John represents service businesses, foreign and domestic manufacturers, distributors, importers, and leasing companies. He represents buyers and sellers in business sales and asset acquisitions ranging in size from a half million to several hundred million dollars. John has also been corporate counsel for numerous mid-sized and large corporations, some of which have been clients for 15+ years and is a testament to these clients’ satisfaction with his work. He drafts their agreements, addresses their general corporate needs, and handles their litigation disputes.
John obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Finance in 1985. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1988 on a full merit scholarship for being ranked #2 in his class. He was recruited directly out of law school by one of California’s top-5 rated law firms where he spent a few years, and then he joined a well-known firm of trial lawyers. There, he learned the ropes of trial before forming his own law firm in 1996.
With 20+ years of practice, John’s litigation practice focuses on business, IP, defense of administrative actions, and employment litigation in federal, administrative and state courts. He has obtained many successful defense and plaintiff’s verdicts for his business clients, including multimillion-dollar plaintiff’s verdicts and favorable adjudication of clients’ intellectual property rights.
California Veterinary Board v. Clark | Defense Verdict
Successful defense in a 4-day Administrative trial, in which the Vet Board unsuccessfully argued the client was engaged in unlicensed activity and sought an injunction to prevent the company from doing further business in California.
California Veterinary Board v. Aldrin | Defense Verdict
Another successfully defense verdict in 3-day Administrative trial alleging unlicensed activity and seeking an injunction to shut down the corporate defendant.
Copyright Infringement: Prevailed as plaintiff’s counsel in Federal Court in LA under copyright laws, to prevent “gray market importation” of client’s hair care products from Europe back into the US market. (The case ultimately ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court and was argued by special Supreme Court appellate counsel); opinion at 523 U.S. 135 (1998)
This case has become the subject of various legal research articles due to its impact on gray market goods and the trade activity they create. By using intellectual property and trademark law, a copyright owner may prevent unfair competition created by products being sold through unauthorized sellers.
L’anza v. Quality King | $5 million Plaintiff’s Verdict
Contract Interference & Unfair Competition Dispute: Prevailed again as plaintiff’s trial counsel in 4-week State Court action, resulting in a nearly $5 million judgment in favor of the client.
National Union v. United States | $2.4 million Plaintiff’s Verdict
Government Negligence: Prevailed as plaintiffs’ counsel in a Federal Court trial for Negligence in constructing the Redondo Beach break water. Clients awarded 2.4 million in damages.
San v. Wan | Defense Verdict
Employment: Defense of employment case in 5-week jury trial before State Court. Defeated claims that company employees were liable for an alleged assault by a company manager. Also, successfully obtained insurance coverage on defense costs for all defendants.
Icon v. APC | Settlement after Summary Adjudication for Defense
Successful defense of trademark case before Federal Court in LA. Claims for trademark dilution and unfair competition seeking millions of dollars in damages. Able to resolve the case before after summary judgment was granted on the dilution claims.
Nuno v. Carreon | Summary Judgment for Defense
Injury and indemnity case dismissed against client in response to Motion for Summary Judgment.
Scott v. All Cartage Transportation | Summary Judgment for Defense
Motion for summary judgment granted for client in injury/transportation case.
Curiel v. Sequoyah | Summary Judgment for Defense
Summary judgment granted in favor of client on complaint and a cross complaint for breach of contract and indemnity. Client also recovered its attorney’s fees and costs.
Safeco v. Gators Sports Optics | Summary Judgment for Defense
Another insurance coverage dispute in Federal Court arising out of intellectual property claims. Summary judgment granted for client.
Safeco v. APT | Summary Judgment for Defense
Insurance coverage litigation in Federal Court arising out of intellectual property dispute. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client before trial.