Todd Neal is the leader of the firm’s Litigation Team. Todd has
substantial trial experience and has served as lead trial counsel in
more than thirty jury trials tried to verdict. His diverse trial
practice has three primary areas of focus: prosecution and defense of
corporate and commercial litigation; representation of plaintiffs in
serious injury and wrongful death matters; and defense of government
investigations including actions brought by government agencies such as
the SEC and industry regulatory agencies such as FINRA. In the past
five years Todd has recovered more than $25,000,000 on behalf of
plaintiffs. Additionally, he has successfully defended and prosecuted
numerous high value business disputes involving claims of breach of
contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership, shareholder,
corporate governance and securities matters.
- 2016: Prevailed on all claims after arbitration of dispute between
members of limited liability company that owned and sold commercial
office building in downtown San Diego. After a contested arbitration
proceeding before the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Neal’s
clients were awarded 75% ownership and defeated co-members’ claim of
50/50 ownership. Mr. Neal’s clients also defeated claims of
mismanagement and breach of fiduciary duty.
- 2016: Prevailed on motion to dismiss based on the doctrine of forum
non conveniens on behalf of international women’s shoe manufacturer
against claims brought by joint venture partner who sought to bring
claims in California alleging breach of contract and violation of
intellectual property rights.
- 2016: Obtained multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of
international vitamin manufacturer in Trade Libel action, further
resulting in the removal of multiple URLs containing defamatory material
from Google search results.
- 2015: Obtained $5,250,000 settlement in wrongful death action.
- 2015: Successfully defended a client sued for $12,000,000 for fraud,
breach of fiduciary and breach of contract. After two weeks of trial,
the case settled for 5% of the demand.
- 2014: Successfully defended Taiwanese electronic parts manufacturer
against $30,000,000 fraud and kickback claim brought by national big box
retailer. Mr. Neal’s client paid nothing on the claims against it and
recovered a multi-million dollar breach of contract settlement.
- 2014: Represented a director and member of the Audit Committee of a
large publicly traded company specializing in the sale of walnuts.
Obtained dismissal of securities fraud action under the Securities
Exchange Act. Although SEC charges were filed against the company and
certain individuals, Mr. Neal was successful in persuading the SEC not
to charge his client.
- 2013: Obtained a $3,000,000 settlement for a manufacturer’s
representative working on behalf of a manufacturer providing OEM
services to a well-known sporting goods brand. The suit was brought
under the Independent Wholesale Sales Representatives Contractual
- 2013: Successfully defended prominent sports agent sued by a former
professional football player over his investment losses. The case
settled for less than 3% of the amount claimed.
- 2013: Persuaded the SEC not to pursue securities violations charges against Mr. Neal’s client, a publicly traded company.
- 2012: Obtained a defense verdict on all causes of action for a client
who was sued after investing in certain LLCs created for residential
- 2012: Obtained a $5,000,000 settlement on behalf of the adult
daughters of a 77 year old woman who died after her car fell from the
fourth floor of a parking structure to the street below at a commercial
structure in Santa Monica.
- 2012: Successfully represented a medical aesthetics company that was
forced to sue its former co-founders due to their attempts to regain
control of the company following their receipt of separation payments to
step down as directors and officers.
- 2011: Obtained a $4,200,000 settlement for the family of a homeless
man who was killed after a collapse of a pedestrian walkway located on
the perimeter of a construction project.
- On behalf of well-known movie director, obtained reversal of
conviction for making false statements to the FBI and sentence was
vacated. U.S. v. McTiernan 546 F.3d 1160.