Left to Right: Brian Horne, Rickey Ivie, Randye B. Soref, Alex Weingarten

Left to Right: Brian Horne, Rickey Ivie, Randye B. Soref, Alex Weingarten


BRIAN HORNE: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP – Partner

Brian Horne is a Knobbe Martens partner in the Los Angeles office. He has handled cases involving patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and breach of contract matters. Horne has litigated cases in United States District Courts nationwide, as well as at the Federal Circuit and International Trade Commission. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many technological areas, including pharmaceuticals, mechanical, medical and electronic devices.

Among Horne’s representative matters include Masimo Corp. v. Philips Electronics North America Corp. in which he represented medical-device maker Masimo and achieved a complete victory in obtaining a jury verdict of over $466 million for lost-profits damages against Philips for infringing two Masimo patents. The jury also rejected Philips’ infringement claims seeking $169 million.

RICKEY IVIE: Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt PC – Partner

Rickey Ivie is the president and founding partner of Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, the largest black owned law firm in the nation and one of Southern California’s premier full-service law firms, representing a broad range of businesses, public entities and individuals in a vast array of litigation matters and transactions. In his four decades of litigation experience, Ivie has tried more than 100 jury trials, including precedent-setting cases that have changed the practice of law and improved the lives of millions of people.

Over the span of his career, Ivie has handled a range of significant matters related to personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights violations, contract disputes, trademark, copyright and corporate and commercial litigation. His clients range from individuals and government entities to well-known corporations including restaurants, entertainment companies and commercial construction businesses. Since becoming a founding partner in 1980, Ivi has solidified Ivie, growing the firm significantly in the last 30 years.

RANDYE B. SOREF: Polsinelli LLP – Principal

Soref is a nationally recognized attorney who focuses her practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, corporate workouts, reorganizations and commercial litigation. She represents all classes of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and out of court restructurings, including Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors throughout the United States.

Soref routinely represents creditors, committees, sellers, and buyers and advises on bankruptcy strategy, counseling, reorganization, enforcement of debt instruments and litigation. Soref has been lead attorney in nationally known distressed retail and apparel companies, including e-commerce companies. She has also been the lead attorney in numerous distressed healthcare matters involving large nationally based hospitals, health plans, health care providers, and skilled nursing facilities, as well as patient care ombudsmen appointed by the U.S. Trustee who Soref counsels regarding privacy related issues. Soref also counsels institutional clients on credit documentation, collection efforts and other credit matters.

ALEX M. WEINGARTEN: Venable LLP – Partner

Alex Weingarten represents clients in all facets of entertainment, business and probate litigation. He does not merely litigate cases and settle; he has a strong track record of picking juries and winning verdicts. Clients look to Weingarten to handle high-profile cases, protect their integrity during the very public litigation process, provide a fresh approach, and suggest novel and overlooked strategies. He is aggressive about optimizing results and prides himself on finding the most direct route to victory. Sometimes that means finding a creative solution around a difficult problem; sometimes it means bowling through it.

Among his high-profile cases was representing hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg in a lawsuit against beer maker Pabst Brewing, claiming the firm owes Snoop Dogg money from the sale of the company and its beer line. Weingarten won every motion filed by either side in the case – including defeating the defendants’ motion for summary judgment and another motion to have the case transferred to Illinois.

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