Ethan T. Boyer dedicates his practice to resolving complex business and commercial disputes, including intellectual property matters, real estate and product liability cases. Boyer has successfully handled all aspects of commercial and business litigation, in trials, arbitrations and appeals.
Boyer was named one of the Best Lawyers in America® by his peers in 2015 and 2016 for commercial litigation. Best Lawyers has published its list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and the list is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations.
Boyer also received an AV® Peer Review rating from the Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory, indicating he has reached the height of professional excellence by demonstrating the highest level of ethical standards and professional ability. The rating is bestowed based on the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary.
Outside the courtroom, Boyer is active in the legal community and is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego; the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association; Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter; and previously served on the board of directors for the San Diego County Bar Foundation and San Diego Barristers Club.
In 1990, Boyer earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University, magna cum laude, with great distinction; and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1994, where he was a member of the moot court board. He also externed for Justice Ronald M. George of the California Supreme Court.
In his free time, Boyer enjoys golf, fishing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Litigation Practice Areas
- Business and Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Product Liability
Commercial Litigation: Judgment — Obtained a $3.17 million judgment for client, a contract manufacturer, in a commercial case involving the design and manufacturer of industrial lighting equipment. Boyer also recovered approximately $800,000 of inventory for his client.
Intellectual Property Litigation: Settlement — Successfully defended a skin care company, Skinceuticals, Inc., in federal litigation involving Lanham Act claims
Professional Responsibility: Defense — Successfully defended several attorneys at a national law firm in a major federal court sanctions proceeding with partner David Noonan. After evidentiary hearings in federal court, no sanctions were imposed against the clients.
Commercial Litigation: Trial — Successfully defended a claim to renew a judgment plus interest of $1 million against his client, securing the dismissal of the case, which was affirmed on appeal in a published opinion – Cadle Co. II, Inc. v. Sundance Financial, Inc., 154 Cal.App.4th 622 (2007).
Commercial Real Estate Broker v. Commercial Tenant: Settlement — Represented a commercial real estate broker, with his partner James Lance, regarding the failure of its client to pay a commission. The case settled for $1 million prior to trial.