• Adam Pines

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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4322
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224


    New York University School of Law, J.D., 1994.


    University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1990.

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    Adam Pines’ practice focuses on complex business litigation.  He has a wide range of experience handling commercial, environmental, real estate, land-use and other contract and tort claims for domestic and international clients.  Mr. Pines has handled several trials and has experience in all phases of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, law and motion, trial, appeals and complex settlements in both state and federal courts and before arbitrators and regulators throughout the country.

    Mr. Pines represents clients in litigation matters involving, among other areas, breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices (B&P Code §§ 17200, et seq.), banking, employment, ERISA, CERCLA, trademarks, trade secrets, fraudulent transfers, secured transactions, residential and commercial real estate and administrative, land use, franchise and environmental law, including class-actions involving the technology, financial services and gaming industries.

    Mr. Pines performs these services for individuals, corporations, financial institutions, real estate developers, computer and hospital equipment manufacturers, theater companies, title insurers, defense contractors, hospitality companies and industry associations.

    Representative Matters

    Sargent Fletcher, Inc. v. Able Corporation, 110 Cal. App. 4th 1658, 3 Cal. Rptr. 3d 279 (2003) – Successfully defended defense contractor against competitor and former joint venturer’s claims of trade secret misappropriation.  Successfully opposed motion for preliminary injunction, took and defended twenty-two depositions and second-chaired seven week jury trial to defense verdict.  Verdict affirmed on appeal.

    Melissa Lopez v. City of Burbank – On a pro bono basis, represented Burbank resident in connection with her application to operate a large family day care home in her residence, as permitted by state law.  Appeared before Burbank Planning Commission and City Council and prosecuted successful action for administrative mandate.  Collected costs from the City of Burbank.

    Newgard v. Park Place Entertainment – Participated in the defense of Las Vegas casino against claims of false arrest and wrongful imprisonment based on casino’s referral of Plaintiff for prosecution for issuing gaming markers without sufficient funds.  Case dismissed after federal Court ruled as a matter of first impression that markers constituted checks under Nevada Penal Code.

    Francine Browner & Neil Afromsky v. Max Azria, Francine Browner, Inc., et al. – Prosecuted action for fraudulent transfers and insider preferences against clothing designer Max Azria and his companies (BCBG Clothing), based on Defendants’ receipt of all assets of Francine Browner, Inc. shortly before judgment was entered against the company.  Obtained significant settlement.

    Jamba Juice v. Z-Juice – Prosecuted action for breach of contract and trademark infringement against former franchisees that failed to de-identify stores following termination of franchise agreements.  Defendants stipulated to permanent injunctions following filing of motions for preliminary injunction.

    Ultramar, Inc. v. Clark, et al. – Prosecuted action for contribution to costs of cleaning diesel contamination under former truck stop.  Conducted comprehensive investigation and successfully opposed defendants’ motions for summary judgment.  Defendants agreed to multi-million dollar settlement prior to trial.

    Dole Foods v. Pacific Maritime Association, et al. – Prosecuted action to force Pacific Maritime Association and its members to allow Dole to remove from the Port of Los Angeles produce and refrigeration equipment stranded by the PMA’s lockout of Port workers.  Prepared state and then federal TRO papers on 24-hours’ notice and conducted evidentiary hearing in federal court.  Port re-opened under Taft-Hartley Act prior to appeal of courts’ denials of relief.

    Maxicare Health Plans, Inc. adv. Eugene L. Froelich – Prosecuted action to collect on former executive’s unpaid $3 million promissory note. Obtained summary judgment on complaint and defendant’s cross-complaint.  Successfully defended appeal and collected full amount of judgment.  Also successfully demurred to former executive’s shareholders’ derivative suit and obtained summary judgment on former executive’s ERISA complaint.

    Honors & Awards

    Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2016.

    Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer, 2012-2013.

    "Rising Star under 40" by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2004-2008.

    Recipient of California State Bar’s Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award for distinguished public service, 1997.


    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in all courts in California, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

    Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office; Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) training, Oct.-Nov. 1998; Trial Attorney, February 1999.

    Board Member, California Lexington Group.

    Member, Century City and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.

    Speaking Engagements