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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.

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We know what it's like when a business is threatened with a large judgment in a commercial dispute, one that may threaten its very existence. We know that threat affects every aspect of a business, from its day-to-day operations to its relations with suppliers, customers, and regulators. We know the looming threat of a large judgment can sometimes require a coordinated media strategy. And we know this threat demands prompt, decisive legal action tailored to the unique demands of a company's industry and financial position.

We know all of this because we regularly represent companies appealing the largest verdicts in California. In past years, we've handled appeals from more than half of the ten largest California verdicts in a particular year, and we regularly represent businesses in precedent-setting appeals on key issues affecting their industries. (For our experience with strategic litigation planning and consulting, see our Trial Consultation practice page.)

Whether your company is facing such a verdict in a commercial dispute—or seeking to preserve one—we can help. Businesses and individuals turn to us because they want the assurance of appellate representation from a firm with long experience in such high-stakes litigation. Our track record of success in such appeals provides that assurance.

Contact Barry R. Levy or David M. Axelrad for more information about our Business & Commercial Law practice.

Quidel Corp. v. Superior Court

California Court of Appeal reverses trial court that had applied a rule of per se invalidity to exclusivity provisions in contracts between businesses

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Han v. Hallberg

California Court of Appeal holds that living trusts may serve as partners under California law.

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Villa Riviera Condominium Association v. Spectra Company et al.

California Court of Appeal affirms judgment for subcontractor in construction defect action.

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Strategic Concepts, LLC v. Beverly Hills Unified School District

California Court of Appeal applies conflict of interest law to reverse $23 million breach of contract judgment against school district.

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PSM Holding Corp. v. Nat'l Farm Fin. Corp.

Ninth Circuit rules on consequences of enforcing a money judgment pending appeal.

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Simers v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC

Court of Appeal rejects constructive discharge claim.

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Rainwater v. Sergio's El Ranchito, Inc.

Court of Appeal upholds summary judgment.

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Sheron Doll v. Mahin Ghaffari

California Court of Appeal affirms order denying attorney fees in landlord-tenant dispute.

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Acqua Vista v. MWI, Inc.

California Court of Appeal reverses $24 million judgment against pipe supplier in construction defect case.

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Haynes v. Kim

California Court of Appeal affirms defense verdict for corporation in auto accident case, rejecting agency theory.

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Central Metal v. Center Bank

California Court of Appeal affirms grant of anti-SLAPP motion in action arising from commercial lender’s receivership action.

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Transbay Auto Service, Inc. v. Chevron USA, Inc.

Ninth Circuit reverses judgment under Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

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Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. ScripsAmerica, Inc.

California Court of Appeal dismisses opposing party’s appeal under the disentitlement doctrine.

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Aghaian v. Minassian

California Court of Appeal reverses order granting forum non conveniens motion, holding that Iran is not a suitable alternative forum.

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RunflatAmerica, LLC v. Michelin North America, Inc. et al.

California Court of Appeal rules for defendants in a shareholder derivative action brought by the former CEO of a company, who alleged his company should have sued the defendants for perceived business torts.

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Mobasser v. Yermian

California Court of Appeal vacates jury’s award of emotional distress damages and punitive damages in family business dispute.

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Guo v. American Plus Bank N.A.

California Court of Appeal reverses fraud judgment against community bank.

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Jankey v. Lee

California Supreme Court holds that prevailing defendant in disability access action is entitled to mandatory award of attorney fees.

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Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment

California Court of Appeal reduces judgment in favor of actor Don Johnson from $53.2 million to $15 million in dispute arising out of a production contract’s copyright provision.

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Bison Builders Inc. v. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation

California Court of Appeal holds that elevator company is not required to indemnify general contractor for construction accident.

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Burlington Coat Factory v. Bella Terra Associates

California Court of Appeal upholds landlord’s interpretation of novel lease provision.

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Logix v. Faherty

California Court of Appeal reverses $40 million judgment in dispute over satellite television royalties.

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Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians v. Harrah's Operating Company, Inc.

California Court of Appeal reverses $30 million judgment in business dispute arising from negotiations to develop and manage a hotel and casino on an Indian reservation.

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PSM Holding Corp. v. National Farm Financial Corp.

Ninth Circuit reverses $43 million judgment in contract dispute.

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City of Hope Nat. Medical Center v. Genentech, Inc.

California Supreme Court affirms $300 million compensatory damages award for underpayment of patent royalties.

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Sterling v. Taylor

California Supreme Court affirms judgment for defendant in dispute over real estate transaction.

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Tutor-Saliba-Perini v. Metropolitan Transit Authority

California Court of Appeal reverses $60 million False Claims Act judgment against construction contractor.

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Kanno v. Marwit Capital

California Court of Appeal opening brief arguing for enforcement of parol evidence rule under California and Delaware law in business dispute involving alleged oral agreement.

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Southern Track and Pump, Inc. v. Terex Corp., et al.

Third Circuit amicus brief arguing that state statute unconstitutionally took business's private property without due process of law or just compensation.

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Transbay Auto Service, Inc. v. Chevron USA, Inc.

Ninth Circuit opening brief arguing that trial court committed evidentiary error in case arising under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

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Shell Oil Co. v. United States

United States Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that "arranger" liability under CERCLA is limited by the statute's plain language and legislative history to those who arrange for the disposal or treatment of "waste."

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Boeken v. Phillip Morris USA

California Supreme Court brief for Phillip Morris arguing that the doctrine of res judicata bars a plaintiff's claim for noneconomic damages in a wrongful death action that she brought after the death of her husband, because she had dismissed with prejudice a claim for loss of consortium while he was alive.

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