Special Situations

The firm is often asked to handle delicate, unusual, or outside-the-box matters that do not fit into a practice area. These matters run the gamut of situations—both legal and practical—and require the creative, flexible, and collaborative approach that is the firm’s hallmark.

Representative Matters include:

  • E-Smart Technologies, Inc. v. Drizin, et al., No. 06-5528-MHP (N.D. Cal.). Stephen Taylor and Jonathan Patchen were appointed by the Court to represent the Northern District of California in civil contempt proceedings against litigants in a case arising out of misconduct in a settlement conference before a Northern District Magistrate Judge. Successfully prosecuted a multi-day bench trial that resulted in a finding of civil contempt. (2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53129)
  • Represent whistleblower of former biomedical start-up in evaluating, navigating, and responding to competing claims and demands by former employer, family, friends, journalists, and regulators.
  • Represented autonomous department of a local Bay Area city in dispute with the City Council regarding the Council’s effort to tax the users of the property under the control of the autonomous department. Dispute raised numerous federal and state constitutional issues. Case successfully resolved.
  • Represented the administrators of the estate of a dependent adult who had been duped by a real estate developer into personally guaranteeing tens of millions of dollars worth of development loans. Defended against the bank’s effort to collect on the guarantee and prosecuted claims against developer and his business entities in multiple forums. Successfully resolved all matters.
  • Retained by audit committee of publically traded company to investigate, report, and recommend regarding allegations that company employees were potentially involved in insider trading schemes—often unwittingly—via participation as experts in “expert networks.”

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