With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, we are a boutique focused on high-stakes business and antitrust litigation nationwide. We are led by two former Am Law 100 partners with complementary, highly praised practices—one specializing in trials and the other in appeals and critical motions. Since our founding five years ago, the firm has been punching above its weight, efficiently handling disputes involving tens and, in some cases, hundreds of millions of dollars. Offering sophisticated litigation counsel with hands-on service, we are trusted by brand-name companies such as Tesla, Schlumberger, Sunrun, Mitsubishi Chemical, Shimano, TripActions, 1-800 Contacts, and Quidel.
The complete litigation package.Setting us apart from other boutiques, we combine nationally recognized trial savvy with U.S. Supreme Court-quality briefing and argument skills. Mr. Gates has tried cases involving a wide range of issues—from trade secrets to stock-option contracts to patent-infringement damages. A former government enforcer, he is one of the few attorneys in the country who has tried multiple antitrust cases. Mr. Nichols regularly appears in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts across the country. Because cases are often won on the papers in trial courts, he also brings his acumen to bear on critical motions. Clients rave about his written advocacy. Together, we can tackle your issues from all angles, putting you in the best position to win at every level.
Hands-on service. As our clients will attest, we’re personally involved in all our cases. That deep involvement is core to our philosophy. We don’t bring in an associate or junior partner to run the case. We’re ready to answer your questions because we know the case inside and out. We bring our long experience and expertise to bear on every decision. We’re craftsmen, intimately connected with our work.
High efficiency.Our hands-on service maximizes efficiency. From experience, we know that a small, dedicated team not only cuts out waste, but is more effective—even for large cases. By personally taking the laboring oar, we exercise experienced judgment at every turn, yielding a better, more cost-effective product. We provide big firm-quality service without the overhead.
Consulting with existing teams.We’re first-chair veterans who also know that sometimes clients simply want a second set of eyes. We’re happy to work behind the scenes, whether by advising on how to handle a government enforcer, reviewing or drafting briefs, facilitating a moot court, or building amicus support. With our combined decades of practice, we can quickly “X-ray” a record and offer strategic advice no matter how the case is postured.
Custom staffing.We’re sometimes asked how we handle cases that truly demand large teams. If needed, we have a close network of former big-firm colleagues that we tap based on matches between the case and their skillsets. We also team up with our clients’ regular outside counsel, including large national firms. Our tailored approach saves money and helps clients better focus their spending.