Gordon & Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation, provides experienced representation in business law and commercial litigation matters in Los Angeles and throughout California. In these legal matters, the stakes may be extremely high for you or your company. To protect yourself and your business, seek advice from experienced legal counsel. At Gordon & Gordon, firm principal Anthony B. Gordon (Tony) has decades of courtroom litigation experience to draw from in every case he handles. To learn more about our services or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Gordon & Gordon, A Professional Law Corporation, today.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Outside of traditional courtroom litigation, we also use forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. In appropriate cases, these alternatives can offer a more expedient and cost-effective method of resolving disputes. Recognizing that litigation is not always the best option, Tony recently completed training in "Mediating the Litigated Case" at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. With his combined experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation, Tony can assist you in weighing your options in determining whether alternative dispute resolution may be the preferred approach to resolving your case.
Gordon & Gordon assists clients in safeguarding assets from potential future creditors. These services are helpful for individuals who have accumulated wealth, who practice in professions with a high risk of exposure to lawsuits, or who may be facing divorce, a serious illness, or any type of civil claim for damages. The laws surrounding asset protection are stringent and there is a fine line between those asset protection actions that are legal and those that are illegal and subject to significant penalties. If you are interested in taking steps to protect your personal or business assets, it is absolutely vital to engage a knowledgeable and trustworthy asset protection lawyer. Your attorney can help you understand your options and guide you through the process, ensuring that you avoid common errors and pitfalls in this arena.
Gordon & Gordon represents clients in a range of commercial disputes based on a track record of successfully handling claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and business torts. Tony has represented the Nigerian Government in an action arising out of the nationalization of a Nigerian salt factory. The action was brought by a shareholder who happened to be a California resident. Tony has also successfully defended clients against claims for false advertising. Through arbitration, we have helped professionals obtain fees they were owed, plus interest, costs, and attorney's fees.
At Gordon & Gordon, we represent clients in federal copyright litigation and other intellectual property matters. For example, Tony represented International Micro Systems, a Texas computer company, in a copyright action brought by Microsoft. In a piracy and copyright infringement action that Echostar filed against DirectTV and NDS Systems, an Israeli company in the Federal District Court of California, Tony obtained a dismissal of the client he represented in that action. Whether you have a copyright infringement claim, or you are being sued under copyright law, Gordon & Gordon can provide the knowledgeable and zealous representation necessary to achieving a favorable outcome in your case.
Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Disputes
Tony has represented clients in insurance-related matters, including bad faith claims and coverage disputes. He represented Sun Alliance Insurance Company at trial in the Coordinated Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases in San Francisco, where 60 insurance companies were sued by the asbestos industry. Tony has also successfully represented insureds against their insurance companies. In one case, he achieved a favorable jury verdict ordering Allstate Insurance to honor its policy terms and pay for the earthquake damage that was done to the insured client's property. His experience on both sides of insurance disputes places our clients at a distinct advantage in insurance litigation.
Gordon & Gordon represents clients in claims of professional malpractice, also known as professional negligence. These claims, which are typically brought against lawyers, accountants and other professionals such as brokers, can be an important means of relief for patients or clients who were wronged. At the same time, hard-working professionals can be the target of misguided malpractice claims, which can lead to devastating consequences for someone's practice and livelihood. Whether you wish to bring a malpractice claim or you are being sued for malpractice, we have the requisite knowledge and experience to provide quality representation and help you achieve a favorable outcome.
At Gordon & Gordon, we represent clients in litigation matters arising out of business disputes, such as partnership disputes. Partnerships can take many forms, including formalized limited liability partnerships and informal default partnerships, such as where there is no formal partnership agreement but the parties have been working together in such a way that the law recognizes a partnership. If you are involved in a dispute with a business partner, Gordon & Gordon can provide trusted advice and advocate your best interests. In some cases, mediation is a helpful tool for resolving partnership disputes efficiently and amicably; keeping costs down and allowing partners to continue running their business together after the dispute has been resolved.
Gordon & Gordon assists clients in real property and environmental law matters, including those involving construction defects, claims for environmental cleanup, land subsidence, landlord and tenant disputes, foreclosures, and claims for and against real estate and security brokers. Tony has developed extensive expertise in this area. He was also one of the lawyers that represented Exxon in the Exxon Valdez oil spill trial in Anchorage, Alaska. He also worked on the Los Angeles's Belmont School case, which was constructed on land containing lethal methane gas. Tony has demonstrated his ability to obtain real results for homeowners. In one case, he successfully obtained a mandatory injunction ordering a client's neighbors to conduct repairs on their property in order to stop runoff from flooding the client's property when it rained.
Tax Shelter Litigation
The firm has experience representing clients in tax shelter litigation. Tony represented high net-worth clients who invested in a variety of sham tax shelters that were determined by the IRS to be abusive. In one action against a prestigious national law firm that issued a favorable tax opinion, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms that promoted the tax shelter refused to produce key documents and make its partners available for depositions. Tony made motions to compel in the federal courts in Northern California and New York, and obtained the necessary orders compelling compliance, which ultimately resulted in the cases settling very favorably. (See In re Garlock, 463 F. Supp.2d 478 [S.D.N.Y. 2006].)
Gordon & Gordon has expertise in the area of wrongful termination and other employment-related claims. Tony has represented a senior executive in a federal court action against an affiliate of Swissair for failing to honor the terms of his compensation agreement. We were pleased to be able to settle the case in our client's favor. Gordon & Gordon offers broad civil litigation experience from both the defense perspective and the plaintiff-side perspective. Our diverse experience gives us an advantage in the courtroom and renders us capable of providing quality representation to defendants and plaintiffs alike.
Wages and Hours Litigation
Employers in California face enormous exposure to damages in lawsuits by disgruntled employees under the Wages and Hours legislation which has become a "hot" area for contingency lawyers since the Labor Code provides for the recovery of attorney’s fees and costs. Knowing the intricacies of this highly technical area is key to determining whether to defend these actions or mediate the dispute in an attempt to limit the client’s potential risk and exposure to a large damages award.
Claims under the American Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA is another hot area for contingency lawyers where business owners face exposure to substantial claims for damages. Like the California Labor Code, the ADA provides that the plaintiffs are entitled to recover their attorney’s fees and costs. In one such case where Gordon & Gordon represented the property owner who leased its premises to a bar and poolroom, the plaintiff arrived in his wheelchair to play pool. A few weeks later, he sued under the ADA, claiming that he suffered damages because there was insufficient room for his wheelchair while he was playing pool. We then did an investigation and found that on that same day, he visited several such poolrooms in the same vicinity to play pool, whom he later sued. He had obviously been sent to these places by his attorney who subsequently filed actions against each of the poolrooms under the ADA. Unable to provide a credible explanation at his deposition why he visited so many poolrooms in one day, he was forced to dismiss his action against our client.