Managing Principal: Paul Chan
Number of shareholders: 19
Number of lawyers: 46
Languages: English, Chinese, French, Korean, Hebrew, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish
Established in 1981 and based in Los Angeles, Bird Marella engages solely in the practice of complex civil and white collar criminal litigation. A litigation boutique by design, the firm is comprised of trial lawyers who defend national and multinational corporations, government agencies, closely held companies, partnerships and individuals. Bird Marella cases are diverse but share a common thread: sophisticated, high-exposure disputes and the need for creative and aggressive counsel to meet complex challenges.
Main Areas of Practice:
-White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations
-Entertainment & Intellectual Property
-Professional Liability Litigation
Commercial Litigation: Bird Marella represents clients in federal and state courts and arbitrations in a range of litigation that mirrors the evolution of global commerce over the past 40 years. The firm’s practice extends across virtually every area of business torts and commercial litigation with particular expertise representing corporate and individual clients in complex controversies involving finance, intellectual property, securities, health care, real estate, entertainment and employment. The firm stands out among litigation boutiques for providing concurrent civil and white collar criminal counsel, critical to clients facing parallel proceedings. The Pacific Rim practice is also a notable area of firm strength. In addition, the firm acts as plaintiffs’ counsel on a selective basis.
Contacts: Terry Bird, Paul Chan, Mark Drooks, Ronald Nessim, Ekwan Rhow
White Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations:
Bird Marella defends clients in a range of criminal litigation, including government investigations, trials and appeals in all types of business and financial crimes, environmental and OSHA, securities fraud and insider trading, healthcare and regulatory enforcement, as well as tax and other fraud cases. Because one-third of Bird Marella’s partners are former federal prosecutors and their ranks include a retired US District Judge, the firm knows how to mitigate clients’ exposure by engaging in discreet and productive negotiations with government agencies where appropriate. Frequently, the firm is able to persuade authorities to forego prosecution and decline charging clients. When clients’ interests are best served by a jury trial, Bird Marella’s top-tier trial attorneys are well equipped to go the distance in federal and state courts.
Contacts: Gary Lincenberg, Ronald Nessim, Terry Bird, Benjamin Gluck, Vincent Marella, Ariel Neuman
Entertainment & Intellectual Property:
Bird Marella attorneys have litigated entertainment disputes from the era of The Beatles to the digital media age. The firm was at the forefront of anti-piracy enforcement actions by Hollywood studios, pioneering the enforcement of copyright protections for films, and represented all the major studios in seizure actions against video pirates. Bird Marella also enjoys wide recognition for representing plaintiffs in profit participation lawsuits. The firm has obtained game-changing settlements challenging royalty accounting practices of networks and studios on behalf of producers and creators of popular television programs and other entertainment properties.
Contacts: Paul Chan, Ronald Nessim, Ekwan Rhow
Bird Marella regularly represent both public and privately-held companies in corporate actions and securities matters. While Bird Marella handles many purely civil matters, its depth of experience in both criminal securities litigation, as well as its streamlined approach to staffing and case management allow it to efficiently and successfully handle the parallel proceedings that frequently arise in securities fraud litigation. Bird Marella also maintains an active practice representing claimants or respondents in broker-dealer FINRA arbitrations, having represented broker-dealers in hundreds of disputes.
Contacts: Mark Drooks, Thomas Reichert
Professional Liability Litigation:
Since Bird Marella’s inception, it has served as the ‘go to’ law firm for international, AmLaw100, regional, and boutique law firms and individual lawyers needing advice and representation in matters concerning their legal practice. The firm represents legal professionals, partnerships and firms at trial, in arbitration and mediation and at the pre-litigation stage of disputes. Bird Marella has represented numerous law firms, from global firms to small boutiques, in claims brought by their clients including malpractice claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, billing disputes and related claims for fraud or other torts whether such claims arise from a litigation or transactional engagement. Bird Marella also regularly represents law firms or lawyers who are in disputes stemming from law firm dissolutions, and partner and partner group departures.
Contacts: Joel Boxer, Mark Drooks, Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer
Bird Marella’s appellate attorneys represent clients in complex and important appeals before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal.
Contact: Thomas Freeman
Bird Marella clients are prominent in a range of industries and public and private enterprises. Clients include Fortune 500 technology leaders, Wall Street executives, healthcare providers, global retailers, entertainment companies and Internet start-ups. The firm also represents individuals, including entrepreneurs, health care professionals, prominent members of the financial community, media and sports figures and international investors and investment advisors.
Representative Clients Include:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation; Charles Schwab, Inc.; GAF Materials Corporation; Hanmi Bank; JM Eagle; KB Home; LG Electronics USA, Inc.; Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Mattel, Inc.; Nokia, Inc.; Plains All American Pipeline; Prospect Medical Group; Samsung Telecommunications America LLC; Samyang Foods; Toll Brothers, Inc.; Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.; Inc.; Vizio, Inc.; Western Digital Corporation.