Casner & Edwards

Julie R. Bryan

Commercial Litigation

Represented individuals and companies in wide-ranging disputes involving employment contracts, construction disputes, technology and software licenses, commercial leases, franchise agreements, and business torts. Recently obtained $3.5 million judgment and permanent injunction for client who had sued former employees for stealing trade secrets, customer information, equipment and parts to set up competing business using stolen goods and proprietary information.

Construction Law

Successfully obtained settlement of claims by unions against subcontractor for alleged failure to pay benefits under ERISA.  Represented subcontractor in enforcement of mechanics' liens against general contractors. Represented homeowner in dispute with general contractor for negligence and breach of contract ending in favorable settlement for client.

Professional Negligence

Advised clients with regard to claims of professional negligence in medicine, law, and psychology. Obtained jury award for 100% of claimed damages in contract dispute over unpaid invoices while successfully defeating counterclaims for professional negligence.

Federal Bankruptcy Litigation

Represented private equity firm in multi-state litigation filed in the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, defending the client against claims for breach of fiduciary duty by the Creditors' Committee.  The highly contested and complex case revolved around the client’s investment in a distributor of medical devices that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief.  By vigorously contesting the allegations at every stage of the proceedings, and aligning the client’s defense with other co-defendants, a very favorable settlement was obtained and the claims were ultimately dismissed with prejudice.  Represented creditors in litigation involving fraudulent asset transfers and debt prioritization.  Successfully defeated appeal of the lower court's order that client was permitted to pursue state claims against certain defendants despite the filing of bankruptcy by their co-defendants.

Trade Dress and Trade Secret Litigation

Successfully represented client in an International Trade Commission case declaring numerous foreign companies were intentionally infringing the client's trade dress by manufacturing counterfeit versions of its product.

Trademark Prosecution and Litigation

Assisted variety of clients in obtaining trademark protection for new products and/or new companies. Represented multiple clients in intellectual property disputes involving the enforcement of trademark rights. Represented international food manufacturer regarding comparative advertising on their packaging.

Real Estate Litigation 

Aided commercial landlord in negotiating new lease for tenant entering bankruptcy proceedings. Successfully evicted tenants for non-payment of lease and for harassment of other tenants.

Franchise Law

Obtained injunction against a former dealer-licensee from infringing our client's trademark. Represented several national hospitality franchises involving enforcement of their trademark and trade dress rights against competitors.

Domain Name Disputes

Represented domain name holders in UDRP actions through the WIPO against cybersquatters, competitors, and phishers, obtaining infringing domain names for clients.

Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation

Represented both insurers and insured in litigations and arbitrations regarding interpretation of various terms of excess coverage policies and disputes over broker contracts.