DRL is a dedicated firm of trial lawyers bringing over 120 years of professional experience to the successful representation of its clients.
DRL's core belief is that the best results are obtained through aggressive, thoughtful, deliberate and thorough preparation, while recognizing that its clients' interests are often best served by resolving matters prior to trial, if possible. Nevertheless, each case is prepared as though it will go to trial. This assures that regardless of the circumstances the firm's lawyers are prepared and ready to provide the highest quality of trial advocacy in the courtroom their clients. This formula has been proven to provide consistently excellent results both in and out of the courtroom.
DRL's attorneys regularly and successfully handle jury and non-jury trials, appeals before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. The firm represents its clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings including arbitrations, judicial references, appraisals and accountings, mediations, proceedings before administrative and public agencies.
DRL customizes its approach to each matter based upon the unique circumstances presented. All tactics and strategies are geared to the special needs of each client and the issues presented. DRL strongly believes that one size does not fit all. Each case is assigned a team of professionals including trial lawyers, discovery specialists, paralegals and support staff to assure that every step of the litigation process addresses the needs of the client.
DRL believes that that constant and thorough communication with clients is central to providing quality legal services. Clients are involved at all stages of litigation from establishing goals, participating in decisions related to litigation strategy and trial tactics and establishing appropriate budgets.
Among its other achievements, the firm enjoys an "AV" rating* by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and quality of its legal service. The firm is also listed in the national Bar Register of Pre-eminent Law Firms, is a founding member of the Litigation Counsel of America, dedicated to diversity while providing the highest quality of service and is listed among Super Lawyers for Southern California.
DRL believes that the modern practice of law requires that practice emphasis is essential to maintain the highest standards for quality of legal services. By bringing together traditional values of hard work and dedication to clients with a focus on specific practice areas, the firm is able to consistently achieve excellent results for its clients.
The firm focuses its practice in the following areas:
- Corporate and business litigation, including transaction and contract disputes, corporate insiders disputes, including actions by and among shareholders, directors, partners and members of limited liability companies, personnel and employment issues including executives and key personnel, class actions, formation and dissolution issues and operating problems.
- Public entity law and practice. The firm represents public entities in both prosecution and defense of claims. Representative matters include enforcement of complex municipal regulatory law, including all forms of land use regulation, enforcement of applicable state law including the California Government Code, California Health and Safety Code, and Penal and Vehicles Codes. The firm also defends public entities from claims arising out of the Federal and State Fair Housing Acts and Federal and State Civil Rights Act
- Real estate and land use litigation of real estate matters including purchase and sale disputes, conflicts among ownership, partition, inverse condemnation, eminent domain, third party claims for damages arising out of the operation of commercial property, including claims for breach of commercial leases, breach of contract, nuisances, adverse possession and inverse condemnation, zoning and land use regulation, accountings, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and landlord-tenant disputes, including matters arising out of FHA and other civil rights laws and similar state and local property regulations. Rent control, code enforcement compliance and litigation.
- Private party and personal rights litigation. Consumer and civil rights litigation under State and Federal Law including the Unruh Act, the Consumers Protection Act, the Magnusson-Moss/Song-Beverly Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Civil Rights Act. The firm is particularly focused on protecting seniors from financial elder abuse.
DRL believes that society is ever changing and problems and injustice arise in new forms and manners. DRL believes that it has an obligation to work against injustice by using the legal skills that it brings to bear for its clients whenever there is a just cause. Therefore, a portion of the firm's time is regularly allotted to represent those who cannot afford representation or are in need of the special talents we possess. This has included participation in class action litigation affecting persons throughout the United States to single individuals who have been harmed by professionals, whether they are lawyers, accountants, brokers or other professionals.
DRL steadfastly adheres to the principles of diversity, ethics, courtesy, respect, cooperation and service in all aspects of its practice.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.