Creative Representation | Expert Litigation

Bartko Secures Trial Victory in $250+ Million Alleged Oral Promise Case

Bartko Zankel clients, the Co-Trustees of the Robert A. Naify Trust, won a complete victory after a court trial held in February and March 2021. The Petitioner, Christina Cortese, alleged that her stepfather, Robert Naify, orally promised to leave her a golf course in Marbella, Spain, and to treat her the same as his two biological daughters in his final trust. Ms. Cortese, represented by Holland & Knight, sought recovery of the golf course and other assets worth between $250 million and $300 million. The Bartko Zankel team argued that Ms. Cortese could not meet the required standard of clear and convincing proof, and put on substantial evidence from Robert Naify’s wills and trusts, actions, and documents disproving the petitioner’s claims.

John McLean and Patrick O’Shaughnessy Publish Article in the Daily Journal on Criminal Antitrust Offenses in the Labor Market

February 2021: The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal has published an article by Bartko Zankel litigators John McLean and Patrick O’Shaughnessy on how the U.S. Department of Justice is cracking down on wage-fixing and no poaching agreements.

The Return of Winter: How Federal Law Enforcement, with Assistance from a Private Foundation, Recovered Nazi-Looted Art

J. Eric Bartko, Director of Investigations for Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller, the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, and the Department of Justice gather for a webinar hosted by the Gari Melchers Home and Studio intended to educate the public in relation to the complicated issues surrounding Nazi Looted Art and its recovery.

BZBM’s Oliver Q. Dunlap Appointed 2021 Chair of the Conference of California Bar Associations

Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller is proud to announce that partner Oliver Dunlap has been appointed the 2021 Chair of the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA, formally known as the Conference of Delegates). Oliver previously served on the CCBA Board as Secretary. His appointment comes following many years as a distinguished delegate to the Conference, where he successfully authored several state bills and served as the Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s delegation.

Trial Victory for Diabetes Researcher in Intellectual Property Dispute

November 17, 2020: Trial counsel Frank Sommers and Duyen Nguyen, along with the patent expertise support of BartkoZankel patent litigator Paul Schuck, successfully tried a complex intellectual property case for a diabetes researcher in the Eastern District of California.  After a 19-day bench trial, the court ruled in favor of clients Dr. Thomas T. Aoki and the Aoki Diabetes Research Institute (ADRI) on claims of patent infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition and false advertising under the Lanham Act and breach of fiduciary duty and duty of confidentiality.  The court awarded combined damages of over $8,000,000, attorneys’ fees and an injunction.

Jewish family’s painting looted by Nazis in 1933 is returned

ALBANY, N.Y. — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years.

Marco Quazzo Speaks at the Annual U.S. Law Conference on the Impact of COVID-19 on Lease Obligations

Principal Marco Quazzo speaks at the Annual U.S. Law Conference covering “The Brave New World of Litigation Over the Impact of Covid-19 on Lease Obligations”. The seminar will focus on whether courts have granted, will grant and should grant tenants relief from rent and other lease obligations based on the pandemic. The discussion includes major pending cases, key court rulings, historical case precedents and applicable statutes and government orders that will inform and predict future litigation decisions.

Bartko Law Firm’s Patrick M. Ryan named Top Trade Secret Lawyer for 2020 by Top California Law Publication

Patrick M. Ryan recognized as one of “California’s Top Trade Secret Lawyers” by the California Daily Journal in its Oct. 7, 2020 special edition in its annual selection of the state’s top attorneys.

Bartko’s Patrick M. Ryan Scores Largest IP and Trade Secrets Victory in California for 2019 and 2nd Highest Overall Verdict According to the California Daily Journal

Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller scored the highest Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets victory in California in 2019 and was ranked Number 2 overall in the California Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts by Dollar in California for 2019. In May of 2019, Bartko secured an $845,114,000.00 victory in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

John McLean and Patrick O’Shaughnessy Publish Article in the Daily Journal on Analyzing Ixchel v. Biogen’s New Rules

August 2020: The San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal has published an article by Bartko Zankel litigators John McLean and Patrick O’Shaughnessy analyzing two new pleading rules in Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc.