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USA California Litigation: General Commercial

Our definition of general commercial litigation will always take into consideration the other practice areas that we cover in a given state. It is therefore a fairly broad interpretation of commercial litigation, perhaps more easily defined by what is not included within it. If, for example, we are looking at a state where we have coverage of IP, antitrust and bankruptcy litigation in standalone tables, we would not expect too much of this work to be included in a commercial litigation table and would be looking more for business disputes such as breach of contract claims. The work should be civil, and should involve disputes between business entities.

Rankings overview for Lawyers

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Senior Statespeople
  1. J Michael Hennigan McKool Smith21 Years Ranked
  2. John Keker
  3. Joseph Cotchett
  4. Ronald Olson

All Lawyers profiles

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Senior Statespeople
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    J Michael Hennigan
    McKool Smith | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Senior Statespeople | 21 Years Ranked
    Michael Hennigan is a seasoned litigator with vast experience handling complex, high-stakes mandates. He attracts the highest of praise for his skills in trial.
  2. John Keker
    Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Senior Statespeople
  3. Joseph Cotchett
    Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Senior Statespeople
  4. Ronald Olson
    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Senior Statespeople
Star Individuals
  1. Bart H Williams
    Proskauer Rose LLP
    Proskauer Rose LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Star Individuals | 16 Years Ranked
    Bart Williams' wide-ranging trial practice sees him regularly taking on significant mandates for high-profile clients. He has notable experience in product liability and antitrust disputes.
  2. Daniel Petrocelli
    Daniel Petrocelli
    O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    O'Melveny & Myers LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Star Individuals | 20 Years Ranked
    Daniel Petrocelli wins praise from all corners of the market for his wealth of expertise in big-ticket litigation. He is regularly called upon by household-name clients, with particular experience acting for clients from the media and entertainment sector.
  3. Brad D Brian
    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Star Individuals
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Band 1
  1. 1
    Elizabeth J Cabraser
    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Elizabeth Cabraser represents commercial plaintiffs and her practice spans complex litigation in consumer fraud, product liability and antitrust law.
  2. Jennifer L. Keller
    1
    Jennifer L. Keller
    Keller/Anderle LLP
    Keller/Anderle LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Jennifer Keller is a highly respected trial lawyer. Her practice spans a range of significant commercial disputes in tax, patent and contract law.
  3. 1
    John B Quinn
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 1 | 21 Years Ranked
    John Quinn is widely acclaimed as one of the leading trial lawyers in the nation, offering proven skills in high-stakes commercial disputes for an array of blue-chip companies.
  4. John C Hueston
    1
    John C Hueston
    Hueston Hennigan LLP
    Hueston Hennigan LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    John Hueston is consistently recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, with clients regularly turning to him for their most sophisticated commercial disputes in issues ranging across environmental claims, intellectual property disputes and labor and employment law.
  5. Mark Holscher
    1
    Mark Holscher
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 1 | 20 Years Ranked
    Mark Holscher offers considerable experience in a range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract and intellectual property matters, as well as additional expertise in securities litigation.
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Band 2
  1. Arturo J González
    2
    Arturo J González
    Morrison Foerster
    Morrison Foerster | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Arturo González is a well-regarded litigator practicing across the spectrum of commercial mandates, including contractual disputes and trade secrets matters. He attracts particular praise for his skills in court.
  2. Ekwan E. Rhow
    2
    Ekwan E. Rhow
    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC
    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    Ekwan Rhow is frequently engaged by large corporates, midsize businesses and individual clients to handle significant litigation work, with his expert trial skills considered a significant asset.
  3. Elizabeth Deeley
    2
    Elizabeth Deeley
    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Latham & Watkins LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Elizabeth Deeley maintains a wide-ranging practice, spanning antitrust, fraud and securities litigation. She regularly counsels major clients in the tech sector. She is global vice chair of Latham's complex commercial litigation practice.
  4. Kalpana Srinivasan
    2
    Kalpana Srinivasan
    Susman Godfrey LLP
    Susman Godfrey LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Kalpana Srinivasan acts for clients in an array of commercial disputes, and is particularly well versed in patent and trade secrets cases.
  5. 2
    Michael G Rhodes
    Cooley LLP
    Cooley LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Michael Rhodes assists clients in the tech sector with a range of contentious matters, including particular expertise in acting for businesses facing privacy and data security litigation.
  6. Moez Kaba
    2
    Moez Kaba
    Hueston Hennigan LLP
    Hueston Hennigan LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Moez Kaba is highly regarded for his commercial litigation practice. His experience spans negligence, intellectual property and contractual disputes.
  7. Robert A Sacks
    2
    Robert A Sacks
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 20 Years Ranked
    Robert Sacks has attained a sterling reputation for his disputes practice, which sees him employ his well-honed litigation skills in a broad spectrum of commercial claims and securities class actions.
  8. Scott Edelman
    2
    Scott Edelman
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 20 Years Ranked
    Scott Edelman is well regarded in the market for his wide-ranging litigation practice, which encompasses fraud, antitrust and employment-related disputes as well as major class actions.
  9. 2
    William C Price
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    William Price is adept at handling a range of commercial litigation, including contractual disputes and intellectual property claims.
  10. John Spiegel
    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2
  11. Patricia Glaser
    Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Jordan & Shapiro, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2
  12. Robert Van Nest
    Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Bryan Merryman
    3
    Bryan Merryman
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    Bryan Merryman maintains a varied practice in commercial litigation, with experience in disputes covering antitrust, securities and product liability.
  2. Chad S Hummel
    3
    Chad S Hummel
    Sidley Austin LLP
    Sidley Austin LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Chad Hummel is a highly respected litigator who receives particular plaudits for his courtroom prowess, having appeared in both civil and criminal trials arising out of commercial disputes and regulatory enforcement matters.
  3. David R Singh
    3
    David R Singh
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    David Singh is highly reputed for his abilities in defending corporate clients facing class action litigation. He offers experience defending mass claims involving employment law, product liability and consumer protection, as well as acting on a wide array of broader commercial disputes.
  4. Jason D Russell
    3
    Jason D Russell
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Jason Russell is an experienced litigator who acts for an array of significant corporate clients on commercial litigation matters and class actions, including particular expertise in the sports sector.
  5. Luis Li
    3
    Luis Li
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Luis Li has a mixed practice which sees him advise on both commercial disputes and defending business and individuals in white-collar criminal enforcement and investigations.
  6. Marc Seltzer
    3
    Marc Seltzer
    Susman Godfrey LLP
    Susman Godfrey LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    Marc Seltzer combines great experience in antitrust litigation with additional expertise in securities matters, and is well versed at handling large class actions.
  7. Mark McKane
    3
    Mark McKane
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    "He is a great litigator.. He is super practical, he lays out the costs and benefits of moving forward and works in the client's best interest."
  8. Michael Mallow
    3
    Michael Mallow
    Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
    Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    Michael Mallow is regularly engaged to defend corporations against significant class actions concerning consumer protection and product liability issues. He is the managing partner of Shook, Hardy & Bacon's Los Angeles office.
  9. Tiffany Cheung
    3
    Tiffany Cheung
    Morrison Foerster
    Morrison Foerster | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    "Tiffany is incredibly knowledgeable about the matters she provides guidance on. She is practical, knows the law and she gets the facts. She's also a good cross examiner and excellent at depositions."
  10. William W Oxley
    3
    William W Oxley
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    William Oxley comes highly recommended for his expertise representing clients in commercial disputes, including significant product liability matters. He offers recent experience acting for clients in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.
  11. Douglas R Young
    Farella Braun + Martel LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3
  12. Michael McNamara
    Jenner & Block LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Angela C Agrusa
    4
    Angela C Agrusa
    DLA Piper LLP (US)
    DLA Piper LLP (US) | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Cochair of DLA Piper's business and commercial litigation practice, Angela Agrusa is noted for her considerable expertise representing food and beverage manufacturers alongside experience acting for clients in the tech sector.
  2. Bambo Obaro
    4
    Bambo Obaro
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Bambo Obaro has a broad base of expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration encompassing contract, intellectual property, antitrust and product liability related disputes. He has experience representing clients at trial and appellate levels.
  3. Bobbie Wilson
    4
    Bobbie Wilson
    Perkins Coie LLP
    Perkins Coie LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Bobbie Wilson leads the San Francisco litigation practice at Perkins Coie and is a go-to litigator for household names in the technology sector. She is particularly experienced in handling intellectual property cases as well as class actions alleging breaches of privacy, consumer protection and advertising laws.
  4. Christopher Chorba
    4
    Christopher Chorba
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    Christopher Chorba is noted for his handling of a variety of disputes, including significant class actions. His clients include major tech companies.
  5. 4
    Christopher Tayback
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Managing partner of Quinn Emanuel's Los Angeles office, Christopher Tayback is hugely experienced handling a range of commercial litigation, particularly those arising from bankruptcies.
  6. 4
    Diane M Doolittle
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Diane Doolittle is an experienced litigator with significant expertise in handling breach of contract, antitrust and fraud claims, as part of a broad commercial litigation practice.
  7. Douglas Dixon
    4
    Douglas Dixon
    Hueston Hennigan LLP
    Hueston Hennigan LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Douglas Dixon is an experienced trial lawyer with a strong track record across state and federal courts. He has particular strength handling intellectual property and antitrust related disputes, as part of a broad commercial litigation practice.
  8. 4
    Eric M George
    Ellis George Cipollone O’Brien Annaguey LLP
    Ellis George Cipollone O’Brien Annaguey LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Eric George is frequently engaged by clients to handle commercial disputes, where his well-attested pedigree at trial comes to the fore. He also handles appellate arguments before state and federal courts of appeal. He is partner at Ellis George Cipollone O'Brien Annaguey.
  9. Kay Anderle
    4
    Kay Anderle
    Keller/Anderle LLP
    Keller/Anderle LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Kay Anderle is an expert trial lawyer with a wealth of experience acting for clients on issues ranging from shareholder litigation, intellectual property and business fraud. She also excels in white-collar criminal defense matters.
  10. 4
    Kirk D Dillman
    McKool Smith | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    "He is an outstanding litigator and is very experienced. He's an excellent writer and thinker. His strong competence and skills make him very enjoyable to work with."
  11. Lance A Etcheverry
    4
    Lance A Etcheverry
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Lance Etcheverry has an international disputes practice which sees him act for both domestic and foreign clients on a broad array of commercial claims and class action litigation. His client roster includes a number of Asia-based businesses.
  12. Mark T. Drooks
    4
    Mark T. Drooks
    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC
    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    "Mark has an acute legal mind but his real strength is strategic thinking. He has a plan for the course of the litigation and is able to give practical advice consistent with that overall strategy."
  13. Matt Powers
    4
    Matt Powers
    O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    O'Melveny & Myers LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    As cochair of O'Melveny & Myers' consumer class actions practice, Matt Powers possesses an impressive breadth of experience acting for manufacturers and retailers spanning the consumer products, financial services and pharmaceutical sectors.
  14. Matthew Kline
    4
    Matthew Kline
    O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    O'Melveny & Myers LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Matthew Kline is an experienced litigator, with expertise in a broad range of sectors, such as entertainment and technology.
  15. Michael H Steinberg
    4
    Michael H Steinberg
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    "Michael is a very strategic thinker and a strong advocate. He is someone that is aggressive in his commitment and advocacy as well as being an extremely hard worker."
  16. Mitchell Kamin
    4
    Mitchell Kamin
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Covington & Burling LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Mitchell Kamin cochairs the firm's commercial litigation group and handles a broad range of business disputes, including notable experience in the media and entertainment sector.
  17. Neal Marder
    4
    Neal Marder
    Akin
    Akin | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Neal Marder possesses a broad commercial disputes practice, with experience spanning securities litigation, business disputes and consumer class actions. He leads Akin's California commercial litigation practice.
  18. 4
    Robert J Herrington
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Cochair of Greenberg Traurig's national class action practice Robert Herrington possesses considerable experience acting for product manufacturers and retailers in defect, consumer fraud and false advertising claims, among others.
  19. 4
    Whitty Somvichian
    Cooley LLP
    Cooley LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Whitty Somvichian is held in high esteem by clients in the technology sector, who he represents in a broad array of commercial litigation and class action defense. He offers notable expertise in privacy disputes.
  20. Louis R. Miller
    Miller Barondess LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Band 4
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Up and Coming
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    Amanda Bonn
    Susman Godfrey LLP
    Susman Godfrey LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Up and Coming | 3 Years Ranked
    Amanda Bonn is a rising star in the commercial sphere, with significant experience in litigation claims both for and against businesses in areas such as intellectual property, securities and labor and employment.
  2. Ilissa Samplin
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    Ilissa Samplin
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Ilissa Samplin's practice focuses on commercial litigation arising from the technology, media and entertainment industries. She is particularly adept handling intellectual property disputes.
  3. U
    Nicole C. Valco
    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Latham & Watkins LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Nicole Valco focuses her practice on complex business disputes. She has experience in advising clients in the technology, energy and healthcare industries.
  4. Sierra Elizabeth
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    Sierra Elizabeth
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP | Litigation: General Commercial
    2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Sierra Elizabeth's growing practice focuses on complex litigation, with particular strength in product liability and toxic torts defense. She has notable experience representing clients at trial in both federal and state courts.