Padraic Foran

Padraic Foran

Los Angeles, California

Padraic Foran represents clients facing high-stakes litigation, with an emphasis on complex contractual disputes, trade secrets and intellectual property, consumer protection, fraud, and RICO claims. Mr. Foran also counsels individuals and corporations facing sensitive governmental investigations and inquiries, including by the SEC, DOJ, and FDA.

His clients span a broad range of industries such as aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, medical devices, real estate development, and financial services. Representative clients include SpaceX, Core Wireless, GlaxoSmithKline, and officers and directors of public companies. In 2016, Mr. Foran was recognized by his peers and named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine.

To every case, Mr. Foran brings a wealth of courtroom experience and insight. He has argued and won significant motions for clients in state and federal courts in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Delaware. An aggressive and creative litigator, Mr. Foran has broad experience managing all aspects of a case, from pleadings to verdict to appeal. Mr. Foran develops innovative approaches and case strategies designed to achieve the client's goals. This includes streamlining complex fact and expert discovery, avoiding unnecessary disputes, and focusing on what matters: favorable resolution.

Most recently, he was a key member of the trial team that prevailed on all claims in a patent litigation trial in the Eastern District of Texas. Mr. Foran leveraged his deep understanding of the patented smartphone technology at issue to craft a compelling, persuasive trial narrative, resulting in a successful jury verdict.

Mr. Foran also recently helped to strike down a land use ordinance passed by Malibu voters the New York Times described as "one of the most stringent anti-development measures ever attempted in the country." By bringing a nuanced understanding of the relevant administrative, statutory and constitutional laws, he was able to develop a winning legal strategy that revealed the ordinance's overreach and illegality. Also, by trying the case on the pleadings, he obtained an excellent result without slogging through costly discovery.

Mr. Foran also litigated a three-week fraud and consumer protection jury trial in the Southern District of New York, prevailing on all claims and winning an eight-figure punitive damages verdict. Mr. Foran then drafted the appellate brief that secured his client's victory in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining Hueston Hennigan LLP, Mr. Foran was an associate at Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he focused on complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Foran began his legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Jerome Farris, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Areas of Practice

  • Complex Trial Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense


  • London School of Economics University of London, London, England
    • LL.M. - 2008
  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 2008
  • University of Southern California
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2005
    • Major: English