Represented an international cookware company in defending against, and then successfully resolving, whistleblower retaliation and breach of contract claims filed by the company’s former general counsel.
Secured $12 million judgment following an arbitration on behalf of a high-net-worth individual against her former business manager and legal advisor on claims for breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty. The arbitrator awarded damages, attorneys’ fees, expert costs and prejudgment interest.
Represented leading Bay Area business bank in defending against TRO and motion for preliminary injunction filed by the borrower of a defaulted commercial loan, and then guiding the bank through successful foreclosure.
Obtained a full defense verdict following a two-week jury trial on a former company executive’s whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination claims asserted against one of California’s leading health plans.
Represented a property owner in obtaining summary judgment on real property claims arising out of a complex breach of contract and easement dispute in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Represented trust beneficiary in defending against, and successfully resolving, claims filed by a competing beneficiary regarding the meaning and validity of a special power of appointment in a trust.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a leading California health plan in a lawsuit filed by a “repeat offender” over the amount of a claim for emergency services paid by our client.
Litigated, and then successfully resolved, a complex construction defect and breach of contract action in federal court seeking more than $10 million in damages against our client, a leading national manufactured housing company.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large California employer in response to a former employee’s claims of race discrimination and retaliation.
Represented a trustee in successfully resolving contentious trust and estates litigation filed in San Francisco probate court, seeking to remove the trustee and asserting claims against him for breach of fiduciary duty.
Provided counsel to a prominent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the redwood forests, regarding federal estate tax lien issues in a 1031 land swap transaction.
Represented a beneficiary of a $58 million trust in successfully recovering attorneys’ fees and costs incurred to prosecute an underlying probate action for the benefit of the trust.
Represented the developer of a Bay Area housing project to defend against and successfully resolve $14 million construction defect and breach of contract claims.
Successfully obtained complete dismissal of fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted against a large international bank client and then obtained a favorable appellate decision from the Ninth Circuit affirming the bank’s right to recover its attorneys’ fees and costs. Teece v. Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain) B.S.C., 667 Fed. Appx. 931 (9th Cir. 2016).
On behalf of a Bay Area nonprofit foundation, obtained the successful settlement of a trust interpretation dispute involving a $200 million trust.
Represented a national sorority in a real property and breach of contract dispute that resolved following mediation.
Represented a de facto franchisee in a dispute with the licensor/franchisor over viability of the franchisor’s business model.
Represented plaintiff in resolving a multimillion-dollar action for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and breach of the duty of loyalty arising from improper disclosure of confidential information. In the process, defeated defendant’s anti-SLAPP motion (affirmed on appeal). Castleman v. Sagaser, 216 Cal. App. 4th 481 (2013).
Obtained a favorable arbitration award and recovery of attorneys’ fees following a one-week arbitration on breach of fiduciary duty claims against a former partner.
Represented a franchisee in resolving a multimillion-dollar breach of contract and fraud dispute against the franchisor.
Following a three-week jury trial, resolved plaintiff investor’s claims against a real estate broker for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and constructive fraud.