Bird Marella Wins Appeal Ending 9 Years of Litigation Against Real Estate Partnership

Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer's practice focuses on complex business litigation. Sharon has represented clients in cases involving a wide spectrum of matters, ranging from intellectual property and legal malpractice to contract disputes and securities fraud.

Sharon has represented both organizations and individuals, including corporate officers and directors, Fortune 500 companies, professional and other partnerships, technology companies and law firms. She has successfully handled trials and binding arbitrations, argued and won case dispositive motions, and prevailed in both state and federal appeals.

Sharon is a former president and a current board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a member of Public Counsel’s Board of Directors. She has been recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine, and was recently named to the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” list by the Daily Journal.

As an attorney fluent in Hebrew and licensed to practice both in Israel and California, Sharon understands the unique challenges faced by Israeli companies litigating in the US and is able to navigate the legal systems both in the US and Israel. She has successfully represented Israeli-owned companies as well as local subsidiaries and affiliates of Israeli businesses in various types of business disputes.

Representative Cases

  • Defended a real estate partnership and its general partner in a multi-million dollar case involving claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Obtained a dismissal of the case on the pleadings and successfully defended the judgment through appeal.

  • Represented a Fortune 500 technology company in a six-week jury trial, resulting in a complete defense verdict on all claims which included breach of contract, securities fraud and other tort claims. Also obtained an award of over $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees and costs for the client and defended the verdict on appeal.

  • Represented a high-net-worth investor in a FINRA arbitration against one of the largest investment banks in the U.S. in a case involving claims of misrepresentations made in pitching to the client various investment strategies. Case resulted in a confidential settlement days before the arbitration hearing was to commence.

  • Represented investors in a limited partnership that owned and operated a hospital in Montclair in a dispute over the clients’ ownership interest in the limited partnership. After a favorable ruling was obtained at the conclusion of a two-week bench trial concerning issues of contract interpretation, the case resulted in a confidential settlement.

  • Defended a national law firm in a malicious prosecution case and obtained a favorable ruling on an anti-slapp motion. Defended judgment on appeal and obtained an award of attorneys’ fees and costs for the client.

  • Represented a physician in a RICO case involving allegations of medicare fraud. Prevailed on a motion to dismiss and defended the verdict through appeal, including oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Represented an investor in a joint venture in a dispute concerning the ownership of a hotel and other properties in Panama. Case resulted in a buy-out settlement to the client’s satisfaction.

Affiliations

  • Former President and current board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2013 – 2014
  • Member, Public Counsel Board of Directors, 2011 – present
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Bird Marella – Client Wins Recognized with Multiple Awards

Bird Marella is pleased to share its recent awards:  National Law Journal's 2014 "Litigation Boutique Hot List";  Daily Journal's "2014 Top Verdicts";  Daily Journal's "2014 Top Settlements"National Asian Pacific American Bar's Law Firm Diversity Award;  American Civil Liberties Union's Pro Bono Award. Read more - Winning for ...

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Two Daily Journal Awards for Bird Marella

Bird Marella was recently recognized by the Daily Journal for two 2014 awards:  Top 10 Plaintiffs' Verdicts By Impact and Top Defense Results.

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Bird Marella Wins 2013 Diversity Award

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected Bird Marella to receive the 2013 NAPABA Law Firm Diversity Award.   The award recognizes that the Firm has affirmatively, consistently, and enthusiastically recruited, retained, and promoted APA lawyers to equity partnership and firm leadership.   The Firm will be honored at the 25th Annual ...

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Bird Marella Principals Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 List

Bird Marella Principals Terry W. Bird, Gary S. Lincenberg, Vincent J. Marella and Ronald J. Nessim were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Bird, Mr. Lincenberg, Mr. Marella and Mr. Nessim were recognized for their ...

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Retired Judge Rejoins Bird Marella

Bird Marella is pleased to announce that one of its founding partners, former Senior District Judge  A. Howard Matz, will rejoin the firm after a 15-year tenure on the United States District Court in the Central District of California.  Matz press release.  

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Bird Marella team resolves dispute in “NCIS: Los Angeles” entertainment matter

Ron Nessim leads legal team in resolving "NCIS: Los Angeles" profit participation dispute.

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$10 Million + Class Action Appellate Victory

Bird Marella won an appellate victory affirming a judgment that  totals more than $10 million in damages, costs, attorney fees and interest in a class action lawsuit against Lexmark International, Inc. (“Lexmark”).    See Lexmark Press Release;    Lawyer Monthly (October 2013, page 10)

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Bird Marella Wins Trade Dress Suit for Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka

Bird Marella attorney Hernán Vera alongside co-counsel won a unanimous verdict in Crystal Head manufacturer Globefill Inc.'s trade dress infringement suit against Elements Spirits Inc.'s KAH brand tequila. After failing to win an initial suit in early 2010 and being rejected from a preliminary injunction to preclude sales of KAH brand tequila, ...

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Bird Marella Names Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk as its Newest Principal

Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevation of Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk to principal. Since joining the firm as an associate in 2012, Mrs. Van Dyk has successfully established a practice focused on civil and criminal matters for business and health care professionals. "I am honored to be ...

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Lincenberg and Neuman to Speak at ABA 31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime

Bird Marella Principals Gary Lincenberg and Ariel Neuman will be featured presenters at the American Bar Association's 31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime.  Mr. Neuman will participate as a panelist to discuss the topic, "Significant Legal Developments in the Regions," on Wednesday, March 8th at ...

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12 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers List

Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird - Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer - Business Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar Joel E. Boxer ...

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VW Prosecution: A Warning to Lawyers

The obstruction of justice charge filed against Volkswagen this week contains an important warning for attorneys representing companies under investigation. As described in the factual basis to the company's plea agreement, when the investigation began, an in-house lawyer told different groups of VW employees that a litigation hold ...

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Ariel Neuman and Julian Burns Analyze the Recent Dismissal of Criminal Charges Against Backpage.com

Bird Marella attorneys Ariel Neuman and Julian Burns authored the article, “Backpage Dismissal Does Not Solve Websites’ Woes,” published by Law360. The article analyzes the implications of a recent ruling by a California Judge to dismiss all criminal charges against the website based on immunity granted to website ...

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Backpage.com Dismissal Does Not Solve Websites’ Woes

A California court’s recent dismissal of criminal charges against the CEO and former owners of online classifieds site Backpage.com reaffirmed a broad view of website operators’ immunity from liability for content posted by third parties.  But while the court’s ruling bolsters the weight of precedent favoring expansive immunity under Section ...

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Bird Marella Successfully Defends Major Pipeline Operator Against Environmental Crime Allegations

Bird Marella attorneys Gary Lincenberg and David Chao successfully obtained a dismissal of all charges against Crimson Pipeline, L.P. and three executives alleged to have committed oil discharge and reporting crimes.  The dismissal included a judicial finding of “factual innocence.”

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Internet Platforms Immune From State Prosecutors, Again

As was eminently foreseeable, a California judge has issued a tentative ruling dismissing pimping and other charges against the owners and operators of Backpage.com. As the judge recognized but the California AG apparently failed to appreciate, the Communications Decency Act of 1996 protects internet platforms from liability for ...

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Ekwan Rhow and Naeun Rim Speak at 2016 NAPABA Convention

Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, Principal, and Naeun Rim, Of Counsel, participated in the panel discussion, “The Art of the Cross: Developing Your Own Style,” at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention on Friday, November 4th. The panel provided useful strategies and methods attorneys ...

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