Representing Individuals, Businesses And Public Entities For More Than 40 Years
Attorney William Litvak

William Litvak

  • Managing Partner

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Mr. Litvak focuses his practice on high-stakes, complex commercial and municipal litigation, with an emphasis on legal challenges faced by governmental entities, companies of all sizes, property owners and high net-worth individuals. Mr. Litvak has particularly specialized experience in the areas of real estate litigation, land use and zoning, partnership disputes and dissolution, contract disputes, where he regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants. Due to his extensive experience as both a litigator and negotiator, the Los Angeles Superior Court has called upon Mr. Litvak to serve as an arbitrator, settlement officer and judge pro tem. 

Over the past 45 years, Mr. Litvak has litigated thousands of cases in both state and federal courts, including as lead counsel in over 100 trials that have gone to verdict. Mr. Litvak recently served as lead counsel for a commercial property owner in a series of disputes with the operator of the world-famous Standard Hollywood Hotel, in which the court ruled in favor of Mr. Litvak’s client and entered an order that would require the Hotel operator to pay Mr. Litvak’s client approximately $90 million. Mr. Litvak later represented the property owner in its $122.5 million sale of the property.

Mr. Litvak has also handled dozens of appeals throughout his career, including as lead counsel for the City of Culver City in the landmark case, People v. Gray (2014) 58 Cal 4th 901, in which the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Mr. Litvak’s client. Mr. Litvak also served as lead counsel for the City of Sierra Madre in the matter of City of Sierra Madre v. Suntrust Mortgage, Inc. (2019) 32 Cal.App.5th 648, in which the Court of Appeal agreed with Mr. Litvak and definitively ruled as a matter of first impression that receiver’s were entitled to super-priority liens in nuisance abatement action.

Mr. Litvak is a member of The State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability. Mr. Litvak has also been selected as a Super Lawyer in the areas of Business Litigation, State, Local and Municipal Litigation, and Real Estate 14 times, including in each of the last nine years. The esteem in which Mr. Litvak is held by his colleagues has helped him to earn a rating of AV Preeminent through the peer ratings firm Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating possible, and it is reserved for attorneys who, in the eyes of their peers, reflect the highest ethical standards of the legal profession.


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • 1985
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • 1985
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1976

Published Works

  • The People (Culver City, real party in interest) v. Gray (2012) 204 Cal.App.4th 1041, Review Granted – Supreme Court Affirmed: People vs. Gray (2014) 58 Cal 4th 901
  • In Re Marriage of McTiernan and Dubrow (2005) 133 Cal.App.4th 1090.
  • D & M Financial v. City of Long Beach (2006) 136 Cal.App.4th 165.
  • Mongols Nation v. City of Lancaster (2012) 208 Cal.App.4th 124, Ordered De-Published at 145 Cal.Rptr.3d 122.

Professional Associations

  • KFWB/KNX News Radio, Commentator
  • Professional Liability, Expert Witness
  • Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association, Chairman
  • Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association, Moderator, Lecturer
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Arbitrator
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Settlement Officer
  • Los Angeles Bar Association Fee Dispute Program, Arbitrator
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge pro tem
  • Bridging the Gap, Panel Member
  • California Receivers Forum, Lecturer
  • California Association of Code Enforcement Officials, Lecturer
  • Code Enforcement Workshops, Lecturer
  • California Contract Cities Association, Lecturer
  • Los Angeles City Attorneys Association
  • Northern California City Attorneys Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • State Bar of California, Sections on Litigation, Real Property and Public Law
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Sections on Business, Real Estate and Litigation
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Advisor
  • Westside Legal Services/Centro de Legal, Advisor/Instructor

Practice Areas

  • Litigation: Commercial, Municipal and Professional Liability
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Public Law Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979


  • "AV" rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Listed “Super Lawers,” Southern California Edition
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America-Dedicated to Diversity
  • Commendations/Recognition: State Bar of California
  • Commendations/Recognition: Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Commendations/Recognition: Los Angeles Municipal Court
  • Commendations/Recognition: Lawyer Professional Bar Association
  • Commendations/Recognition: Century City Bar Association
  • Commendations/Recognition: Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Commendations/Recognition: Westside Legal Services