Douglas J. Beteta

Dougals BetetaCounsel

Doug is a former “big law” litigator experienced in obtaining early resolution of complex commercial disputes. His practice has run the gamut in substantive areas of law and industries, but he has significant experience in antitrust disputes, appellate matters, insurance coverage disputes, and representing video game and technology companies in all aspects of litigation. As an avid gamer, Doug is particularly interested in continuing to bring his skills to video game and technology companies.

Doug spent the first eight years of his career at Morrison & Foerster where he represented Fortune 500 companies and high net worth individuals. He then spent over two years at a Century City firm working primarily with mid-size companies before joining Charis Lex.

Doug is committed to serving his community through pro bono work. He serves on Public Counsel’s Associate Leadership Board and has received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for five years. In 2011, the ACLU awarded him with the Educational Advocacy Award.

Doug is fluent in Spanish.

Prior Experience

  • Gerard Fox Law, P.C., Associate (2015-2018)
  • Morrison & Foerster, LLP, Associate (2008-2015)

Education

  • UCLA, School of Law (J.D., 2008)
  • University of Chicago (B.A. in Philosophy, 2004)

Video Games and Technology

  • Min Productions Pte. v. FireForge, Inc.; FireForge Inc. v. Min-Liang Tan – Represented video game publisher and investor in dispute with startup game developer, obtaining a stipulated judgment dismissing the game developer’s claims against investor alleging over $5 million in damages and litigated publisher’s claims to the eve of trial when game developer filed for bankruptcy.
  • CI Games S.A. v. Destination Films Distribution Co. – Represented video game developer and publisher in trademark infringement action against distributors of movie with infringing title.

Antitrust

  • AFMS v. United Parcel Service – Defended major package delivery company in antitrust action and helped brief summary judgment motion resulting in dismissal of action.

Appellate

  • Gramercy Investment Trust v. Lakemont Homes Nevada, Inc. – Prosecuted action on guaranties for real property loan resulting in $33 million judgments after summary adjudication and defended subsequent appeal where the underlying judgment was upheld.
  • Briefed opposition to writ of mandamus where California Court of Appeal ultimately denied writ.
  • Briefed and argued prisoner appeal before the Ninth Circuit.

Insurance Coverage Disputes

  • Samsung E&C America, Inc. v. Starr Insurance and Indemnity Co. – Prosecuted insurance coverage dispute on behalf of insured and defeated summary judgment motions filed by insurer, broker, and panel counsel.
  • Defended The Hartford insurance company in coverage dispute that, after briefing successful demurrers, lead to very favorable settlement.

Other Complex Commercial Disputes

  • Defended three companies in employment matters that after aggressive discovery resulted either in favorable settlements or dismissals.
  • Prosecuted fraud complaint on behalf of EB-5 investor and defeated defendant’s motion for summary judgment.
  • Defended general contractor from complaint alleging elder abuse and RICO claims resulting in favorable settlement after aggressive discovery and motion practice.
  • Contributor to Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Law Section, The State Bar of California, California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Revised Edition (Cheryl Lee Johnson ed., Matthew Bender & Co., 2015)
  • “Class Actions Are Dead. Long Live Class Actions?: The Implications of AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion for Employers,” Morrison & Foerster Client Alert, 5/2/2011
  • “Pharmaceutical Patent Settlements Under Fire on Both Sides of the Atlantic,” Morrison & Foerster Client Alert, 7/22/2009