BruceE.Van Dalsem

Los Angeles Office
Tel: +1 213-443-3000
Fax: +1 213-443-3100
Practice Areas
Class Action Litigation
Domestic U.S. Arbitration
Employment Litigation and Counseling
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Arbitration
Lender Liability and Other Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
Media and Entertainment Litigation
Real Estate Litigation


Since 2005, Bruce Van Dalsem has been a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He is the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice. Van Dalsem has substantial experience litigating and trying a wide variety of cases, including obtaining a top-ten verdict in California, as well as other verdicts in which juries have returned multi-million dollar awards as well as defense verdicts.  Named by The Daily Journal as one of Los Angeles' attorneys "climbing the charts," and by Los Angeles Magazine as a "Super Lawyer," he has a proven track record in litigating complex matters as lead trial counsel.

Representative Clients

KB Home
Morgan Stanley
Google, Inc.
Snapchat, Inc.
Colony Capital
Elliot Management
Charles Schwab & Co.
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, Inc.

Notable Representations

Lead trial counsel for KB Home in connection with the financing and partnership disputes arising from the Inspirada master plan community in Henderson, Nevada.  Engagement included defending claims by lender syndicate on defaulted $320 million credit facility, serving as lead counsel in an arbitration seeking to compel specific performance of $500 million of purchase obligations, special litigation counsel for equity stakeholders in connection with the consortium’s bankruptcy and lead counsel in arbitration between consortium members.


Lead trial counsel for DreamWorks Animation SKG in the E.D. Texas in defending claims of copyright infringement arising from the animated motion picture “Megamind.”


Defended Morgan Stanley in multiple lawsuits arising from its role as sell-side investment banker in connection with the $22 billion leverage buyout of Archstone-Smith, previously a public traded multi-family UPREIT.


Represented Charles Schwab & Co. in connection with claims arising from its YieldPlus bond fund.


Currently defending Snapchat, Inc. and its founders in an action brought claiming an alleged partner was excluded from the company.


Represented an Elliot Management fund in connection with execution proceedings under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in an action seeking to levy on an Argentine satellite brought into California for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.


Represented Colony Capital in connection with litigation over the foreclosure on the Las Vegas Hilton.


Obtained a $46 million jury verdict on a counterclaim against PBS following a month-long trial in federal court on behalf of former Monkee Michael Nesmith. Verdict included over $30 million in punitive damages.


Obtained a $10 million jury verdict, including $7 million in punitive damages, against
Los Angeles radio personality Rick Dees and others based on claims of breach of fiduciary duties arising from a partnership dispute.


Obtained a $4.5 million unanimous jury verdict, including punitive damages, in a commercial real estate dispute.


Obtained a jury verdict for over $2 million with a 12/0 finding by the jury that Coopers & Lybrand had acted with malice, oppression or fraud.  Case settled confidentially on the morning of the punitive damage phase of trial.


Obtained a $1.2 million jury verdict against the City of Los Angeles in a design defect claim.


Obtained an $8 million settlement during the second week of a jury trial against the LAMTA.


Obtained a $3.4 million dollar settlement during the second week of a jury trial against Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman for legal malpractice arising out of a motion picture financing transaction.


Obtained a preliminary injunction based on a claim of copyright infringement against America Online enjoining the manufacturing and distribution of AOL's then-current version of the AOL client software for Windows.


Obtained a preliminary injunction based on claims of trademark and trade dress infringement for a major cosmetics distributor.

Obtained a preliminary injunction based on a claim of patent infringement brought against one of the leading manufacturers of sporting goods equipment. 

Defended Oracle USA in a complex computer software copyright infringement action in the Northern District of Alabama.


Represented TOUSA, Inc. in litigation in New York and Florida concerning completion and carve-out guaranties provided in connection with a $675 million structured financing.

Prior Associations

Gradstein, Luskin & Van Dalsem:
     Shareholder/Partner, 1988-2005 (Shareholder since 1991)

Greenberg & Associates:
     Associate, 1987

Los Angeles County Superior Court:
     Former Arbitrator

The State Bar of California; United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit; United States District Court: Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, Central District of California, Northern District of Texas; (Admitted pro hac vice in all non-California actions)