Firm Victories & awards

Miller Barondess Represents Dean of USC Marshall Business School

By Matt Hamilton and Harriet Ryan, LA Times Reporters – Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – USC vowed to improve accountability and transparency in the wake of a scandal earlier this year in which the longtime campus gynecologist was accused of sexual misconduct against hundreds of students. A dispute in USC’s Marshall School of Business is […]

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Miller Barondess Wins Two 9th Circuit Appeals for Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Against Comcast and Charter Communications

By Kelcee Griffis, Law360 Staff Writer – Monday, November 19, 2018 – The Ninth Circuit on Monday said Charter Communications Inc. can’t use its First Amendment freedom as a cable provider to escape a claim that it refused a carriage deal with an African-American-owned production firm due to racial bias. The three-judge panel’s published opinion […]

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The Daily Journal Recognizes Miller Barondess as a 2018 Top Boutique

By Skylar Dubelko, Daily Journal Staff Writer, Wednesday, October 24, 2018—Louis R. “Skip” Miller knows that, in litigation, size doesn’t matter. What matters is “the quality and ability of the lawyer,” Skip Miller said.  “Because it’s just one-on-one when you’re in court. “Noting that, when a firm is trying to get a deal done, it needs […]

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Miller Barondess and County Counsel Instrumental in Securing $119.5 Million Settlement for LA County – LA Times Coverage

By Brian Melley, LA Times Reporter, Contributions by Christopher Weber, Associated Press – Thursday, August 9, 2018 – A Southern California utility reached a nearly $120 million settlement over a massive blowout at a natural gas storage field that became the nation’s largest known release of climate-changing methane and forced thousands to flee their Los […]

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Daily Journal Honors Mira Hashmall on Top Labor & Employment Lawyer List

The July 18th edition of the Daily Journal honored Mira Hashmall on the 2018 list of Top Labor and Employment Lawyers.  Hashmall has extensive expertise in labor and employment litigation.  She represents public and private employers in connection with racial, sexual, age, and national origin harassment and discrimination claims, as well as lawsuits involving retaliation, wage and hour violations, and wrongful […]

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Daily Journal Honors Amnon Siegel on Top 40 Under 40 List

The June 20th issue of the Daily Journal honored Amnon Siegel in the 2018 list of Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers.  The article praised Amnon for a $256.4 million jury verdict that he won for his client, Superior Automotive Group, against Nissan Motor Corporation. This verdict was recognized in the Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts of […]

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Law360 Covers Shareholder Dilution Lawsuit in Delaware

By Darcy Reddan, Law360, Friday, May 18, 2018 – The co-founder and an early investor of Energy Efficient Equity Inc., a company that provides financing for energy and water savings home improvements, have filed a suit against a venture capital fund and its officers alleging the company used a $5 million loan to push them out, […]

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Deadline Hollywood Covers $100 Million Modern VideoFilm Lawsuit

By David Robb, Deadline Hollywood Reporter, Monday, May 14, 2018 – EXCLUSIVE: The legal battle over the dissolution of what had once been one of Hollywood’s leading post-production houses is headed for trial. Bankruptcies, changing technologies and runaway postproduction have taken a major toll on LA-based post facilities in recent years, but Moshe Barkat, founder of Modern VideoFilm, […]

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Daily Journal Honors Mira Hashmall on the 2018 List of Top Women Lawyers

The May 2, 2018 issue of the Daily Journal honored Mira Hashmall in the 2018 list of Top Women Lawyers.  The article praised Mira for a $2.5 million jury verdict that she won for her client who was retaliated against for    reporting gender discrimination against the University of California, Riverside.  Ms. Hashmall also won […]

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Billboard Reports on Dispute Between MSG/The Forum and the City of Inglewood

By Dave Brooks, Billboard, Tuesday, April 10, 2018,  VIDEO – The fight over a proposed Clippers arena near the Forum gets nasty with both sides accusing the other of dirty tricks and deception. The relationship between Irving Azoff and Inglewood Mayor James Butts has hit a low point.  On Tuesday (April 10), Butts sharply criticized Forum-owner […]

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Daily Journal Covers Miller Barondess Growth, Adding Chris Beatty to the Partnership

Christopher D. Beatty Joins Miller Barondess Partnership The January 22, 2018 issue of the Daily Journal honored Christopher Beatty of Miller Barondess, LLP for joining the firm’s partnership.  Chris joined Miller Barondess in 2014 and has been an integral part of the firm’s success.  Chris has substantial trial and appellate litigation experience in both state […]

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The Daily Journal Honors Mira Hashmall and Casey Sypek on Top Verdict List

By Joshua Sebold, Daily Journal Staff Writer, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – “As a woman of color I hope this case sends a strong message not only to universities but to employers across the country.  Working women have been silent for too long.” – J. Mira Hashmall, Miller Barondess LLP Michele Coyle lost her job […]

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The Daily Journal Recognizes Miller Barondess as a 2017 Top Boutique

By Skylar Dubelko, Daily Journal Staff Writer, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Top Boutiques – Louis R. “Skip” Miller takes a hands-on approach to training the young lawyers at Miller Barondess LLP. Miller Barondess was established in 2006 by Miller, his two sons and partners, Jim and Dan Miller, with Alexander “Sasha” Frid and Brian […]

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Daily Journal Honors Skip Miller on Top 100 Lawyers List

The September 20, 2017 issue of the Daily Journal honored Skip Miller, Managing Partner of Miller Barondess, on their list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.”  This highly-selective list includes the leading lawyers in California who have the most impact in the legal industry. Skip takes pride in personally training all of the firm’s attorneys: […]

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Miller Barondess Wins Appeal in Case Involving $300 Million Herbalife Trust

By Andy Serbe, Daily Journal Staff Writer, Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Los Angeles – A state appellate court reversed two probate court decisions that disqualified Miller Barondess LLP from handling a case concerning a dispute over the line of succession for a $300 million trust established by the founder of Herbalife Inc. and barred […]

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The Daily Journal Profiles the Success and Growth of Miller Barondess

By Skylar Dubelko/Daily Journal Staff Writer, Thursday, August 10, 2017 – At Los Angeles litigation boutique Miller Barondess LLP, younger partners are trying cases and winning. “Lawyers here get a higher level of legal experience at a younger age and that allows them to excel and grow their skills and career much faster,” said partner […]

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San Diego Union Tribune Quotes Dan Miller in Article on Police Shooting Case

By Greg Moran, Contact Reporter (April 18, 2017, 7:10 PM | SAN DIEGO) — A police practices expert hired by the family of a man fatally shot by San Diego police in 2015 concluded 75 percent of officer shootings over a three-year period were avoidable and unnecessary uses of force. Roger Clark, a nationally recognized authority on […]

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Daily Journal Honors Mira Hashmall on Top 40 Under 40 List

The April 12, 2017 issue of the Daily Journal honored Mira Hashmall of Miller Barondess, LLP on its 2017 List “Top 40 Under 40.”  This exclusive list includes lawyers under the age of 40 who have achieved the highest level of legal success amongst their peers. Mira joined Miller Barondess in 2007 and has been […]

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Miller Barondess Adds IP, Media Pro In Los Angeles Office as Covered by Law360

Law360, New York (December 20, 2016, 2:38 PM EST) — Miller Barondess LLP has added a media, entertainment and intellectual property attorney who has served as general counsel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Paramount Pictures Corp. as of counsel in its Los Angeles office, the firm announced. Jay Rakow, a member of the Academy of Motion […]

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Miller Barondess Files Bad Faith Lawsuit Against Insurer Related to Multi-Million Dollar Claim Against Hedge Fund as Covered by Law360

Ex-Production Co. Execs Say Insurer Abandoned Them In Suit By Kat Sieniuc Law360, New York (August 31, 2016, 8:49 PM ET) — Former executives of now defunct post-production studio Modern VideoFilm Inc. are suing its insurer, Argonaut Insurance Company, for abandoning them in a more than $77 million counter-fight against a hedge fund that ran the […]

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Miller Barondess Wins Over $11 Million for a Private Equity Client and Defeats $25 Million Counterclaim.

P-Wave Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of The Gores Group (a Los Angeles–based global private equity firm) sued for breach of a reseller agreement in international arbitration proceedings against two large telecommunication infrastructure companies and their parent company based in Lebanon.  The Arbitrator issued a final award on March 22, 2016 awarding our client (P-Wave) over […]

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Variety Covers Miller Barondess’ Representation of Modern VideoFilm’s $100M Suit Against Medley Capital, Deloitte

By Ted Johnson June 1, 2015 Modern VideoFilm founder Moshe Barkat has filed a lawsuit against Capital Corp., claiming that it took control of the post-production company, breached his contract, and fired him, and then retained Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which ran the operation “into the ground.” The company’s content management system converted and filed […]

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Steven Tyler Attorney Can’t SLAPP Away Agent’s Suit

By Michael Lipkin February 26, 2015 Communications between a lawyer for Steven Tyler and an “American Idol” representative over the Aerosmith rocker’s contract negotiations are not protected speech, a California appeals court ruled on Wednesday, reviving a management company’s $2 million suit alleging the attorney sabotaged its bid to get Tyler a more lucrative deal. The […]

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Daily Journal Recognizes Miller Barondess As Top Litigation Firm

The Daily Journal named Miller Barondess in their exclusive List of Top Boutique Law Firms.  This list is compiled of firms that specialize in niche practice areas and service sophisticated clientele. The article highlights Miller Barondess clients East West Bank, Rod Stewart, and Motley Crue, among others.  It recognizes the firm’s victories and unique in-house […]

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Miller Barondess Files Suit Over Botched $39 Million Hyatt Hotel Deal

PE Firm Sued Over Allegedly Botching $39M Hyatt Hotel Deal By Natalie Rodriguez Law360, New York (October 08, 2014, 3:31 PM ET) — Private equity firm Wheelock Street Capital LLC has been hit with a California state court suit that alleges it purposefully concealed the nonrenewal of a hotel’s Hyatt Hotels Corp. management contract in order to […]

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Miller Barondess Wins Brown Act Appeal on Behalf of Los Angeles County

In a unanimous published decision, the California Court of Appeal held that the County of Los Angeles’s process for entering into “social program agreements” does not violate the Brown Act.  Every year, the County enters into contracts with social service organizations that provide vital services to County residents.  These programs feed the homeless, provide medical […]

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Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series  The third season of ‘Masters of the Mix’ allegedly used lots of unlicensed music By Eriq Gardner Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1’s Masters of the Mix as a “cut-and-dry copyright infringement case,” but modest trappings aside, there’s a few reasons to pay attention to […]

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Miller Barondess Defeats Copyright Claim Against Mötley Crüe

On July 3, 2014, Judge Edmond E. Chang of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed plaintiff Ron Toma’s copyright complaint against the band Mötley Crüe for the lack of personal jurisdiction. Toma’s complaint stemmed from the band’s use of the famous “Belt Buckle Image” – the cover art of […]

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Miller Barondess Wins on Summary Judgment on Behalf of the County of Los Angeles

We recently obtained summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles and the individual Board of Supervisors in a high-profile taxpayer lawsuit that received extensive media coverage.  The lawsuit alleged that the County’s top elected officials wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and violated the Brown Act in connection with the County’s budgeting process.  The plaintiff’s […]

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Miller Barondess Wins Trial Victory for Bank

After more than three years of litigation, a large bank with over $50 billion in assets obtained a defense judgment in its favor.  A California Superior Court Judge held the bank was not liable for fraudulent inducement following a two-week bench trial. The plaintiffs alleged that, in September 2008, the bank fraudulently induced them to […]

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Brian Procel Receives the Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award

LACBA Will Install 2013-14 President Patricia Egan Daehnke on June 27 Evening includes presentation of Shattuck-Price Award to Gerald L. Chaleff. Patricia Egan Daehnke will be installed as LACBA’s 2013-14 president on June 27 during a dinner program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing outgoing and incoming LACBA officers and trustees, the event […]

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Daily Journal Recognizes Miller Barondess’ $1.5 Million Award for Cathay Bank

  The June 18, 2012 edition of the Daily Journal article Bank Wins Arbitration Against Former LA Official recognizes Dan Miller’s success on two summary judgement motions on behalf of Cathay Bank, awarding the Bank $1.5 million, and summarily rejecting the plantiff’s multi-million dollar fraud claim against the Bank.  The Bank was also awarded interest […]

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Miller Barondess Represents Snooki Against SRG Ventures

-New York Post Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is facing further headaches in her legal battle with licensing company SRG Ventures over an e-mail sent by her dad describing her as “the hottest thing on the market.” The pregnant power gnome partnered with SRG to launch a litany of Snooki-related merchandise in 2010, but she filed a suit […]

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Daily Journal Honors Brian Procel in Top 20 Under 40

The January 18, 2012 edition of the Daily Journal recognized Brian Procel as a leading lawyer in their Top 20 Under 40 list.  This prestigious list honors the top 20 lawyers in California under the age of 40 in a variety of different practice areas. The award highlights Brian’s victories in a broad spectrum of […]

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Daily Journal Recognizes Miller Barondess’ $5 Million Verdict

The April 25, 2011 edition of the Daily Journal highlights Miller Barondess’ jury verdict win in an article titled Developer Gets $5 Million Verdict.  Brian Procel, alongside his partner Skip Miller, represented real estate developer SunCal Companies in their victory. SunCal Companies accused a pair of entities in backing out of a land sale because […]

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Daily Journal Awards Dan Miller Top 20 Under 40

The January 12, 2011 edition of the Daily Journal named Dan Miller in their list of Top 20 Under 40 leading lawyers in California.  This list honors the top 20 lawyers in California under the age of 40 in a variety of industries and practice areas. The article highlights some of Dan Miller’s notable clients […]

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Axl Rose Sues Activision for $20 Million Over ‘Guitar Hero’

Axl Rose Sues Activision Over ‘Guitar Hero’ November 23, 2010 By Antony Bruno Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is suing Activision Blizzard for $20 million over the use of the band’s classic “Welcome to the Jungle,” in the 2007 videogame Guitar Hero III. According to the lawsuit (see the full filing here), Rose wanted […]

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Skip Miller on the Changing Legal Landscape

Each week, Bulletproof Blog features exclusive interviews with thought leaders on issues of critical importance to companies and countries. This week, with current economic conditions forcing corporate law departments to fundamentally change their approaches to legal services outsourcing, we talk to Skip Miller, a Partner in the law firm of Miller Barondess, LLP in Los Angeles, […]

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Top 100 Power Lawyers – The Hollywood Reporter

LITIGATION Skip Miller Miller Barondess When your one-time partner gets indicted in the Pellicano case, it’s time to consider starting over. Four years after leaving Terry Christensen and the firm he helped found, Miller is in the arms of family — literally: Two of his key colleagues are sons Daniel and James. He’s been busy […]

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Miller Barondess’ Recommendations to the Coliseum Commission After EDC Death

LA Coliseum Limits Raves Following Death By JEAN GUERRERO The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission voted unanimously today to adopt new restrictions on raves after concerns were raised following the ecstasy-related death of a 15-year-old girl and the hospitalization of more than 114 others who attended last month’s Electric Daisy Carnival. The restrictions were proposed […]

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Skip Miller Profiled as One of Hollywood’s Top-Notch Attorneys

L.A. Law: A Who’s Who of Celebrity Attorneys The results also work out, in the lawyer’s case, with great word-of-mouth advertising and marquee value in the right circles – and that’s success you can deposit at the bank. LOUIS “SKIP” MILLER SPECIALTY: Litigation and Trial FIRM: Miller Barondess, LLP STAR CLIENT: Guns N’ Roses’ Axl […]

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Miller Barondess Helps Axl Rose in Lawsuit Against Irving Azoff

THR, Esq. The intersection of Hollywood and law  AXL ROSE SLAMS IRVING AZOFF IN $5 MILLION COUNTERSUIT  By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Axl Rose says his former manager tried to implement a scheme to force him to reunite with the original Guns N’ Roses band members and, as part of the plot, failed to properly promote […]

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Amnon Siegel on the Rights of Automobile Dealers

Legal Recourse for Automobile Dealers Facing Termination Recent challenging times in the automobile industry have led to harsh conflicts between manufacturers and dealers, but as manufacturers attempt to tighten their belts in an effort to preserve cash and cut losses, they should be wary not to do so in a manner that violates dealers’ rights. […]

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Miller Barondess Prevails on $24 Million Decision

Wal-Mart Vendor Fails To Nix $24M Offset Over Venture By Samuel Howard Law360, New York (March 29, 2010) — A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. vendor has failed to overturn a trial court’s decision to offset a $12.8 million judgment against Pou Chen Corp. with $24 million in damages still owed to Pou Chen in connection with […]

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Miller Barondess’ Role in Aerosmith’s Civil Dispute

Aerosmith’s Civil War in an Elevator The band is hunting for a new lead singer; Steven Tyler’s lawyer demands: cease and desist By Dominic Patten Published: February 02, 2010 @ 12:30 pm He may be in rehab, but you can dream on if you think Steven Tyler is about to give up being the lead […]

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Skip Miller’s Take on Carmakers’ Good Faith Responsibilities to Auto Dealers

Hyundai sued by former California dealership in U.S. court Shawn Wright  Automotive News | March 24, 2010 – 3:31 pm EST DETROIT — California dealership Estes Automotive Group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $30 million from Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Capital America, claiming the automaker failed to keep its promise of helping out […]

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Miller Barondess Saves Real Estate Developer’s Equity

Andrews’ Bank & Lender Liability Litigation Reporter July 20, 2009 Foreclosure CALIF. ARBITRATOR HALTS FORECLOSURE SALE ON CONDOCOMPLEX Copyright © 2009 Thomson Reuters Citing the current economic climate, an arbitrator has determined that a lender cannot go through with a planned foreclosure sale on a California condominium complex. Robert E. Thomas, a retired judge working […]

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Sasha Frid Addresses Electronic Money Laundering Issues

Alert: Double-Check MSB Licensure Status — Unregulated Entities Can Catch You In The Regulatory Crossfire The fluidity of Internet-based payment tools makes it hard to track online funds transactions, which means criminals can launder money more easily — sometimes even anonymously. While most banks have mastered the AML routine in the nearly seven years since […]

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Skip Miller Discusses Public Perception of Litigating High-Profile Cases

Through the Mud   From InsideCounsel Magazine I August 2008 Issue   By Melissa Maleske August 1,2008 David Dunn recalls a classroom scene from his first year of law school. The students were discussing a 1930s case involving a railroad company, and the professor asked them to name the rule of the case. People came up with […]

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Inside Counsel Magazine, July 2008

Clipping Coupons From Inside Counsel Magazine July 2008 Issue By Melissa Maleske July 1,2008 When Ford Motor Co. offered a coupon to settle claims related its Explorer, commentators in the media latched onto the story as another example of unfair coupon settlements. Class members claimed that reports of rollovers had negatively impacted the retail value […]

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Recent Trial Victory on Computerworld.com June 2008

Opinion: Bust-out schemes are a fraud designed to make you go bust By A. Sasha Frid June 06, 2008 Increasing globalization is proving to be a boon for perpetrators of a type of fraud known as a “bust-out scheme.” This kind of fraud, commonplace in the computer and electronics industry, victimizes legitimate manufacturers and retailers. […]

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Daily Journal Recognizes Miller Barondess in List of Top 10 Plaintiff Verdicts

The April 14, 2008 edition of the Daily Journal highlights Miller Barondess’ $46 million jury verdict as one of the largest in California in their article Jury Awards Taiwan Group $46 Million. In the suit, Miller Barondess partner Skip Miller represented Pou Chen Corporation, one of the largest international conglomerates, alongside his partner Sasha Frid.  […]

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Miller Barondess’ Role in Sean Connery Legal Dispute

Teed Off: Membership spat lands Connery, Murdock in the rough By Drew Combs July 23, 2007 Sean Connery, the acclaimed actor, has played many roles over his career, including an aging Robin Hood who returns to Sherwood Forest to fight old battles and challenge injustices. Connery, the accomplished amateur golfer, is currently fighting what he believes […]

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Lawyer Starts New Firm After Ex-Boss Indicted

Lawyer Starts New Firm After Ex-Boss Indicted By Kim Christensen Louis “Skip” Miller has started a Century City law firm two months after leaving what is now known as Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro in the wake of partner Terry Christensen’s indictment in the Anthony Pellicano federal wiretap scandal. Mark A. Barondess and Daniel […]

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50 Best-Compensated Attorneys in Los Angeles

Profiles of the 50 Best-Compensated Lawyers in L.A  Louis R ‘Skip’ Miller III Miller Barondess Specialty: Litigation Law School: UCLA, 1972   Career Highlight: Assisted the city of Los Angeles in the Rodney King civil rights action WHEN it comes to complex, high-profile cases, Skip Miller is regarded as a go-to heavy hitter in Los […]

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Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans  A Riverside Police Shooting Pits Johnnie Cochran Against Skip Miller – Finally They are a crash course in contrasts. One is a bombastic media darling, a flamboyant courtroom orator who’s the star of a TV talk show on American justice; the other a deliberative, masterful legal craftsman, called in by major […]

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Los Angeles Business Journal Profiles Skip Miller

Louis “Skip” Miller Christensen Miller Fink Jacobs Glaser Weil & Shapiro Litigation UCLA Law School, 1972 Known for his charm and fight, Louis “Skip” Miller is without question one of L.A.’s hottest trial lawyers. “If you are down in the legal trenches, Skip is the one you want down there with you,” said L.A. County […]

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Skip Miller: L.A.’s Hired Gun

L.A.’s Hired Gun All Around Defense Louis (Skip) Miller CAREER PATH Christensen White won a beauty contest in 1989 to represent Los Angeles in a five-year-old lawsuit over the city council’s downsizing of a median strip owned by Southern Pacific Railroad. On the eve of a summary judgment hearing, Miller helped negotiate a $3 million […]

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A Tenacious Bulldog Who Hates to Lose

A Tenacious Bulldog Who Hates to Lose By Krysten Crawford From motorist Rodney King to retired L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates and his former assistant Robert Vernon, there’s no doubt that the Los Angeles City Council has weathered its fair share of legal toils and political troubles in recent times. In these times of urban […]

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$7 Million Judgment Against Michael Jackson

Jackson owes $5.3 million Jury returns verdict in favor of concert promoters    By Elizabeth Rodriguez Entertainer Michael Jackson reneged on a contract with Marcel Avram and will have to pay the concert promoter $5.3 million for failing to perform at two millennium concerts, a Superior Court jury in Santa Maria decided Thursday. Both sides claimed […]

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