Managing Partner: Keith Wesley
Number of partners: 24
Number of lawyers: 46
Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin
Browne George Ross is an elite bicoastal litigation boutique with a robust trial practice ranging across the spectrum of civil and criminal matters. Led by a group of distinguished, highly accomplished first-chair trial lawyers who have spent time at elite international law firms and in government, Browne George Ross handles high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts around the United States. Browne George Ross clients—ranging from Fortune 500 companies to sophisticated investors to local governments—turn to Browne George Ross to represent them with the utmost excellence, integrity, and ethics in its lawyering and advocacy.
Main Areas of Practice:
With a deep bench of trial attorneys collectively bringing the experience of hundreds of trials to the table, Browne George Ross’s civil litigation group sends a fearsome message to their opponents that their clients are ready to go to trial. BGR litigators have secured top 10 annual verdicts and also defeated billions of dollars in claims at both the pleading and trial stage in a wide variety of commercial litigation contexts. BGR partners prioritize the business needs of their clients—including many Fortune 500 companies—including client operations and priorities, the regulatory and business environment in which it operates, and the impact of the litigation on its business. BGR’s recent key victories include defeating a Southern California municipality’s attempt to restrict the operations of two international real estate development funds’ multi-use development, obtaining an injunction on behalf of a film producer against two Hollywood production companies, a successful resolution of fraud claims asserted by our client against a hedge fund that had misrepresented its historical performance and abilities, and a win at the U.S. Tax Court after a trial over the tax treatment of a $23 million settlement payment.
Key Clients: Atari, Brandy Melville, Brighton Collectibles, Citizens of Humanity, CBRE, City of Los Angeles, Colony Capital, Huntsman Corp., Irvine Co., L’Oreal USA, LuLaRoe, Tiffany & Co., and WebMD Health
Contact Name: Rick Schwartz
Email: [email protected]
White Collar Defense and Government Investigations:
Investigations and criminal matters are sensitive and critically important proceedings, and sound judgment from experienced counsel makes all the difference in the outcome. Browne George Ross is home to several former federal and state prosecutors, who collectively have more than 45 years of prosecutorial experience and have tried over 130 criminal cases to verdict, including Chambers-rated attorneys Tom O’Brien (former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California) and Nathan J. Hochman (former Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice). When a matter arises that requires an internal investigation or, worse, has prompted a government investigation, counsel’s full and immediate attention to the matter is imperative to a successful resolution. Browne George Ross attorneys immediately probe the underlying circumstances identify material facts, and critically assess the client’s exposure—often within a matter of weeks or less. Where contact with government agents or prosecutors is necessary, Browne George Ross clients benefit from their attorneys’ extensive experience and reputation with key individuals in virtually all levels of state and federal government. For matters that must be tried to a jury, Browne George Ross’s deep trial experience and enviable results are second to none.
BGR has recently obtained favorable treatment for clients facing significant criminal charges. For example, BGR defended a client charged with 21 counts stemming from alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iran Sanctions Act by exporting without licenses ten Computer Numerical Control machines to Iran through the United Arab Emirates. BGR was able to negotiate a plea agreement that involved the client only pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge, then persuaded the federal judge to reject the government’s proposed sentence of 46 months’ incarceration, instead sentencing the client to one year in prison, no fine, no home detention, and no community service. BGR’s other noteworthy cases involve defending against the first-ever prosecution of a “birth tourism” business in the United States; representing a commercial cannabis company in a civil enforcement action brought by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Justice; and defending a rare federal prosecution under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Key Clients: Dongyuan Li, Arman Gabay, Imaad Zuberi.
Contact Name: Tom O’Brien
Email: [email protected]