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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Ana, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Corporate Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Ana, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Cedric C. Chao was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Cedric C. Chao

DLA Piper LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Commercial Litigation Mediation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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Morgan Chu was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Morgan Chu

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Technology Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Joseph W. Cotchett was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joseph W. Cotchett

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
  • Location:
    Burlingame, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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David B. Ezra was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

David B. Ezra

Berger Kahn , ALC
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Environmental Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Labor Law - Union Employment Law - Individuals Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    East Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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Andra Barmash Greene was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Andra Barmash Greene

Irell & Manella LLP
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    La Jolla, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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John W. Keker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John W. Keker

Keker & Van Nest LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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Niall P. McCarthy was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Niall P. McCarthy

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
  • Location:
    Burlingame, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Carlsbad, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Copyright Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Corporate Compliance Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Woodland Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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Richard L. Seabolt was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Richard L. Seabolt

Duane Morris LLP
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Sherman Oaks, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Energy Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Encino, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Beverly Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Walnut Creek, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    San Clemente, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Newport Beach, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Irvine, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Commercial Litigation Definition

General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.
General commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, class actions, business torts, civil RICO claims, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder issues. Successful commercial litigators need to be able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. Efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment are critical for intelligently positioning these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, seasoned commercial litigators understand that at all times they must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost.

Litigation increasingly occurs in various venues, from state and federal courts to private arbitrations and administrative hearings. Proceedings can involve business-to-business disputes or any number of government agencies. Understanding the motivations and outlook of each of the litigation participants is important for determining weak points to exploit and strong points that will persuade the audience in question. During the past decade, commercial litigators have seen a dramatic uptick in multidistrict and inter-disciplinary litigation, making the stakes higher, the cases more complex, the parties more numerous and the discovery more complicated and unwieldy. Firms that are able to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters will be the busiest in the years to come.

In the current challenging economic climate, commercial litigators are under increasing client pressure to keep costs in check, which has both sides testing the efficacy of alternative fee arrangements and the scope of reasonable discovery. Whether the “death of the billable hour” is ultimately realized, the keys to a commercial litigator’s success will continue to be strong client relationships, thought leadership, practical management skills, deep experience, and personal commitment.