We Are Not Your Typical Law Firm

We recognize that our clients need to win, but that top-tier representation does not have to be prohibitively expensive.  Our practice focuses on two core elements: efficiency and results.  We deliver for all of our clients - from Fortune 500 giants, to startups, to individuals; our testimonials reflect the value and service we provide.  So why do we succeed?  It's a simple equation: 


THE RIGHT FIRM FOR THE RIGHT CASE.

Our clients fall into two major categories:  small businesses facing their first lawsuit, and large, institutional companies who in the past used a large law firm for all matters, but now recognize that a small, nimble, and specialized firm provides better results, lower costs, and superior client service when defending appropriate types of lawsuits.  We are efficient, innovative, and dedicated to redefining top-tier representation without unnecessary overhead and bloat.  We listen, focus, and create a litigation strategy designed to maximize efficiency, minimize costs, eliminate budget surprises, and deliver results.  It's that simple.  

OUR SPECIALIZED ATTORNEY FORMULA SETS US APART.

  • Despite the pitch from most law firms, attorneys are not jacks of all trade.  We staff each and every case only with experienced associates who have specific experience with the matter to be litigated.  
     

  • Based on the specific case at issue, we select the most qualified associate from our team of more than 100 attorneys throughout California.  Clients never pay to train junior associate out of law school.  Clients never pay for the time it takes for an attorney to get up to speed with a new type of litigation.  There is simply no substitute for the efficiency and effectiveness of this type of practice.  
     

  • All of our attorneys have extensive large firm experience handling complex commercial litigation, yet our rates and billing practices are much more cost effective.
      

  • We use cutting-edge technology to manage our cases, evidence, and trial preparation.  Our nearly paperless office is both green and extremely efficient.  
     

  • We are experts in e-discovery and electronic evidence management, traditionally one of the highest cost items for any client.  
     

  • We provide timely and accurate litigation budgets so that our monthly bills are never a surprise.  
     

  • We don’t bill our clients for routine phone calls, simple status updates, and other similar work that unnecessarily inflates litigation bills. 
     

  • We don't bill for routine expenses, such as copies, faxes, long distance, electronic legal research, or other costs that we believe should be part of our own overhead.


THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR OUR ATTORNEYS' EXPERIENCE.

The effectiveness of a firm begins with the skills, knowledge, and judgment that can only be gained through time.  Our attorneys have deep backgrounds in a broad range of litigation spanning trade secret, employment, false advertising, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, class actions, and complex commercial litigation.  Our practice areas highlight our attorneys' diverse litigation experience over the past 15+ years, including extensive experience in both state and federal courts.  Our testimonials reflect the value we provide to our clients. 


OUR ATTORNEYS HAVE REPRESENTED THE WORLD'S PREMIERE CLIENTS.

Our attorneys have provided exceptional service to startups, individuals, and many of the world's best known companies, including IBMKleiner PerkinsCoppola FoodsIntuitShell OilNational Semiconductor/Texas InstrumentsIntuitive SurgicalWarnaco/Calvin KleinSemtechSerialTekTetra TechSprintMacrovision, Charles SchwabImpax Laboratories, and KV Pharmaceuticals, among many others.


WE ARE FOCUSED ON RESULTS - NOT JUST THE LITIGATION PROCESS.

Our attorneys are in court and arguing before judges and juries on a regular basis.  We thrive in the courtroom and think on our feet.  We do not approach discovery as a billing exercise.  From the very inception of a case, we are building the story that will be presented in front of a judge or jury, and every step we take in litigation is designed with that end-game at the forefront.  This results in tight focus, earlier case resolution, and better results for our clients. 


WE ARE EXPERTS IN E-DISCOVERY.

In-house counsel know that electronic discovery is the biggest sink for time, money, and resources.  We have designed and implemented complex litigation hold and review policies for numerous Fortune 500 companies, and we have successfully and efficiently managed massive document collection and review projects for a wide variety of clients.  We have worked closely with all of the major e-discovery vendors and we have substantial in-house capabilities for managing electronic documents in a far more efficient manner than a typical large firm.  Our technical expertise allows us to design a unique e-discovery protocol at the inception of a case in order to minimize costs and focus on the key evidence that will be required for trial.


PERSONALIZED CLIENT SERVICE AND BUDGET CERTAINTY.

We intend to form a strong, enduring relationship with our clients, which explains why, at all stages of litigation, we seek to reduce our client’s costs and fees.   At the same time, our clients don’t hire us just to save money.  They hire us because they need to win a legal dispute.  We succeed by carefully designing a legal strategy from the outset that exploits our adversaries' vulnerabilities, but is simultaneously compatible with our clients' budgets.  From the very inception of the case, we work with our clients to map out a case plan and we keep our clients closely involved in strategic and budgetary decisions throughout litigation.  This ensures that our monthly bills are never an unpleasant surprise, and it allows our clients to understand and share in strategic decisions throughout the entire suit.