Winning at trial requires swift thinking, a deep well of experience, and the ability to disrupt expectations. We bring these qualities to every case.
Recognized as a “Top 20 Trial Law Firm” nationally by Benchmark Litigation, and with lead lawyers named as among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the U.S., we have successfully tried high-stakes business litigation in courts across the country. Through our creative and effective solutions to our clients’ unique problems, we have amassed an extraordinary record of courtroom victories.
As plaintiffs’ counsel, we have secured verdicts, summary judgments, and settlements totaling billions of dollars. As defense counsel, we have helped our diverse clients avoid billions of dollars in exposure through dispositive motion practice, favorable settlements and verdicts, and convincing federal and state regulators to drop charges against them.
We have represented Fortune 500 and other companies across a number of industries, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, technology, medical equipment, insurance, entertainment, international gaming, health care, financial services, and consumer debt. We have also represented individuals, universities, startups, developers, nonprofit religious institutions, environmental organizations, government entities, and a variety of pro bono clients.
Won complete defense verdict for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) after four-week jury trial in a $65 million whistleblower case. Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a wrongful termination suit by research scientist claiming retaliation in academia and in business ventures after allegedly exposing misuse of government funds. (See “Jury gives CalTech complete win over former researcher’s claims,” Daily Journal; “Hueston Hennigan Beats Back Whistleblower Claim Against CalTech,” The American Lawyer).
Prevailed in a $40 billion battle for corporate control of Viacom on behalf of controlling shareholder and Chairman Emeritus Sumner M. Redstone that was waged in the courts of Delaware, Massachusetts, and California. (See “Viacom Saga Comes to End With Redstones Emerging Victorious,” Bloomberg; “Redstone Family Prevails in Fight for Viacom,” The Hollywood Reporter).
Secured a $5.15 billion settlement after trial for the Tronox Trust in national litigation against Anadarko Petroleum Company and Kerr McGee Corporation for fraudulent transfer of massive environmental, tort, retiree, and other liabilities.
Won unanimous defense verdict for Electronic Arts in a jury trial regarding a copyright claim related to The Sims 3, the third installment in the company’s best-selling series of life simulation games. Also won summary judgment for Electronic Arts on a companion claim for alleged trade secret misappropriation and secured affirmance of that ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Won 7-week jury trial and $89.2 million for Caruso Affiliated in litigation against General Growth Properties (GGP) in a suit for interference with contractual relations. Caruso was awarded the full measure of compensatory damages sought—$74.2 million—plus a $15 million in punitive damages after the jury found that GGP had acted with “malice, oppression or fraud” by interfering with Caruso’s negotiations with The Cheesecake Factory for the Americana at Brand lifestyle center.
Won trial for client State Bar of California after a high-profile legal battle with its former executive director, defeating all claims of whistleblower retaliation and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. (See “Joe Dunn loses arbitration over his firing by State Bar,” Sacramento Bee).
Won high-profile, three-week federal jury trial on misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract claims for T-Mobile. The jury awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict and found that Huawei Devices USA stole T-Mobile’s smartphone robotic testing technology and violated its contractual obligations to T-Mobile.
Won an eight-figure damages verdict and liability findings on all counts after a three-week jury trial in New York federal court in a case alleging fraud, deceptive business practices, and false advertising. (See “Collecting: Thieves and Forgers Rush in Where Big Spenders Dare to Tread,” Forbes;
“How They Won It,” Law360).
Won patent jury trial against LG Electronics, obtaining infringement and invalidity verdicts as to all asserted claims, resulting in a 2016 “Top 50 Verdict in Texas.”
Won trial for Sumner Redstone to defeat claims of mental incompetence and conspiracy that implicated more than $50 million. Obtained dismissal following our cross-examination of our opponent’s only expert witness, who was compelled to admit that Redstone had not lost his ability to comprehend matters and that removing a former companion from his estate plan was rational.
Won trial for the University of California, Los Angeles and secured a permanent injunction in civil actions against organizations and individuals threatening violence against faculty members and administrators.
Our innovative preparation for trial and carefully tailored motions strategy often bring trial results without a trial’s cost and time:
Obtained, on the eve of an international arbitration hearing, a nine-figure settlement on behalf of CEO of major social networking app.
Successfully challenged on behalf of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) the constitutionality of a California statute restricting online speech. (See “IMDb Sues California Over Law Allowing Actors to Conceal Their Ages,” The Wall Street Journal; “Judge Predicts Doom for Privacy Law on Actor Ages,” Courthouse News Service).
Obtained groundbreaking victory on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an opinion holding—for the first time—that discriminating against a juror on the basis of sexual orientation violated the United States Constitution.
Obtained summary judgment for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services company, in a cross-border dispute relating to a billion-dollar liquefied natural gas terminal. (See “Sempra wins one showdown with Mexican rancher,” San Diego Tribune).
Represented Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiaries in their widely publicized dispute with Toshiba over anti-transfer provisions in joint venture agreements governing the multibillion-dollar manufacture and development of NAND flash memory. The dispute encompassed multiple ICC arbitrations and litigation in the California trial and appellate courts, where SanDisk repeatedly secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations.(See “The Toshiba Memory Sale Is Dead–Western Digital Will Benefit,” Seeking Alpha).
Obtained precedent-setting victory in a challenge to the constitutionality of a Malibu land use ordinance described by The New York Times as “one of the most stringent anti-development measures ever attempted in the country.”
Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement payment to Sumner Redstone from the former companion who demanded more than $50 million at outset of case.
Obtained dismissals and defeated TROs in high-stakes trade secrets cases, including Broadcom v. SpaceX (See “SpaceX Wins First Round,” Courthouse News) and Teva v. Amgen (See “Teva Loses Amgen Spying Suit Over Blood Drug Secrets,” Law360).
Obtained dismissal with prejudice of consolidated federal shareholder litigation arising from a $600 million settlement with the Department of Justice for alleged off-label marketing activities related to Botox.