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Adrian J. Sawyer

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Adrian Sawyer focuses his practice on complex business and employment litigation. He has represented clients in a variety of business matters and has extensive experience in employee mobility and trade secret matters, defense of wage and hour class and FLSA actions at the California and national level, and shareholder and corporate governance disputes. In addition, Adrian has substantial experience representing clients in securities litigation and SEC enforcement matters. His clients are primarily in the technology and financial services sector, and range from emerging companies to multinational corporations.

Adrian also devotes a portion of his practice to contested high-value trust litigation, bringing business litigation experience to bear in that particular setting.

Adrian is a contributing editor to the Rutter Group California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation. He is also a frequent speaker on trade secrets litigation, unfair competition, and electronic discovery, an area in which he has also been retained as an expert consultant.

He served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. magna cum laude 1999
    Order of the Coif
    Thurston Honor Society
    Hastings Law Journal, Senior Articles Editor
  • Princeton University, A.B. 1996

Recognition

  • Selected by Super Lawyers (a designation reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in California)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California / California State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Representative Work

  • Defeated request for temporary restraining order against numerous employees in federal action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.
  • Successfully defended a start-up and its principles in a case alleging employee poaching and unfair competition.
  • Successfully defended Board of Directors in a shareholder derivative lawsuit.
  • Defeated request for temporary restraining order against numerous employees in federal action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.
  • Successfully defended U.S. subsidiaries of international financial services company in consolidated nationwide wage and hour litigation.
  • Obtained permanent injunction against departed employee in trade secrets litigation.
  • Successfully defended national real estate company in wage and hour cases brought by putative class plaintiffs and the State of California.
  • Obtained recovery for company founders in action involving breach of fiduciary duty by majority shareholders.
  • Won trial victories for trustees accused of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
  • Part of successful trial team in accounting fraud case brought by the SEC, including examining the expert economist whose analysis the Court cited as a linchpin for its decision.

Publications & Speaking

  • “The Exchange” for E-Discovery for the Corporate Market for Today’s General Council and Institute regarding New Federal Rules and Cross-border disputes, Houston, TX, Panelist
  • California Practice Guide on Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group), Contributing Editor
  • Masters Conference, Presenter on internet privacy issues
  • Bridgeport Class Action Litigation Conference, Presenter
  • “Friese v. Superior Court and Grosset v. Wenaas: The Future of the Internal Affairs Doctrine in California,” Securities Litigation Report (February 2006) (with Jordan Eth)
  • “Recent Litigation Victories Against The SEC,” 33rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute (January 2006) (with David B. Bayless)
  • “Defending Your Client in The New World of SEC Enforcement,” 33rd Annual Securities Regulation Institute (January 2006) (with David B. Bayless)
  • “SEC Investigations: What to Do When Investigators Call,” East Bay Business Times, Legal Issues Guide (March 25, 2005) (with David B. Bayless)

Selected Cases

  • Marcus v. AXA Advisors, LLC, 2015 WL 1508308
  • Securities and Exchange Commission v. Eadgear, Inc., 2014 WL 6900938
  • TransPerfect Global, Inc. v. MotionPoint Corporation, 2014 WL 4950082
  • Radware, Ltd. v. A10 Networks, Inc., 2014 WL 3725255
  • Lintz v. Bank of America. N.A., 2013 WL 5423873
  • Cho v. UCBH Holdings, Inc., 2011 WL 3809903
  • Bloom v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., 2010 WL 4590170
  • Zhu v. UCBH Holdings, Inc., 682 F. Supp.2d 1049 (N.D. Cal. 2010)
  • Perth v. Davis, 2009 WL 4908087
  • Schubert v. Laird Technologies, Inc., 2009 WL 3429656
  • Bank of America v. Micheletti Family Partnership, 2009 WL 1110827
  • Glenbrook Capital Ltd. Partnership v. Kuo, 2009 WL 839289

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