Merino Yebri LLP

PRACTICE AREAS

 
 

We are problem solvers with our
clients' strategic objectives
and future development
in mind.

We view litigation as a means to
resolve our clients' disputes so
they can get back to business and
move on with their affairs. Thus,
we aggressively pursue the most
direct route to solving our clients'
litigation problems. Unlike our
larger competitors, we offer an
attractive alternative to clients
seeking an efficient and effective
resolution of their legal issues.


» Business/Commercial Litigation
» Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trademark, Trade Secrets)
» Entertainment
» Labor and Employment
» Real Estate
» Consumer Law/Tort Law
» Unfair Competition/Antitrust Litigation
» Elder Law
» Business Formation
» Government Relations/Election Law
» Nonprofit Formation
» Collection Actions



Business/Commercial Litigation
Business disputes, and the resulting legal problems, are varied and complex. Our legal professionals have diverse and far-reaching experience in this area. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court in the following areas:

-    Breach of Contract
-    Fraud
-    Bankruptcy Proceedings
-    Creditors' Rights
-    False Advertising
-    Copyright & Trademark Infringement
-    Product Liability & Consumer Litigation
-    Unfair Business Practices
-    Trade Secrets & Non-Compete law
-    Class Actions
-    Professional Responsibility & Malpractice
-    Insurance Coverage & Recovery
-    Fiduciary Litigation
-    Securities Litigation & Enforcement
-    Probate
-    Constitutional, First Amendment, & Civil Rights
-    Appellate

We have a track record of successfully representing businesses in arbitrations and mediations. Regardless of the circumstances, we approach every litigation with the goal of resolving the matter while minimizing its financial impact, time investment and distractions for our client.


Intellectual Property
Our intellectual property practice runs the gamut, from intellectual property licensing and administration to litigation involving copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. In an economy that is increasingly oriented towards e-commerce, every business stands to benefit from protecting and developing its intellectual property. We assist clients large and small with registering, marketing, selling, exploiting and protecting intellectual property and technology-related matters.


Entertainment
Our legal professionals have extensive experience in the fields of entertainment litigation and entertainment-related transactions. In the litigation context, we assist clients in cases involving all types of intellectual property, right of publicity, defamation, invasion of privacy, idea submission, profit participation, royalty payments, and contracts related to the film, television, music, sports and multimedia industries. In addition, we have represented clients who finance, produce and distribute all manner of media.


Labor and Employment
We represent both employers and employees in disputes in a wide variety of employment-related lawsuits, including cases involving wage and hour disputes, disability law, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, and wrongful termination. We have both obtained six-figure settlements on behalf of employees and prevailed on behalf of employers in dismissing lawsuits through summary judgment motions. We bring a unique perspective in litigating employment cases.


Real Estate
Our firm has a diverse residential and commercial real estate practice. We represent individual investors, institutional clients and first time buyers in all aspects of purchasing, selling, leasing, managing, and developing real property. Our real estate experience spans the following areas:

-    Preparation of Real Property Purchase and Sale Contracts
-    Preparation of Residential and Commercial Leases
-    Advice Regarding the Tax Consequences of Real Estate Transactions, including 1031 Exchanges
-    Corporate Entity Formation related to Real Estate Transactions
-    Disputes Involving Escrows
-    Landlord/Tenant Disputes, and Eviction/Unlawful Detainer Cases
-    Land Use Issues


Consumer Law/Tort Law
When you suffer damages which are not based upon a contract, you may be able to pursue remedies based on tort law. We aggressively litigate on behalf of clients injured by torts, including negligence, malpractice, product liability, and personal injury. In addition, we represent clients in cases of identify theft, financial privacy invasion, credit damage and other consumer law areas.


Unfair Competition/Antitrust Litigation
Our attorneys are experienced in prosecuting and defending unfair competition cases, where commonly a business claims economic injury based upon another business's deceptive or wrongful business practice.


Elder law
We are experienced in helping seniors with legal problems, including elder abuse, trusts, estate planning, real estate transactions, and probate matters.


Business Formation
We assist clients in determining the best legal structure for their new venture, as well as advising clients on how to optimize long-running businesses. We counsel numerous emerging and start-up companies in connection with the legal issues related to licensing, marketing, and e-commerce.


Government Relations/Election Law
Government regulation can have a profound impact on companies' business operations. Utilizing our deep political connections at the city, county, state, and federal levels, we provide our clients strategic counsel in managing government regulation, shaping public policy, and complying with the rules applicable to political activity.


Nonprofit Formation
We assist clients looking to establish a 501(c)(3) corporation or charitable organization with all aspects of this type of business formation. Our work in this area extends to the tax-related requirements and consequences implicated by the formation of such entities.


Collection Actions
We provide assistance with commercial and consumer debt collection, creditor and debtor representation, bankruptcy matters, judgment enforcement, landlord/tenant disputes, and eviction/unlawful detainer cases.



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