Sophisticated clients worldwide entrust us with their formidable disputes for a single reason–our remarkable track record. Clients seek our advice on high-stakes litigation, cross-border disputes, as well as government and internal investigations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation: Clients turn to us for our record of success in handling high-stakes antitrust disputes, investigations, and achieving regulatory clearance for the largest and most complicated transactions.
Bankruptcy: Our practice covers all aspects of bankruptcy-related litigation–from disputes over plan confirmation to tender liability and equitable subordination claims to issues arising out of insurance disputes and mass tort-related bankruptcies.
Funds Compliance, Regulatory and Investigations: Our team includes attorneys with decades of experience in the funds industry, former senior SEC officials, federal prosecutors, and a former PE CCO, who draw upon their deep experience to advise clients on a broad spectrum of critical regulatory and compliance issues.
Government and Internal Investigations: Large and small companies and their boards, audit and special committees, officers and directors, and other individuals regularly turn to us for advice on a wide range of criminal, regulatory, congressional and other sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations.
Insurance and Reinsurance: Clients benefit from our experience as the leading firm representing the interests of both ceding companies and reinsurers in litigations and arbitrations throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Bermuda.
Intellectual Property: Clients seek our advice in high-stakes, “make it or break it” IP disputes and rely on our broad array of substantive experience in both litigation and transactional matters to help them protect their interests.
International Arbitration: We have a track record of success in taking cases on behalf of multinational corporations across the globe through trial and final awards in major international arbitration venues globally.
International Regulatory and Compliance: With increased activism and cross-border cooperation between enforcement and regulatory agencies, we represent the interests of clients operating in multiple jurisdictions and have advised on issues in China, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.
Product Liability and Mass Tort: Since the 1970s, clients have relied on our advice as a leader in the development of product liability and mass tort law in the United States. We have taken countless product liability and mass tort cases to jury trial in state and federal courts over the years, amassing invaluable courtroom experience.
Securities: For decades, clients have relied on our securities litigators in the most complex, high-profile, high-stakes securities matters of the day. The country’s most respected Fortune 500 corporations and financial institutions turn to us to help defend against headline-making allegations.
Larson LLP is a national trial boutique based in Los Angeles with offices in Orange County and Washington, D.C. With a team of some of the most experienced and respected trial lawyers in the country, we focus on high-stakes cases. Our elite trial advocacy and experience inform all aspects of our litigation strategy and create winning opportunities for achieving the optimal result for each client before and at trial, and on appeal.
The firm handles all facets of complex commercial and business litigation matters, including contractual disputes and business torts; class actions; intellectual property; real estate, environmental and natural resources; media and entertainment; employment litigation and counseling; and ground-breaking civil rights litigation. Our white collar defense practice is among the most decorated in the country, having taken on some of the biggest cases in the history of California and highly publicized cases nationwide. We have a robust appellate practice comprising attorneys with decades of experience in federal and state appellate courts nationwide, including appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Founded in 2016, our firm’s talented attorneys range from junior associates coming off of federal clerkships to highly experienced former federal prosecutors and public defenders, state prosecutors, and a federal judge.
A Record of Success
A representative sample of our successes at trial and on appeal is as follows:
Won complete acquittal of Colonies Partners managing partner Jeff Burum following a marathon jury trial in People v. Biane et al., defeating the government's allegations that the defendants bribed county officials to obtain a $102 million settlement in an eminent domain case, which at the time, then-Attorney General Jerry Brown dubbed to be one of the most significant public corruption matters in California's history. Currently representing Colonies Partners and Mr. Burum in a civil rights suit seeking over $100 million in damages for the retaliatory investigation and failed prosecution.
Counseled the Orange County Water District in its efforts to remediate volatile organic compounds in the Orange County North Basin, pursuant to CERCLA and related federal and state regulations, resulting in successfully achieving the site’s status on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List.
Won summary judgment, later affirmed on appeal, in favor of a private water company and its officers, defeating allegations that defendants misappropriated water rights and breached fiduciary duties.
Served as plaintiffs’ co-counsel and trial counsel in federal securities litigation arising from the initial public offering of Snap Inc., resulting in a mediated settlement for a multimillion-dollar cash payment.
Prevailed before the U.S. Court of Appeals, affirming the dismissals we obtained on behalf of an A-list actor and producer in two intellectual property disputes.
Obtained multimillion-dollar settlements for the Quapaw Nation and tribe members in a lawsuit spanning 17 years regarding claims that the mismanaged tribal assets.
Obtained a favorable sole-tax-count, no-custody, no-restitution disposition, and the dismissal of all remaining charges for an aerospace economic development expert charged with embezzling millions of dollars in NASA funds in the highly publicized People v. Shaw.
Successfully represented the states of Arizona and Oklahoma in connection with their efforts to seek recovery following the Volkswagen AG emissions “Diesel Dupe” scandal, obtaining settlements totaling more than $40 million.
Won summary judgment in favor of a mass media company in a hotly contested employment dispute.
Obtained a $10 million jury verdict and judgment against the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center and in favor of a minor child abused at the defendant's facilities.
After five days of trial in federal court, secured dismissal of all nine counts alleged against a retired senior Drug Enforcement Administration agent accused of conspiring to commit fraud and make false statements to federal officers in USA v. David Garcia Herrera.
Succeeded in having no charges filed against a doctor following months-long investigation of alleged $30 million in False Claims Act violations.
Won three appeals overturning orders granting terminating sanctions in Breliant v. Boyd et al.—a high-profile wrongful death action against a celebrity drug interventionist—and defeated defendants’ motion for summary judgment after remand.
Represented Arizona voters challenging the constitutionality of unequally populated voting districts created by a state commission, before the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
Awards & Recognition
Ranked a “Tier 1” firm in Los Angeles for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and ranked nationally for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”
Partners Stephen G. Larson and Jonathan E. Phillips honored with the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award by the Daily Journal for their successful defense in the 10-month jury trial in People v. Biane et al.
Four partners, including Stephen G. Larson, recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as among the most influential people and top litigators in Los Angeles.
Community Outreach & Pro Bono
Diversity and inclusion are integral components of Larson LLP’s firm culture, and are core values that guide our efforts to work within and help improve our legal community. Our attorneys carry these principles throughout their practice and in their involvement with diversity-driven professional organizations—including the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) Social Impact Incubator, Just the Beginning—A Pipeline Organization, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the Federal Judicial Externship and Scholarship Committee for the Mexican American Bar Association, and the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), to name a few.
Our attorneys have dedicated significant portions of their practices to pro bono projects both at Larson LLP and in prior positions. The firm was among the first to join L.A. Represents, a city-wide pro bono initiative providing free legal services to Los Angeles residents facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, we joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), the national coalition of law firms aiming to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism. We continue to target and expand our pro bono efforts to those who need it most.
Glaser Weil LLP, based in Los Angeles, is one of the country’s premier full-service law firms. Advising a roster of diverse, selective clients – from start-ups and large global corporations to high-profile entertainers and other well-known individuals – Glaser Weil represents clients’ interests with an unprecedented level of dedication and commitment.
Glaser Weil’s litigation department cemented its reputation as a premier litigation powerhouse by earning victory after victory for its clients. The Firm constantly strives to maximize its clients’ business and personal opportunities, overcoming their challenges and problems, and always keeping them far ahead of the curve.
Glaser Weil’s litigators appear in state and federal court, in Delaware Chancery Court, in arbitrations and before administrative and other governmental tribunals. While many law firms boast a litigation department comprised of “trial lawyers,” Glaser Weil’s litigators — from the newly minted to the most veteran and acclaimed — actually try cases.
Certain litigation matters require that a case is resolved at trial. In other litigation matters, Glaser Weil attorneys work closely with their clients to avoid protracted litigation in court. In these circumstances, the Firm has demonstrated ingenuity and creativity in resolving its clients’ issues through summary disposition and alternative dispute resolution. The Firm handles all aspects of litigation, including corporate investigations and litigation assessments all the way through an appeal.
In addition to Benchmark Litigation, Glaser Weil’s lawyers have been recognized by Chambers and Partners, Law360, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Daily Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, among others.
Glaser Weil’s reputation as a powerhouse extends far beyond its litigation department. Attorneys across the Firm routinely achieve significant success for their clients, including in practice areas such as real estate and construction, intellectual property, entertainment, corporate, environmental and energy, government and regulatory, tax and estate planning.
A new practice group, the Crisis Management & Response Practice Group, reflects a strategic alliance with Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP (“FSS”) and Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (“FGIS”) that is capable of deploying vast resources and experience as a combined legal and investigative powerhouse focused on risk management, investigations, and comprehensive representation in highly complex and strategic matters.
The alliance includes Louis J. Freeh, who leads FSS and FGIS, served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, as well as an Assistant United States Attorney in that District, and Glaser Weil, who Benchmark Litigation ranks as “Highly Recommended” – one of only 25 law firms in California to earn this elite status.
The legal, regulatory and social media landscapes have evolved over the past several years and penalties for corporate non-compliance or litigation missteps can be very severe. This unique alliance provides a complete package of consultative, investigative and litigation services to help promote and ensure client compliance as well as rapid response, including full-scale litigation, when crisis erupts.
The strategic alliance provides clients with one-stop access to some of the country’s top lawyers and investigators, who can work together to provide counsel and representation regarding White Collar crime, securities and environmental litigation, and cyber security and data protection.
Fred Heather, co-chair of the Group and a former Assistant United States Attorney with over 30 years of practice defending corporations and their executives in complex civil and White Collar cases.
Garland A. Kelley, co-chair of the Group and a securities litigator with more than 25 years of experience consulting with, and litigating for, exceptional clients around the world.
Lawrence Hadley, co-chair of the Group and an intellectual property attorney with more than 25 years of experience in high-stakes IP matters and Chair of Glaser Weil’s Intellectual Property Department.
Benjamin F. Scotti, who has worked alongside Mr. Freeh for over 10 years on a number of high profile domestic and international engagements, leads the Freeh Group’s involvement in the alliance.
For more than 140 years, Stroock has been firmly committed to helping our clients achieve their strategic business goals. Stroock partners with our clients to deliver exceptional advice and achieve outcomes that support their objectives. We believethat a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential to providing the highest quality legal services and maximizing opportunities for personal and professional development. We provide strategic transactional, regulatory and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses and non-profit ventures in the U.S. and globally.
Litigation Overview: Our litigators, nationally recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation, represent clients in a range of complex disputes, appearing in federal and state trial courts, appellate courts and before public agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the country.
We are focused on finding cost-effective solutions, including engaging in pre-litigation dispute resolution, and providing ongoing counsel on minimizing transaction litigation risk and the evolving regulatory environment. Our litigation team also advocates for vulnerable groups and civic, charitable and nonprofit entities, as well as indigent persons; in courts and administrative proceedings through our award-winning pro bono program.
We counsel clients in the following areas:
Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA
Employment and Labor
Financial Services Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement