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LESLIE M. WERLIN
-- Attorney - Mediator - Arbitrator --

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ABOUT

LESLIE M. WERLIN

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Les has built his practice on 45 years of litigation experience, both at firms he founded and those he helped build and grow with other partners. Most recently, he was with the multi-national law firm of McGuireWoods as a litigation partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group for almost 15 years, and as a member of the Appellate Practice Group for more than 10 years.

 

Les has been lead counsel in hundreds of trial court cases. He has tried cases before juries and judges in California state courts and in federal district courts, and before bankruptcy court judges and arbitrators. He is also an experienced appellate counsel. He is the principal author of more than 60 California and federal appellate briefs and has argued many times before the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Les has represented Fortune 500 companies, medium and small sized businesses, individuals, homeowner's associations and non-profit organizations, both as counsel for plaintiff and for defendant. 

 

Throughout his years of practice, Les' dedicated and thoughtful approach to all areas of his practice has been his signature. He has been a trusted advisor to clients and to other lawyers on issues arising in complex business litigation, appellate matters, ethics and professional responsibility. A part of Les' commitment to the law is commitment to community, which he attempts to honor through his longstanding volunteer work with the Reading to Kids program in Los Angeles, as a former Board member to Word Theatre, and as a mentor to young lawyers with whom he's been privileged to work over the span of his career. 

 

His guiding principle has always been that representing clients is a privilege earned by a commitment to excellence, integrity and service.

PRACTICE AREAS

PRACTICE
SNAPSHOT

SERVICES OFFERED

EXAMPLES OF MATTERS LITIGATED

LITIGATED AS LEAD COUNSEL

CIVIL LITIGATION

APPELLATE

MEDIATOR AND

ARBITRATOR

EARLY NEUTRAL EVALUATION

COMPLEX CONTRACTS

BUSINESS TORTS

Fraud, Negligence, Interference with Contract and Prospective Economic Advantage, Conversion, Trespass

CORPORATE AND PARTNERSHIP OBLIGATIONS AND FIDUCIARY DUTY

CALIFORNIA AND FEDERAL STATUTORY CLAIMS 

CREDITOR/DEBTOR'S RIGHTS

TRADE SECRETS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION CLAIMS

REAL PROPERTY FORECLOSURE RELATED LITIGATION

BANKRUPTCY

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTS

Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURTS

CALIFORNIA TRIAL COURTS

Counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Alameda, Riverside, San Bernadino, Orange, San Diego 

CALIFORNIA STATE APPELLATE COURTS

In all six California Appellate Districts

THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

THE NINTH CIRCUIT BANKRUPTCY APPELLATE PANEL

History

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

2006-2020
McGuireWoods LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Litigation Partner, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group

McGuireWoods has a national and international practice with offices located in 20 cities in the United State, Europe and Asia. Les handled all aspects of many diverse civil litigation matters, including pleadings, pre-trial remedies, discovery, law and motion, settlement, mediation, trial, post-trial and appellate matters. He was a member of the firm's appellate practice group for more than 10 years. Les also assisted and counseled on California ethical and professional responsibility issues. He mentored other McGuireWoods lawyers, including conducting in-house continuing legal education training.

1999-2006
Van Etten, Suzumoto & Becket
Santa Monica, CA

Litigation Partner

Responsibilities included: handling all aspects of civil litigation matters, including pleadings, pre-trial remedies, discovery, law and motion, settlement, mediation, trial, post-trial and appellate practice. He also handled the firm's ethical, professional responsibility and risk management issues including interfacing with the firm's professional liability carrier in connection with the carrier's audits of the firm's risk management procedures.

1987-1999
Friedlander & Werlin
Los Angeles, CA

Litigation Partner

Responsibilities included: (a) handling all aspects of civil litigation matters, including pleadings, pre-trial remedies, discovery, law and motion, settlement, mediation, trial, post-trial and appellate practice; and (b) handling the firm's ethical, professional responsibility and risk management issues. 

1984-1987
Rosenstein & Werlin
Santa Monica, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Litigation Partner

Responsibilities included handling all aspects of civil litigation matters, including pleadings, pre-trial remedies, discovery, law and motion, settlement, mediation, trial and post-trial matters.  

1980-1984
Law Offices of Leslie M. Werlin
Los Angeles, CA

Sole Practitioner

Exclusively civil litigation.  

1976-1980
Schwartz Alschuler & Grossman
Los Angeles, CA

Civil Litigation Associate

Responsibilities included pleadings, pre-trial remedies, discovery, law and motion practice and settlement. Second chair trial experience.

1975-1976
United States District Court, Central District of California
Los Angeles, CA

Law Clerk

The Honorable Robert J. Kelleher, United States District Court Judge

Responsibilities included extensive research and consultation with the Court on all civil and criminal matters pending on the Court's calendar.

Education

1972-1975
Juris Doctorate

UCLA School of Law

Order of the Coif

Member, Law Review

1968-1972
Bachelor of Arts

UCLA

Major: Political Science

Additional Biography

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

AV Rated in Securities Law, Martindale-Hubbell

Member Recipient, 2017 Japanese American Bar Assn. Community Service Award

California Super-Lawyer (Civil Litigation) 2005-2020, 2022-2024

Member:  American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Consumer arbitration panels.

Member: Los Angeles County Bar Assn.  Amicus Briefs Committee 2022-23; 2023-24.

Member: Mediation Panel, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Member: Mediation Panel, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District.

S.F. Bar Association Mediator Training Certification.

Recent Articles

 

LinkedIn Article April, 2023:  Make An Early Examination Of The Interplay Between Applicable Statutes That Provide For Attorney Fees And A Contractual Attorney Fees Clause   

 

LinkedIn Post August, 2022:  The California Court of Appeals Adds Clarity To The Procedure For Proving Attorney Fees Claimed As Damages Under The Tort Of Another Doctrine

 

LinkedIn Post August, 2021: The California Court of Appeal Sets The Standard To Allow A Civil Action To Proceed Under A Pseudonym Pursuant To A Court’s Power To Protect Important Privacy Interests

CONTACT

CONTACT

269 S. Beverly Drive, #1662, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Email: lmwerlin@lesliewerlinlaw.com
Tel:  310-780-4965

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