A first-chair trial lawyer, Phil has tried cases before judges, juries, arbitrators and arbitration panels, and argued appeals in Federal and state courts. Although Phil focuses on insurance recovery, business-to-business disputes, corporate governance, and securities and financial products claims, his success in the courtroom runs the gamut of commercial litigation, and he has litigated individual and class action cases involving contract disputes, Business and Professions Code section 17200 claims and other business torts, antitrust and trade regulation, patent and trademark infringement, trade secrets, product liability and toxic torts, governmental claims and liabilities, freedom of speech and protection for religion under the First Amendment, health care, construction defect, wrongful termination and employment discrimination, and real estate, land use and environmental issues. Read More ...
Bridget Byrnes Hirsch
Bridget is an accomplished litigator, with a practice that has included insurance recovery, entertainment, intellectual property and commercial disputes. She started her career with two prominent law firms, first at Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. in New York, then with Reed Smith LLP in Los Angeles, representing a wide array of companies and business interests. Bridget played a lead role in prosecuting a coverage claim against an insurance company that resulted in a half-billion dollar settlement for unpaid defense costs incurred in thousands of underlying suits. She currently handles a number of intellectual property and contract matters on behalf of artists and recording companies, and recently has served as outside general counsel for a media company.
As a pro bono advocate, Bridget has participated in the Innocence Project Seminar, seeking to reopen and reverse wrongful convictions based on DNA technology, and the Courtroom Advocates Project where she provided legal assistance to battered women. She has also represented adoptive parents in Juvenile Court.
Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. 2002; Symposia Editor, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal); Syracuse University (B.S. Marketing 1995)
Admitted: California, New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Publications: Defending Mass Tort Claims: Get What You Paid For, riskVue (Feb. 2005); Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Food Contamination, Coverage (July/Aug. 2009)
Christopher E. Stiner
Chris has broad practice experience, having worked on transactional matters in the Global Leveraged Finance Group at Milbank Tweed in New York early in his career, and transitioning to a litigation practice at Katten Muchin in Los Angeles several years later. Chris handles all types of general business litigation, with a focus on cases involving securities and lending transactions, as well as insolvency and creditors rights.
Education: Duke University School of Law (J.D. 2007); Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (Masters of International Affairs 2007); Tufts University (B.A. International Relations and History, cum laude 2000)
Admitted: California, New York
Clerkship: Law Clerk to Judge Thomas B. Donovan, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (2009-2010); Intern to Chief Judge Jane Restani, United States Court of International Trade (2005)