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).
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.
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,” ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.