Varun Behl focuses on high-stakes business disputes, employment matters, class action defense, and white collar defense. With experience in all phases of litigation, Mr. Behl carefully oversees the entire process from pretrial to appeal. He writes briefs, conducts witness interviews, takes and defends depositions, leads discovery efforts, and prepares experts for deposition and examination at trial.
Mr. Behl also has experience defending consumer class actions. Recently, he helped Philip Morris USA obtain a favorable verdict after a two-month long false advertising trial. The plaintiffs, a class of nearly 200,000 smokers, received an award of $5 million, far less than the $1.5 billion in damages originally sought.
Before joining Hueston Hennigan, Mr. Behl served as an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. During law school, Mr. Behl interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan and served as articles editor for the Michigan Law Review.
- Roumi et al. v. California Institute of Technology et al. Representing a research university in a wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, and breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former post-doctoral student and research scientist. The suit includes dozens of witnesses, the Department of Energy, issues concerning University grants, and managerial decisions.
- Dunn v. State Bar of California et al. Prevailed at trial on behalf of the State Bar of California in a high-profile legal battle brought by its former executive director, Joseph Dunn, winning a complete judgment on Dunn’s claims for whistleblower retaliation, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. (See“California Bar Wins Over Executive Director In Whistleblower Case,” Law360; “Arbitrator Rejects Remainder of Ousted Bar Leader’s Claims,” The Recorder).
- Oehler / Layton / Noonen v. State Bar of California et al. Representing the State Bar and individual defendants in multiple lawsuits brought by former executive employees alleging wrongful termination, defamation, and tortious interference. Mr. Behl has helped secured early victories at the pleading stage in several of these actions. (See “Calif. Bar Escapes Wrongful Firing Suit Of Dunn Ally,” Law360; “Judge Dismisses Former Bar Employee’s Suit,” Daily Journal).