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.

Some of Our Business Litigation Cases

  • Prevailed in a jury trial representing subcontractor on the Metro Red Line project, achieving enforcement of an oral settlement agreement with prime contractor-defendant over a contractual dispute. Defendant had reneged on the oral settlement agreement achieved at deposition by counsel. Tried declaratory relief action to a jury after judge was openly dubious that the oral settlement agreement was authorized and enforceable.  At trial, impeached the credibility of defendant’s CEO, who claimed he never authorized the oral settlement agreement, and persuaded jurors to answer every question of lengthy special verdict form in plaintiff’s favor. Also obtained award of 100% of client’s attorney’s fees.

  • After the sale of a company resulted in a $39 million arbitration award and consequent judgment against its selling shareholders for fraud, successfully defended the company’s former CEO in Los Angeles Superior Court and on appeal against selling shareholder’s claims for equitable indemnity based on alleged complicity in fraud. The plaintiff, a private equity firm, alleged that client had fraudulently manipulated the financials, among other charges. Achieved speedy dismissal of claims against client through demurrers before discovery ensued. Enforced indemnity agreement against former employer ensuring all defense fees were paid and client made whole. Affirmed on appeal in full in Kayne Anderson Private Investors v. Colak, No. B239111, 2013 WL 2099228 (Cal. Ct. App. May 16, 2013).

  • Successfully defended Fortune 500 client and a key employee against claims of breach of contract and fraud related to an alleged perpetual brokerage agreement. Conducted extensive discovery, revealing unfavorable facts about the plaintiff, which allowed clients to achieve settlement at mediation.

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