High Stakes Business Litigation

Greenfield represents both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation before state and federal courts as well as in arbitration. We specialize in litigation in the following kinds of cases: 

  • complex commercial disputes
  • intellectual property, trade secret theft
  • class actions
  • fraud
  • breach of fiduciary duty
  • internal partnership, corporate disputes

It’s often preferable to avoid a trial completely through dispositive pretrial
motions or settlement. But we prepare every case for trial. Often this
causes the opposing party to realize it’s unlikely to prevail in the courtroom
and we obtain a favorable settlement. If the matter can’t be resolved
through settlement, our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers always
ready to see matters through to verdict.

We recognize that no one litigation strategy fits every case. Our extensive
trial experience helps us provide our clients with multiple trial strategies. By
designing creative and innovative tactics for every matter, we can pursue
the best strategy for each case.


Representative Clients

The Estate of Heller Ehrman LLP • National Mortgage Insurance • Arcadia LLC


Cases of Note

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Greenfield represented the General Partner and Managing Member in a complex business litigation matter involving dozens of entities over two decades who had been sued for breach of fiduciary duty
  • The damages claimed by the Plaintiffs totaled over $60 million
  • Clients prevailed against Plaintiffs, and their counsel, Latham & Watkins, in numerous motions
  • The case went to trial in November 2012. The case settled mid-trial after partner Maureen Harrington’s cross-examinations of the Plaintiffs, with essentially no money paid on account of Plaintiffs’ claims, an offer which had been made three months earlier and rejected by the Plaintiffs

In re Heller Ehrman LLP

  • Representing one of the largest and oldest law firms on the West Coast, Greenfield filed nearly 100 adversary lawsuits on behalf of the Heller Estate
  • Total recoveries to date in excess of $40 million
  • Settled a preferential transfer case and brought in more than $20 million for the Estate and creditors in a case against Bank of America and CitiBank, who were represented by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Peitzman Weg, LLP
  • Settled for $7.5 million a case against Covington & Burling LLP and a former client of Heller Ehrman, Ronald A. Katz Licensing Group
  • Settled legal malpractice case against Greenberg Traurig LLP for $4.9 million
  • Won summary judgment on all liability issues against Jones Day, Orrick Herrington, Foley & Lardner, and Davis Wright Tremaine in a published decision holding that the “Jewel Waiver” (attempting to waive the law firm’s rights to profits made from the firm’s unfinished business taken by Heller shareholders to other firms) signed by Heller shareholders was an unlawful fraudulent transfer
  • Brought in more than $3.5 million from a number of law firms in Jewel v. Boxer actions

Shields Trucking, Inc. v. Neal McLean and Russell Longway

  • Prevailed at trial on claims for intentional interference with contract and unfair competition based on disruption of sale of trucking company on eve of close
  • Prevailed on most issues on appeal and all issues after limited remand and second appeal