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Emanuel, Eric J.

Eric J. Emanuel (Retired)


Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Eric Emanuel -- co-founder of the firm with John Quinn -- has had a career that has familiarized him with every phase of litigation, from TRO's to trial to appeal to enforcement of judgments.  He has appeared in courtrooms throughout California.  He has been to corporate headquarters to meet CEOs; to the floors of manufacturing facilities to meet blue collar workers, to the sub-basements of office buildings to consult experts; and to the streets of South Central to interview witnesses.  He has litigated cases involving securities, intellectual property, fiduciary duties, real property, unfair competition and torts of all types.

Although he continues to try cases, in recent years he has devoted a greater percentage of his time to training.  His office is the "Sensei office" where he advises younger lawyers on legal problems and consults with colleagues on strategy and tactics. 

Mr. Emanuel's specialty is the art and science of persuasive briefs on complex issues.  A substantial part of his practice is reviewing and editing briefs by others.  His success writing briefs began during his first year as a lawyer, when he wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Public Counsel, resulting in a favorable, published opinion.  He has continued to practice before state and federal appellate courts.  He has been a member of the bars of the 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court since 1989.

He considers his most satisfying legal work to be a dispositive motion that avoids the expense and risk of trial.  In his view, a defendant should have as much of a right to avoid trial in a meritless case, as a plaintiff has a right to trial in a meritorious one.  Among his memorable law and motion victories was a matter for Mattel in which the plaintiff claimed she was forced to resign because of intolerable working conditions that were retaliation for her "whistleblowing."  His brief persuaded the trial court, and later the appellate court, that the plaintiff's internal complaints were not protected "whistleblowing" but unprotected threats to coerce a promotion and raise.

  • General Motors
  • Hughes Electronic/Raytheon
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mattel
  • Micron
  • Parsons Corporation
  • Samsung
  • TCW
  • TRW
  • Uber Technologies
  • Represented a mortgage insurance issuer in multiple matters involving billions of dollars arising out of losses in mortgage back securities.
  • Represented investment management firms in a variety of disputes, ranging from a disgruntled investor seeking to recover millions in losses to high profile litigation against an ousted executive accused of breaching his fiduciary duty.
  • Defended high net worth individual in multiple actions alleging fraud brought by one of Los Angeles' premier plaintiff-side lawyers.
  • Represented aerospace company in international arbitration involving a nine figure claim arising out of a contract for purchase of advanced avionics in fighter aircraft.
  • Represented a toy manufacturer in trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation involving the company's iconic product.
  • Represented domestic manufacturer in Lanham Act action against foreign based competitor.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in dispute over sale of subsidiaries.
  • Represented manufacturer of computer components in defense of a billion dollar lawsuit for price fixing.
  • Represented a world-wide engineering firm in numerous matters arising out of alleged engineering errors. 
  • Defended advanced aviation division of defense contractor in an action by multiple employees alleging discrimination arising out of one of the nation's most secret defense programs.
  • Defended a grocery chain in a reverse discrimination suit brought by several senior executives.
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    (J.D., 1981)
    • Multiple Awards for Best Brief in local and regional competitions
    • 3rd year assistant to Research and Writing Instructor
  • St. John's University
    (B.A., cum laude, 1974)
The State Bar of California; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit; United State District Courts: Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, Southern District of California
  • Member, California Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer Pepperdine School:
    • Appellate Brief and Advocacy
  • Guest Lecturer USC Law School:
    • Appellate Brief Writing
  • Adjunct Professor Southwestern Law School
  • Supervising Attorney of Trial Lawyers participating in Federal Court Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel
  • Settlement Officer for Los Angeles County Superior Court Mediation Program