Business Litigation

Your Case.  Our Strategy.  Problem Solved.

Whether your company is closely-held or among the Fortune 500, Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin tailors a unique strategy to resolve your legal issues based on the facts and your goals.  From negotiated settlements through trials and appeals, we apply decades of experience to efficiently pursue the best result possible.

You frequently will find our attorneys in court trying cases in front of juries, judges and administrative bodies on wide-ranging commercial litigation, including:

Successfully defended one of the nation’s largest airlines in antitrust litigation brought by other airlines in connection with the client’s development and operation of a highly successful computer reservation system.  Participated in virtually every aspect of the case, including the trial in Federal Court.

Defended French pharmaceutical company in litigation wherein plaintiffs sought damages for serious personal injuries allegedly cause by the defendant’s diet drugs.  Case dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction

Successfully developed and implemented a creative and complex settlement of bankruptcy litigation brought by creditor client, a large commercial airline.  Our client received a judgment against the debtors and valuable rights to insurance proceeds.

Represented shareholder of a health care provider that had been placed into conservatorship by the State of California, and then into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Debtor sued the shareholder for, among other things, fraudulent transfers and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duties.  Case settled without out-of-pocket payments by shareholder client and with the right to recover an uncontested and unsecured claim exceeding $282,100 from the bankruptcy estate.     

Successfully obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction to specifically perform the sale of an ABC liquor license for client, a restaurant/bar owner.  Client’s continued financial viability was dependent on the license.

Obtained judgment exceeding $1.0 million in Federal Court for major airline client in dispute with foreign air carrier over equipment leases.  Implemented creative collection strategy that resulted in the client collecting a significant portion of the judgment without extensive or expensive litigation outside the United States.  

Lead attorney in California Supreme Court arguing for physician in a case involving fair hearing issues in hospital peer review hearings. Also represented the physician at the superior court mandamus proceeding and on appeal in the Court of Appeal in El-Attar v. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, 56 Cal.4th 976 (2013). 

Successfully defended his client from over $2.1 million in claims brought by the opposing side following a Los Angeles Superior Court bench trial in early 2014.  In addition, the court ordered the losing side to pay $392,000 in attorney’s fees and costs arising from the litigation to our client.

Prosecuted breach of contract claim for payment for business services rendered, and defended against cross-claims for breach of contract for services.  Created and implemented a successful negotiation strategy in private mediation, resulting in a favorable settlement for client.  

Won jury verdict of $3 million, increased to $4.2 million with interest, in breach of contract action for attorney-client for over 20 years’ legal fees due from his former client.  Jury ruled in  attorney-client’s favor for both breach of contract and professional malpractice. Affirmed on appeal in full in Rufus Von Thulen Rhoades v. William M. Lansdale et al.

Successfully pursued an anti-SLAPP motion for clients in response to a malicious prosecution action brought by a former defendant in a securities fraud action.  The trial court granted the anti-SLAPP motion, denied opposing side’s motion for discovery, dismissed its malicious prosecution action and awarded attorney’s fees to our clients.  Prevailed on appeal, obtaining dismissal in favor of clients.