Bird Marella Named to National Law Journal's 2016 Top 10 Litigation Boutique Firms in the Nation

Terry Bird has been litigating, trying and winning complicated civil and white collar criminal cases for more than 40 years. He started his trial experience as a federal prosecutor in the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office. Before that, he clerked for the California Court of Appeal.
His extensive and successful trial experience in commercial business litigation and white collar criminal prosecutions has been recognized by his election to the American College of Trial Lawyers and his selection as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California.

As a civil litigator, Terry has represented some of the largest corporations in the country, as well as their top executives. He has litigated for and against the largest Fortune 500 corporations. His civil practice centers on the defense of all forms of commercial litigation and class actions including contract, fraud, RICO, employment, unfair competition, short derivative suits, and breach of warranty matters.

As a white collar defense attorney, Terry has concentrated in securities, mail fraud, tax, customs, government fraud and antitrust cases. He has represented defendants in some of the most prominent prosecutions and/or inquiries in the country. His clients have included executives at internet, telecommunications and power and energy companies, as well as key participants in IPO securities investigations. He represented a former Executive of a large Chinese agri-business conglomerate charged by the Department of Justice in a trade secret prosecution. Terry has headed several corporate internal investigations to aid prominent companies and/or their boards of directors in the exercise of their fiduciary duties to their shareholders. As part of that work he has served as counsel to special litigation committees of prominent technology companies.

Throughout his career, Terry has maintained a close relationship with the courts and judiciary. He served as one of 10 lawyers on the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board (2002 – 2005) and then served as Chair of the Advisory Board (2005 – 2006). He also served on President George W. Bush’s Judicial Advisory Committee and as such was one of six lawyers responsible for selecting candidates for the Central District of California’s federal bench and its United States Attorney (2001-2008). He has twice served as Chairman of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1990; 2000) and once as Chairman of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee for the entire Circuit (1991 – 1992).

Representative Cases

  • Represented the Special Litigation Committee of Broadcom Corporation’s Board of Directors for investigation and litigation of derivative claims related to allegations of back-dated stock options.

  • Represented Western Digital Corporation in successful trial defense of securities and contract claims.

  • Represented CFOs of Qwest International, Homestore, Inc. and New Century Financial Corp. in civil litigation, SEC, and U.S. Attorney’s Office investigations.

  • Represented the City of Hermosa Beach in a breach of lease and contract litigation involving claims for more than $700 million in damages.

  • Represented Canon USA and Nokia, Inc. in separate unrelated class actions, each of which involved claims of defective products.

  • Represented Purex Corporation at trial in coverage litigation involving environmental claims.

  • Represented the Alaska Public Utilities Commission in cost overrun hearings related to construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS)

  • Represented City of Santa Monica in a successful resolution of litigation with petroleum companies.


  • Chairman, Board of Directors of People Assisting the Homeless (P.A.T.H.)
  • Member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church Vestry

Bird Marella Again Ranked in “Best Law Firms” and Best Lawyers in America®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has ranked Bird Marella among the 2018 “Best Law Firms” in Los Angeles with a Tier 1 ranking in the practice areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Trust & Estates. The firm also achieved a Tier 3 ranking in Environmental Law. The U.S. ...

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Terry Bird Honored by Voice for the Animals Foundation

Bird Marella Founding Principal Terry Bird was honored on May 6, 2017 at UCLA Royce Hall by the Voice for the Animals Foundation and presented with the “Lily Award” in appreciation of the firm’s pro-bono work with VFTA to have “Billy” the elephant removed from the Los Angeles ...

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2017 Chambers and Partners USA Rankings

We are proud to announce our 2017 Chambers & Partners USA rankings. Chambers is a primary arbiter of achievement in the legal profession, and this year Bird Marella maintained its status as a top litigation firm nationwide with a Band 2 ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations,” ...

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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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12 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2017 Best Lawyers in America®

12 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.  Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of ...

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Bird Marella Recognized by Chambers and Partners USA

Chambers & Partners USA (Chambers), widely recognized as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has named Bird Marella among the top litigation firms nationwide, with a Band 2 ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations," and a Band 5 ranking in “Litigation: General Commercial.” Principals ...

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Terry Bird Recognized as a Nationwide Senior Statesman Trial Lawyer by Chambers & Partners Global

For the third consecutive year, Bird Marella principal Terry Bird has been recognized by Chambers & Partners Global as a Nationwide Senior Statesman Litigation Trial Lawyer. In addition to submissions provided by law firms, client interviews conducted by Chambers play a pivotal role in ranking individual attorneys. A long-time ...

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Bird Marella Prevails at Trial for Hanmi Bank in Securities Fraud Lawsuit

Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, Terry Bird, Timothy Yoo, and Emerson Kim successfully defended Hanmi Bank and its parent company, Hanmi Financial Corporation, against claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation brought by its former Chairman and largest individual shareholder, John Ahn. Mr. Ahn owned over $40 million ...

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Terry Bird Featured in Law360’s Trial Pros Q&A Series

Bird Marella principal Terry Bird has been featured in Law360’s Trial Pros Q&A Series, highlighting his experiences as a prominent trial attorney for over 40 years. Mr. Bird recounts his most interesting trial, his most unexpected and amusing trial experience, details his trial prep routine, and offers advice to lawyers ...

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Bird Marella Named to National Law Journal’s 2016 Top 10 Litigation Boutique Firms in the Nation

Bird Marella has been named to the National Law Journal’s 2016 “Litigation Boutiques Hot List,” recognizing the firm for its creative approach of litigating precedent-setting cases throughout 2015, and its strong emphasis in the white collar/government enforcement world by staying current on government policy and prosecutors’ strategies. “We have our finger on ...

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Other News & Events

  • Presenter, CalCPA Education Foundation 2017 Accounting & Auditing Update Conference, "Corporate Internal Investigations of Fraud Allegations" (April 2017)
  • Panelist, Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, “Bending the Bars: Testing the Bounds of the Actual Innocence Requirement in Criminal Legal Malpractice” (February 2015)
  • Co-Presenter with Mitchell A. Kamin at the legal department of Southern California Edison on the topic “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Recent Developments and the DOJ/SEC Resource Guide” (March 2013)
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California School of Law, “Corporate Fraud” (2005-2015)
  • Panelist, CLE International Conference, “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – Keeping Up with Anti-Bribery Enforcement Issues Around the World” (September 2012)
  • Panelist, CLE International Conference, “Internal Investigations” (2005-2007)
  • Panelist, CLE International Conference, “Stock Option Backdating” (January 2008)
  • Panelist, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, “Lessons From The Trenches: What Business Trial Lawyers Can Learn From Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Trial Practice” (December 2003)
  • Author, “Budget Cuts, ADR Could Undermine State’s Judicial System,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 13, 2004.

  • Author: “Shooting Holes in the Shell Game with Expert Testimony,” Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 1994.