Gary Lincenberg and Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk to Speak at 2021 National Institute on White Collar Crime

Principals Gary Lincenberg and Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk will be featured speakers at the American Bar Association’s 36th National Institute on White Collar Crime.   On October 27th, Lincenberg will join Andrea Griswold, Gary Naftalis, and moderator Antonia Apps in the Day 2 panel, “Securities Enforcement in 2021: From Banks to Big Tech?” to discuss recent enforcement actions by ...

Bird Marella Wins Appeal in Dispute Over Business Ownership Transfer

Bird Marella attorneys Paul Chan and Thomas Freeman prevailed on appeal on behalf of the former owner of a General Motors dealership who was sued by the purchaser of his business. The dealership’s new owner sued for damages after assuming day-to-day management of the business claiming that it failed because of ...

Bird Marella Secures Mistrial in Defense of Backpage.com Executive

In an abrupt end to a trial expected to last three months, Bird Marella won a mistrial in the highly-publicized Backpage.com federal jury trial. On September 14, 2021, U.S. District Judge Brnovich granted the defense motion that the prosecutors had presented irrelevant and inflammatory testimony in violation of her prior ...

Bird Marella Obtains Dismissal of a Legal Malpractice Claim Against a National Law Firm

On September 10, 2021, Bird Marella principals Paul Chan and Sharon Mayer obtained a complete dismissal in arbitration of a legal malpractice case against a national law firm.    The claimant had alleged that the firm had a conflict of interest and was negligent in representing him in an underlying action involving his ownership of a national restaurant franchise. The underlying action settled at mediation with ...

Bird Marella Secures Multimillion-Dollar Verdict Against Embattled Developer Mohamed Hadid

Bird Marella prevailed in the highly-publicized trial against real estate developer Mohamed Hadid regarding the hillside mansion in Bel Air he illegally constructed. After years of hard-fought litigation, Bird Marella obtained orders to fully demolish the home (after first securing partial demolition), won a multimillion-dollar award in damages at trial, and defeated Hadid’s ...

Bird Marella Wins Complete Victory in $100M JAMS Arbitration for California Bank

Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow and Kate Shin successfully defended a prominent California-based bank in a JAMS arbitration case, defeating $100 million in alleged liabilities. The plaintiffs had alleged various fraud and contract claims and sought compensatory and punitive damages. After a three-week arbitration and multiple rounds of briefing, the ...