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, led a multi-week evidentiary hearing on a section 2255 motion to set aside Hamid Hayat’s 2006 terrorism-related convictions, resulting in a recent district court judgment vacating those convictions.

  • 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.

Civil Litigation

  • 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.