Brian Hafter


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(415) 810-8403


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 focuses his practice on complex business litigation matters. His diverse experience includes handling matters such as the litigation of business, employment, intellectual property, securities and real estate disputes.

He has represented a variety of clients in complex business litigation matters. Among these clients are leading financial institutions and Wall Street brokerage firms, e-commerce and technology companies, entrepreneurs, real estate developers, and other businesses.

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
  • Partnership dispute: Defended a joint venture partner in litigation relating to the distribution of video rights to a well-known television series
  • Class action: Obtained dismissal of nationwide class action against international hotel chain involving alleged unfair business practices
  • 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 property owner
  • International law: Defended $500 million family trust in probate litigation concerning claims of alleged common-law spouse located overseas
  • Securities arbitration: Represented leading securities brokerage firms in numerous arbitrations of multi-million dollar customer complaints


  • “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


  • 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

  • Volunteer Arbitrator, Attorney Fee Disputes Program, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Securities Industry Association, Legal and Compliance Division
  • Youth soccer coach and referee