Bird Marella Obtains Dismissal With Prejudice on Behalf of Chicago Attorney and NFL Sports Agent in Investment Fraud Case

Marc E. Masters joined Bird Marella in 1999 and is counsel with the firm.
Marc has broad experience in litigating complex civil and criminal matters at both the federal and state levels. His practice includes:
  • Business litigation involving contracts, intellectual property, trade secrets, shareholder disputes, corporate governance, unfair business practices, and the False Claims Act.
  • White collar criminal litigation involving securities fraud, tax fraud, mail/wire fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, criminal conflicts of interest, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • SEC actions involving parallel criminal proceedings.
  • Internal corporate investigations.

Marc attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he was on scholarship and graduated with highest honors, and New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. Admitted to practice in both California and New York, Marc worked at two distinguished law firms in New York City before joining Bird Marella.

Representative Cases

  • Trial counsel for a Silicon Valley start-up that invented cutting edge keystroke encryption software in a copyright infringement and breach of contract action against one of the world’s largest internet security companies. Marc presented direct and cross examination of several key witnesses, including the direct examination of our primary witness. After a three week jury trial in federal court, the case settled on favorable terms right before closing arguments. The jurors were subsequently polled and indicated that they were prepared to award our client a verdict between $20 million and $40 million.

  • Successfully argued an appeal on behalf of a healthcare services corporation in which the appellate court overturned a preliminary injunction in a shareholder dispute involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully opposed the subsequent petition for review before the California Supreme Court.

  • Successfully defended an appeal on behalf of a real estate corporation in which the trial court made a favorable ruling on a contract interpretation issue.

  • Successfully represented a prisoner pro bono in a federal civil rights action involving claims for unconstitutional conditions of confinement and excessive force against the County of Los Angeles and certain prison guards. Following a hearing on critical pre-trial motions on the eve of trial, the County agreed to negotiate a resolution and the case settled on favorable terms.

  • Trial counsel for the CEO of an American subsidiary of a Dutch company in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act trial involving bribery of foreign government officials.

  • Successfully made several pre-indictment presentations to persuade the United States Attorney’s Office to decline the prosecution of a prominent retired military officer who was under investigation for an alleged criminal conflict of interest in connection with work he performed following his military retirement.

  • Successfully represented a doctor at sentencing where the district court judge declined to impose any term of incarceration following the doctor’s guilty plea to embezzlement from an employee benefit plan.

  • Successfully represented a DEA agent in connection with a murder investigation in which he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Bird Marella Qui Tam Win – Peremptory Writ of Mandate Achieved for Major California Law Firm

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Bird Marella attorneys Paul Chan and Marc Masters successfully defended a global nonprofit provider of AIDS/HIV healthcare, prevention services, and testing, in a high-profile False Claims Act lawsuit seeking eight-figure damages. The non-profit was sued by three former employee “whistleblowers” in federal court in Miami, Florida. The three plaintiffs/relators ...

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Bird Marella Obtains Dismissal With Prejudice on Behalf of Chicago Attorney and NFL Sports Agent in Investment Fraud Case

Bird Marella attorneys Gary Lincenberg and Marc Masters successfully obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all charges against a Chicago attorney and NFL sports agent alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The criminal complaint alleged the attorney was involved in a multimillion-dollar investment in ...

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