Founded by trial lawyer Skip Miller in 2006, along with his sons Dan and Jim, and partners Mark Barondess and Sasha Frid, Miller Barondess has grown to 40 attorneys, including 13 partners, specializing in litigation.

Our firm is ranked nationally by:  Chambers and Partners, Chambers USA 2021 Guide and U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

  In 2021, the firm was named among the top litigation boutiques in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.

Miller Barondess has an extraordinary record of success representing plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeals.  The firm is regularly called upon by clients in a wide range of sectors, including technology, real estate, healthcare, entertainment/media, sports, consumer products, insurance, retail, environmental, licensing and branding, financial services and in governmental.

Firm lawyers have been lead counsel in hundreds of state and federal trials and arbitrations nationwide; and have prevailed against some of the largest corporations in the world with millions of dollars at stake.  With a reputation for victories in “bet-the-company” cases, the firm is frequently hired to “save the day” before trial.  Other law firms call us when their clients need a trial team.

We have a collaborative team of people who are treated as indispensable members of the firm. We also make proactive efforts to recruit and retain minority attorneys and staff members. We believe that a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds enriches our team and the quality of our client services.

Firm Victories

Miller Barondess Wins $256 Million Jury Verdict Against Nissan

In May 2017, Miller Barondess won a $256,450,000 jury verdict against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation on behalf of Superior Automotive Group.  Superior owned five Nissan and two Toyota dealerships and was financed, and ultimately closed, by Nissan in 2008 in the midst of the Great Recession.   Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation is the financing arm and a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited, the worldwide owner of the Nissan automobile brand.  The jury’s award included $121,900,000 in compensatory damages and $134,550,000 in punitive damages.  Read Article.

Skip Miller Included Among the Most Influential People in Los Angeles

We are proud to announce that Miller Barondess partner Skip Miller was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal on its exclusive list of LA500: The Most Influential People in Los Angeles. The list celebrates the most influential leaders in Los Angeles who have demonstrated innovation and agility in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past year, and whose vision and creativity can be counted on to help the city move forward.

THE LATEST: Since 2020, Miller has represented L.A. County in negotiations in federal court as part of a massive lawsuit brought by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights against local government agencies over their handling of the homeless situation. In April, Judge David Carter filed a preliminary injunction calling on government officials to provide housing for those living in encampments, which Miller appealed on behalf of the county.

BACKGROUND: In late 2019, Miller worked on litigation to bring the Los Angeles Clippers’ proposed arena to the city of Inglewood. His entertainment industry clients have included Sean Connery, Lionel Richie, Paula Abdul, the Tupac Shakur estate, rock bands Journey, Mötley Crüe and Stone Temple Pilots, and studios MGM, Columbia Pictures and Paramount. He has handled complex litigation for corporate clients KB Home, Entertainment Studios Inc., Prudential, Patrón Tequila, East West Bank, and several other publicly traded banks, private equity and venture capital firms. Miller is litigation counsel for Los Angeles County and the City of Inglewood.

This marks Skip’s fourth year of being named on LABJ’s LA500 list. Read Article

Miller Barondess Wins One of the Top Jury Verdicts of 2008 – $47 Million for our Clients

The Firm obtained a judgment for $46.7 million following a two-month jury trial where the Firm represented California affiliates of Taiwanese-based Pou Chen Corporation.  Pou Chen Corporation is one of the world’s largest companies with over 400,000 employees and facilities located in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.  Through its various operations, Pou Chen manufactures over 30% of the world’s athletic footwear and a whole host of electronic and other products for several major brands.  Our clients filed suit in 2005 against MTS Products, and its owner Ben Hsia, arising from an agreement to sell electronics products – laptop computers, monitors and related electronics – to Wal-Mart.  Our clients had never done business before with Wal-Mart, and brought in MTS and Mr. Hsia because of their extensive prior dealings as an approved Wal-Mart supplier.  The venture sold over $50 million of products to Wal-Mart before dissolving amid allegations of non-payment of funds and defective products.  The jury deliberated for nine days before returning one of the largest verdicts of the year.  Read Article

Miller Barondess Prevails on Summary Judgment for Cathay Bank

We recently won summary judgment defending a large Bank against a borrower who sued for breach of contract and fraud involving $4.5 million in loans for a condominium project.  When the Bank refused to extend the loans on terms dictated by the borrower, the borrower sued the Bank claiming that he was defrauded and that the Bank made false oral promises.  The borrower sought millions of dollars in compensatory damages and punitive damages.  The Bank counterclaimed for breach of the personal loan agreement.  We filed for summary judgment on all of the borrower’s claims and filed an offensive summary judgment motion for breach of the personal loan agreement.  The panel of three arbitrators unanimously granted both motions for summary judgment, disposed of all of the borrower’s claims and awarded the Bank the principal on the personal loan plus attorneys’ fees.  Read Article

Miller Barondess Successfully Resolves $2 Billion Action Against Lehman Brothers

The Firm represented real estate developer SunCal in a multi-billion dollar dispute arising from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.  The Firm was litigation counsel for the entities that owned 20 major real estate projects caught in the recession whose constituencies were several hundred million dollars of unsecured creditors.  Lehman agreed to fund, then stiffed, the unsecured creditors, consisting of vendors, contractors and surety bond providers.  The projects were put into bankruptcy in the Central District, and we filed suit to subordinate over $2 billion in Lehman mortgage liens.  After a protracted battle against two large nationwide law firms and Lehman, the case settled, with the unsecured creditors recovering on their claims pursuant to confirmed plans, instead of nothing as sought by Lehman; and with SunCal recovering millions on its claims and acquiring two of the properties.  Read Article

Miller Barondess Successfully Defends $50 Million Lender Liability Claim, and Obtains $1 Million in Attorneys’ Fees

The Firm recently defended East West Bank against a sophisticated commercial real estate developer seeking more than $50 million in damages.  The borrower received a multi-million dollar construction loan from the Bank to develop the infrastructure of his property.  When the project failed midway through construction, the borrower sued the Bank, alleging, among other things, that he had been fraudulently induced into accepting the loan based on an inflated appraisal commissioned by the Bank.  We prevailed on every motion that we filed in the case and successfully dismissed all 13 of the borrower’s claims against the Bank at the pleadings and summary judgment stages.  In addition, we obtained an attorneys’ fee award for our client in excess of $1 million.  Read Article

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

We 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 complaint alleged that our clients had violated more than a dozen statutory and constitutional provisions, including conflict of interest laws.  After two and a half years of hard-fought litigation, we succeeded in dismissing the entire lawsuit at summary judgment.

Miller Barondess Wins Complete Defense Verdict, as well as $2 Million in Attorneys’ Fees

The Firm successfully represented East West Bank in a lender liability case where the Bank faced significant exposure.  In the midst of the most recent recession, East West Bank was seeking to raise capital and was out on a road show, while at the same time it was being sued for upwards of $20 million in a lender liability claim that could have scuttled the offering if lost.  The Firm tried the case to a jury and won a complete defense verdict after a two week trial.  In addition to a defense verdict, the Bank was awarded $2 million in attorneys’ fees.  Read Article

Miller Barondess Secures $4.7 Million Jury Verdict

The Firm represented real estate developer SunCal in a breach of contract case involving the sale of 628 acres of land.  We were faced with the difficult task of representing a real estate developer in Riverside County right in the middle of the recession, and we were asking for millions of dollars in lost profits.  The jury ultimately found that the sellers breached the contract and awarded $4.7 million in lost profits plus interest.

Balance Drives
Our Law Practice

Our attorneys function as a unit fully invested in the client and the outcome. We are open to creative, non-traditional billing arrangements and have confidence in our ability to win.

We Attract
Top Talent

We recruit from the top law schools and attract attorneys from large firms who want more responsibility and hands-on experience. We train our lawyers to be good litigators and trial lawyers, as well as counselors and problem solvers.

A Dedicated Team
For Every Case

We staff cases with fewer lawyers than other firms and are cost-effective in the delivery of legal services. We enjoy practicing law, are proud of what we have built and look forward to more successes.

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