Bird Marella Successfully Defends Plains All American Pipeline in Historic Environmental Crimes Case

Mr. Seilie’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a breadth of substantive areas including securities, education, the environment, banking, and finance; as well as counseling clients on efficiently and effectively resolving complex disputes.

In addition to his civil practice, Mr. Seilie has significant experience representing clients in criminal matters.  He has represented a number of clients in white-collar criminal investigations and, in that context, has provided compliance-related advice, conducted factual investigations, and prepared presentations to the government.  He also served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and tried multiple cases to verdict.

Mr. Seilie came to the firm after practicing for several years at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Seilie completed a clerkship with the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Seilie earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2010 from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review and argued in the finals of the Ames Moot Court Competition.  Mr. Seilie received his B.A. with honors from Stanford University, where his undergraduate thesis was awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

Representative Cases

  • Representative Civil Matters

  • Defended a magazine publisher against a defamation lawsuit, successfully obtaining a voluntary dismissal of all claims by the plaintiff in exchange for an agreement not to seek attorneys’ fees and costs.

  • Represented an oilfield services company in unfair competition litigation against a local competitor, successfully opposing a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have required the client to cease operations and terminate all of its employees.

  • Represented a for-profit educational institution and its executives in False Claims Act litigation related to its receipt of federal funds under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Successfully obtained dismissal of the lawsuit before discovery.

  • Defended a financial services company in an adversary proceeding brought by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee alleging claims for fraudulent transfer and breach of fiduciary duty, successfully obtaining a dismissal of all claims in bankruptcy court that was affirmed twice on appeal.

  • Represented the liquidating trust of a satellite programming distribution partner in a successful appeal from an order vacating a multi-million-dollar arbitration award against a major broadcast service provider.

  • Represented a major hotel company in federal civil litigation involving over 50 defendants arising from the unauthorized disposal of hazardous materials by a non-party waste disposal contractor. Negotiated and obtained court approval of a favorable consent judgment with the California Department of Justice.

  • Represented a major financial institution in litigation related to the origination and sale of mortgages by entities acquired by the client during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

  • Represented a major financial institution in litigation related to a failed Las Vegas construction project involving alleged fraud by a third-party borrower.

  • Represented a drilling company in litigation arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, including through a multi-phase trial in federal court.

  • Other Representations

  • Represented Plains All American Pipeline, a Fortune 150 company, in a four-month trial defending against criminal charges arising from an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Obtained dismissal of 37 out of 46 counts.

  • Represented a corporate executive under investigation by criminal and civil authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom for alleged accounting fraud related to a multi-billion dollar corporate acquisition.  The matter is pending.

  • Represented numerous publicly traded corporations and their executives in internal and government investigations.

Bird Marella Successfully Defends Plains All American Pipeline in Historic Environmental Crimes Case

In what may be the largest environmental crimes trial in California history, Bird Marella principals Gary Lincenberg and Ariel Neuman were victorious in defending Plains All American Pipeline, the largest pipeline company in North America. After a four-month trial and a series of dismissals, acquittals, and deadlocks, Bird ...

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