Lewis & Llewellyn Announces Pro Bono Program for Small Businesses in Need

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In the United States, there are nearly 27 million small businesses which account for approximately half of the country’s GDP.  As we all know, the unprecedented coronavirus crisis is taking a disproportionate toll on this critical part of our economy. 

As a firm, we are highly fortunate to represent some of the largest and most well-known companies in the world.  Yet many small businesses do not have access to the same caliber of legal services, and, particularly during this economic contraction, do not have the financial resources to afford them.  So we are stepping up to help.

We want to play our part to help small businesses and startups during this time of need.  We believe it is our duty to offer free legal advice and guidance so that these small business and startups can focus on continuing to provide income to their employees, and goods and services to their communities. 

Accordingly, starting this week, we will be rolling out a pro bono program designed to provide free counseling and consultation services to small businesses and startups in need.  These sessions will be by videoconference and phone, and will be targeted to address the legal issues small businesses and startups are currently facing. 

If you own, or know someone who owns, a small business or startup, and have questions about an actual or potential dispute, business negotiation, rent abatement or reduction, or similar legal issues, we stand ready to help.  These sessions will be entirely free, confidential, and without any expectation whatsoever to retain our services thereafter. 

All inquiries should be directed to with a brief description of the issue or issues you would like to discuss and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Similarly, if you are a professional services provider or other business who may be in a position to help small businesses in their hour of need, please let us know so we can assemble a cadre of potential resources.

Lewis & Llewellyn.  We are here to help.

Lewis & Llewellyn Recognized as One of California’s Top Boutique Law Firms by The Daily Journal

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Each year the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal publication, selects 20 law firms across the State as a “Top Boutique.”  This year, Lewis & Llewellyn earned a spot on the coveted list—the only firm selected in Northern California for complex litigation.  The Daily Journal recognized Lewis & Llewellyn’s success in handling complex business disputes, as well as the firm’s niche practice bringing civil lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse.  This is the second time the firm has been included on the elite list, the first being in 2017.

See the Daily Journal’s full article on the firm below.

Lewis & Llewellyn Recognized by Benchmark Litigation

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Last week, Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, released its 2020 rankings.  Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to have once again been recognized as one of the few “Recommended Firms” in both San Francisco and California—meaning Benchmark deems the firm a “leader” in both markets.  Additionally, Marc Lewis was named as a Labor & Employment Star, with an emphasis on his burgeoning employee mobility practice.  And Paul Llewellyn was named as a Benchmark Litigation Star, a category which Benchmark identifies as the preeminent litigation practitioners in the U.S. 

Lewis & Llewellyn Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in their Field

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Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  Ryan Erickson, Evangeline Burbidge, Nick Saenz, Becca Furman and Nathalie Fayad were all selected as Rising Stars, limited to just 2.5% of California attorneys.  And Marc Lewis and Paul Llewellyn were named as California Super Lawyers, a recognition limited to just 5% of the profession.

Additionally, Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, recently selected partners Ryan Erickson and Evangeline Burbidge to be part of its 40 & Under Hot List.  Based on extensive peer and client review, and case evaluation, the list seeks to identify the country’s most talented litigators under the age of 40.

Lewis & Llewellyn Wins Another Complete Defense Victory in Arbitration

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In a recent arbitration, a Lewis & Llewellyn team led by partners Nick Saenz and Paul Llewellyn defended one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers facing a multi-million-dollar damages claim for alleged fraud, trade secret misappropriation, and interference with contractual relations, among other causes of action.  After successfully obtaining the dismissal of the Claimant’s interference claim, the case proceeded to a multi-day evidentiary hearing.  Following the hearing, Lewis & Llewellyn secured a complete defense victory, with the arbitrator ordering the Claimant to cover a substantial portion of our client’s costs.  With this most recent victory, Lewis & Llewellyn maintains its 100% success rate in arbitration. 

Lewis & Llewellyn Honored In Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Edition

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Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, recently published its 2019 edition.  Lewis & Llewellyn received top billings across the board.  Benchmark selected us as one of the few “recommended” law firms in California, and one of just a handful of litigation boutiques selected.  Additionally, Benchmark ranked Marc Lewis as one of only 24 “Noted Stars” in California for his Labor & Employment practice.  Similarly, Benchmark named Paul Llewellyn a “San Francisco Litigation Star” for his general commercial litigation practice.

After interviewing our clients, Benchmark summarized our practice in a nutshell: “The firm is responsive, efficient, and skilled.  The attorneys at Lewis & Llewellyn are of the highest quality, and their work product is unsurpassed by larger firms.  In fact, their responsiveness and client service orientation far surpass that of larger firms, and their fee structure and case staffing result in better representation at a lower cost than that available from larger firms.”

Lewis & Llewellyn Obtains $2.75 Million Settlement For An Alleged Sexual Assault

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At Lewis & Llewellyn, we understand what is required to prevail against a powerful and well-funded institution or corporation.  As a firm, we have also chosen to put our litigation expertise toward a cause that we feel passionately about: the epidemic of sexual abuse and assault.  Through our agile and aggressive litigation tactics, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our sexual abuse clients and, in the process, driven changes at institutions and corporations throughout the country that will help protect others from sexual abuse.  As part of those efforts, we recently obtained a settlement of $2.75 million in connection with an alleged sexual assault.  Lewis & Llewellyn will continue to advocate vigorously on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse.

Law360 Features Lewis & Llewellyn’s Family-Friendly Culture

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Any working parent knows the struggle of balancing family time and work responsibilities. In an article reflecting on what this balance means for lawyers, Law360 featured the story of Lewis & Llewellyn partner and father-of-three, Ryan Erickson.  At Lewis & Llewellyn, we recognize the importance of both work and family, and we are committed to supporting our attorneys in their effort to be great parents while still providing the highest possible quality of work to our clients.

Marc Lewis, Evangeline Burbidge, and Ryan Erickson Named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List

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Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to announce that partners Marc Lewis, Evangeline Burbidge, and Ryan Erickson have all been named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List, which honors partners age 40 or younger who have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their litigation communities by peers and clients.  Benchmark selected only 38 attorneys in California for this award, and the firm is honored that three of their partners were recognized this year.

Lewis & Llewellyn Files Amicus Brief in Support of Oracle in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC Appellate Victory

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In March, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, reversing a jury verdict and holding that Google’s unauthorized use of certain aspects of Oracle’s Java software did not qualify as “fair use” under copyright law.  Lewis & Llewellyn filed and amicus brief on behalf of Ralph Oman, the former Register of Copyrights of the United States, analyzing the definition of “fair use” in support of Oracle’s appeal.  The Federal Circuit’s decision will have a far-reaching impact and Lewis & Llewellyn is proud to have been involved in this case.