What I can do for you: Litigation, Mediation, Appeals and Deals ℠
Practicing on the leading edge of the law generates many appellate and otherwise reported cases. This practice has ranged from cases involving the CIA, organized crime, federal and state prosecutors (as defendants), hostile foreign governments, the IRS, and rather more mundane adversaries such as multinational oil companies and IBM. My extensive litigation experience has included:
- Cases against various U.S. government agencies and special agents and attorneys, including the CIA and IRS.
- Administrative law and professional qualifications, including physicians’ peer review and discipline;
- Constitutional issues and civil rights cases, particularly property rights, discrimination, Equal Protection and Due Process issues, and First Amendment questions;
- General business litigation and commercial contracts;
- RICO matters, antitrust and racketeering (both plaintiff and defense);
- Copyright and trade secrets cases and counseling;
- Litigation management of specialist counsel;
- Transnational matters;
- Federal claims and defenses.
Areas of Counsel
Avoiding the courtroom is, however, often the better way; in this regard, I have been privileged to have been able to counsel clients in many areas including international business structures and transactions, fine arts issues, real estate transactions and development, trade secrets and intellectual property, winery operations, electronics retailing, lawyers’ and physicians’ affairs, museum and other non-profit managements, and domestic relations.
In the process of litigation, I have effected challenging settlements, usually through mediation. I have in recent years chosen to emphasize mediation advocacy as well as serving as counsel to businesses and individuals regarding dispute avoidance and resolution, intellectual property management and defense, fine arts law, and international regulation.
Additionally, I have worked on evolving health care industry issues such as restraint of trade matters involving the Federal Trade Commission and physician and hospital relations. I have also served as pro bono counsel to non-profit groups such as museums and to governmental and private emergency services organizations.
Looking For Litigation Assistance?
If you think that you, a client or friend could benefit from our experience and wide expertise, please make an appointment through this website. My law firm’s hourly rates are reasonable and our goal is to use the powers of the law to help you solve the immediate problem and to help you make sure it doesn’t happen again.
(NOTE: Charles Kagay in our office is a Certified Appellate Specialist, with a strong antitrust background, which was also the late Michael Spiegel’s forte, and is Wayne Liao’s. The partners of the firm came from the California Attorney General’s office and served as Special Deputy California Attorneys General and in the U.S. Justice Department Office of Special Counsel. Our law firm is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms – see “Some Small Law Firms Find Strength in Numbers,” New York Times – by which we have access to outstanding counsel around the nation and the world. Locally we participate in the Bay Area Lawyers’ Network, which provides multi-specialty expertise.)