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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.

Bradley S. Pauley

Bradley S. Pauley

Partner - Los Angeles Office

How Brad Helps Clients

Clients embroiled in complex business disputes seek Brad Pauley’s extensive capabilities in trial strategy, post-trial motions, high-stakes civil appeals, and writ proceedings. His instincts are also sought after in substantive matters involving employment law, government conflicts of interest, premises liability, anti-SLAPP appeals, and insurance coverage and bad faith.

Brad has argued numerous cases before the appellate courts reversing substantial damages awards against his clients. He took the lead in briefing and arguing an appeal that resulted in the reversal of a $23 million judgment against Horvitz & Levy's client, a school district, in a case involving cutting edge issues of government conflict of interest law. On another occasion, he took the lead on an appeal that resulted in the reversal of a $30 million verdict against his client, a major national gaming corporation, in a dispute over the development of an Indian casino. In the employment arena, after an adverse multi-million dollar jury verdict in a multi-plaintiff FEHA discrimination and hostile work environment case, he obtained a complete reversal with directions to enter judgment for Horvitz & Levy’s clients. And, in the insurance bad faith arena, he argued the California Supreme Court case that made the “genuine dispute” doctrine the law of the land.

He served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 2021-2022, one of the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan bar associations. Before joining the firm, Brad was an associate with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, where he worked on a broad variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

Representative Matters

Alexander v. Community Hospital of Long Beach (2020)
Horvitz & Levy obtained the complete reversal of a $3.3 million judgment in a FEHA discrimination and hostile work environment action, with the Court of Appeal directing the trial court to enter judgment in Horvitz & Levy’s client’s favor.

Strategic Concepts, LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District
California Court of Appeal applied conflict of interest law to reverse a $23 million breach of contract judgment in favor of a former school district employee.

Central Metal v. Center Bank (2015)
California Court of Appeal affirmed order granting bank’s anti-SLAPP motion in multi-million dollar dispute over commercial loans.

Corenbaum v. Lampkin (2013)
California Court of Appeal reversed damages awards of over $3 million and held that evidence of “billed” but unpaid medical expenses is not admissible to prove future medical damages or noneconomic damages.

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Lee (2011)
California Court of Appeal affirmed grant of insurer’s anti-SLAPP motion in insured’s action for abuse of process.

Core Wealth Management, LLC v. Heller (2010)
Prepared post-trial motions in complex business dispute, which resulted in the trial court reducing 90 percent of a $42 million judgment against investment manager clients.

Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians v. Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc. (2009)
California Court of Appeal reversed $30 million jury verdict against national gaming corporation in action brought by Indian tribe.

Wilson v. 21st Century Insurance Company (2007)
California Supreme Court adopted the "genuine dispute" doctrine in insurance bad faith actions.

Willdan v. Sialic Contractors Corp. (2007)
In action arising from major public works project, California Court of Appeal reversed dismissal of engineering firm’s indemnity action against general contractor.

Brand v. 20th Century Insurance Company/21st Century Insurance Company (2004)
California Court of Appeal reversed denial of insurer’s motion to disqualify insured’s expert witness in bad faith action on ground the expert, an attorney, previously represented insurer in substantially related litigation.

TBG Ins. Servs. Corp. v. Superior Court (2002)
Writ proceeding in executive’s wrongful termination action that resulted in California Court of Appeal published opinion holding employees have no reasonable expectation of privacy in employer-owned computers


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
    J.D., 1996
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A., summa cum laude, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Associations