Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern & Central Districts of California
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community Involvement

The Innocence Project 


Stanford University, J.D.

The Colorado College, B.A.

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Jesse Contreras

Los Angeles
T: 310.299.5500
F: 310.299.5600
Representative Matters
Full Bio

A member of M&R’s Commercial & Business Litigation and Appellate Departments, Jesse Contreras has significant experience litigating complex commercial matters. He focuses his practice on business, contractual, and ownership disputes, trade secrets, professional liability, and government tort claim liability. His expertise also includes representing clients at the appellate level.

Mr. Contreras has extensively handled matters in the construction, health care and insurance sectors. He represented an engineering consortium in a $100 million matter, and has represented medical associations in various regulatory disputes throughout the country. He has also been involved in several high profile insurance regulatory disputes, including appellate work that involved a host of constitutional issues, resulting in reported decisions in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Contreras has handled several cases involving public entities, as well as matters relating to intellectual property and trade secret litigation, including representation of retail and apparel clients in ownership disputes and protection of their designs. Mr. Contreras has also represented sophisticated manufacturing clients in technology disputes.

Pro Bono

Mr. Contreras devotes his time on a pro bono basis to the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals.


Mr. Contreras received his J.D. from Stanford University, in 1997. He was conferred his B.A. by Colorado College, in 1992, where he majored in Political Science.

Representative Matters

Copyright/Trademark/Trade Secret Litigation: Defended a New Orleans theme park against copyright and trademark claims. Representation included taking and defending key depositions and preparing case for trial, where a complete defense verdict was obtained. Represented prominent cruise line in an ownership dispute over marketing data maintained by its outside database consultant. The case was tried successfully in federal court with Mr. Contreras’ client winning on all causes of action and all counterclaims defeated.

Insurance Litigation: Represented the owners of a luxury home in Beverly Hills in a breach of contract claim against their insurance carrier and an inverse condemnation claim against the City of Beverly Hills arising from flood damage to their home. Insurance claim involved the resolution of novel Bus & Prof. Code 17200 claims in the client’s favor. Inverse condemnation claim involved the selection and preparation of numerous experts for trial, including geotechnical engineers, contractors, and appraisers. The matter was settled in the client’s favor before trial.

Insurance Regulation:  Represented the California Insurance Commissioner on various matters involving California’s efforts to assist Holocaust survivors and their families in obtaining information relating to Holocaust-era insurance policies held by the European affiliates of California-licensed insurers. Representation involved extensive appellate work, resulting in reported decisions in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Gerling Global Reins. Corp. of Am. v. Low, 240 F.3d 739 (9th Cir. 2001); Gerling Global Reins. Corp. of Am. v. Low, 296 F.3d 832 (9th Cir. 2002); American Ins. Ass’n v. Garamendi, 539 U.S. 396 (2003).

Retail Litigation: Represented one of the founders of a leading, high-end denim manufacturer in a highly contentious corporate divorce. Representation included voluminous and difficult document discovery, selection and oversight of accounting experts, deposition practice, and extensive motion practice concerning discovery and receivership. Also responsible for preparing jury instructions, witnesses, and trial briefs. Mr. Contreras obtained a favorable jury verdict following a three-week trial.

Software Litigation: Successfully represented the nation’s largest manufacturer of video graphics processors in a contract dispute with Microsoft. Representation involved analyzing an enormous amount of data in a very short time frame and preparing expert witnesses to testify on complicated, highly technical subjects at arbitration.