Lana Birbrair’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. Ms. Birbrair has litigated cases in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration, involving claims for breach of contract, defamation, whistleblower retaliation, trade secret misappropriation, and fraud. She has also represented governments and other public entities in both litigation and government investigations involving possible criminal charges.
Ms. Birbrair has experience in various stages of litigation and investigations, including pre-filing research and drafting complaints, crafting dispositive motions, preparing witnesses for depositions and trial, deposing witnesses, and managing discovery efforts.
In addition, Ms. Birbrair maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently, she obtained asylum on behalf of a gay man from Russia who feared for his life and safety after being physically abused by Russian police officers. She has also worked extensively with victims of domestic violence in Los Angeles County. Ms. Birbrair is a member of the Board of Advisors for Equality California.
While in law school, Ms. Birbrair interned at the Essex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts as well as the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as the managing editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. As an undergraduate student, she was member of Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society. Before beginning her law career, Ms. Birbrair was a reporter for Law360.
- Representing Southern California Edison and Edison International in litigation arising out of the 2017 Thomas Fire and 2018 Montecito mudslides.
- Dunn v. State Bar of California. Prevailed at trial for the State Bar of California in a high-profile legal battle brought by its former executive director. The trial team won a complete judgment on claims for whistleblower retaliation and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
- Representing a large Southern California county facing an investigation by the state attorney general into its child welfare services agency.
- Representing an individual accused of participating in a criminal antitrust scheme to defraud the U.S. government.Arbitrating a case involving allegations of theft of trade secrets and violation of contractual non-solicitation clauses by former employees of one of the nation’s largest specialty staffing companies.
- Represented the founder and CEO of a well-known mobile application in multimillion-dollar arbitration concerning breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and related business torts, resulting in a favorable settlement.