Brad Estes


Brad Estes


  • University of Michigan, BA
  • The University of Texas School of Law, JD (with honors)

Brad Estes is an attorney who represents both plaintiffs and defendants across a variety of industries in business tort, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret, CFAA/CDAFA, and employment mobility complex commercial litigation.

Brad’s representation balances pragmatic and aggressive litigation strategies to achieve his clients’ goals.  Brad’s legal experience have been uniquely trial-focused, providing insight at every stage of the case of the ultimate risks and rewards his clients face.  As a result of these strategies, his legal victories include:

  • Most recently, successfully second-chairing a two week contested arbitration, representing a vehicle manufacturing company against an electric vehicle startup company.  Brad managed large-scale discovery, deposed witnesses, argued hearings, drafted all significant briefing, and conducted direct and cross-examinations of key witnesses.  Following years of litigation, the arbitrator awarded Brad’s client $28 million in damages, and rejected counterclaims valued at over $40 million.
  • Negotiating a founders’ dispute for a pre-IPO technology startup, resulting in no lawsuit being filed and the purported co-founder taking nothing.
  • Representing an individual in mediation defending against claims of misappropriation of confidential information brought by his former employer, a large technology company.

Before joining Lewis & Llewellyn, Brad clerked for the Honorable Lawrence J. O’Neill of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.  Prior to clerking, Brad practiced at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in San Francisco, California, representing a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to privately held corporations, including pharmaceutical, consumer product, professional, and technology companies, in state and federal courts across the country.  Brad obtained extensive trial experience as a member of numerous jury trial teams, deposed and defended both expert and fact witnesses, and drafted winning briefing before, during, and after trial.

In law school, Brad sought out opportunities that provided a broad range of litigation experiences.  Brad served as Chief Symposium Editor for The Review of Litigation. Brad also competed and won one of his law school’s intramural moot court competitions.  Finally, Brad investigated and litigated cases as a student attorney in the Civil Rights Litigation and Actual Innocence clinics.

Outside the office, Brad enjoys hiking in the Bay Area and reading topical non-fiction.  Brad is also a dedicated mentor for the San Francisco Barristers Club and University of Michigan alumni mentoring programs.

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