Labor and employment
Allison Libeu provides creative, practical, and strategic counsel to help her clients resolve complex commercial disputes and protect their business interests. A global quick-service restaurant general counsel noted that “she provides extraordinarily effective lawyering, counsel, and strategic business advice.”
In the five years since becoming a partner, Ms. Libeu has been instrumental as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in securing victories in high-profile arbitrations and trials, including a Fortune 500 company matter involving the departure of a CEO who, after twice entering into noncompete and non-solicitation agreements with the company, secretly founded a competing business; a major international arbitration for a Fortune 200 company against a former executive accused of misappropriating trade secrets before departing for a competitor; and most recently securing a complete defense victory on behalf of Amazon.com, Inc. against eBay, Inc. a lawsuit that eBay publicly promoted as an international racketeering and fraud conspiracy to unlawfully recruit eBay sellers to Amazon. (See “Amazon wins legal fight against eBay over alleged seller poaching,” CNN; “EBay Accuses Amazon Managers of Conspiring to Poach Its Sellers,” The New York Times; “EBay Accuses Amazon of Illegally Poaching Sellers,” The Wall Street Journal.)
Ms. Libeu also serves as lead counsel in a number of ongoing high-profile matters, including representing Hello Bello in a trademark dispute with Hello Products. Hello Bello, co-founded by Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard, makes a line of well-known baby and family care products. In addition to defending Hello Bello against claims of trademark infringement, Ms. Libeu developed an offensive strategy that seeks to cancel Hello Products’ purported trademarks on the basis that Hello Products does not have the exclusive right to use the word “hello” in advertising.
Ms. Libeu is also co-lead counsel representing Monster Energy in a series of lawsuits against Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (VPX), maker of Bang energy drinks, and its founder John H. Owoc. Monster Energy has sued VPX and Mr. Owoc for, among other things, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, and intentional interference with contract.
Ms. Libeu litigates high-stakes business disputes across a variety of areas, including business torts, contracts, securities fraud, and trade secrets. She has developed unique knowledge in the area of “corporate divorce,” which typically involves disputes between the founders/owners of a business. She also has successfully prosecuted and defended matters involving the termination of C-suite executives and claims that frequently arise in such cases, including breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and violation of nondisclosure, noncompete, and non-solicitation agreements. Her national practice includes litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts in addition to U.S.-based and international arbitration.
Ms. Libeu has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 40 and Under” and “Top Women Lawyers,” included on the nationwide lists of top “40 & Under Hot List” and “Future Stars: by Benchmark Litigation, and named to the Super Lawyers list since 2017.
Updated Sep 2021