Any law firm should be judged by its results and not its marketing ability. Recent examples of trials, arbitrations and litigation that Wallace C. Doolittle has handled as lead counsel include:
Represented a nationwide collection agency and law firm in a recent three-week jury trial in Alameda County Superior Court in which plaintiff alleged defamation and unfair credit collection practices, seeking damages in excess of $2,000,000. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury awarded our clients a full defense verdict. The matter is now appeal-final, having been settled for zero payout by our clients.
Represented an established multi-office insurance agency in a recent five-week jury trial in Sonoma County Superior Court, whereby State Farm was seeking reimbursement of over $1 million in defense costs paid out on behalf of our client. The jury awarded our client a full defense verdict. That matter is now on appeal
Represented two defendant insurance agencies in Mendocino County in a seven-week jury trial. The plaintiff, State Farm, alleged trade secret infringement and breach of contract. The jury awarded our clients a full defense verdict and a further money judgment in the amount of $12,600,000 against State Farm. Later, after being remanded on appeal, the entire action was dismissed in our client’s favor on mootness grounds.
Represented a large investment and real estate partnership in federal court in Sacramento in an action to foreclose on a 150-acre subdivision in Siskiyou County. Our firm defeated defendants’ summary judgment motion and prevailed on our client’s summary judgment motion. Subsequently, our client reacquired the entire subdivision by way of deed in lieu of foreclosure.
Represented two non-guarantor shareholders in San Mateo County in defense of an action by a community bank to recover over $20 million against our clients on an alter ego theory. Our firm’s demurrer was sustained without leave to amend and we recovered $56,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
Represented a major national client, as a Respondent in a recent arbitration victory against a shareholder seeking $10,000,000 in unpaid distributions from an LLC investment entity. The panel of three arbitrators ruled in our client’s favor, resulting in zero payout by our client.
Represented the heir to a nationally known publishing family empire in her high-asset marital dissolution action, resulting in an overwhelmingly favorable settlement that protected the integrity of our client’s family assets.
Represented a large international company in defense of an action brought by OSHA relating to an industrial accidental death. Our client received only a small fine and adverse publicity was non-existent. Additionally, we successfully discouraged counsel from filing a wrongful death lawsuit and the statute of limitations expired without a civil action being filed.