Practice Areas

Practice Area Details

Business and Commercial Litigation

Director/Officer Liability (including Non-Profits)

We have defended corporate directors & officers in cases of securities fraud, unfair business practices, unfair competition, landmark intellectual property rights, shareholder claims, employment discrimination, and white collar crime. One of our business litigation group’s partners, for example, tried and defended the first pregnancy discrimination case to go to verdict in California against a major hospital’s board of directors and CEO. Another of our lawyers was counsel to a corporate officer & general counsel in the largest securities fraud case in California history.

Our experience in director/officer issues also includes coverage and claims counsel work for major D&O insurance companies. Several of these engagements have involved complex D&O liability claims involving leading Silicon Valley companies.

As to non-profit organizations and their director/officers, we have represented and advised various types of charitable, religious, educational, and government entities. For example, in our San Jose office, we have defended board members of the largest non-profit developer of community housing in Santa Clara County. One of our attorneys in Los Angeles routinely handles D&O claims against church and school boards under engagement by a national insurer of such non-profits. Another Los Angeles office attorney is general counsel to the NorCal La Crosse Foundation, Inc. In our Redwood City office, we have a senior partner who is very active in several local non-profit associations as a founding director of both the Hong Kong Association of Northern California and Hong Kong Silicon Valley.Com, director of a local private high school, and Chairman of the Board of a local Kai Ming Head Start. Another of our Redwood City attorneys does defense and coverage work for Non-Profit Insurance Alliance of California.