Why Us

Because Effective Litigation Looks Different Today

"Lewis & Llewellyn was built from the ground up to provide its clients with the tenacity and sophistication of Biglaw practice, while maintaining the agility necessary to efficiently resolve legal disputes."

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guided by experience

We are guided by experience

The attorneys of Lewis & Llewellyn have over 150 years of complex civil litigation experience, ranging from "bet the company" litigation to discrete issues and disputes.

battle-tested and trial-ready

We are battle-tested and trial-ready

Unlike many of our opponents, we have tried dozens of cases and arbitrations. We bring that experience to bear at every stage of a case.

innovative fee arrangements

We offer innovative fee arrangements

While a traditional billable hour model is appropriate for some cases, it may not be the best option for all cases. As a firm, we are proud to offer a wide array of potential alternative fee agreements and are forging the path away from the billable hour in favor of other alternatives.

staff to win

We staff to win; not to bill hours

At the outset of every dispute, we focus with laser-like precision on a path to victory. Our goal is always to win at a reasonable cost, and we stay focused on that goal throughout every stage of the case.

We litigate to solve problems

We litigate to solve problems

Because of our experience and unique approach to litigation, some of the world’s leading companies have retained Lewis & Llewellyn to handle significant litigation matters.

See our recent victories

See our recent victories

What’s New

“The firm’s client roster includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious companies, including a who’s who of Silicon Valley.”

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Current and former corporate clients of the firm include

Internet &
Technology

  • Facebook
  • Craigslist
  • OpenTable
  • Oracle
  • airbnb
  • Nutanix
  • Yelp

Biotech,
Life Sciences & Energy

  • Adura Technologies
  • Codexis
  • Genentech
  • Intuitive
  • Medivation
  • Origen Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Sirigen
  • PharmaNET

Signature Bay
Area Companies

  • Big Picture Pr
  • Casto Travel, Inc.
  • Creative Commons
  • Fandom
  • The Clorox Company
  • Minton Door Company
  • Stitch Fix
  • Top Agent Network

Financial Services
& Consulting

  • Aquilo Partners
  • Fidelity Brokerage Company
  • Redwood Trust
  • Sard Verbinnen & Co
  • UNIFY Financial Credit Union

Software & ERP Implementation

  • KPIT Technologies
  • Kpit Infosystems
  • Oracle
  • Sparta Consulting Inc

Food &
Beverage

  • Alpha Omega Winery
  • BevMo!
  • Decades 5
  • Tadich Grill Ownership Group

Recent wins

The attorneys at Lewis & Llewellyn have achieved great success for their clients in a wide array of litigation matters. The following are just a handful of our recent victories:

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Complete Defense Victory in Arbitration

Lewis & Llewellyn recently defended one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers in a multi-million dollar dispute involving allegations of fraud, trade secret misappropriation, and interference with contractual relations. Following a multi-day arbitration hearing, Lewis & Llewellyn secured a complete defense victory, with the arbitrator ordering the Claimant to cover a substantial portion of our client’s costs.

11

Secured a Robust TRO in Trade Secret Dispute

Lewis & Llewellyn secured an important victory in the Northern District of California for a Fortune 500 financial services company. The litigation concerned a financial consultant who left his employment to join a competitor. After filing suit on behalf of the former employer, the firm succeeded in securing a robust TRO that, among other things, enjoined the former employee and his new employer from “using, disclosing, transmitting, and continuing to possess” the trade secrets at issue.

10

Victory at Trial in a Contentious Corporate Governance Dispute

A Lewis & Llewellyn team recently represented a group of defendants at trial in a hotly contested dispute over the composition of a board of directors and control of a corporation. After the plaintiffs rested their case, we moved for nonsuit, arguing the plaintiffs had failed to present sufficient evidence to sustain their burden of proof. The Judge granted our motion and dismissed the plaintiffs’ case without our clients having to present any evidence.

09

Successful Prosecution of Trade Secret Claims in Federal Court

The firm represented a Bay Area real estate network in a trade secrets lawsuit against industry giant Zillow. The dispute centered around allegations of trade secret theft by Zillow; more specifically, TAN alleged that Zillow stole its business model regarding off-market listings and then rolled out a copycat product. After dozens of depositions, including that of Zillow’s CEO, the parties reached an amicable resolution before trial.

08

Landmark Summary Judgment Victory Against AIG

Lewis & Llewellyn secured summary judgment for its client, a major consumer electronics manufacturer, against AIG Insurance Company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court ruled that AIG was required to defend the firm’s client in a series of underlying class actions spanning several years. The ruling is expected to have a significant impact on the duty to defend doctrine for years to come.

07

Arbitration Victory on Behalf of Major San Francisco Retailer

Lewis & Llewellyn defended a major San Francisco retailer in a bet-the-company commercial arbitration where the plaintiff was seeking substantial damages. The Lewis & Llewellyn team secured a complete defense victory for the client. In addition, the plaintiff was ordered to pay our client’s attorneys’ fees.

06

Successfully Represented the Founder of a Thriving Tech Startup

Lewis & Llewellyn prosecuted claims for breach of oral contract, wrongful termination, and fraud, among others, on behalf of the founder of a successful tech startup. After overcoming a demurrer, obtaining an award of monetary sanctions in the face of discovery abuses, and defeating summary judgment, the firm obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of its client on the eve of trial.

05

Complete Dismissal of Trade Secrets Case

Lewis & Llewellyn represented a high-level executive in an employee mobility lawsuit involving alleged theft of trade secrets, securing a complete dismissal on behalf of its client.

04

Complete Defense Victory in Unfair Competition Case

Lewis & Llewellyn represented the world’s largest consumer electronics manufacturer in an alleged unfair competition and false advertising case. The firm secured a complete dismissal on demurrer before discovery or summary judgment.

03

Successfully Transitioned Dozen of Pharma Employees

Lewis & Llewellyn represented over fifty employees onboarding to a major pharmaceutical company amidst allegations of contractual breaches and stolen trade secrets. This representation involved counseling these employees at every stage of the transition process, from steps taken before their departure to defending them individually in court. Each client transitioned successfully, and every related legal claim was defeated.

02

$1.2 Million Settlement Following an 8 Week Jury Trial

Lewis & Llewellyn obtained a $1.2 million settlement after an eight week jury trial in a child sexual abuse case. The key to the favorable settlement was the firm winning a contentious and protracted battle to compel the production of an allegedly privileged internal report regarding prior allegations of sexual misconduct.

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$2.85 Million Settlement in Child Sexual Abuse Case

Lewis & Llewellyn obtained a $2.85 million settlement on behalf of a victim of child sexual abuse against a Bay Area School District. The firm obtained the settlement before any discovery or pleadings challenges. The victory was featured in the Daily Journal’s list of California’s top verdicts and settlements.

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