Leslie M. Werlin Partner

Les's practice is concentrated in the areas of business and commercial litigation including real estate, creditors' rights, secured transactions, contract, corporate and partnership disputes.

Trial Work

Les has been lead counsel in more than 25 trials and arbitrations. His trial experience includes the areas of contracts, business torts, real estate litigation, bankruptcy, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes. In more than 35 years of commercial and business litigation practice, he has also served as lead counsel in hundreds of commercial and business based disputes in a diverse range of areas including contracts, business torts, secured transactions, unfair competition, real estate, antitrust, trademark, antitrust, trade secrets, bankruptcy, and corporate and partnership responsibility. He also authored more than 50 appellate briefs.

Real Estate Litigation

Les has served as counsel for buyers and sellers, foreclosure trustees and lien holders in many types of real estate litigation matters, including commercial lease disputes, lenders’ rights and obligations, homeowners’ associations, and foreclosure actions. He was counsel in Fidelity Mortgage Trustee Service, Inc. v. Ridgegate East Homeowners Association, (1994), 27 Cal.App.4th 503; The League of Residential Neighborhood Advocates v. City of Los Angeles, 498 F .3d 1052 (9th Cir. 2007); and The League of Residential Neighborhood Advocates v. City of Los Angeles, 633 F.Supp.2d 1119 (C.D. CA 2009).

Commercial Litigation

Les has served as counsel in broad range of commercial disputes including breach of contract, secured transactions, the duties of corporate officers and directors, stockholders' rights, real and person property secured transactions, business torts, bankruptcy, antitrust, trademark, real estate, and employment based litigation. Over the years, his representation has included Imperial Bank, MBNA America Bank, Far East National Bank, Boys Clubs of America, Twentieth Century-Fox, and Link Staffing Services.

Employment Litigation

Les has served as counsel in many employment-based litigation matters including discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of loyalty, breach of contract, and unfair competition.

His previous experience includes a clerkship with the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Experience

Representation of retailer in trademark infringement action resulting in settlement and stipulated permanent injunction for retailer.

Representation of securitization trustee in highly contested fraud related litigation commenced by borrower in which trustee was granted summary judgment on all claims.

Representation of homeowners group in action against municipality to declare invalid a land use agreement which granted permission outside the municipality’s zoning laws. The agreement was declared invalid and fee awards were made against the municipality on appeal and in the trial court.

Representation of sporting association in governance dispute resulting in settlement after association succeeded in defeating request for injunction relating to corporate election.

Representation of well known author in disputes with former associates resulting in dismissal of all claims.

Representation of foreclosure trustee in highly contested fraud litigation resulting in complete victory after three week jury trial.

Representation of temporary staffing company in highly contested trade secret litigation.

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Named to "Southern California Super Lawyers," Business Litigation, General Litigation, Appellate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2005-2019

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

AV Rated in Securities Law, Martindale-Hubbell

  • University of California Los Angeles, JD, Order of the Coif, 1975
  • University of California Los Angeles, BA, 1972

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

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