Practice Areas

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL Litigation 

As part of our general business and commercial litigation practice, we have represented large and small companies alike, including, among others, manufacturers, financial institutions, trading companies, major brokerage houses, energy companies, and large equipment lessors. This practice has covered a variety of disputes, including entertainment, trade secret, employment, insurance, commercial and equipment leases, premises liability, and general contract litigation. 

INTERNATIONAL

A significant number of our clients are international corporations doing business in California. Litigation matters for these clients have often involved complex issues arising from contracts providing for the jurisdiction of foreign tribunals or the application of foreign laws or both. These representations have also provided us with an appreciation of the importance of the cultural context of any given case. We have developed a network of attorneys around the world to whom we can turn for specific advice on local laws and appearance in local courts.

MARITIME/TRANSPORTATION/LOGISTICS

Our maritime and transportation/logistics practice has included litigation of a wide variety of disputes.  This practice has included cargo and freight claims, charter party disputes, collisions, pollution matters, maritime liens and attachments (including vessel arrests), vessel title disputes (including yachts), regulatory compliance, U.S. Customs remission and mitigation petitions, and major personal injury and fatality claims. We have acted for shipowners, yacht owners, charterers, NVOCC's, marine terminals, intermodal equipment lessors, marine insurers, motor carriers, freight forwarders and property brokers.  We have also represented production companies and film studios in connection with maritime films.  

INSURANCE 

We have routinely advised and represented clients in pursuing their rights as primary or additional insureds, and have provided coverage advice to and acted as coverage counsel for some of the largest insurers. 

TRANSACTIONAL

We have drafted, and advised clients regarding, a variety of business contracts, including both domestic and international sales and service contracts, premises and equipment lease and rental agreements, and various transportation-related contracts. 

ARBITRATION

Arbitration of business disputes can be cost-effective, confidential, and relatively prompt. We have represented clients before the American Arbitration Association, the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and other arbitration forums.