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Civil Litigation

Business disputes and other civil cases are about more than just money – they’re about rights, ownership, promises, reputation, and fair play. It helps to have a lawyer who knows every step of the civil litigation process – from pleadings and discovery through trial and appeal – and can bring years of experience to bear to ensure the most favorable resolution possible, or a trial victory.

We are trial lawyers who know that preparing a case for trial is the best way to ensure the most favorable outcome possible. We have gotten cases dismissed and narrowed at the pleadings stage, taken tough depositions, settled contentious cases favorably for our clients, and prevailed at trial. We bring this experience to bear in every case. We know how to win on the papers and in the courtroom. We have worked for judges at the trial and appellate levels, and we know what persuades them. We have gone toe-to-toe with bigger firms and the government in bet-the-business cases and obtained phenomenal results for our clients.

Our lawyers are intimately familiar with the federal courts system. We have spent years working directly for federal judges at the federal trial and appellate levels, and many more years successfully advocating for our clients in their courtrooms. We are fluent in the Federal Rules of Procedure and Evidence, and we know how to win cases in federal courts.

We are also experienced state practitioners who litigate and win cases in state court. We have appeared in state courts throughout California, and we have handled cases for plaintiffs and the defense, and have achieved remarkable results for our clients.

James W. Spertus is a respected veteran in civil litigation matters with over 26 years of experience litigating cases in federal and state courts. Through his quick deliberation, thorough interview skills, and fierce negotiation tactics, Jim achieves remarkable results for his clients even before trial. He has successfully defended and prosecuted a large number of general business disputes, obtained dismissals of multiple federal civil complaints, and, among other accomplishments, obtained a $307.5 million judgment for the heir of a wrongful death victim.

Ezra Landes has successfully handled a wide variety of civil matters with a special emphasis on intellectual property, business disputes, and entertainment litigation. He is a creative thinker and persuasive writer, making him a successful author of motions and a keen negotiator who will often settle civil disputes prior to trial.

Dolly Hansen has developed an expertise in complex, large-scale civil litigation, representing an array of clients from pro bono individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, she prevailed in a multimillion-dollar defamation claim between former employees of a leading ride-sharing service. She currently represents a Senior Vice President of Research and Development of solar energy technology in a trade secrets action brought on by the client’s former employer.

Anthony King is an experienced trial attorney who has been litigating cases in federal and state courts for more than 16 years. In 2019, Anthony obtained a $3.2 million jury verdict for two former employees of a Los Angeles school district who were terminated in retaliation for blowing the whistle on corruption within the school district.

Kevin Minnick , who joined the Firm from Skadden, has specialized trial and appellate experience that encompasses consumer protection suits, trademark litigation, qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, and contract disputes—both affirmative and defensive—across a variety of industries including automotive, apparel, education, healthcare, and financial services. Before joining the Firm in 2020, he successfully defended Kia Motors Corp. and Kia Motors America against allegations of trademark infringement in a complete trial victory for both companies.

Elizabeth Mitchell is a former attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, spanning a wide range of areas including: commercial disputes, trade secret allegations, False Claims Act, legal malpractice, and civil rights litigation. She pioneered a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles demanding beds for thousands of homeless and clean and safe streets for the community; the complaint prompted swift and dynamic action by the Federal Court during the COVID-19 crisis.

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