777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 2850
Los Angeles, California 90017
Waymaker LLP, based in Los Angeles, is one of the nation’s leading trial and appellate boutiques representing both plaintiffs and defendants in their highest-stake matters. The firm is distinctive for its success in handling litigation matters involving innovative technology where complex legal issues are at play, its record of achievement at both trial and appeal, and its dynamic culture. Waymaker’s success for its clients has been heralded by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Daily Journal, Law360, and the National Law Journal. Its lawyers have been influential in changing the paths of a number of clients’ businesses, setting precedent through case results, and regularly taking on cases that other law firms have turned down.
Waymaker helps clients accomplish their goals through fierce advocacy in and out of the courtroom and its clients include Fortune 500 companies, fast-growing startups, entertainment companies, entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals. The firm was founded in 2006 as Baker Marquart LLP by Harvard Law School graduates Ryan G. Baker and Jaime W. Marquart to provide the very best representation to clients engaged in high-stakes litigation. The founders had been attorneys at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
Early in 2021, the firm changed its name to Waymaker in recognition of the growing diversity of its partnership. Baker said, “Our new name reflects the growth and evolution of the firm. At Waymaker, we succeed as a collective, often through innovative strategies and argument formed through active collaboration.”
Presenting arguments in a clear, elegant, and persuasive manner, Waymaker handles complex civil litigation in courtrooms across the nation. Its litigation practice spans antitrust, commercial disputes, corporate governance, criminal defense, cybersecurity, employment, entertainment, financial technology, intellectual property, patent litigation, and securities, and the firm counts among its attorneys several former federal prosecutors. Regularly quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Law360, Law.com, and other leading outlets, Waymaker attorneys are recognized as industry leaders in fintech, intellectual property, and litigation.
The firm’s lawyers have argued and won appellate cases involving issues ranging from First Amendment free speech to the interpretation of Copyright statutes in state and federal courts of appeal. Two years ago, the Waymaker appellate team won a unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court that the state’s anti-SLAPP statute requires that courts consider the commercial context of speech in determining whether a defendant’s speech is protected.
Our trial and appellate practice includes:
Antitrust and Unfair Competition: A keen understanding of emerging technologies – such as internet-based media and blockchain – positions Waymaker as one of the leading antitrust litigation firms in traditional and emerging markets.
Appeals: Waymaker has extensive experience in federal and state appellate courts across the country, where we have scored major victories. We meticulously prepare appellate briefs that focus on critical, dispositive issues.
Commercial and Business Disputes: Waymaker handles a wide range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, negligence, interference, breach of fiduciary duty, legal malpractice, and real property claims in federal courts, state courts, and arbitral tribunals across the country. The firm has represented Fortune 500 companies, closely held companies, and individuals in various commercial disputes.
Corporate Governance: Waymaker is well-versed in corporate governance disputes whether the dispute involves a large, publicly traded company, a deadlocked closely held startup, or a corporate divorce in a family partnership.
Criminal and Regulatory Defense: Waymaker defends clients nationwide in law enforcement and regulatory investigations, trials, and appeals. A number of our attorneys are former federal prosecutors with substantial criminal trial experience and subject matter expertise.
Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Waymaker advises companies and individuals facing cybersecurity and data privacy issues, criminal and regulatory actions, and related civil litigation.
Employment – Executive Compensation: Waymaker represents employers and highly compensated employees in a broad array of employment disputes, including trade-secret misappropriation and breach of non-competition agreements.
Entertainment Litigation: Waymaker lawyers have vigorously defending Oscar-winning producers, writers and directors and taken major motion picture studios and television networks to court to ensure that an artist was fairly compensated. Our team has defended internet-based media companies against copyright infringement claims brought by television networks and brought antitrust claims against major motion picture studios.
Fintech: Led by partner Brian Klein, a Law360 MVP in Fintech and named by Chambers as one of the top financial technology attorneys in the United States, Waymaker is at the forefront of cases in this burgeoning industry.
Insurance: Waymaker represents policyholders in insurance disputes in pre-litigation matters, trials, and appeals.
Intellectual Property: Waymaker lawyers have extensive trial and appellate experience litigating trademark, copyright, trade dress and trade secret disputes. We win high-profile IP battles across industries, including technology, medical device, entertainment, retail, food, fashion, and others.
Patent Litigation: Waymaker represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement actions and staffs patent cases efficiently. Our IP lawyers have the technical and practical experience that is of particular importance in the patent litigation context.
Securities: Waymaker lawyers have experience representing banks, investment professionals, corporate investors, and individuals. We handle securities cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to comply with federal or state registration requirements, and breach of contract claims in a variety of forums.
Updated Sep 2021