12 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers List

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 Justices Lynn “Buck” Compton and Robert Thompson at 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 some of the largest Fortune 500 corporations. He has represented municipalities like Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach in high stakes litigation with oil companies. His civil practice centers on the defense of all forms of commercial litigation and class actions including contract, fraud, RICO, employment, unfair competition, shareholder derivative suits, false claim act violations, and breach of warranty matters.

As a white collar defense attorney, Terry has concentrated in securities, mail fraud, tax, customs, and government fraud cases. His clients have included executives at internet, telecommunications and power and energy companies, as well as key participants in IPO securities investigations. Recently he successfully secured a dismissal of all charges brought against a former Executive of a large Chinese agri-business conglomerate by the Department of Justice in a major trade secret prosecution. Terry has headed several corporate internal investigations to aid prominent companies (Broadcom, Yahoo) and/or their boards of directors in the exercise of their fiduciary duties to their shareholders.

Throughout his career, Terry has maintained a close relationship with the courts and judiciary. He 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. He has twice served as Chairman of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and once as Chairman of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee for the entire Circuit. He served as one of 10 lawyers on the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board and then served as Chair of the Advisory Board.

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.

Affiliations

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

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of 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 other ...

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Terry Bird Named Among Los Angeles’ Most Influential People

Founding Principal Terry Bird has been named to “The Los Angeles 500: The Most influential People in Los Angeles,” published by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The publication highlights 500 of LA’s most influential Angelenos who have impacted the community and surrounding regions with their business accomplishments, ...

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2018 Chambers & Partners USA Rankings

Bird Marella is proud to announce the firm's 2018 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. The firm and lawyers are ranked in: * Litigation: ...

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Ekwan Rhow Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Ekwan E. Rhow, a Bird Marella Principal, was recently inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers – one of the greatest honors for trial lawyers practicing in North America. Terry W. Bird, a Founding Principal of Bird Marella and a Fellow since 1995, welcomed ...

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Three Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as Top 100: 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella congratulates three principals on their most recent selection as a "Top 100" attorney. They are three of only nine white collar criminal defense attorneys in Southern California honored with this distinction: Terry Bird and Gary Lincenberg (both 5 time honorees) and

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14 Bird Marella Attorneys Honored as 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella congratulates Thomas Reichert and Ariel Neuman as Southern California Super Lawyers. In total, 14 Bird Marella attorneys were selected as Super Lawyers for 2018: Terry W. Bird – Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation (Top 100) Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Business Litigation, Criminal ...

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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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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.