THE FIRM

Pierce Sergenian LLP is a state-of-the-art litigation law firm dedicated to the lost art of combat by trial.
 

Hundreds of major law firms provide litigation services.

A handful focus primarily on litigation.

A few have figured out how to win consistently.

Only one has been designed from the outset to embrace the fundamental disruptions of the digital age.

The next generation of litigation excellence is here.

"Steve Jobs called the first computers a bicycle for the human brain. We've designed a law firm that serves as a fighter jet for the trial lawyer's mind."

— Managing Partner John M. Pierce

NOTABLE REPRESENTATIONS

Won a jury verdict of $30 million for an LA-based real estate group in a two-week trial against the town of Mammoth Lakes, California in a contract dispute over development of a large hotel and condominium project at the Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Affirmed in full by the California Court of Appeal in a 66 page published opinion at 191 Cal. App. 4th 435 (2010). Over $2 million in attorneys' fees awarded for trial and over $1 million in attorneys' fees awarded for appeal. This was the 67th largest jury verdict in the United States in 2008 as determined by the Verdict Search Top 100 List, was the largest verdict in the history of Mono County, California, and was described as a "staggering verdict" by local media. The case was featured in Quinn Emanuel’s selection to the 2009 National Law Journal's Plaintiffs’ Hot List.

Obtained a favorable settlement after six weeks of jury trial in Fresno County Superior Court on behalf of a large security company and its CEO accused of fraud, breach of partnership, and breach of contract. Mr. Pierce examined six of the final seven witnesses at trial immediately prior to the case settling.

Represented Trust Company of the West against former portfolio manager Jeffrey Gundlach and his new company DoubleLine Capital. After a two month trial in Los Angeles, obtained a jury verdict finding in favor of TCW on its claims for theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and tortious interference with contractual relations. The jury also rejected Gundlach's oral contract claim for nearly half a billion dollars.

Represented Sweetpea Entertainment in case brought by Hasbro, Inc., alleging copyright infringement and trademark violations relating to film rights to Dungeons & Dragons intellectual property. The case was settled following a bench trial in the Central District of California, prior to a decision being issued.

Represented DIRECTV against patent infringement claims by Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing LP, in the largest multi-district litigation patent case in history. The parties reached a settlement after several rounds of summary judgment rulings and reexamination proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that invalidated the patents-at-issue.

The month immediately following trial against the Town of Mammoth Lakes, won a jury verdict of $5 million including seven-figure punitive damages for prolific Hollywood producer Robert Cort (producer of Mr. Holland's Opus, Runaway Bride, Save the Last Dance, Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Jumanji, Cocktail and other hits) in a three-week trial against a hedge fund and its principal for breach of a Term Credit Agreement under which defendants committed to provide millions of dollars in film financing for Cort's film development agreement with Paramount. Affirmed in full by the California Court of Appeal at 2010 WL 3327823. Approximately $1 million in attorneys' fees were awarded collectively for both trial and appeal. The result of this trial was featured in The Hollywood Reporter.

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