Results Elevated

Todd’s experience includes:

  • Representation of university health system as plaintiff in complex contractual and statutory writ proceeding filed against the local County, which was responsible for paying Todd’s client for the emergency medical services it had provided to the area’s indigent population. With Todd as lead trial counsel, Todd’s client prevailed decisively in the first two phases of a bench trial, which set the stage for the parties’ resolution of the matter on the eve of the next phase of trial, with the defendant agreeing to pay Todd’s client $98 million over 15 years with interest.
  • Representation of healthcare provider in false claims whistleblower action brought under the California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (IFPA). Anticipated second chair for a jury trial where the plaintiffs were expected to seek hundreds of millions in alleged damages, Todd managed the case on a day-to-day basis, including supervision of multiple attorneys; management of a substantial e-discovery effort; depositions; strategic input, drafting and argument in law and motion proceedings; expert witness examination; and trial strategy and preparation. Of note, Todd successfully advanced a jurisdictional/statutory defense based on the various healthcare payer classes in California that substantially trimmed the plaintiffs’ potential recovery, contributing to the parties’ settlement in the lead up to trial.
  • Representation of shareholders and directors of agricultural packer against breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by minority shareholder. As lead trial counsel, Todd secured a full defense verdict in a court trial, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Representation of university against federal false claims act allegations arising out of Department of Energy (“DOE”) and National Science Foundation (“NSF”) grants. After comprehensive submissions to the United States Attorney’s Office, the matter settled pre-filing.
  • Representation of small business owners in a lawsuit brought by a well-known aviator who alleged right of publicity and Lanham Act claims. As lead counsel, Todd obtained summary judgment and an award of attorney’s fees. Todd then successfully briefed and argued the appeal, with the Ninth Circuit issuing a published opinion affirming the decision and awarding further attorney’s fees.
  • Representation of out-of-state insurer against a Cease and Desist Order issued by the California Insurance Commissioner. Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the order based on federal statutory preemption, after which the parties negotiated an amicable resolution.
  • Representation of corporate executive and shareholder against allegations of trademark and trade dress infringement under the Lanham Act and breach of fiduciary duty. As second chair in a nine-week federal jury trial, Todd helped steer the case to an unexpectedly favorable verdict, after which time the parties were able to negotiate a global resolution of their sprawling dispute.
  • Representation of business owners in a case arising out of a failed joint venture. Todd successfully resisted a motion seeking dismissal of his clients’ counterclaims alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, with the matter subsequently settling in mediation.
  • Representation of furniture franchisee in franchise/contract dispute with franchisor. Todd successfully resisted defendants’ motion to dismiss his clients’ claims for fraud and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, with the matter thereafter resolving in mediation.
  • Representation of owner of life insurance sales business in dispute arising out of his formation of a business competing with his prior employer. Obtained preliminary injunction barring the prior employer/partner from enforcing a non-compete provision, allowing the client to get his new business underway.