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COMPLEX LITIGATION
We are a boutique firm that protects businesses, investors and entrepreneurs in high-stakes legal disputes throughout the country. We regularly defend clients in complex class actions, trade secrets, antitrust, intellectual property, unfair competition, employment, M&A, founders’ disputes, investment litigation and contested bankruptcy matters. Our lean staffing and aggressive strategies help our clients out-maneuver their adversaries to achieve favorable outcomes—whether early in litigation or at trial. Since our founding in 2009, we have secured ground-breaking judgments and settlements exceeding several billion dollars, including a highly publicized Top-100 national trial judgment. Our cases and results are regularly featured in industry press. We have successfully dismissed and resolved over 40 class actions without a single class ever certified against a firm client—far more than any firm our size. Learn more about our firm.

CORPORATE COUNSEL
Based in San Francisco, we represent fast growth companies in the food, technology and consumer packaged goods (CPG) sectors with a focus on equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, general commercial matters and corporate governance.  Our food/CPG practice also specializes in brand/IP protection and state and federal regulatory compliance, as well as litigation via our Complex Litigation practice.  Our clients are leading innovators and brands in their categories, e.g.: SkinnyPop, Outdoorsy, Once Upon A Farm, Krave, Babyganics, Pirate’s Booty and Vega.  Since 2009, we have helped clients raise well in excess of over $2.5 billion and have advised them in connection with investment and/or acquisition by strategic partners.  We also represent private equity and venture capital firms that invest in emerging and middle market companies in the food, CPG, tech and other industries.  Learn more about our experience.

 

DOING JUSTICE
As part of our mission, we actively pursue pro bono and impact litigation where we have represented leading environmental and civil rights organizations across a wide array of issues, as well as individuals in need of representation in prisoner rights, immigration, benefits and civil disputes.  Our recent class-wide injunction on behalf of abused nursing home residents was featured in a TV news documentary that won an Emmy Award in 2015.  Other notable matters include our representation of the United Nations and women’s groups regarding freedom of speech and association, displaced refugees regarding abuses suffered in the U.S., public interest groups protecting nursing home residents, the Animal Legal Defense Fund on public records requests, and the Plant Based Foods Association on state and federal regulatory issues.  Read about our impact litigation matters.