Douglas J. Dixon is a founding partner of Hueston Hennigan and is based in the firm’s Newport Beach office. His practice spans a wide range of litigation in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels and before arbitral tribunals. His ability to help clients navigate highly complex technological, regulatory, and business matters is the unifying thread through a practice covering multiple areas of the law. Mr. Dixon’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, international arbitration, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. Mr. Dixon also has extensive experience representing companies in internal and government investigations. Representative clients include Allergan, Amgen, Bagdasarian Productions, T-Mobile, Waste Management, and Western Digital.
Mr. Dixon was recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of commercial litigation. This distinction is extended to the top five percent of private practice attorneys nationwide, as determined purely by peers. Super Lawyers named Mr. Dixon a Southern California “Rising Star” in 2014-2016.
Mr. Dixon received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2005, and began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. After clerking, Mr. Dixon was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and then Irell & Manella LLP, where he was elected to the partnership of the firm. During law school, Mr. Dixon externed at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Dixon serves on the board of the Public Law Center, a pro bono organization that provides legal services to low-income and vulnerable residents of Orange County.
Mr. Dixon is conversant in Spanish, having lived in Argentina for two years.
- Representing Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiaries in their widely publicized dispute with Toshiba over anti-transfer provisions in joint venture agreements governing the manufacture and development of NAND flash memory. The dispute encompasses multiple ICC arbitrations and litigation in the California trial and appellate courts, where SanDisk secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations.
- Representing Amgen Inc. in nationwide securities fraud class action and shareholder derivative matters alleging misrepresentations or omissions regarding the safety and marketing of Amgen’s ESAs.
- Representing T-Mobile in a series of patent infringement lawsuits asserting patents relating to various cellular communication standards in Texas federal court.
- Representing Sumner M. Redstone, Chairman Emeritus of Viacom and CBS, in shareholder derivative and class action matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery arising out of changes to Viacom’s Board of Directors and bylaws.
- Trial counsel for Sumner M. Redstone in successful defense against high-profile challenge to Mr. Redstone’s mental competency.
- Represented Sumner M. Redstone in connection with challenges to his decisions to reconstitute Viacom’s Board of Directors and amend Viacom’s bylaws.
- Defended Masimo Corp., a leading global medical technology company, in cases in the U.S. and China against claims of monopolization of the pulse oximeter monitor market, conspiracy to monopolize, and tying.
- Trial counsel for patentee in successful jury trial against LG Electronics in the Eastern District of Texas involving user interface patents.
- Represented T-Mobile in patent infringement lawsuit involving near field communications technology in mobile devices in New York federal court.
- Represented Juniper Networks, Inc. in a lawsuit brought by Implicit Networks, Inc. alleging infringement of patents relating to a method for processing data in a computer network. Mr. Dixon helped secure a double summary judgment ruling that all asserted patent claims against Juniper were both invalid and not infringed.
- Represented Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Western Digital in a lawsuit accusing them of infringing patents relating to a method for developing diamond-like carbon films. Mr. Dixon was heavily involved in every aspect of the case, including the development of key arguments refuting the plaintiffs’ infringement and damages contentions. The case settled favorably before trial.
- Defended major medical device company against claims of inequitable conduct in Delaware federal court.
- Obtained dismissal of all felony charges against subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. after four-year long investigation and litigation involving allegations of conspiracy, false statements, and Clean Water Act violations.
- Defended banker in a lengthy insider-trading investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The investigation was terminated without action.
- Trial counsel for Fortune 500 company in a breach of contract lawsuit that culminated in a multi-week trial before an arbitrator involving complex property valuation methods.
- Obtained dismissal of putative consumer class action against Waste Management and others seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages relating to garbage collection operations in Los Angeles, California.