About Us

We are a father/sons trial team specializing in complex business and employment litigation for businesses and individuals in Central California. We are a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Pre-Eminent Peer Review Rated law firm. Walt has practiced law in California for 31 years; Brian for 5 years.  Here is a representative sample of cases we have handled in the last several years:

Recent Cases:

  • Verdict for $3.4 million in a breach of contract case in favor of our client, a pistachio processing company, against a large, multi-national company based in Iran
  • A favorable settlement of a lawsuit asserting employment retaliation and shareholder claims against our client, a local manufacturer
  • Defense judgment in a breach of contract/fraud case in favor of our client, an almond processing company, against the plaintiff who claimed to be an investor
  • Verdict for $3.2 million and injunctive relief in favor of our clients, a 49-member homeowners’ association, against a large residential developer unsuccessfully seeking access through our clients’ private, gated community to the San Joaquin River
  • Verdict for $606,000 in a case involving the breach of a grape pomace contract in favor of our client, a supplier of dairy feed products, against a local winery
  • Defense judgment in a false advertising/Lanham Act lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles in favor of our client, brought by a large competing pistachio processing company
  • Appellate victory for our client, the plaintiff in a case against a large grocery store chain which terminated our client in response to his resistance to a corporate political campaign relating to Proposition 8

Pending Cases:

  • Representing 70-year old entity formerly known as the Central Valley YMCA against another San Joaquin Valley YMCA in a dispute involving a 640-acre lake and campground facility in the Sierras.
  • Awaiting arbitrator award in partnership dissolution/defamation dispute between two large local commercial real estate developers
  • Court trial in Hanford for our clients, stone fruit farmers, sued by large agricultural conglomerate asserting right of first refusal
  • Awaiting arbitrator award in employment/partnership dispute between radiation oncologists