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I chair the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group and participate in the firm's Food & Beverage and Cannabis Groups. Litigation (litigation prevention, negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and trials) of intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets, contract disputes, business dissolutions, business-to-business product defect and warranty cases and real estate disputes.
I'm a trial attorney who doesn't see every dispute as a nail in need of a hammer, but can bring the hammer where appropriate. I work with clients on litigation prevention, pre-litigation, mediation, arbitration and trials.
Founded in 1909, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP serves a diverse clientele of business, public and individual clients located throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, as well as other parts of California and the United States. Based in Oakland, California, the firm advises clients on transactional and civil litigation matters in several related fields. Clients include small and large businesses and professional practices, governmental agencies, trusts and estates, and nonprofit organizations and come from numerous industry sectors including technology, real estate, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, restaurants and many others. The efficient, experienced and creative litigation department team is prepared to help resolve matters out of court or aggressively pursue our clients' interests in the courtroom. Our trial attorneys successfully handle cases throughout California at all levels of state and federal courts. The practice is supported by state of the art technology solutions and research tools, as well as paralegals and case clerks to ensure clients get the right-sized solution to their business problems.
>Prosecuted fraud action against ASIC manufacturer resulting in eve of trial settlement of $7.1 million in Accton v. Micro Linear in California state court
>Prosecuted developer specific performance action against seller, obtaining attorneys¢__Ô_æ¢ fees award
>Defense verdict for East Bay engineering firm in jury trial of trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition action
>Defended international manufacturer client and its U.S. subsidiaries against fraud and breach of merger agreement claims brought by acquisition company in California state and federal courts
>Counsel employers and employees regarding rights and obligations under non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
>Negotiated multimillion settlement of shareholder/member dispute in closely held corporation and partnership
>Brought action to enforce multi-million dollar promissory note for client-lender relating to property subject to foreclosure action
DON'T PANIC!!! But when you get that sneaking suspicion that you or your clients might be heading towards a dispute, we should talk. An early consultation is key because it can provide you or your clients with: (1) information about the relative strength of their position, (2) explore ways to avoid or minimize litigation, and (3) ways to begin steering the dispute towards a more favorable outcome. I have taken over cases late in the game, but it's much easier if I can consult with the clients before the horse leaves the barn.