Described by clients as “an exceptional attorney” who “has unbelievable credibility with judges and juries,” Douglas J. Dixon navigates complex technological, regulatory, and business matters across multiple areas of the law.
Mr. Dixon’s practice spans a wide range of litigation in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels and before arbitral tribunals. He focuses on complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, international arbitration, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. Mr. Dixon also has extensive experience with internal and government investigations.
Mr. Dixon has represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including Western Digital, T-Mobile, Southern California Edison, Amgen, Allergan, Waste Management, and Masimo.
Mr. Dixon was recognized in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of commercial litigation, a distinction extended to the top 5 percent of private practice lawyers nationwide as determined by their peers. Benchmark Litigation (California) also recognized him as a “Future Star.”
Before starting Hueston Hennigan, Mr. Dixon was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Irell & Manella. During law school, he served as an editor for the The Georgetown Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Dixon serves on the boards of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County and the Public Law Center, a pro bono organization that provides legal services to low-income and vulnerable residents of Orange County. He is also active in providing service in his community.
- Representing Southern California Edison and Edison International in litigation arising out of the 2017 Thomas Fire, the 2018 Montecito mudslides, and the 2018 Woolsey Fire.
- Representing Peloton in a patent infringement action against Flywheel relating to Peloton’s category-creating bike.
- Represented 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 encompassed multiple ICC arbitrations and litigation in the California trial and appellate courts, where SanDisk secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations.
- Represented Amgen in nationwide securities fraud class action and shareholder derivative matters alleging misrepresentations or omissions regarding the safety and marketing of several of Amgen’s most important drugs. The class action settled on favorable terms, and Mr. Dixon obtained the dismissal with prejudice of multiple shareholder derivative actions asserting that Allergan’s board members failed to prevent alleged off-label marketing violations.
- Representing ClearOne in patent infringement action against Shure relating to installed audio conferencing technology.
- Represented T-Mobile in a series of patent infringement lawsuits asserting patents relating to various cellular communication standards in Texas federal court. All lawsuits settled on terms very favorable to T-Mobile.
- Represented 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.
- Served as 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.
- Served as trial counsel for patentee in successful jury trial against LG Electronics in the U.S. District Court for 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 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 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.
- Served as 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.