Creative Representation | Expert Litigation

Bartko Advances Diverse Leadership Team

Bartko, a San Francisco-based trial and real estate transactions firm, is proud to announce that An Nguyen Ruda, age 45, has been elected as co-managing principal and that leading employment litigator, Karen Pointer, will join the firm as a principal in the firm’s new Los Angeles office.

Justice Tracie Brown Swears In Bartko Attorney Taylor Yamahata

On December 8, 2022, Justice Tracie L. Brown, from the First District Court of Appeal, visited the Bartko offices to swear in Taylor Yamahata as a member of the California Bar. Justice Brown is a graduate of Harvard College and UC Berkeley School of Law.

Five Bartko Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® List

Bartko is pleased to announce that five lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Bartko Ranked in 2023 “Best Law Firms”

Bartko is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for the 13th consecutive year in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings—nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 8 practice areas.

Ben Riley Selected as Top 100 California Lawyer

The Daily Journal has selected Ben Riley as one of the Top 100 California Lawyers for 2022.

An Ruda’s Participation in the Event Titled “Women Leadership In The Workplace”

On September 29, 2022, An Ruda participated in the event titled "Women Leadership In The Workplace" which highlighted on learning how to build speaking confidence as a minority in the workplace.

Bartko Sues Zazzle for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Stealing Designer’s Intellectual Property

Zazzle made hundreds of millions in profits and avoided paying hundreds of millions in licensing fees by stealing the software for one of its most popular fonts from famed designers. SAN FRANCISCO, August 24, 2022 — One of the world’s leading graphic designers filed suit today against internet design and printing giant, Zazzle, Inc., for cheating her business out of its intellectual property, which allowed Zazzle to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten profits.

Court Rejects Insurance Companies’ Effort to Dismiss Antitrust Claims and Limit Damages of Healthcare Providers

On June 1, 2022, the Honorable Evelio Grillo of the Alameda Superior Court, in VHS Liquidating Trust, et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, et al., Case Number RG21106600, issued two comprehensive orders that emphatically rejected the Defendants’ attempts to dismiss the Plaintiffs’ claims and limit their potential damages. First, the Court rejected Defendants’ efforts to dismiss 10 of Plaintiffs’ 13 claims and gave Plaintiffs leave to amend the 13th claim. Thus, Plaintiffs’ entire case shall remain entirely intact following the ruling. Second, the Court rebuffed Defendants’ attempt to limit the damages period, preserving Plaintiffs’ ability to pursue subscriber and provider damages dating back to 2008 and 2009, respectively. The Court agreed with Plaintiffs that as members of a federal class action, their claims are equitably tolled back to the filing of the class action complaints, regardless of the label of the claim.

Bartko Trial Team Named California Attorneys of the Year!

Bartko attorneys Ben Riley, Sony Barari, Rob Bunzel, and Gabriella Wilkins were named 2022 California Attorneys of the Year, following their complete trial victory in the Robert A. Naify Trust case. The petitioner in that case claimed that her step-father, Robert Naify, promised to leave her his golf course in Spain, and to treat her the same as his biological daughters in his final trust. After a three-week trial where the petitioner sought at least $250 million, Judge Richard Ulmer rejected the oral promise claim.

Bartko Scores Huge Defense Jury Verdict in $411 Million Sutter Health Antitrust Class Action

After a 5-week jury trial in the Northern District of California, the nine member jury returned a verdict on Friday, March 11 in favor of our client Sutter Health, finding that Sutter did not tie its hospital services together, and did not force insurance companies to contract with Sutter on allegedly anticompetitive terms.