Rimon

Brian Hafter

Partner

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(415) 810-8403

Education

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Political Science, 1991.

American University

Washington College of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude

Previous Experience

  • LeClairRyan (Partner)
  • Liner Grode (Partner)
  • Steefel, Levitt & Weiss (Partner)

Bars & Courts

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Experience

Mr. Hafter has been a commercial litigator in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation matters. His diverse experience includes prosecuting and defending the litigation and arbitration of contract, employment, corporate governance, securities, intellectual property, and real estate disputes.

Mr. Hafter has represented a variety of clients in complex business litigation matters. Among these clients are technology companies, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, leading financial institutions and Wall Street brokerage firms, educational institutions, real estate developers, and other businesses and individuals.


Representative Matters

  • Employment: Successfully defended leading e-commerce company in arbitration of "whistleblower" claims of former employees
  • Contract: Obtained multi-million dollar arbitration award in favor of aerospace manufacturer in connection with the sale of a business
  • Corporate executive: Represented founder of company in securities and employment dispute with new investor
  • Educational institutions: Successfully defended university in multi-million dollar contractual arbitration relating to the rental of a campus venue
  • Securities arbitration: Represented leading securities brokerage firms and investors in numerous arbitrations of multi-million dollar customer complaints
  • Partnership dispute: Defended a joint venture partner in litigation relating to the distribution of video rights to a well-known television series
  • Patent: Successfully defended pipe and sewer restoration company in arbitration of patent false marking claims
  • Trade Secrets: Represented a national brokerage firm in a seven-week trade secrets trial concerning the alleged misappropriation of wireless technology
  • Real estate: Successfully represented leading technology company in complex lease dispute with the property owner
  • International law: Defended $500 million family trust in probate litigation concerning claims of alleged common-law spouse located overseas

Publications

  • “Claim Jumpers,” Daily Journal, January 24, 2007
  • "Big Guns - Involving Senior Lawyers in Cases from the Outset Leads to Better Results and is More Cost-Efficient," Daily Journal Extra, May 17, 2004
  • "Defendant Can Utilize Motion for an Undertaking to Enforce Award of Costs," Daily Journal, November 18, 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Whistleblower Law: Views from the Inside,” Continuing Education of the Bar, 2015
  • Panelist, "Taking and Defending Depositions,” Practising Law Institute, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Honors

  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers magazine
  • Recognized as winner of one of the Top 100 Settlements in California in the year 2016 by TopVerdict.com

Professional Memberships

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Attorney Fee Disputes Program, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Youth soccer coach and referee
  • Volunteer college admissions counselor