Practice Areas

Business Litigation

In over 30 years of litigating tough cases, Godes & Preis, LLP’s, litigators have handled a wide variety of business and commercial litigation cases. We do not shy away from cases that are challenging, unpopular, on short timelines or that need to be tried. We have often taken over cases that the client has perceived as having been mishandled by prior counsel, and we have routinely assisted those clients in achieving their goals. We have experience in all aspects of litigation, including trials, arbitrations, appeals and alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.

Although, as experienced litigators, we can handle many different types of general business and commercial litigation, we have concentrated on “business divorce” litigation (including competition and non-compete provisions, trade secrets, shareholder and partner rights, unfair and unlawful business practice litigation and corporate and partnership dissolutions) and employment litigation, among others. We also have extensive experience in handling a diverse array of litigation matters for clients in certain industries, including service, technology, health care, aviation, transportation, finance, and sports, among others.

Employment Counseling and Litigation

Godes & Preis, LLP, has attorneys experienced in counseling and litigating the full range of employment issues affecting employers in the State of California, including claims of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour issues, employment practices and workplace safety. We have extensive expertise in advising and representing clients in connection with employment issues that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions, business dissolutions, reductions in force, criminal and whistleblower investigations, unfair competition and non-competition law. We also have a wealth of experience in responding to inquiries and investigations by public agencies, such as the DFEH, EEOC and OSHA.

Law of Armed Conflict

Godes & Preis, LLP’s, Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Practice focuses on representing combat troops in high profile cases involving accusations of rules of engagement violations and escalation of force issues. Our lawyers represented (pro bono) through acquittal the first former Marine to ever be prosecuted by a Federal Civilian Court for an alleged Law of Armed Conflict Violation. (U.S.A. v. Jose L. Nazario, Jr., U.S.D.C. Central District of California, Case No. ED CR 07-127 SGL)

Trade Secret, Unfair Competition and Non-Competition

The areas of trade secret, unfair competition and non-competition, including non-compete agreements, are a core part of Godes & Preis, LLP’s practice. We regularly counsel clients that are starting new companies, employees that are leaving to compete with their prior companies, and companies that have employees that are leaving to compete with them or simply companies competing against each other. We also have a wealth of experience in litigating these issues, including requesting and opposing requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, which are often the most critical part of the case, and indeed may decide the outcome of the case at the very outset.

Executive Compensation

Godes & Preis, LLP, has experienced counsel to advise on and negotiate compensation agreements for executives that are being hired or leaving their companies. We have successfully performed these services in a variety of industries, including technology, health care, sports and entertainment. Our industry knowledge, combined with our experience in employment, trade secret, unfair competition and non-competition law, make us very effective at helping our clients to achieve their goals in negotiating executive contracts.

Health Care

Godes & Preis, LLP attorneys have over 30 years of experience in working with health care providers in a variety of settings, including physicians and medical groups, HMO’s, skilled nursing facilities and acute care facilities, as well as providers of services to the health care industry, such as ambulance and DME services. Our health care practice focuses on litigation, employment and regulatory issues faced by health care providers.

Corporate Transactional Matters

Godes & Preis, LLP, has counsel experienced in representing public and private companies as well as individuals in a full range of corporate transactional matters, including corporate structuring, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities and financing, among others.

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