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  • Austin G. Dieter joined the firm’s Employment and Litigation Groups effective June 21, 2021 as Of Counsel.
    06/21/2021

    Since earning his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Austin has dedicated his legal career to representing employers of all sizes in employment and labor matters. Prior to joining Thoits, Austin was an associate at Cozen O’Connor and has represented clients in federal and state courts as well as arbitration. When not litigating, Austin counsels clients on labor and employment issues, including workplace investigations, separation agreements and executive compensation.
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  • Thoits Law is pleased to announce that Cynthia Mullen joined the firm’s Litigation Group effective June 21, 2021.
    06/21/2021

    Previously an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, Cynthia earned her J.D. at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law. After law school, Cynthia clerked for the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. As Of Counsel, Cynthia is involved in all forms of civil and commercial litigation. She has experience in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, has significant arbitration experience and has represented both individual and corporate clients.
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  • James Chisel joined the firm as an Associate in the Trusts & Estates Group on June 14, 2021.
    06/14/2021

    After receiving his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law, James earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of San Francisco School of Law. James focuses on estate and trust administration, along with assisting clients with foundational estate planning.
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  • Effective May 1, 2021, Katie Kavanaugh has joined the firm’s Litigation Group.
    05/01/2021

    Experienced with litigation on a global scale, she has lived and worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China. Previously, she was with Dentons in Southern California. Katie is Of Counsel and specializes in intellectual property law, including litigation involving patent, trademark, design and copyright infringement. Katie also has experience in patent and trademark prosecution work and assists clients in developing international strategies to protect their global intellectual property rights. Having earned her L.L.B. from the University of Notre Dame Australia, Katie is admitted to practice law in New York, Australia and New Zealand.
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  • Dan Cooperider joined the firm’s Trust & Estate Group as Of Counsel on March 1, 2021.
    03/01/2021

    Most recently at Hopkins Carley in San Jose, Dan has over 20 years experience in estate planning and litigation. Dan earned his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He focuses his practice on estate and trust planning, implementation, administration and litigation, as well as estate and gift tax counseling.
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  • Harry J. Moren joined the firm’s Litigation Group effective January 4, 2021.
    01/04/2021

    Previously, Harry spent eight years at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP. As Of Counsel, Harry specializes in complex commercial disputes, consumer class actions, product liability claims and insurance recovery. Before earning his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Harry worked as a software developer for over 10 years, providing an additional degree of technical fluency that he brings to his litigation practice. In addition to significant pro bono efforts, Harry is on the advisory board of OneJustice, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing legal services for those in need.
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  • The firm is pleased to announce that Ronny Clausner has joined its Real Estate Group as Of Counsel effective September 8, 2020.
    09/08/2020

    Previously, Ronny was at Orrick in San Francisco and represents real estate developers, owners and investors in a variety of transactions. He has experience with financings, leasing transactions, joint ventures and construction agreements. Ronny received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law.
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  • Thoits Law Secures Dismissal In Antitrust Matter
    07/07/2020

    Intel Corporation, et al. v. Fortress Investment Group LLC, et al.
    Case No. 19-cv-7651

    Thoits Law represents defendant DSS Technology Management, Inc. in a case brought by Apple and Intel alleging that defendants violated antitrust laws by aggregating a massive portfolio of patents covering electronics products and aggressively enforcing those patents – e.g., by demanding that licenses be obtained and/or by filing meritless patent infringement actions. Defendants moved to dismiss, and Thoits Law filed a supplemental brief on behalf of DSS arguing that the claims against DSS were independently barred by a settlement agreement with Intel. The court agreed and dismissed the only claims asserted against DSS with prejudice, making DSS the only defendant to be dismissed from the case.

    The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California before Judge Edward Chen.

    The Thoits Law team included Andrew Holland and Nathaniel Lipanovich.

  • Thoits Law Obtains Dismissal Of Claims And Award Of Fees Through Terminating Sanctions
    06/30/2020

    Skyline Advanced Technology Services v. Shafer:
    19-cv-00787-CRB

    Thoits Law represents Skyline Advanced Technology Services in litigation against a former employee. Thoits Law conducted extensive discovery and uncovered widespread spoliation, which led to a motion seeking sanctions against the former employee due to her intentional destruction of evidence. Following briefing and extended oral argument, Magistrate Judge Illman issued a detailed opinion that awarded terminating sanctions for the former employee’s claims against Skyline, an award of fees and costs to Skyline for its sanctions motion, and a ruling that Skyline is entitled to an adverse inference instruction on its claims against the former employee, which are still proceeding. This decision was adopted in full by Judge Breyer.

    The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California before Judge Charles Breyer.

    The Thoits Law team included Steve Dennis, Andrew Holland, Nathaniel Lipanovich, and Mark Boennighausen.

  • Maureen Duffy joined the firm as Of Counsel on June 22, 2020.
    06/22/2020

    Previously of counsel in the San Francisco and Palo Alto offices of Baker McKenzie, Maureen has experience at national and international law firms as well as in house in both the Bay Area and New York City. Maureen has over 20 years’ experience in employment law matters and advises clients on reorganizations, disciplinary measures, terminations, recruiting, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, disability and reasonable accommodations along with FMLA, ADA and other leaves of absence, FLSA, Title VII, defamation and data privacy. Originally from the Midwest, Maureen earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan.
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  • Thoits Law Recovers Attorneys’ Fees and Costs For Client
    06/08/2020

    Litrinium v. MACOM Technology Solutions Inc.
    Case No. SACV 19-1674 JVS.

    On April 27, 2020, Thoits Law obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a complaint filed against its client, MACOM, and the court permitted MACOM to seek its attorneys’ fees and costs for the motion. Following briefing on its fees and costs, the court held that the hourly rates for Thoits Law attorneys were reasonable in light of their experience and that time spent by Thoits Law on its motion were reasonable. MACOM was ultimately awarded over $50,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs, which represented over 95% of the amounts sought.

    The case was pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California before Judge James V. Selna.

    The Thoits Law team included Andrew Holland, Nathaniel Lipanovich, and Mark Boennighausen.

  • Thoits Law Obtains Complete Dismissal On Anti-SLAPP Motion
    04/27/2020

    Litrinium v. MACOM Technology Solutions Inc.
    Case No. SACV 19-1674 JVS.

    Thoits Law obtained a complete, early victory for its client MACOM against claims alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and interference with prospective economic advantage. The plaintiff sought over $250 million in damages. In response, MACOM filed a motion to strike the complaint under California’s anti-SLAPP law. After briefing was completed, the court’s tentative order granted the motion to strike the complaint but gave plaintiff leave to amend. Andrew Holland and Nathaniel Lipanovich appeared at oral argument for MACOM and convinced the court that no leave should be permitted and in its final order the court dismissed the complaint with prejudice and invited MACOM to seek its attorneys’ fees and costs.

    The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California before Judge James V. Selna.

    The Thoits Law team included Andrew Holland, Nathaniel Lipanovich, and Mark Boennighausen.

  • Dinah Ortiz joined the firm as Of Counsel on December 23, 2019.
    12/23/2019

    As a member of the Litigation Group, Dinah adds to the firm’s depth in the intellectual property area. She has substantial experience representing technology companies in patent, copyright and trade secret ligation and protection matters. Dinah has represented clients in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration. She earned her J.D. at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and is a member of both the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Women Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.
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  • On May 6, 2019, Nathaniel Lipanovich joined the firm’s Litigation Group as an Associate.
    05/06/2019

    He focuses on all types of commercial litigation, including unfair competition, false advertising and breach of contract. Nat was previously at Irell & Manella in southern California and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2018. Graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Nat completed his J.D. with highest honors and was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review.
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