Experience

Class Action in Large IoT Liability Case for Plaintiff Against Automotive Manufacturer

Serves as lead counsel for three certified plaintiffs’ classes totaling an estimated 400,000 to 500,000, in a case alleging that various cars and trucks suffer from a series of cybersecurity defects that render the vehicles susceptible to being hacked in a way that would allow the hacker to remotely control the vehicles’ operational and safety systems, including acceleration, braking, steering and ignition. Claims include breach of warranty and violations of various states’ consumer protection statutes.

Represented General Contractor in $5 Million Multi-Party Litigation

Represented a large general contractor in ongoing multi-party litigation involving construction defects exceeding $5 million.

Successfully Defended Packaging Company in Breach of Contract Case Following Acquisition

Successfully defended a packaging company against the alleged breach of a supply agreement entered into following the acquisition of a plastics manufacturing business from the plaintiff. Following the sale, the plaintiff continued to sell a specialty product, which would be manufactured by our client, and sought return of certain equipment used for its production. The suit was filed in state court in North Carolina, removed to federal court in North Carolina, then further transferred to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Our client filed counterclaims and third-party claims for fraud in connection with the supply agreement. Our client filed a separate action for fraud in connection with the sale of the plastics manufacturing business against the plaintiff and its principals in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. All claims were resolved after mediation for a nominal payment and non-monetary terms.

Counsel to Meal Kit Company Preparing for Future Growth

Provided counsel to meal kit delivery service experiencing exponential growth. Addressed complex regulatory and sensitive litigation issues with innovative strategies to position the client for future growth and success.

Favorable Resolution in Wage Dispute

Represented wireless infrastructure contractor in wage dispute brought by former employee. Handled all phases of pretrial litigation, including motion practice and depositions of key witnesses. Obtained favorable resolution, saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Resolution in Corporate Control Dispute Involving LLC

Successfully compelled defendant to resolve a corporate control dispute concerning a limited liability corporation (LLC). We filed suit on behalf of our client to invalidate a sweetheart lease and undo other self-dealing transactions by the manager of the LLC, as well as dissolve the LLC. Following a year of litigation, the manager purchased the client's interest in the LLC on very good terms for the client.

Successful Defense of Client in Trade Secret Claim

Successfully defended a construction industry client in a trade secret claim wherein the Federal Court in Washington transferred the case on a venue motion to a Federal Court in California. The parties settled the case soon after transfer.

Successfully Defended Business Executive in $33 Million Fraud Action

Successfully defended a business executive in a fraud action seeking more than $33 million. This was an important and hard-fought dispute in which the executive's ex-spouse sued the executive and two of the ex-spouse's former lawyers for allegedly defrauding the ex-spouse out of significant assets. After obtaining key admissions during deposition, moved for summary judgment. The Court agreed with all arguments and issued an order granting summary judgment on the entirety of the ex-spouse's claims.  

Summary Judgment for Services Contractor in Breach of Contract Case

Obtained summary judgment for services contractor in a significant breach of contract case. The resolution allowed the client to negotiate a favorable resolution with its business counterpart.

Won Preliminary Injunction for Wine and Spirits Industry Supplier in Trade Secret, Noncompete Case

Won a preliminary injunction following a three-day federal bench trial for a large supplier of materials used in wine and spirits industry. Protected trade secrets and enforced noncompete, and recovered fees for client.