Lawyers and Law Firms
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Obtained Complete Malpractice Defense Jury Verdict and Fees: We successfully represented an international law firm and two of its partners in a three-week jury trial. The defendants were accused of mishandling a “no contest” issue in an otherwise highly successful representation. At trial, the jury found for our side on all claims and awarded an amount to the client law firm on its counter-claim for fees more than it was contractually entitled. The jury supported our theory that described the extremely valuable legal services provided by the lawyers to their former clients.
Successfully Defended Law Firm In Malpractice Claim Involving Probate Issues: Our client, a prominent Los Angeles law firm, faced malpractice claims arising out of the estate planning structure developed for a wealthy family. After extensive litigation, the trial court granted our summary judgment motion in full, and the Court of Appeal affirmed in full.
Affirmed Trial Win on Value of Dissolved Firm: The firm established at trial, on behalf of a departing principal, the departing lawyer’s right to his share of law firm accounts receivables as collected. His former partners had substantially discounted the value of the receivables, and claimed the breakup of the small law firm made its receivables essentially worthless as of the breakup date. The decision was affirmed on appeal and established the leading published case on the methodology for valuing a law firm’s receivables for dissolution purposes.
Defended Law Firms on Harassment and Discrimination Claims: We have defended several international law firms against claims of gender or age discrimination and sexual harassment brought by former associates.
Settled Legal Malpractice Claims Days Before Trial: In our representation of a local university as plaintiff, we pursued a malpractice claim against a now-dissolved Los Angeles law firm concerning eminent domain issues. One week before the jury trial, the case settled favorably for our university client.
Filed Amicus Briefs for Bar Associations on Malpractice Punitive Damages: We were engaged as counsel to file an amicus brief on behalf of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association and Beverly Hills Bar Association in connection with a case under consideration by the California Supreme Court. The court held, as argued in our brief, that a legal malpractice plaintiff cannot seek damages comprised of punitive damages that it might have recovered but for the alleged malpractice. Ferguson v. Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, 30 Cal. 4th 1037 (2003).
Prevailed in Malicious Prosecution Defense, Affirmed on Appeal: We defended a national law firm in a malicious prosecution lawsuit arising from a copyright infringement matter our clients pursued on behalf of a global luxury goods manufacturer. Our successful defense included an anti-SLAPP motion, and the favorable trial court decision was upheld on appeal, with an award of substantial attorneys’ fees on behalf of our client.
Achieved Settlement on Civil Claims and Avoided Sanctions: Our client, a national law firm, faced claims arising out of the failure of a prominent savings and loan association. No regulatory sanctions were issued against our client and civil litigation was settled on favorable terms.
Convinced Government Not to Charge Attorney Under Investigation: We represented an attorney in a “capping” investigation and persuaded the government to decline prosecution of our client.
Settled Conflict of Interest Charges for Firm: Defended a national law firm in a malpractice action connected to alleged conflicts of interest. We procured a confidential settlement that included issuance of a signed letter from the plaintiff acknowledging that there had been no conflict of interest. We also recovered unpaid legal fees for our client.
Obtained Jury Damages Award in Law Firm Litigation: We represented a client against a national law firm in which we obtained a jury verdict awarding substantial damages to our client.
Bird Marella principals Mark Drooks and Sharon Mayer won dismissal of a legal malpractice case brought against a Michigan-based AmLaw200 firm and one of its partners in the …
Tuesday, January 31, 2023Go to the post
Bird Marella was recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in California, for the fourth time in a row, by Benchmark Litigation. The publication is the definitive guide to America’s …
Tuesday, October 12, 2021Go to the post
Principals Mark Drooks and Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer successfully quashed service on a national law firm in a case alleging aiding and abetting of securities fraud, breach of fiduciary …
Tuesday, July 21, 2020Go to the post
Bird Marella obtained a victory for an international law firm in a legal malpractice action brought by shareholders who claimed to represent one of the law firm’s former …
Thursday, July 21, 2016Go to the post
Bird Marella attorneys Joel Boxer, Mark Drooks, and Douglas Fretty successfully moved a federal district court to dismiss the complaint filed against an international law firm in a …
Wednesday, April 29, 2015Go to the post