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2018 Highlights: Q3 & Q4

On behalf of a nation-wide staffing firm, the firm prevailed in a multi-day binding arbitration and obtained a complete defense victory for its client in a seven-figure breach of contract dispute. The firm recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in prevailing-party attorneys’ fees for its client.

2018 Highlights: Q1 & Q2

The firm represented the founder of a blockchain startup in litigation with a co-founder. The firm resolved many misclassification and wage cases before the California Labor Commissioner. The firm obtained the dismissal of a lawsuit dealing with the sale of a cabin and related property located in a National Forest.

2017 Highlights

The firm represented a defense contractor employee whose security clearance had been revoked at a hearing before the United States Department of Defense’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. The firm successfully moved to compel arbitration of Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims alleged by a former employee — the only trial court decision reaching that result of which the firm is aware.

2016 Highlights: Q3 & Q4

The firm represented a local fashion company in a dispute with a former sales executive who misappropriated confidential information. On behalf of a national staffing company, the firm defeated multiple motions by one of the nation’s largest banks for temporary restraining orders and a preliminary injunction, by persuading the Court that the bank did not have a reasonable probability of prevailing on its claims for breach of contract and conversion.

2016 Highlights: Q1 & Q2

The firm aggressively defended a placement agency against allegations of race and gender harassment in a case filed in Los Angeles, and through those efforts resolved the case for a nominal nuisance settlement. On behalf of a Silicon Valley financial services company, the firm sued the client’s former key employee for breach of his duty of loyalty, obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting him from stealing the client’s customers or using its confidential information to compete against the client, and then, after discovery, secured a similar preliminary injunction against the former employee.

2015 Highlights: Q3 & Q4

The San Mateo County Superior Court has issued very favorable decisions in the two breach of fiduciary duty cases the firm took to trial. The Court found in favor of the firm’s clients in each case, ruled that the defendants had breached their fiduciary duties (one under Delaware law, the other under California partnership law), awarded seven figures in total damages, and set one case for a punitive damages phase of trial, and the other for post-trial briefing on the recovery of attorneys’ fees.

2015 Highlights: Q1 & Q2

The firm is defending a Fortune 500 technology company against separate claims alleging national origin discrimination and disability discrimination. The firm obtained a large pre-litigation settlement in a case dealing with the separation of a co-owner of a financial services firm.

2014 Highlights: Q3 & Q4

The firm obtained a very favorable, pre-litigation settlement of pregnancy discrimination claims alleged against a major technology company. The firm separately advised and counseled several physicians and medical groups regarding their intra-firm relationships and agreements.

2013 Highlights: Q3

The firm took to trial a case on behalf of a client who claimed that the defendants had fraudulently conveyed assets amongst themselves to evade our client as a creditor. After the first day of testimony, the defendants decided to settle.

2013 Highlights: Q2

Super Lawyers Magazine named Damien Lillis a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation. We successfully resolved claims of unlawful termination and retaliation on behalf of a non-profit corporation. We successfully assisted a commercial landowner in enforcing its lease rights against a nationally-known franchise.

2013 Highlights: Q1

In the two cases we took to trial, the Court has issued tentative decisions finding in favor of our plaintiff clients and finding that the defendants in each case had breached their fiduciary duties. We are waiting for the Court to issue formal statements of decision.

2012 Highlights: Q3 & Q4

On behalf of a large Bay Area employer, we obtained the complete dismissal of all claims alleged by a purported “whistle blower” after filing a motion for summary judgment. We tried two cases in the Complex Department of the San Mateo County Superior Court dealing with the breach of fiduciary duties and the breach of several contracts.

2012 Highlights: Q2

Successfully defended a non-profit corporation against a challenge to the composition of its Board of Trustees in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Argued a land dispute case involving novel issues of state and federal law before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

2012 Highlights: Q1

Successfully resolved our Massachusetts client’s dispute against its California business partner arising out of an inventory purchase agreement. Assisted clients in responding to third-party subpoenas for documents and deposition testimony issued by regulatory authorities in Southern California.