Practice Areas & Notable Cases
Criminal Appellate Representation
In 2018 in the First District Court of the California Court of Appeal in People v. Cingoz, reversed a client's convictions and life sentence on sex crime allegations.
In 2017 in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reversed convictions for obstruction of justice and witness tampering in United States v. Liew.
In 2016 in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, reversed all convictions of CEO Mike Baker for wire and securities fraud and false statements.
In 2015 in the Ninth Circuit before an en banc panel, obtained reversal and an acquittal on appeal of the obstruction of justice conviction of Barry Bonds.
In 2013 in the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Garrido, reversed all convictions of a Los Angeles businessman for honest services fraud.
In 2012 in the Ninth Circuit before an en banc panel in United States v. Nosal (I), successfully defended a district court order dismissing multiple charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
In 2010 in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reversed multiple convictions for arson of a federally-funded university building in United States v. Waters.
Also in 2010 before the Ninth Circuit, successfully defended on interlocutory appeal a district court order excluding evidence in the Barry Bonds prosecution.
In 2010 in the Arkansas Supreme Court, won an order reopening the case of the “West Memphis Three,” leading to their release a year later after 17 years of wrongful incarceration.
In 2009 in the Ninth Circuit, successfully defended the district court order vacating all corruption convictions of San Diego councilman Michael Zucchet.
Again in 2009 in the Ninth Circuit, reversed multiple corruption-related convictions of Pavel Lazarenko, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine.
In 2006 in the Ninth Circuit, reversed the sales conviction of medical marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal.
In 2005 in the California Supreme Court, reversed the defendant’s murder conviction in People v. Garcia, leading to his acquittal on retrial.
Trial Court Representation
In 2018 in United States v. Len Turner, defended at trial a businessman charged in the Northern District of California with a conspiracy to defraud the United States based on an FBI sting operation, resulting in a hung jury and mistrial.
Also in 2018 in the Eastern District of California, lead a multi-week evidentiary hearing on a section 2255 motion to set aside Hamid Hayat’s 2006 terrorism-related convictions, resulting in a magistrate judge's recommendation that the convictions be vacated.
In 2017 in the Northern District of California, with co-counsel obtained an acquittal in a bench trial in United States v. Zeng for a client charged with a CFAA offense.
Prior to and during the 2012 criminal anti-trust prosecution of AU Optronics in the Northern District of California, took the lead on briefing legal and evidentiary challenges to the government's case.
Prior to and during the 2011 trial of Barry Bonds in the Northern District, led the team briefing all legal and evidentiary challenges to the government's case.
In 2010, gained pretrial dismissal of multiple counts of CFAA violations and wire fraud in United States v. Nosal.
In 2005 in United States v. Lewis, gained an acquittal at jury trial in the Northern District for a correctional officer charged with a civil rights violation.
During and following the 2004 trial in the Northern District of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavel Lazarenko, secured acquittal by motion of dozens of corruption-related charges.
Having previously vacated a bankruptcy court judgment for $12 million in Poonja v. C.K. Shah, presently challenging in the Ninth Circuit the reinstatement of that judgment by the district court.
In 2018, in Victaulic v. American Home Assurance Co., successfully argued in the First District of the California Court of Appeal for the reversal of a $56 million bad faith insurance judgment, one of the largest in state history.
Obtained affirmance of a plaintiff's multi-million bad faith insurance award in the Ninth Circuit in Pershing Park Villa Homeowner’s Association.
With co-counsel in Sav-On Drugs, overturned in California Supreme Court a lower court order denying class certification in employment overtime pay suit.
Overturned in the Third District Court of Appeal a physician disbarment in Sinaiko v. Superior Court.
Successfully defended attorney client against state bar charges.
Consultant on appellate and writ cases in civil matters.