Obtained favorable judgment and $500,000 attorney’s fees award for clients on breach of confidentiality agreement and misappropriation of trade secret dispute.
Represented client in successful opposition to interlocutory appeal of a discovery sanctions order before the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District. (Feather River etc. v. The Fremont-Rideout Health Group, Case Number C044559.)
Obtained reversal and remand on unsettled issue of equitable tolling of the statute of limitations before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of client asserting petition for writ of habeas corpus. (Sanchez v. Cambra (9th Cir. 2001) 34 Fed. Appx. 251.)
Successfully defended oil and gas exploration and production company against attempt to imply a covenant of further exploration into oil and gas lease, resulting in a published California Appellate Court decision. (Lundin/Weber Co. v. Brea Oil Co. (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 427.)
Obtained dismissal with prejudice after opening statements at trial in action relating to breach of mineral grant deed, slander of title, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive trust.
Represented oil and gas and energy companies in litigation regarding a broad range of real property title disputes, including quiet title actions, adverse possession and prescriptive rights claims, and Dormant Mineral Act actions.
Represented oil and gas and energy companies in surface access and surface use disputes, including filing of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, as well as negotiating resolutions short of litigation.
Represented joint powers agency with primary responsibility to provide flood protection to the City of West Sacramento in the acquisition of property rights for flood control works.
Represented major and independent oil and gas and energy companies in a broad range of transactional and operational disputes involving, for example, joint operating agreements, area of mutual interest agreements, exploration agreements, oil and gas leases, confidentiality agreements, pipeline and marketing agreements, and well abandonment and related environmental issues.
Represented oil and gas and energy companies in litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes concerning royalty disputes, COPAS accounting procedures, post-production deductions, and related accounting issues.
Represented municipal utility in acquisitions by eminent domain of rights necessary for construction and operation of a large-scale windpower facility, including wind turbine generators, collection lines, and related substation facilities.
Obtained favorable appellate decision before the First District Court of Appeal holding that the scope of a county road right-of-way includes the right to install natural gas pipelines. (Bello v. ABA Energy Corp. (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 301.)
Represented project applicant in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on claims under the Clean Air Act.
Represented Raley’s grocery chain in appeal relating to agency authority issues for partnership Super Store Industries. (Raley’s v. Winter (2000) Third District Court of Appeals Case No. C030711.)
Represented oil and gas company in appeal of Kern County’s taxation of non-producing oil, gas and mineral rights. (California Minerals, L.P. v. County of Kern (2007) 152 Cal.App.4th 1016.)
Obtained favorable trial court ruling that was affirmed on appeal granting motion to quash service of summons on oil and gas company based on running of the statute of limitations. (Horan v. Key Production Co. (2002) 2002 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 9466.)
Represent clients in real property litigation, including disputes relating to easement rights, adverse possession and purchase and sale agreements.
Represented client in dispute involving claims of interference and unfair business practices based on client’s taking of a top lease.
Represented client in dispute involving termination of oil and gas lease due to cessation of production.
Represent clients in personal injury actions arising from oil field operations, including premises liability and defective design issues.
Represent clients in Probate court to resolve title and other matters relating to oil and gas interests that are held or distributed pursuant to trusts or wills.
Represented clients that have suspended the payment of royalties by interpleading the funds with the Court pending resolution of the related title dispute.
Represented underground natural gas storage operator in eminent domain action to acquire underground gas storage rights through jury trial and appeal. (Central Valley Gas Storage, LLC v. Southam, et al. (2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 686.)