McLeod Witham

Our Team

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Jane H. Fredgant
Of Counsel
O: (213) 627-3600
F: (213) 627-6290

Education:

UCLA School of Law, 1984, J.D.
University of California Davis, Graduate Studies in English Literature
Loyola Marymount University, 1979, B.A., magna cum laude, English Literature and Psychology

Admission:

California

Biography:

Jane Fredgant is Of Counsel to the firm, practicing general business litigation. Jane has valuable experience in a variety of substantive areas deriving from both her in-house work with the Texaco Legal Department and her private practice.

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Perry R. Fredgant
Of Counsel
O: (213) 627-3600
F: (213) 627-6290

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Daniel J. Turner
Partner
O: (213) 627-6291
F: (213) 627-6291

Education:

University of Michigan Law School, 1999, J.D.
University of California Los Angeles, 1996, B.A., Political Science, Summa Cum Laude

Prior Associations:

Van Vleck Turner & Zaller LLP, 2007-2016
Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, 2003-2007
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, 2001-2003
Dewey Ballantine LLP, 1999-2001

Biography:

Daniel Turner has substantial experience in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour claims. He has significant experience litigating wage and hour class actions in the healthcare, telecommunications and restaurant industries.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Turner routinely provides advice and counsel to management on a wide variety of employment topics including disability, medical leave and accommodation issues. In addition, Mr. Turner provides advice and counsel on a number of wage and hour issues including compensation and benefits issues.

Mr. Turner has also represented clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including the California Labor Commissioner, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Mr. Turner also serves as a mediator and has successfully resolved numerous employment-related cases. In addition, Mr. Turner serves as an external mediator with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and also regularly mediates cases for the Center for Conflict Resolution.

Notable Representations:

Disability Discrimination. Obtained summary judgment in favor of a major retail chain in a matter that involved claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate and failure to engage in the interactive process.

Breach of Contract. Defended healthcare provider in a matter filed by former Chief Executive Officer for unpaid wages and promissory notes. Defeated attempt by C.E.O. to obtain a writ of attachment shortly after case was initiated.

Failure to Accommodate and Harassment. Obtained summary judgment in favor of national healthcare provider in a matter that involved claims of failure to accommodate, disability discrimination and disability harassment.

Retaliation and Wrongful Termination. Obtained summary judgment in favor of large non-profit corporation in matter that alleged the company retaliated against a former employee for participating as a witness in prior litigation against the company.

Wage and Hour. Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of national restaurant chain in a matter involving meal and rest break and related claims.

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Jeffrey R. Witham
Partner
O: (213) 627-6287
F: (213) 627-6290

Education:

University of California, Berkeley, 1984, J.D., Law Review
California State University at Los Angeles, 1981, B.A., High Honors, Phi Kappa Phi

Prior Associations:

Dewey Ballantine LLP, 1986-2008
Lillick McHose & Charles, 1984-1986

Profession Activities:

American Bar Association, State Bar of California, and Los Angeles County Bar Association
Antitrust and Litigation Sections

Biography:

Jeffrey Witham has substantial experience in complex business litigation, including antitrust, contracts, corporate control, data privacy, professional liability, securities, trade secrets and unfair competition cases. He has handled trials and appeals in state and federal courts, has conducted numerous private arbitrations and has represented clients in state and federal administrative proceedings.

Mr. Witham started his career as an associate with Lillick McHose & Charles in 1984. He joined Dewey Ballantine LLP in 1986, as an associate and then partner in the Los Angeles office. He founded the Firm with David McLeod in 2008 and serves as its Managing Partner. He is rated AV-Preeminient by Martindale-Hubbell.

Notable Representations:

Defended video game company in class action alleging data breach. Motion to transfer granted and case settled on confidential terms.

Defense of putative class action alleging state antitrust and unfair competition claims. Motion to dismiss granted.

Defense of class action alleging state antitrust claims. Motion for summary judgment granted.

Represented major oil company in action to enforce foreign arbitration award through attachment proceedings.

Defense of coordinated class actions alleging wage and benefit fixing. Defeated class certification.

Defense of officers and directors of financial services firm against federal and state securities, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims. Case settled on confidential terms.

Defense of claim against biotechnology company for breach of patent license agreement. Case settled on confidential terms.

Defense of officers and directors of international company in four related shareholder derivative and individual cases asserting breaches of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and interference with contract. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction. Case settled on confidential terms.

Defense of major oil company in case filed by union to enjoin transaction under federal labor laws. Summary judgment affirmed on appeal.

Represented insurance company in case against insurance agency. Obtained injunction based on unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets and summary judgment on contract, unfair competition and antitrust cross-claims.

Defense of investment bank in cases filed by an acquiring company and a lender seeking $1.5 billion in damages for alleged professional negligence in connection with the preparation of a solvency opinion related to the acquisition of an entertainment company. Obtained summary judgment and then a global settlement was reached on confidential terms.

Defense of antitrust claims related to U.S. and international patent litigation. The parties reached a global settlement after entering into cross-licensing agreements.

Defended major oil company in case seeking $6 billion in damages for alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence in connection with the development of an oil and gas joint venture. After three month trial, obtained complete defense victory.

Defense of independent oil company in case seeking $200 million in damages for alleged interference with prospective economic advantage in connectin with an oil and gas lease. After one month trial, obtained complete defense victory.

Represented client in series of private arbitrations between major oil companies involving environmental liabilities arising from property exchange. Conducted arbitration to determine scope of contractual assumption of liability, prevailed in 21 of 22 arbitrations allocating responsibility for specific properties, and the parties then reached a confidential global settlement.

Speeches and Programs:

Legal Aspects of Business Valuation - Minimizing the Risk, American Society of Appraisers, audiotape, (1998)

Publications:

Chapter in Inside the Minds: Strategies for
 Minimizing Risk and Increasing Success in Professional Liability Suits (2005).
Avoiding Unlimited Liability: The Limiting Power
 of Bily v. Arthur Young & Co. (co-author), The Journal of Business Valuation, The Guardian
 Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (1995).