General Civil Litigation Cases

Patel v. Govin
Represented plaintiffs who sought compensation for the brutal murders of four of their relatives by defendants. The murders arose out of a dispute over an easement/right-of-way adjacent to plaintiffs’ and defendants’ separate neighboring motel properties. Obtained a $148 million dollar damage award. Los Angeles County Superior Court No. BC288577 (Cal. Super. Ct. 2006). The case received significant media attention.

United States v. Freedom Sport Fishing
The Freedom commercial sport fishing vessel took passenger Patrick McDermott on an overnight sport fishing trip off the Santa Barbara Islands. After the vessel returned, Mr. McDermott’s family reported him missing. Some of his belongings were discovered at the dock. The international news media picked up on the case because McDermott was involved with actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who issued a statement calling for assistance in locating her friend. There was rampant speculation about what had happened to McDermott. A federal grand jury was convened to investigate. Our investigation provided information to reporters and other investigators and identified people who had sighted McDermott at various fishing villages throughout Mexico after his disappearance. As a result, the grand jury investigation was called off and no civil or criminal charges were filed. The case received significant media attention:

Olivia Newton-John’s Missing Ex-Lover Patrick McDermot Surfaces, New York Post (Mar. 31, 2010)
McDermot Had Troubles, USA Today (Aug. 24, 2005)
Hollywood Camera Man Goes Missing on Fishing Trip, ABC News (Aug. 22, 2005)
Olivia Newton-John’s Longtime Beau Is Missing, People Magazine (Aug. 22, 2005)

Tan, et al. v. Great Khan Mongolian Festival, Inc., et al.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defrauded investor in the amount of $1,392,000.00, and also received rights to the investment corporation’s shares and its corporate trademark.