John Scheerer

Mr. Scheerer’s practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation in the areas of media and entertainment, securities, and white collar defense.

He has prepared witnesses at all stages of litigation, from initial fact development interviews through depositions and trial testimony. In addition, Mr. Scheerer prides himself on mastering the facts of every crisis and matter, be it preparing for settlement negotiations, dispositive motions, depositions or trial. His rigorous scrutiny of opposing parties’ claims and conduct has led to victories in and out of court. Mr. Scheerer has experience litigating cases at all stages, from pretrial through appeal. Additionally, Mr. Scheerer has experience drafting complaints, answers, dispositive motions and oppositions, critical discovery motions and oppositions, settlements, motions and in limine and oppositions, post-trial briefing, and appeals.

Mr. Scheerer was on the trial team that successfully obtained a complete dismissal after the first day of trial on behalf of Sumner Redstone, chairman emeritus of CBS and Viacom; he continues to represent Mr. Redstone in related litigation. Mr. Scheerer has also worked on matters involving the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and he authored the column “Federal trade secrets law provides several practical advantages” in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Mr. Scheerer earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the UCLA Law Review. While in law school, Mr. Scheerer worked as a law clerk at the California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General, where he substantially assisted drafting multiple respondent’s briefs in the criminal appeals, writs, and trials section. He earned his B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Before joining Hueston Hennigan LLP, Mr. Scheerer was a litigation associate at Irell & Manella LLP.

Mr. Scheerer is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Representative Matters

  • Trial team for Sumner Redstone, chairman emeritus of CBS and Viacom. Obtained complete dismissal after the first day of trial on behalf of Sumner Redstone in a case challenging his mental competency. (See “Judge dismisses mental competency case against Sumner Redstone,” Los Angeles Times; “Ex-Viacom Chair Beats Competency Suit,” Law360.)
  • Represented Sumner Redstone in a high-stakes legal battle for control of Viacom being waged in courts of Delaware, Massachusetts, and California. (See “Fight for Viacom said to end with Redstones in Control,” New York Times.)
  • Representing Mr. Redstone in a Los Angeles County Superior Court action to recover $150 million from former companions (See “Sumner Redstone Sues two Ex-Companions for Elder Abuse to Reclaim $150M in Gifts,” in the Hollywood Reporterand 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.
  • Secured temporary restraining order under the Defend Trade Secrets Act barring former employee from using or disclosing stolen trade secrets and confidential information on behalf of Glaukos Corporation. The suit resolved in a favorable settlement.
  • Secured a favorable settlement on the eve of trial for one of the largest staffing companies in the world in a suit initiated by its former chairman and CEO involving allegations of wrongful termination and counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent transfer.
  • Represents multimillion-dollar hotel and management group related to high-profile civil asset forfeiture litigation.
  • Representing Corinthian Colleges, Inc., in connection with federal and state investigations and in defending litigation brought by the California attorney general.
  • Advocated for a petitioner pro bono in the Central District of California in a case transferred as a result of a successful petition to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

John Scheerer

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UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2014) Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, UCLA Law Review

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2010, Political Science) summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa



U.S. District Court Central District of California