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.
Roumi et al. v. California Institute of Technology et al. Complete defense verdict for Caltech after a four-week trial in a wrongful termination suit in which a former researcher claimed the school retaliated against him for allegedly exposing the misuse of government funds. Dr. Roumi, who sought tens of millions of dollars in damages, was hired to work on a project funded by the Department of Energy, but ultimately failed. (See “Jury gives CalTech complete win over former researcher’s claims,” Daily Journal; “Hueston Hennigan Beats Back Whistleblower Claim Against CalTech,” The American Lawyer).
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).
Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of Amgen, holding that information related to potential price changes submitted to the state pursuant to California Senate Bill 17 is protectable trade secrets and may not be disclosed in response to a California Public Records Act request. This was a highly watched case with huge implications to the pharmaceutical industry.
- Named to the Southern California Rising Stars list (2020)