Mark Drooks focuses his practice on civil litigation and arbitration. He has been lead counsel in more than 50 civil trials and arbitrations that have been litigated to final decision and has argued several appeals in state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Drooks’s practice runs the gamut of commercial litigation. He has substantial experience representing clients in breach of contract and business tort cases arising out of complex business transactions and he often represents co-owners of businesses in partnership disputes. He has represented defendants in several consumer protection class action cases. In securities matters, he has represented companies, investment advisers and investors in both individual and class actions. He also has represented broker-dealers in various lawsuits and in more than 200 customer dispute arbitrations.

Mr. Drooks is often retained to represent national and international law firms, lawyers and other professionals in connection with malpractice claims, partnership disputes and ethical issues. He has handled such cases through trial, summary judgment and appeals.

Throughout his career, Mr. Drooks has devoted substantial time to representing clients pro bono publico. He drafted the amicus curiae brief for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Rojo v. Kliger, a landmark case in which the California Supreme Court adopted the Defense Fund’s analysis in holding that victims of workplace sexual harassment could bring common law tort claims against their abusers. He was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the El Monte Thai Worker Slavery Case, in which he represented more than 100 undocumented aliens who had been held in virtual slavery at a garment factory.

Mr. Drooks has been recognized as one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers and an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners in the area of Commercial Litigation since 2019. Chambers has said that “he’s like a world champion chess player when it comes to the hard issues and seeing ten moves ahead.”

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 1981
  • Cornell University, A.B., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1978

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked, Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners USA, 2019-present

  • Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019

  • Elite Boutique Trailblazers, National Law Journal, 2018

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2016-present

  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine, 2004-present

Representative Cases

  • Defended at trial one of the nation’s largest homebuilders in federal court litigation and arbitration arising out of $500 million land acquisition and financing transaction.

  • Established at trial, on behalf of a departing law firm principal, the lawyer’s right to share of law firm accounts receivables. The decision was affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented at trial a partnership comprised of doctors in dispute over ownership interest in a hospital. Prevailed in first phase of bifurcated trial, resulting in a favorable settlement.

  • Represented publicly traded company through final arbitration hearing in a multi-million dollar accounting malpractice case.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national law firm accused of negligence and misrepresentation in connection with issuance of opinion letters in a loan transaction. Secured affirmance of the decision before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice on behalf of two British agencies that regulate the practice of law in the United Kingdom against broad-ranging RICO, defamation, and other claims brought by two disbarred British solicitors in federal court. The decision was affirmed on appeal.

  • Successfully moved a federal district court to dismiss the complaint filed against an international law firm in a putative class action arising out of a tax shelter investment.

  • Obtained final approval of a class action settlement on behalf of a major multinational nutritional and personal care product corporation, defeating objections made collectively by several class members, as well as a motion for reconsideration brought by these same objectors.

  • Defended a multinational cell phone manufacturer in a putative class action involving product liability allegations. Successfully enforced arbitration clause and class action waiver, leading to favorable resolution of the individual claim.

  • Represented the special litigation committee of a Fortune 500 semiconductor company in resolution of a derivative action for stock options backdating claims.

  • Represented co-president and COO of a large, publicly traded health care company in government investigations arising out of alleged submission of false claims for government reimbursement and related securities claims. Litigated and eventually reached a favorable settlement of securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation.

  • Defended a national law firm in a malicious prosecution lawsuit arising from a copyright infringement matter. Obtained dismissal of all claims and award of attorney’s fees on anti-SLAPP motion; dismissal was upheld on appeal.

  • Represented the special litigation committee of a hospital chain in class action arising out of a going private transaction.

  • Served as lead counsel for a major on-line brokerage firm in more than a hundred binding arbitrations before the NASD and FINRA.

  • Represented multi-national law firms in claims arising out of their representation of clients in securities matters.

  • Represented individuals at trial in action against a bank over forged check endorsements, reaching favorable settlement before case went to jury.

Affiliations

  • Member, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Presidents’ Council, 2020
  • Member, Chancery Club of Los Angeles, 2019
  • Lawyer Representative and Ex Officio Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2017-present
  • Member, United States District Court Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate Judges, Central District of California, 2012-2017
  • Member, Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2009-2012
  • Member, Securities Industry Association, Compliance & Legal Division, 1999-present
  • Chairman, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Board of Directors, 2005-2019; Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2019

Recent News & Events

  • Bird Marella Recognized as a Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2020

    Chambers and Partners, internationally regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has recognized Bird Marella as a leading law firm in its 2020 edition of Chambers USA. The firm received practice rankings in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and “Litigation: General Commercial.” In ...

  • Bird Marella Completes an Appellate Sweep for British Regulators

    Bird Marella attorneys Mark Drooks and Ashley Bowman recently secured a memorandum decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming an order dismissing five former employees or associates of the Law Society of England and Wales (LSE) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – entities that regulate the practice of law ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named Among 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck – Criminal Defense: White Collar (Top 100) Gary S. Lincenberg – Criminal Defense: ...

  • Bird Marella Wins Affirmance of Summary Judgment on Behalf of Quarles & Brady

    Principal Mark Drooks, along with associates Douglas Fretty and Fanxi Wang, secured an affirmance of summary judgment from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Quarles & Brady LLP in a professional liability case. The case arose out of a loan transaction in which Quarles & Brady represented ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

  • Bird Marella Top-Ranked in 2019 Chambers and Partners

    Chambers and Partners, widely regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has named Bird Marella among the top litigation firms in the nation with a ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and a ranking in “Litigation: General Commercial.” Eight Bird Marella principals ...

  • 13 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

    Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Joel E. Boxer – Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation Paul S. Chan – Business Litigation, ...

Publications

Mark Drooks focuses his practice on civil litigation and arbitration. He has been lead counsel in more than 50 civil trials and arbitrations that have been litigated to final decision and has argued several appeals in state and federal courts, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Drooks’s practice runs the gamut of commercial litigation. He has substantial experience representing clients in breach of contract and business tort cases arising out of complex business transactions and he often represents co-owners of businesses in partnership disputes. He has represented defendants in several consumer protection class action cases. In securities matters, he has represented companies, investment advisers and investors in both individual and class actions. He also has represented broker-dealers in various lawsuits and in more than 200 customer dispute arbitrations.

Mr. Drooks is often retained to represent national and international law firms, lawyers and other professionals in connection with malpractice claims, partnership disputes and ethical issues. He has handled such cases through trial, summary judgment and appeals.

Throughout his career, Mr. Drooks has devoted substantial time to representing clients pro bono publico. He drafted the amicus curiae brief for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Rojo v. Kliger, a landmark case in which the California Supreme Court adopted the Defense Fund’s analysis in holding that victims of workplace sexual harassment could bring common law tort claims against their abusers. He was lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the El Monte Thai Worker Slavery Case, in which he represented more than 100 undocumented aliens who had been held in virtual slavery at a garment factory.

Mr. Drooks has been recognized as one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers and an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners in the area of Commercial Litigation since 2019. Chambers has said that “he’s like a world champion chess player when it comes to the hard issues and seeing ten moves ahead.”

Representative Cases

  • Defended at trial one of the nation’s largest homebuilders in federal court litigation and arbitration arising out of $500 million land acquisition and financing transaction.

  • Established at trial, on behalf of a departing law firm principal, the lawyer’s right to share of law firm accounts receivables. The decision was affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented at trial a partnership comprised of doctors in dispute over ownership interest in a hospital. Prevailed in first phase of bifurcated trial, resulting in a favorable settlement.

  • Represented publicly traded company through final arbitration hearing in a multi-million dollar accounting malpractice case.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national law firm accused of negligence and misrepresentation in connection with issuance of opinion letters in a loan transaction. Secured affirmance of the decision before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice on behalf of two British agencies that regulate the practice of law in the United Kingdom against broad-ranging RICO, defamation, and other claims brought by two disbarred British solicitors in federal court. The decision was affirmed on appeal.

  • Successfully moved a federal district court to dismiss the complaint filed against an international law firm in a putative class action arising out of a tax shelter investment.

  • Obtained final approval of a class action settlement on behalf of a major multinational nutritional and personal care product corporation, defeating objections made collectively by several class members, as well as a motion for reconsideration brought by these same objectors.

  • Defended a multinational cell phone manufacturer in a putative class action involving product liability allegations. Successfully enforced arbitration clause and class action waiver, leading to favorable resolution of the individual claim.

  • Represented the special litigation committee of a Fortune 500 semiconductor company in resolution of a derivative action for stock options backdating claims.

  • Represented co-president and COO of a large, publicly traded health care company in government investigations arising out of alleged submission of false claims for government reimbursement and related securities claims. Litigated and eventually reached a favorable settlement of securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation.

  • Defended a national law firm in a malicious prosecution lawsuit arising from a copyright infringement matter. Obtained dismissal of all claims and award of attorney’s fees on anti-SLAPP motion; dismissal was upheld on appeal.

  • Represented the special litigation committee of a hospital chain in class action arising out of a going private transaction.

  • Served as lead counsel for a major on-line brokerage firm in more than a hundred binding arbitrations before the NASD and FINRA.

  • Represented multi-national law firms in claims arising out of their representation of clients in securities matters.

  • Represented individuals at trial in action against a bank over forged check endorsements, reaching favorable settlement before case went to jury.

Affiliations

  • Member, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Presidents’ Council, 2020
  • Member, Chancery Club of Los Angeles, 2019
  • Lawyer Representative and Ex Officio Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2017-present
  • Member, United States District Court Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate Judges, Central District of California, 2012-2017
  • Member, Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2009-2012
  • Member, Securities Industry Association, Compliance & Legal Division, 1999-present
  • Chairman, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Board of Directors, 2005-2019; Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2019

News & Events

Bird Marella Recognized as a Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2020

Chambers and Partners, internationally regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has recognized Bird Marella as a leading law firm in its 2020 edition of Chambers USA. The firm received practice rankings in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and “Litigation: General Commercial.” In ...

Bird Marella Completes an Appellate Sweep for British Regulators

Bird Marella attorneys Mark Drooks and Ashley Bowman recently secured a memorandum decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming an order dismissing five former employees or associates of the Law Society of England and Wales (LSE) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – entities that regulate the practice of law ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named Among 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck – Criminal Defense: White Collar (Top 100) Gary S. Lincenberg – Criminal Defense: ...

Bird Marella Wins Affirmance of Summary Judgment on Behalf of Quarles & Brady

Principal Mark Drooks, along with associates Douglas Fretty and Fanxi Wang, secured an affirmance of summary judgment from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Quarles & Brady LLP in a professional liability case. The case arose out of a loan transaction in which Quarles & Brady represented ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

Bird Marella Top-Ranked in 2019 Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners, widely regarded as one of the primary arbiters of achievement in the legal profession, has named Bird Marella among the top litigation firms in the nation with a ranking in “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” and a ranking in “Litigation: General Commercial.” Eight Bird Marella principals ...

13 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is proud to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Joel E. Boxer – Business Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation Paul S. Chan – Business Litigation, ...

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