Business Litigation

When business disputes arise that can’t be resolved with compromise or negotiation, litigation may be the only remedy. While there are many risks with litigation — it is costly, time-consuming and disruptive — we help businesses in a cost-effective and strategic manner. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP combines legal, regulatory, business and industry knowledge and experience with litigation skill to give clients a decisive edge when negotiating and litigating resolutions. 

Our attorneys have successfully handled disputes regarding complex and diverse matters in courts at all levels, before regulatory bodies, administrative boards and legislatures, and at the negotiating table. We also skillfully employ all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and negotiated settlement. 

Our Approach 
We start each representation by gaining an understanding of our clients’ issues and goals to establish realistic expectations and offer guidance that helps clients arrive at the best course of action. 

Our litigation teams are appropriately staffed to deliver cost-efficient, effective legal solutions based on each client’s specific needs and goals. We utilize the latest technologies to streamline document review, efficiently manage litigation and enhance the presentation of evidence in court.

Our Experience
Our trial attorneys routinely negotiate and litigate against some of the largest firms in the world. We have successfully handled disputes involving such matters as:  

  • Antitrust claims
  • Corporate governance and director & officer liability 
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Business contracts & transactions 
  • Environmental issues and liability
  • Government contracts
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Labor & employment, including union negotiations
  • Employee benefits & executive compensation 
  • Tax controversies
  • Intellectual property
  • Securities, finance & banking
  • Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances & other business combinations
  • Real estate & construction
  • Bankruptcies & insolvency 
  • Corporate restructuring & reorganizations
  • Divestitures and dissolutions


Proactive Guidance
Recognizing that prevention is generally best, our attorneys work proactively with clients to identify risks, advising on contract provisions, reviewing policies and practices, and offering strategies to avoid litigation. We also help clients with establishing litigation preparedness protocols regarding document retention and organization, discovery readiness and witness preparation. 

  • Represented a client in a dispute against a major financial institution regarding improperly charged fees, successfully negotiating a resolution by which the financial institution repaid nearly $1 million in fees to our client.
  • In a dispute involving a real estate developer and neighboring landowners, BB&K defeated the neighbors’ claims and then negotiated a settlement that enabled the project to be built as scheduled.
Franklin C. Adams

Franklin C. Adams

Partner

(951) 826-8302

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law
Marilyn Chandler

Marilyn Chandler

Paralegal*

(909) 466-4906

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Rebecca Chaparro

Rebecca Chaparro

Associate

(619) 525-1310

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Anthony Chavez

Anthony Chavez

Associate

(949) 263-2615

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Christopher Deal

Christopher Deal

Partner

(949) 263-6567

Areas of Focus: Business | Eminent Domain | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Real Estate | Wage & Hour Law
Scott Ditfurth

Scott Ditfurth

Partner

(951) 826-8209

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Transportation
Thomas J. Eastmond

Thomas J. Eastmond

Of Counsel

(949) 263-2601

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Public Contracts & Construction | Real Estate
Richard T. Egger

Richard T. Egger

Partner

(909) 466-4915

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Trusts & Estates
Karen S. Fogarty

Karen S. Fogarty

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8403

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Public Sector: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Howard B. Golds

Howard B. Golds

Partner

(951) 826-8339

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment
Matthew L. Green

Matthew L. Green

Of Counsel

(619) 525-1370

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Ryan Guiboa

Ryan Guiboa

Associate

(213) 787-2549

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Robert J. Hanna

Robert J. Hanna

Partner

(619) 525-1344

Areas of Focus: Agri-Business | Business | Business Litigation | Real Estate
Christina A. Hickey

Christina A. Hickey

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3310

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Trusts & Estates
Laurie A. Ibarra

Laurie A. Ibarra

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8354

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Public Sector: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Trusts & Estates
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Joseph A. LeVota

Joseph A. LeVota

Associate

(619) 525-1388

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Real Estate
Kendall H. MacVey

Kendall H. MacVey

Partner

(951) 826-8226

Areas of Focus: California Public Utilities Commission | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Damian M. Moos

Damian M. Moos

Partner

(949) 263-6570

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Business Transactions | Intellectual Property | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Thomas M. O'Connell

Thomas M. O'Connell

Associate

(951) 826-8337

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Matthew C. Onyett

Matthew C. Onyett

Associate

(951) 826-8315

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation
Christopher Pisano

Christopher Pisano

Partner

(213) 617-7492

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation
D. Brian Reider

D. Brian Reider

Partner

(909) 466-4908

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Business Transactions | Finance & Banking | Labor & Employment | Real Estate
Daniel Richards

Daniel Richards

Associate

(949) 263-2619

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
William E. Robinson

William E. Robinson

Partner

(916) 551-2093

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Business Transactions | Finance & Banking | Labor & Employment | Real Estate
Carol Sanchez

Carol Sanchez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8371

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Gregory G. Snarr

Gregory G. Snarr

Associate

(951) 826-8202

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Labor & Employment | Municipal Law | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Special Districts
Lauren Strickroth

Lauren Strickroth

Partner

(951) 826-8346

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Trusts & Estates
Cathy Ta

Cathy Ta

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2562

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Business | Business Litigation
G. Henry Welles

G. Henry Welles

Partner

(760) 837-1609

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Intellectual Property | Trusts & Estates
Victor L. Wolf

Victor L. Wolf

Partner

(951) 826-8231

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Jacqueline Yaeger

Jacqueline Yaeger

Associate

(951) 826-8272

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions
Dawn M. Yandel

Dawn M. Yandel

Paralegal*

(619) 525-1330

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Special Districts
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Gregory Snarr Video Bio
Videos Jun 28, 2017

Gregory Snarr Video Bio

Associate

Howard Golds Video Bio
Videos Jun 13, 2017

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Partner

Scott Ditfurth Video Bio
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Scott Ditfurth Video Bio

Partner

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Press Releases Jun 7, 2017

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Authored Articles & Publications May 15, 2017

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Business Litigator Christopher Deal Joins BB&K’s Irvine Office
Press Releases Apr 25, 2017

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New Partner Brings In-House Experience

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Authored Articles & Publications Apr 20, 2017

Best in Law: How to Keep Business Secrets Secret

Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About NDAs for the Press-Enterprise

Event Apr 20, 2017

2017 Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter

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Legal Alerts Apr 10, 2017

McDonald’s Corp. Dismissed from Suit Over Wage Violations at Franchises

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Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

Sacramento Business Journal Again Ranks BB&K as a Top Litigation Firm

Based on Number of Attorneys

Cathy Ta Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Cathy Ta Video Bio

Associate

Richard T. Egger Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Richard T. Egger Video Bio

Partner

D. Brian Reider Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

D. Brian Reider Video Bio

Partner

Lauren Strickroth Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Lauren Strickroth Video Bio

Partner

Best in Law: Want to Cut Legal Costs? Avoid Litigation
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 10, 2016

Best in Law: Want to Cut Legal Costs? Avoid Litigation

BB&K Partner Lauren Strickroth Provides Litigation Cost-Saving Tips in the Press-Enterprise

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process
Legal Alerts Sep 26, 2016

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process

Provides Opportunity to Streamline Litigation

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story
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County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story

BB&K Part of Team Supporting Clean Up of Former Battery Recycling Site

Public Agency Not Subject to 60-Day Limit
Legal Alerts Aug 22, 2016

Public Agency Not Subject to 60-Day Limit

California Appellate Court Finds Contract Void Under Government Code Section 1090

Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District
Legal Alerts May 11, 2016

Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District

Court Upholds Public-Private Groundwater Conservation and Recovery Project That Will Serve Customers Throughout Southern California

Client Successes Feb 26, 2016

BB&K Team Wins Case Dismissal in Complex Business Litigation

Franklin Adams, Thomas Eastmond and Cathy Ta proved there was no evidence to hold client responsible in investment dispute

Client Successes Jan 27, 2016

BB&K Wins Overtime Ruling in Appellate Court for Client

Howard Golds and Elizabeth A. Han represented employer in lawsuit challenging its overtime formula.

Best in Law: Does Your Business Need a ‘Prenup?’
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 16, 2015

Best in Law: Does Your Business Need a ‘Prenup?’

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Client Successes May 15, 2015

BB&K Prevails in Appeal of Intellectual Property and anti-SLAPP law Judgment

Partner Henry Welles successfully defended clients from patent infringement and unfair competition claims

Industry-run Boards Should Look over Both Shoulders
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 11, 2015

Industry-run Boards Should Look over Both Shoulders

BB&K Partner Ken MacVey Analyzes in the Daily Journal U.S. Supreme Court Cases That Analyze Antitrust Issues for Professional Boards

Calif. Real-World Training Rules May Spark National Trend
BB&K In the News Jan 9, 2015

Calif. Real-World Training Rules May Spark National Trend

BB&K Partner Richard Egger Discusses With Law360 the New State Bar Requirement for Pro Bono Work

Client Successes Dec 29, 2014

BB&K Attorney Wins Trust Trial

Verdict upholds validity of handwritten trust amendment

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