13 June 2018
Represented an individual trustee in a bench trial obtaining a complete and decisive verdict in favor of the fiduciary. Defeated allegations of breach of duty and requests for surcharge.
Represented the co-trustees of the living trust of a deceased celebrity in defeating fraud claims in arbitration. Also represented the co-trustees in resolving untimely claims, including arguing and winning an appeal of a judge’s decision dismissing the barred claims.
Represented the co-executors of the estate of a deceased celebrity in defeating and resolving creditor and contract claims.
Advised a trust-owned partnership and assisted it in successfully retrieving misappropriated funds.
Represented charity in a challenge to a charitable trust, successfully resolving the matter in mediation. Involved allegations of elder abuse and undue influence.
Obtained and enforced a default judgment for a major auction house in an art fraud matter, seizing known California assets.
Advised a trust beneficiary regarding certain trust administration disputes and successfully used litigation to compel an uncooperative trustee to take steps to distribute the assets according to the trust’s terms.
Represented members of a limited liability company in the fashion industry defeating breach of fiduciary duty claims at trial.
Advised foreign entertainment client and successfully resolved a film finance dispute with a production company.
Advised an advertising agency in a dispute with a rock music group regarding music used in a commercial.
Counseled major television studio regarding risk management in non-scripted programming.
Represented family business in real estate dispute, prevailing before the California Court of Appeal.
Represented importer of book lights in defeating a request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction regarding claims of trade dress infringement regarding product design.
Southern California Super Lawyer in Trust and Estate Litigation 2014-2018.
Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2008-2013.
State of California, 1998
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2000
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2010
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2011
‘Uber to Pay Waymo $245 Million to Settle Blockbuster Self-Driving Secrets Case,’ San Francisco Chronicle - February 9, 2018, quoted
‘Four Days, $245 million: How Waymo v. Uber Came to an End,’ CNET - February 9, 2018, quoted
‘Waymo Will Get Driverless Car Due Diligence Report, but Little Time to Use It’, The Recorder - September 14 2017, quoted
‘Parse the Issues Involving Guardians in Legal Proceedings,’ Estate Planning, July 2017, co-author
‘Arbitration: Beware of the Unintended Risks’, Los Angeles Daily Journal, co-author
‘Privacy Protection: What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know About: Managing and Protecting Private Employee, Consumer and Company Information’, Association Of Corporate Counsel of America, Southern California Chapter, contributor
‘Largest Firm’s Split Decisions’, Los Angeles Business Journal, referenced
LGBT Bar Association Board of Governors, Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association
California State Bar
‘What Every Future Lawyer Needs to Know About Serving as the Family Fiduciary’, UCLA Tax and Estate Planning Law Association
‘Navigating Legal Issues in the Electronic Age’, Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Southern California Chapter
‘Perspectives on Trustee Fees: Evaluating ‘Reasonableness’ in Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation’, Beverly Hills Bar Association
‘Privacy Protection: What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know About: Managing and Protecting Private Employee, Consumer and Company Information’, Association Of Corporate Counsel of America, Southern California Chapter
Me in a minute
I find successfully resolving a thorny family issue to be particularly fulfilling
Becoming a lawyer was not in my initial plans. During my last year of college, I interned at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, working on issues relating to crime prevention and criminal justice. When discussing my future in international service, my UN supervisor told me that if I truly wanted to make a difference in the world, I needed to experience how the world worked. He said one of the best ways to do that was to go to law school. I followed his advice. After three years at Harvard Law and excellent training at a global law firm, I discovered that I had a passion and talent for legal work and found myself committed to private practice.
I now advise individuals, families, fiduciaries, businesses and charities on ways to resolve disputes, including those involving trust and estate law, fiduciary duties, undue influence and capacity concerns, partnership and corporation law, or contracts. Protecting my client’s rights frequently involves litigation, including trial and appellate work, but also can involve mediation and other alternative dispute resolution. I enjoy practicing in this field because it involves personal problem solving and counseling not always present in other litigation fields. I find successfully resolving a thorny family issue to be particularly fulfilling.
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