Valle Makoff LLP attorneys provide superior commercial litigation and dispute resolution services throughout California

Valle Makoff LLP handles business disputes and negotiations in a wide variety of industries, including technology, finance, entertainment and media, service companies and professional firms, manufacturing and real estate. Click here for our practice areas.

Our attorneys have extensive trial, appeal and negotiation experience with a very successful track record. We are recognized for our quality, creativity, client service, and reasonable rates. Click here for our attorney bios.

Valle Makoff LLP "often gets its next case by impressing its opponents' clients" ("Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid", Los Angeles Daily Journal). 

Firm News & Recognition

  • 2017 'Best Law Firms'
    Valle Makoff LLP Named To U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers' 2017 'Best Law Firms' List, learn more: US News & World Report.
  • Valle Makoff opens Silicon Valley office.
    Valle Makoff LLP Business Litigation Firm Welcomes New Silicon Valley Partner Timothy A. Miller, learn more: RecorderDaily Journal.
  • Just Say No - Protecting Buyers from Unintended Consequences of Reliance Disclaimers in M&A Transactions
    Timothy Miller writes for the Daily Journal, March 9, 2017
  • How M&A Buyers Can Guard Against Extracontractual Fraud
    Timothy Miller writes for Law 360, March 6, 2017
  • Valle Makoff LLP Business Litigation Firm Welcomes New Silicon Valley Partner Timothy A. Miller
    PR Web, February 1, 2016
  • Private Caucusing in Civil Pretrial Mediations
    by Jeffrey Makoff and Jessica Grynberg, Mediate.com, November 2013

Representative Matters

  • Trial Victory for Zenith Insurance Company
    We won a $3.2 million jury verdict in favor of our client Zenith Insurance Company against Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company in a dispute over which insurer should have covered a claim resulting from a catastrophic construction accident.
  • Trial Victory For Paddleboard Company and Investor
    We won a trial victory and attorneys fees in favor of our clients, a leading paddle board manufacturer, an email marketing company, and an investor, defeating a series of claims brought by a disgruntled former owner.
  • Victory for Real Estate Investment & Development Firm
    We won a complete arbitration victory for our client, including compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive relief and attorney fees, against a Property Owners' Association arising out of disputes related to a mixed-use development project in Burbank, CA.
  • Won Dismissals in Two Class Action Cases for Major Cosmetics Company
    We defended a major cosmetics company in two consumer class actions alleging false advertising and related torts related to the Company's skin care products, defeating plaintiff's motion to certify the class, which resulted in a dismissal of first case, and obtaining a voluntary dismissal of the second case at the pleading stage.
  • Anderson News Bankruptcy Litigation
    We represent Time Warner Retail Sales & Marketing, Inc., American Media, Inc. and three other magazine publishing companies seeking to recover over $300 million in creditors’ claims through a derivative lawsuit on behalf of book and magazine wholesaler Anderson News LLC, which is a debtor in chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Victory for Valeant Pharmaceuticals in Multi-Plaintiff Business Lawsuit
    We won a complete victory for Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a 16-plaintiff $30 million lawsuit related to Slobodan Milosevic’s takeover of Valeant’s Serbian subsidiary.
  • $18 Million Dollar Settlement Against Friendfinder Networks
    We obtained $18 million in settlement for our client, Broadstream Capital Partners Inc., from FriendFinder Networks Inc., formerly known as Penthouse Media Group Inc., in a breach of contract dispute.
  • Dismissal in Wrongful Termination/Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
    We won dismissal of our clients, USA Yoga Federation and Rajashree Choudhury, in a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in which the plaintiff asserted defamation, retaliation and other related causes of action.
  • Victory for Stamps.com in Anti-Spam Lawsuit
    We won a complete defense verdict for Stamps.com, the nation’s leading Internet postage provider, in a $40 million “anti-spam” lawsuit, one of the first lawsuits under the federal anti-spam act to go to trial.
  • Heller Ehrman LLP Bankruptcy Litigation
    The firm represents the estate of Heller Ehrman LLP as counsel to pursue litigation on behalf of Heller's unsecured creditors.
  • Defense of Major Television Network in Breach of Contract Case
    We represented to a successful conclusion a major television network in a lawsuit relating to a dispute over production of soap operas series for the internet after cancellation on network television.
  • $4.5 Million Writ of Attachment Against Freedom Communications
    We obtained a highly unusual $4.5 million prejudgment writ of attachment against Freedom Communications (owner of the Orange County Register) on behalf of our clients, the former CEO and CFO of the Company, and then ultimately a stipulated judgment in our clients' favor for $4 million, and a dismissal with prejudice of the Company's $60 million fraud claim against our clients.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Judgment For Bankruptcy Estate
    We won a multi-million judgment for our clients, the Bankruptcy Estate of James D. Baker and Florida Asset Financing Corporation, in a real estate dispute involving a Garden Grove Rehabilitation Facility. The Bankruptcy Trustee overseeing the case wrote: “Without a doubt, you have accomplished one of the finest results I have seen in over 46 years of the practice of law.”
  • Jury Verdict for President of Special Effects Company
    We won a $2 million jury verdict in a wrongful termination action on behalf of our client, the former President of Digital Domain, a leading Hollywood special effects firm, in a breach of contract and wrongful termination lawsuit.
  • Victory for HBO and Sacha Baron Cohen
    We won a compete dismissal of all claims against our clients Home Box Office and Sacha Baron Cohen, in a lawsuit relating to an episode of Da Ali G Show.
  • Successful Settlement in Idea Submission Case
    We won a favorable settlement for our client in a lawsuit against the owners of American Idol arising out of our client’s submission of an idea for an internet game based on American Idol.
  • Jury Verdict for Real Estate Investors
    We won a complete jury verdict for our clients, commercial real estate investors, against First American Title Insurance Company, in a lawsuit arising out of a failed commercial real estate transaction.
  • Represented Owner of Sports Team
    We represented an owner of a National Hockey League team in a partnership dispute with other owners.
  • Represented NBA Players
    We currently represent several NBA players, including Los Angeles Laker Jordan Hill and Detroit Piston Brandon Jennings, in various legal matters.
  • Defeat of Anti-Slapp Motion In Trial Court and On Appeal
    We defeated, in the trial court and on appeal, an anti-SLAPP motion brought against a claim we filed on behalf of the owners of a leading stand-up paddleboard manufacturer against the company's former CEO.