Cases & Transactions

Litigation Matters

Mesa Petroleum v. Unocal Corporation
Co-counsel in the defense of Unocal against the hostile takeover attempt by T. Boone Pickens. Took depositions of lending institutions around the country which were funding $1.2 billion line of credit.
Oren Royal Oaks Venture v. Stanman
Successfully argued before the California Supreme Court for the application of a statutory privilege to abuse of process claims for statements made during settlement negotiations by attorneys. (42 Cal.3d 1157)
Philip Emrich v. Touche Ross & Co.
Decertified class and obtained summary judgment in favor of accounting firm in securities fraud class action suit arising out of Sambo’s Restaurants, Inc. security offering.
Richard Soong v. Quantum, Inc.
Represented inventor in action against Taiwanese manufacturer involving claims under the Lanham Act, as well as patent, trade dress and trade secret law.
Electra Optical Industries, Inc. v. Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc.
Represented departed employee and new employer in action involving trade secrets and non-competition provisions in high tech industry.
Stearns Wharf Company v. So. Cal. Edison, et al.
Represented owners of Moby Dick Restaurant regarding the fire that destroyed the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara.



Beringer/Wine World Estates in various real estate, supply and distribution matters
County Lumber ESOP in sale of stock transaction with Hayward Lumber
Bubbies of San Francisco in acquisition of assets of Othentic Foods, LLC and various matters
Crandell Group, Inc. in sale of stock transaction with PlanData Gmbh and Jetfax, Inc.
Deckers Outdoor Corporation in connection with its license and option to acquire Teva ® Sandals trademarks and patents
Foster Poultry Farms in its acquisitions and various corporate, real estate, licensing, and manufacturing matters
Fastclick in various licensing matters
Greeneridge Sciences, Inc. in sale of business transaction.
Kerns Beverages in various supply, distribution, manufacturing and trademark matters
La Brea Bakery in various supply, distribution, manufacturing, licensing and trademark matters
Magellan’s International Travel Corporation in sale of business transaction
Manchester Insurance Agency in sale of business transaction with Brown & Brown
Market Place Media, Inc. in sale of stock transaction with College Television Network
MedBridge Development Company in the organization and acquisition of various surgery centers, and in ongoing transactional and organizational matters
Membrane Systems Corporation in sale of business transaction with H2O Innovation (2000) Inc
NRACO Services Corporation in various organizational and transactional matters
Nestle Ice Cream Company in various supply, distribution, manufacturing and licensing matters
Ogilvy, Gilbert, Norris & Hill in sale of business transaction with Hub International.
Quack, Inc. in its acquisition by America Online (AOL)
Sling Technologies, Inc. in various corporate and transactional matters.
Sloan Technology, Inc. in merger with Veeco Instruments, Inc.
StaffAmerica, Inc. in sale of stock transaction with Barrett Business Systems, Inc.
Sunshine Wholesale in sale of assets transactions with ABC
TynanGroup, Inc. in ongoing corporate and transactional matters.
Universal Systems Inc. in sale of stock transaction with Westec, Inc.
Warner Bros. Online in various licensing matters