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Litigation

Our Litigation practice represents clients across the nation and around the globe in complex, high-stakes disputes. We are at the forefront of cutting-edge commercial litigation, intellectual property matters, entertainment and media disputes, class action defense, securities litigation, global investigations, white collar defense and appeals.

Lauded in Chambers USA 2018 for providing “truly exceptional results” and as “very skilled litigators who operate many moves ahead of their opponents,” our team includes some of the most respected and high-profile litigators in the nation. Our largest victories include recovering $1.7 billion for one client in a collection of verdicts and settlements for patent enforcement actions in federal courts, as well as the largest damage award ever affirmed by the California Supreme Court. Several of our successes have been recognized as the top defense verdicts of the year by the Daily Journal, including most recently a high profile victory on behalf of Public Storage in a securities class action trial.

We work diligently with each client to understand their business and build creative legal strategies designed to meet their goals. Our litigators are successful at trying cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as representing clients on appeal. We also have an excellent track record in counseling clients to successful resolution without litigation, winning cases through dispositive motions before trial and obtaining favorable settlements. Our history of success is built on a combination of experience, ingenuity and a highly efficient approach to staffing our litigation teams.

Many of our litigators and practice groups have been recognized year after year in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The American Lawyer and the National Law Journal, among other legal publications and directories. Examples of recent awards include:

  • “IP Litigation Department of the Year,” The American Lawyer (2018)
  • “Securities Litigation Department of the Year,” The Recorder (2017)
  • “Media & Entertainment Group of the Year,” Law360 (2017)
  • “California Powerhouse,” Law360 (2017)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA in the areas of general commercial litigation, securities litigation, media and entertainment litigation, life sciences and intellectual property (2018)

Experience

  • Collected $1.7 billion in verdicts and settlements for TiVo in patent enforcement actions that included multiple trials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and multiple successful U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit appeals.
  • Secured the largest damage award ever affirmed by the California Supreme Court in any area of law for City of Hope in a jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, resulting in payments to City of Hope of over $565 million.
  • Obtained a $506 million judgment against Apple for infringing a computer microarchitecture patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
  • Won a complete defense verdict for Gilead Sciences on a $50 million claim for breach of a merger agreement.
  • Garnered a $400 million verdict for KAIST in a patent infringement suit over bulk FinFET technology against Samsung, GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm.
  • Secured a complete defense verdict for Public Storage in a rare securities class action trial.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for Novellus Systems on a $200 million indemnity and warranty claim after a jury trial in Santa Clara Superior Court.

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