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 ...
Education: University of California, Los Angeles (J.D. 1990; Editor, Law Review); Pacific Christian College (B.A. Psychology, 1979)
Admitted: California, all U.S. District Courts in California, U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit, and pro hac vice in courts in Indiana, Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, Washington and Hawaii
Clerkship: Law Clerk to Judge Consuelo B. Marshall, United States District Court, Central District of California (1991-92)
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)
Brian J. Wright
Brian is a business litigator with more than twenty years of success in trial, arbitration, and appellate proceedings. He has had his own practice, has worked at a leading California appellate boutique firm, and has been a business litigator at a Los Angeles firm. He has a near-undefeated record on appeals and has several published decisions, including a Ninth Circuit decision on an important public policy matter. Before becoming a lawyer, he was an English teacher and counselor at local prep schools.
Education: University of California, Los Angeles (J.D. 1993, Briefwriter for UCLA’s National Moot Court Team); Harvard University (A.B. cum laude, History & Literature 1983)
Admitted: California; all U.S. District Courts in California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Publications: Defending Against Punitive Damage Claims (L.A. Daily Journal). Brian also has participated in various MCLE presentations on litigation topics.