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Lewis & Llewellyn Wins $28M Award and Defeats $30M Claim, Securing Complete Arbitration Victory

We are pleased to report another landmark win for a Lewis & Llewellyn client.  As reported in Law360, following a two week arbitration and years of litigation, Lewis & Llewellyn client EDAG Engineering won “some $28 million in arbitration against electric vehicle startup Byton, after a payment dispute arose from their combined efforts to build an all-electric luxury SUV called the M-Byte.”  Furthermore, it was reported that a “JAMS sole arbitrator, former San Francisco County Superior Court Judge William J. Cahill, rejected [Byton’s] counterclaims . . . and instead concluded that Byton was on the hook to EDAG for some 23.45 million Euros (roughly $28 million), plus interest and nearly $90,000 in costs.”  A copy of the article is available here.

 

“This is absolutely the right outcome,” said lead counsel Evangeline “Evan” Burbidge.  “Our client did their job, providing world-class service in the face of novel engineering challenges.  We were pleased to help them receive every penny they had earned, with interest.”

 

The Lewis & Llewellyn team consisted of lead counsel Burbidge, supported by Brad Estes, Marc Lewis, and Kristin Orrantia.  With this most recent win, Lewis & Llewellyn maintains its 100% success rate in arbitration.

 

 

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Lewis & Llewellyn Files High Profile Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against The Branson School

At Lewis & Llewellyn, we continue to lead the fight for justice on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Recently, a team led by Paul Llewellyn and Nathalie Fayad filed a high-profile lawsuit against The Branson School, an elite private school located in Marin County, California.  According to the lawsuit, the school failed to protect a generation of young girls from a known sexual predator who was employed by the school.  The complaint alleges that the school’s Director of Athletics and soccer coach subjected the firm’s client, and others, to years of sexual abuse in the late 1970s, when they were children under the care of Branson.

 

The lawsuit attracted nationwide press coverage; including an in-depth profile in the San Francisco Chronicle by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Matthias Gafni.  Further details are also available in a press release about the case.

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Evangeline Burbidge Recognized By Best Lawyers

 

Partner Evangeline (“Evan”) Burbidge was recently selected for recognition by Best Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in California.  Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review, and its methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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Lewis & Llewellyn Welcomes Daniel Jordan To The Firm

As part of our continued growth, Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to welcome Daniel Jordan to the firm as an Associate.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Daniel practiced at the San Francisco office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, representing many leading technology, startup, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal court.  He has broad experience in numerous areas of complex litigation, including breach of contract, trade secret, trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition disputes.

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Lewis & Llewellyn Welcomes Becca Furman To The Partnership

Lewis & Llewellyn is delighted to welcome Becca Furman to the partnership.

 

A proud graduate of the University of California system, having attended both UC Santa Barbara and UC Hastings, Becca joined the firm in 2015 after practicing at Winston & Strawn LLP.  Becca’s practice focuses on complex breach of contract, trade secret, and privacy disputes.

 

Since joining the firm, Becca has spent over 15 weeks in state and federal jury trials.  In one, a five-week federal jury trial, Becca represented a software consulting company, and helped achieve a complete defense jury verdict on the plaintiff’s CFAA and CDAFA claims.  In the same trial, the jury awarded the firm’s client over $4 million on its contract-related claims.  While Becca always develops an aggressive trial strategy, she also understands the importance of pragmatic, business-focused solutions.

 

Becca also regularly represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits against individuals and institutions.  Her representation has led to numerous successful results, including a $2.75 million settlement.

 

Within the local community, Becca serves on the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Board of Directors.

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Lewis & Llewellyn Honored by Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, recently released its 2021 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.  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 California Litigation Star, a category which Benchmark identifies as the preeminent litigation practitioners in the State.  Additionally, partners Ryan Erickson and Evangeline Burbidge were named to Benchmark’s 40 and Under Hotlist—the best and the brightest litigators under the age of 40.

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Paul Llewellyn Elected a Door Tenant at 3 Hare Court Barristers’ Chambers

Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to announce that Paul Llewellyn has been elected a Door Tenant of 3 Hare Court barristers’ chambers in London.  Located in Temple—the heart of England’s legal community—3 Hare Court is one of the country’s leading sets of Chambers, specializing, among other things, in commercial litigation, employment disputes, civil fraud, and international arbitration.  We are delighted and honored to be associated with 3 Hare Court, an association which will further enhance our ability to handle litigation of any size and complexity throughout the world.

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Lewis & Llewellyn Welcomes Kenneth M. Walczak to the Firm

As part of our continued growth, Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to welcome Kenneth Walczak to the firm as Of Counsel.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Kenneth has practiced civil rights law, constitutional law, and complex civil litigation for fourteen years.  Before joining the firm, Kenneth worked in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, representing the City and County of San Francisco in labor and employment matters, affirmative litigation, and appeals.  He has won victories at every phase of state and federal court proceedings, securing recoveries of millions of dollars on the plaintiffs’ side, as well as significant defense victories.

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Lewis & Llewellyn Files High Profile Amicus Curiae Brief in the Utah Supreme Court

At Lewis & Llewellyn we handle litigation throughout the country and the world.  Partner Evan Burbidge recently worked alongside Zimmerman Booher, Utah’s premiere appellate boutique, to file an amicus brief regarding a unique and far-reaching constitutional issue in Utah.  The underlying case is currently before the Utah Supreme Court and the outcome will have significant ramifications for all cities and towns in Utah, and perhaps beyond.

 

The amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief was filed in support of Salt Lake City’s effort to regain control over one-fifth of its land and associated taxes in connection with the creation of an “inland port.”  This port was created by the Utah Legislature and gives an unelected board effective control over the development of a large swath of Salt Lake City’s land and incremental tax revenues—with the ultimate goal to build and operate a transportation hub linking rail, truck, and air transportation in Utah.

 

In the brief, we argue that the Utah Constitution prohibits this transfer of municipal power to an unelected board.  Lewis & Llewellyn is proud to contribute to this significant effort.

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Paul Llewellyn Joins the National Leadership Council of RAINN

At Lewis & Llewellyn we have chosen to devote our litigation expertise to a social cause we feel passionately about—representing survivors of sexual violence in civil actions against their perpetrators and those institutions that enable the abuse.  By providing the same exhaustive and aggressive representation that we provide to our business clients, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of victims nationwide.

 

In furtherance of the firm’s groundbreaking work in this area, we are pleased to announce that Paul Llewellyn has been appointed to the National Leadership Council of RAINN, the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.  The National Leadership Council is a leadership group of individuals who have been recognized based on their commitment to RAINN’s mission of supporting survivors of sexual assault and bringing perpetrators to justice.  As part of the Leadership Council, Paul joins luminaries such as Tori Amos, Ashley Judd and Kesha, who have demonstrated a similar commitment to sexual abuse survivors.  More information about RAINN can be found here.