We act as local counsel to other California lawyers or out of state lawyers that find themselves litigating in California Courts.  In addition to practicing before all California courts, we are admitted in all of the California federal courts.  Our experience and familiarity with local practices and procedures can be an indispensable asset to firms and their clients less familiar with the nuances of the California practice.  We also understand and respect the primary attorney – client relationship and carefully tailor our role as local counsel to align with the needs of clients and their attorneys. Yet we stand ready to handle the full scope of services needed by clients in disputes and litigated matters. We provide this representation with our usual  commitment to value, efficiency, and effectiveness.

We typically assist out-of-state attorneys in a variety of ways, including:

  • Prepare and file motions including pro hac vice admissions
  • Advise on strategy and local rules
  • Handle personal service and next day filings
  • Ensuring compliance with time periods for filing discovery
  • Providing out-of-state attorneys with background intelligence on local judges and arbitrators.
  • Serving subpoenas for documents and testimony.
  • Filing and arguing motions to compel compliance with subpoenas.
  • Domesticating subpoenas and foreign judgments.
  • Enforcing judgments against California based judgment debtors.

Examples of cases in which we have acted as local counsel:

  • As local counsel, we partnered in representing a national bank in a class action over lending practices brought in the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • As local counsel, we partnered in representing a national timeshare company in a class action over marketing practices brought in the California Superior Court.
  • As local counsel, we partnered in representing a law firm in a case over collection practices brought in the California Superior Court.
  • As local counsel, we partnered in representing a national cruise line in a class action over marketing practices brought in the Eastern District of California.