Business Litigation


Business disputes are as inevitable as they are disruptive. My goal is to minimize that disruption and help achieve a business-like solution. Having 30 years of experience handling cases involving a wide range of issues, products, services and industries, I have the knowledge and perspective to guide clients through even the most complex circumstances.

During my more than 30 years of practice, I have represented clients in cases involving a wide range of products, services and industries, from contractual and corporate matters to real estate, entertainment and bankruptcy situations. I use my experience to give my clients perspective and guidance regarding their circumstances — and I advocate strongly for a favorable resolution.

Here are some representative current and recent cases:

  • Representing a processor of frozen food in claims involving a labor contractor and a supplier
  • Representing a former employee of a large technology company asserting various employment-related claims and defending claims of patent infringement
  • Defending wage and hour class action suits
  • Representing an engineering firm in construction disputes
  • Representing a shopping mall owner in claims against a bank taken over by the FDIC
  • Representing a restaurant owner in a dispute with an investor, and a claim against a contractor
  • Representing a telephone equipment manufacturer against a number of suppliers
  • Assisting a commercial tenant in negotiating a surrender of a lease
  • Representing software designers in claims for breach of contract and copyright infringement
  • Defending officers of a close corporation against various claims by a minority shareholder
  • Counseling laid-off employees and pursuing claims for wrongful termination and discrimination
  • Representing the owner of an apartment building in a nuisance abatement action by the city
  • Vacating a California judgment improperly obtained against a foreign national

I welcome your call at (213) 437-1720 to discuss your case or potential litigation matter. I’ll give it the personal attention that can really make a difference in navigating the legal system and winding up with the results you deserve.

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“Joe and I tried a case together years ago in Riverside. He is a first-rate trial lawyer. He worked well our client, the opposign side and the judge. He was aggressive yet flexible when he needed to be. He earned the respect of everyone who worked with and against him.”

– Alan Gordee – Partner At Gordee, Nowicki & Augustini LLP