AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, we started in 2003 as the first spin-off of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Our practice is devoted to trials, litigation and counseling in the areas of intellectual property, business disputes and employment. With 34 attorneys across three offices in California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County), we serve global clients with their most complex matters throughout the country.
Since our beginning, we have garnered our share of accolades and successes. We were selected to the 2014 National Law Journal Litigation Boutiques Hot List (one of ten firms nationally) and we received the 2013 Client Service Award from the California Minority Counsel Program. Our attorneys have been honored as among the “Top 20” in California, “Best Lawyers...in America” and “Super Lawyers” by leading legal publications and organizations. Clients and opposing counsel have referred to us as “the finest trial lawyers in the country,” “outstanding, tenacious, and cost effective,” and “creative.”
Our professional and academic credentials are second to none. Our attorneys practiced at leading international law firms including Quinn Emanuel, Morgan Lewis, Manatt Phelps, Perkins Coie and Lovells, and are graduates of top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Michigan and Boalt Hall. We are privileged to serve successful entrepreneurs and businesses as well as recognized industry leaders including numerous Fortune 500 clients.
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Lee Tran & Liang LLP
CALIFORNIA:Los Angeles CALIFORNIA:Orange County CALIFORNIA:San Francisco
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Commercial Contracts INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Copyrights-Arbitration INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Copyrights-Court Proceedings INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Domain Names-Strategic Protection INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Domain Names-Arbitration INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Domain Names-Court Proceedings INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Domain Names-Udrp Petition/Response INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Patents-Design INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Patents-Arbitration INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Patents-Court Proceedings INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Patents-Inter Partes Reexaminations INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Patents-Ex Parte Reexaminations INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Trademarks-Arbitration INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Trademarks-Court Proceedings INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Trade Secrets-Audits INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Trade Secrets-Opinions INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Trade Secrets-Court Proceedings APPELLATE PRACTICE: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: ANTITRUST: CLASSACTION LITIGATION: LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Arbitration LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Class Actions LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:ERISA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FLSA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:FMLA (litigation) LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Harassment / Discrimination / Retaliation LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Trade Secret LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT:Wage & Hour (litigation) CIVIL TRIAL: DEFAMATION: LITIGATION: TRADEMARK: COPYRIGHT: MEDIA: PATENT: PRIVACY:
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY We realize that intellectual property often represents the primary component of a company’s value and reputation. As such, we provide practical advice to our clients on how best to protect their intellectual property, and how to defend against infringement assertions. When litigation is certain, we have successfully litigated numerous patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright matters across the United States including California, Texas, Delaware, and New York.
We are proud to serve clients in diverse industries, including entertainment, computer technology, biotechnology, consumer electronics, internet, financial services, automotive, cosmetics, toy, and retail sectors. We have the technical background necessary to understand and effectively try cases involving complex technical issues (which often arise in intellectual property disputes). For example, our attorneys have served as general counsel of technology companies, worked as a chemical engineer prior to attending law school, and practiced as an Associate Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. LTL’s broad range of practical, hands-on experience provides our clients with an added advantage.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS - PATENT DISPUTES • Successfully defended a leading athletic shoe and apparel manufacturer in trademark and design patent case where plaintiff sought over $60 million in damages; obtained summary judgment; affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit. • Obtained favorable settlement for world’s leading entertainment and media company in patent infringement and idea theft case. • Obtained numerous victories (dismissals, summary judgments, settlements) for VIZIO in patent infringement suits in Texas, Delaware, California, and the International Trade Commission (ITC). • Successfully represented leading online retailer against patent infringement suit filed in N.D.Cal. Case settled under very favorable terms. • Obtained complete victories for clients in numerous Markman hearings, many leading to dismissal of cases against our clients. • Enforced patent portfolio for NASDAQ-listed company against several Fortune 100 companies. • Successfully represented a leading Asian semiconductor company in a patent suit brought by industry leading giants. • Successfully represented leading network hardware company against patent infringement suit brought in various Districts. • Currently representing MySpace against patent infringement suit brought in the District of Delaware. • Successfully represented leading Taiwan chip manufacturer in patent infringement and breach of contract case in the C.D.Cal. •Successfully represented VIZIO in numerous patent cases in California, Texas, Delaware and Virginia.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS - TRADEMARK/COPYRIGHT DISPUTES • Prevailed before the 9th Circuit on trademark appeal after substituting in as counsel for oral argument. • Successfully represented Jo-Ann Stores against trademark infringement suit in the C.D.Cal. Case settled favorably. • Successfully represented leading sports gear manufacturer against trademark suit brought by DuPont Corporation. • Secured stipulated judgments on behalf of Pinkberry, Inc. in numerous trademark and trade dress infringement matters across the U.S. • Obtained favorable rulings from foreign trademark and patent offices on behalf of Pinkberry, Inc. in numerous opposition matters. • Obtained summary judgment for two leading manufacturers of interior tiles in copyright and trade dress infringement case. • Successfully represented Costco Wholesale against copyright infringement suit in the N.D.Cal. • Obtained significant confidential settlement in trademark cases on behalf of client on contingency fee basis. • Currently representing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in trademark and cyber-squatting lawsuit against Godaddy.com. Case was called the “Trademark Case of the Year” by a leading legal publication.
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION We provide aggressive and cost-efficient representation in complex commercial disputes at every level of the state and federal court systems. We have successfully litigated disputes involving breach of contract, business torts, construction, unfair competition, intellectual property, securities, and “bad faith” insurance disputes. We do not believe in a one-size fits all approach.
Our attorneys firmly believe that understanding and appreciation of the client's business operation and goals are critical to effective legal representation. Client resources should not be expended simply for the sake of “building the case." Litigation and, if necessary, trials are only necessary when extenuating business circumstances demand them or when business diplomacy fails.
Our lawyers also have extensive experience representing major corporations in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Our attorneys have participated and prevailed in several high-profile arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the NYSE, the NASD, JAMS, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS - COMMERCIAL DISPUTES • $27 million – Obtained full contract value for client in a bad faith/breach of contract dispute. • $20 million – Represented a public utility in a $20 million real estate dispute. Obtained dismissal of action on demurrer. • $18 million – Defense side arbitration award in breach of contract claim brought by subsidiaries of a publicly traded $1.4 billion Japanese conglomerate. • $6 million – Obtained complete defense verdict in a rare two-month RICO trial in which plaintiff was seeking over $6 million. • $4 million – Settlement in breach of buyout agreement against a NASDAQ-listed company. • $4 million – Enforcement of judgment for the Estate of Elvis Presley. • $3 million – Obtained arbitration award in a joint venture dispute. • $2.7 million – Obtained victory before the Court of Appeal in connection with the 1998 landslide in Orange County. • $2.6 million – Successfully represented a NASDAQ-listed company in commercial dispute. • $1.6 million – Arbitration award in complex shareholder’s dispute. • $1.5 million – Represented entertainment conglomerate in contract disputes and obtained over $1.5 million against a leading internet company. • $1.4 million – Obtained Federal trial verdict for VIZIO Inc. in a breach of contract dispute against a Taiwanese supplier for providing defective HDMI components. • $1.4 million – Settlement in a commercial fraud case. Firm retained just weeks prior to trial. • $1.2 million – Obtained settlement in Ponzi-scheme case against international bank. • Obtained walk-away settlement on behalf of public utility in a trade secrets misappropriation case. • Successfully represented Chrysler in several breach of contract/commercial disputes. • Successfully defended KIA Motors in a breach of contract involving dispute over employee benefits. • Successfully defended public utility in numerous real estate and commercial litigation matters. • Successfully represented global retailer in numerous litigation matters, including commercial, class action and employment disputes.
EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION We have successfully handled matters involving wrongful termination, race, gender and disability discrimination, wage and hour requirements, sexual harassment, medical and disability leave, and compensation and termination. Whether it is a single-plaintiff matter or a purported class action case, we resolve problems quickly and cost-effectively. While many law firms over-litigate claims, we use efficient tactics and strategies to obtain timely and favorable results. We have successfully represented employers and employees in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies (including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the U.S. Department of Labor), state and federal courts, and all leading arbitration institutions (AAA, JAMS, et. al.).
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS - CLASS ACTIONS
• Successfully defended leading global retailer against wage & hour class action lawsuit alleging unpaid overtime pay related to off-the-clock activities. Obtained dismissal with prejudice.
• Obtained complete dismissal of all class allegations (for unpaid overtime, meal and rest periods) as to current employees, before any discovery was conducted and before the filing of any class certification motions. This unusual and creative victory was covered by the Los Angeles Daily Journal on August 1, 2012.
• Defeated class certification in wage & hour class action. LTL represented a recycling and manufacturing facility against claims for unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, failure to provide accurate wage statements, etc.
• Defeated two separate class certification motions in wage & hour class action for chain of nursing care facilities.
• Successfully marshaled favorable settlements in several wage & hour class action matters, including several matters for Smart & Final and Shurgard Storage Centers.
• Successfully represented an insurance claims administrator against a class action lawsuit alleging employee misclassification. Case settled under favorable terms.
• Successfully defended a public utility against wage & hour class action lawsuit alleging unpaid overtime and related claims related to off-the-clock work. Case settled under favorable terms.
• Successfully represented a national property management company against class action lawsuits involving overtime, rest and meal breaks, etc. Case settled under favorable terms.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS - SINGLE PLAINTIFF/NON-CLASS
• Successfully represented global fast food chain in employment lawsuit dealing with disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Case settled under highly favorable terms, with minimal discovery.
• Obtained complete defense arbitration award on behalf of Hana Financial, Inc. in several lawsuits dealing with sexual harassment, age discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation.
• Successfully represented California State University (various campuses) in numerous employment lawsuits involving discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation and other causes of action.
• Successfully represented KIA Motors against suit involving employee benefits.
• Obtained complete defense verdict after two‐month trial for former employee of Payday Loan and others in one of the few civil RICO cases in history that went to trial.
• Successfully represented leading home improvement retailer gainst numerous employment lawsuits across Southern California. Obtained highly favorable settlements.
• Successfully represented O’Reilly Auto Parts against employment lawsuit involving wrongful termination.
• Successfully defended Panda Restaurant Group against wrongful termination claims. Obtained complete dismissal.
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