Amnon Siegel is an experienced trial attorney with significant victories for plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, court trials and binding arbitrations. In 2018, Mr. Siegel was chosen by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” attorneys in the State of California.
In 2017, Mr. Siegel obtained one of the Top 10 verdicts in the country, a $256 million verdict against Nissan. He has also won a unanimous jury trial in a lender liability dispute on behalf of a large commercial bank, which was selected as a Top 10 defense verdict in California.
Mr. Siegel’s first-chair trial victories include:
- $256 million jury verdict for fraud and punitive damages on behalf of an automobile dealership group against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation;
- $4.3 million judgment on jury verdict against an AIG policyholder for gross negligence and an award of attorneys’ fees;
- $15.8 million unanimous jury verdict for large Southern California Toyota dealership group against Toyota Motor Sales; and
- Complete defense victory in binding arbitration for D.A.R.E. America in a franchise and licensing dispute with its largest state affiliate, including award of attorneys’ fees.
Mr. Siegel’s other successes include:
- Obtaining a $120 million settlement on behalf of the County of Los Angeles against SoCalGas stemming from the largest release of methane in U.S. history at the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in Porter Ranch;
- Unanimous jury verdict on behalf of East West Bank in a multi-million dollar lender liability action; also obtained a $2.5 million award for attorneys’ fees, expert fees and costs;
- Winning a substantial award in binding arbitration (FINRA) on behalf of an investment bank against its former Managing Director for breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret theft and breach of contract;
- Winning summary judgment on behalf of the County of Los Angeles and the five County Supervisors in a taxpayer lawsuit involving a $16 million per year public spending program.
- Obtaining dismissal of trade secret misappropriation and unfair business practices claims on summary judgment on behalf of a technology company and its employees against a direct competitor and employees’ former employer.
- Successfully defending Questcor Pharmaceuticals (now part of Mallinckrodt plc) in a several hundred million dollar royalty agreement dispute.
- Successfully defending executives of several different asset management companies against their former employer based on allegations of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and violation of non-competition/non-solicitation covenants.
- Representing the Estate of Tupac Shakur against Morgan Creek Productions over the rights to a biopic based on Tupac Shakur’s life;
- Obtaining successful settlement on behalf of children’s band The Imagination Movers against their former management company.
- Representing Stone Temple Pilots in the band’s successful removal of their former lead singer, Scott Weiland.
- Representing the Estate of Marilyn Monroe in right of publicity, copyright and fair use litigation.
In addition to his automotive expertise, Mr. Siegel has handled intellectual property and business competition disputes, involving trade secrets, trademark, trade dress, unfair business practices, fiduciary duties and restrictive covenants. Mr. Siegel has also represented policyholders in high-stakes, bad faith insurance coverage disputes.
Mr. Siegel joined Miller Barondess in 2007 and has been integral to the firm’s growth. Before joining Miller Barondess, Mr. Siegel worked in the litigation department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Los Angeles office, where he worked on complex litigation cases. Mr. Siegel graduated from New York University School of Law and prior to that, received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. In 2007 and each year since 2013, Mr. Siegel was recognized by his peers in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star.”
Mr. Siegel is also well-versed in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, having received his mediation certification from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and successfully mediating cases as a member of Los Angeles County Superior Court’s mediation panel.