Disputes between partners or shareholders put all parties and the company at risk. Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin patiently researches the issues behind your dispute to establish an efficient path toward resolution. In many cases, we achieve a negotiated settlement, enabling you to quickly resume growing your business or move on to new ventures. However, we aggressively pursue litigation as necessary to achieve your goals.
Our experience bringing closure to heated corporate and partnership disputes include:
Resolved a longstanding deadlock between our client and her business partner through negotiations, avoiding expensive litigation. The business owners were equal partners without a buy-sell agreement or other provision to break a deadlock.
Settled a rare California Corporations Code §709 expedited trial involving a dispute among shareholders of a biopharmaceutical corporation over the election of directors.
Successfully prosecuted claims against a motel business’s majority shareholder for breaching a contract to sell his shares of the corporation to minority shareholder.
“The partners and associates at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are amazing attorneys and very down-to-earth. They patiently kept me informed of my options in fighting an employee’s wrongful termination case, and we got a great outcome.”
“When I need co-counsel in California, I call Kurt Schmalz. He is smart, knowledgeable and very experienced trying cases in the local courts, which is of great value to me and my clients. Kurt takes the time to understand a case and provides insightful input during every step of the process.”
“Steve Hogan is my go-to choice when a client needs a Trusts and Estates litigator. He does a tremendous job representing clients and keeps me informed throughout the process.”
“I quickly gained confidence in Troy Martin. He listens carefully, is rational in his approach, and thoughtfully explains the calculations behind his communications with the opposing side. Troy achieved our desired outcome by patiently negotiating a settlement, saving us a lot of money in the long run.”
“I seriously like Steve Hogan and refer clients who have Trust and Estate litigation issues to him. Steve gets great results and has a reasonable approach to meeting with clients and billing.”
“I call Kurt Schmalz when one of my clients is facing litigation in California. Since he tries a lot of cases, he knows the judges, unique characteristics of various jurisdictions, and the art of picking a jury. He leverages these skills to settle cases when possible, and always is prepared to go to trial if needed.”
“Whenever my firm has a conflict, I confidently refer clients to Steve Hogan because he cares as much about them as I do. He is very tenacious and gets great results. Practicing law is not just a job for Steve, it is his passion.”
“Kurt Schmalz is a wonderful lawyer. He is meticulous in his legal work and applied his outstanding abilities to win our civil case, write the appeal and then give an extraordinary argument before the court.”
“Steve Hogan and I have shared a nice reciprocal relationship for over 10 years. He is everything you want in a litigator – innovative, smart, personable and relentless.”
“I was unsure about pursuing litigation to resolve a long-standing dispute with family members over property. Steve Hogan made me comfortable with the decision to move forward, and we won our case. Steve is very personable and was in-tune with the many issues I was facing throughout the process.”
“Troy Martin is a very diligent attorney. Probate litigation is a complicated process and Troy does a good job of explaining things to my clients, making it much easier for me.”
“Extremely valuable real estate divided our family after my father passed away. I needed the best attorney in town, and fortunately was referred to Troy Martin. Troy took a personal interest in my case and patiently pursued a successful settlement strategy rather than high-billing litigation.”
“I originally met Steve Hogan when we were opposing counsel. We developed a trusting relationship and I confidently refer clients with trusts and estate disputes to Steve.”
“Kurt Schmalz is one of the best litigators in Southern California. He is intelligent, careful, results-oriented, and practical in his approach. Kurt is a phenomenal choice for any client.”
“It is important for us to work with down-to-earth, honest, respectful attorneys. The attorneys at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are all of those things and more.”
“Troy Martin has successfully resolved real estate and trust litigation for my clients. He is very responsive and strategically considers potential outcomes versus potential costs when planning the best path to pursue.”
“When my trust and estate planning clients need a litigator, I refer them Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin. The attorneys are experienced, focused and personable, and reduce my clients’ stress levels. Also, the staff is polite and the environment is highly professional.”
“When a trusted employee embezzled from me and stole trade secrets, Troy Martin kept me sane. He is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Troy’s exceptionally clear lawsuit was so easy for the jury to follow that we won the case with a seven figure verdict.”
“I have spent a lot of time working side-by-side with Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s attorneys as an expert witness for their cases. They are fantastic litigators, hardworking and fun to be around.”
“Resolving a complex trust and estate litigation in California from our home in London was challenging. Retaining Steve Hogan to represent us based on a friend’s strong recommendation turned out to be the right decision.”
“Over the years, I’ve used a lot of lawyers for different matters. I like Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s high quality service. They are quick and professional and provide excellent value for their rates.
“I confidently refer Trust and Estate litigation matters to Steve Hogan for his specific experience in this area. He skillfully pursues the desired outcome, overcoming the challenge of difficult opponents, is timely, and a great communicator.”
“I gained a lot of confidence in Troy Martin from co-litigating a case with him. He is easy to work with and has a great demeanor for handling trust, estate and probate litigation.”