, and the lack of public attention to our work in this field is a testament to our success at adeptly navigating and minimizing media exposure and scrutiny throughout the case.

Employment

Our clients rely on us for our knowledge of labor and employment law, including wage and compensation matters, breach of fiduciary duty claims, prohibited transactions claims, wrongful termination, leave, severance and pension benefits, disability, discrimination and harassment issues, and OSHA regulations compliance. We litigate class actions and other matters in federal and state courts and represent clients before the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.