Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Westside Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House (Board of Directors)

UCLA Political Science Board of Advisors (Member)

St. Matthews Day Camp (Past Board of Directors)

Education

Hastings College of Law (J.D.)

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)

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Tim Gorry

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Los Angeles
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Tim Gorry is a partner in M&R’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Commercial & Business Litigation Practice Group. Recognized by his peers as a premier AV-rated litigator, Tim has successfully tried or arbitrated dozens of cases to verdict for clients across industries—entertainment and sports, banking and financial services, construction, telecommunications, technology, retail, logistics, and manufacturing, among them. As a testament to his litigation prowess, Tim is frequently sought after by other law firms to try cases they have no hope of settling.

Public and private corporations, boards of directors, board committees, private equity and hedge funds, partnerships and joint ventures, and high-net-worth individuals look to Tim for strategic advice and counsel and representation inside the courtroom. Likewise, they lean on Tim for his extensive experience working with in-house counsel, coverage counsel, and adjustors at many of the world’s largest insurance carriers.

Known for his extraordinary professionalism, character, and collaborative nature, Tim is a trial lawyer beyond compare, who has helped his roster of valued clients thrive and grow over a span of 30 years.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Tim is a Board Member for the Westside LA Ronald McDonald House (a part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities), which is working towards building a Ronald McDonald House that will service the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital and St. John’s Hospital. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Political Science Department.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Tim has been AV rated by Martindale Hubble for over 20 years and has been awarded AV Preeminent, Martindale’s highest rating, from 2005 to the present.

Representative Matters

Defended purchaser of a foreclosed development in multi-million dollar lawsuit by former developer in Placer County arising from an amended Deed of Trust filed by plaintiff days before foreclosure.  After successful demurrers and motions for summary judgment prevailed on a bench trial and secured a significant attorneys fee award for the client.

Represented Los Angeles Unified School District as part of team defending client in multimillion dollar construction lawsuit, took and defended numerous depositions of defendants and experts and was part of trial team that prevailed after a 2 month jury trial.

Represented prominent internet health products company in action against former employee and logistics company for diversion of product for employee’s personal benefit .  After successful defense of demurrers and extensive discovery, obtained favorable settlements for client.

Defended Fashion Designer in Federal copyright and trademark action brought by former employee over work for hire designs.  After successful motions to dismiss and extensive discovery, later settled in ADR Services mediation (terms of settlement confidential).

Defended liquidation division of national overnight shipping company in a Federal Court lawsuit that the client was brought into shortly before trial that had been pending for over one year.  Secured extension of trial, discovery and motion cut-off dates and after an extremely short discovery period filed a successful motion for summary judgment and obtained a significant attorneys’ fee award for the client.

Successfully represented the County of Orange in a complex software development case against Tata Consultancy Services arising from a failed development project for a Property Tax Management System. Took over 50 depositions of software developers, architects, project managers, and experts, and worked with team to analyze and digest millions of pages of documents to prepare for month-long jury trial in federal court. Obtained $26M settlement for the County and its taxpayers days before trial.

Represented motion picture producers and financiers regarding alleged copyright infringement by street muralists in Argentina—an action originally filed in Illinois and successfully moved to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California pursuant to a motion to transfer.

Defended developer and majority landowner of a 200 acre development in Loomis, CA in a lawsuit over deposits allegedly owed to a Conservation Steward by the developer. Successfully moved to expunge a lis pendens on 51 five acre lots and filed successive demurrers, resulting in dismissal of the action and the imposition of a significant attorney fee award in favor of the client. Also defended same clients in a multi-phase arbitration over claims relating to transfer of declarant rights and construction and conservation easement issues in a multi-week JAMS arbitration in Sacramento, CA.

Represented producer and financiers of Academy Award ™-winning film in an action alleging misappropriation of name and likeness by subject of a magazine article. The case, which was originally filed in New Jersey federal court, was transferred to Los Angeles pursuant to a successful motion to transfer and then dismissed in its entirety after prevailing on an anti-SLAPP motion.  Successfully defended the subsequent appeal of the case to the Ninth Circuit (and ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied certiorari).

Represented developer of a mix-use high rise development in Los Angeles in a dispute concerning the development, construction and tenancy issues. After a 10-day jury trial, obtained a significant verdict for client, and later settled in ADR Services mediation encompassing all related cases (terms of settlement confidential).

Represented developer of $16M home situated on former Pickfair Estate in an action for breach of promissory note and judicial foreclosure, and defended against construction defect claim in multi-party action. Settled on terms favorable to client two days before picking a jury for 12-week trial.

Represented private equity firm and Senior Managing Director in connection with an investment in a food product company that became insolvent. Obtained summary judgment in actions venued in superior and bankruptcy court in favor of Director and PE firm.

Negotiated settlement after a six-week bench trial in Los Angeles and adverse verdict against motion picture producer in a breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract case involving the proceeds of a hugely successful film.

Represented foreign finance/real estate investment company in connection with five separate multifamily and mixed-use projects in Los Angeles County. Defended five breach of contract and injunctive relief actions filed in four different courthouses in L.A. by the co-investor/general contractor. In so doing, successfully defeated applications for TRO and motions for preliminary injunctions filed in each case. Also prepared and filed cross-complaints alleging breach of contract, fraud, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, and for appointment of a receiver, and after forcing expedited discovery moved for and obtained the appointment of a receiver on each of the five properties. Cases favorably settled shortly thereafter.

Represented same foreign finance/real estate investment company against contractor of $16M project in a construction defect lawsuit with complex financial and insurance issues. Obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction against defendant and settled matter with multimillion-dollar payment to client.

Represented Grammy Award ™ winning recording artist in wrongful death case brought by relatives of decedent in Santa Maria, California, stemming from emergency room treatment given to artist during an unrelated action in the Santa Maria Superior Court. Filed successful CCP 128.7 motion after successive demurrers that served to dismiss the action against the client.

Represented IT Consulting Division of Fortune 100 electronics company in a nine-week jury trial in Hayward, California. The case involved breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of duty of loyalty relating to the establishment of a competing company by senior executives of client, and resulted in a multimillion-dollar jury verdict against former employees.

Represented studio services company in two-week bench trial concerning an alleged breach of lease for 20,000 sq. ft. studio space in West Hollywood, California. Prevailed on defense of complaint and cross-complaint resulting in significant verdict for damages and attorneys fees against plaintiff and cross-defendant. Plaintiff appealed decision, verdict was affirmed, and matter was settled after conclusion of appeal.

Represented former NHL player in connection with NHLPA dispute regarding career-ending injury. Filed an action against local hospital and its doctors and nurses which culminated in a three-week jury trial that ended in directed verdict against client, reversed on appeal and retried, resulting in significant settlement by several parties. Case was retried before a Los Angeles County jury in a two-week trial that resulted in a split verdict on liability. Matter was ultimately settled on a confidential basis.

Represented current NBA player in connection with lawsuit brought against him by a ticket broker for misuse of a personal credit card. Secured summary judgment on the complaint and cross-complaint for conversion.

Represented co-founder of medical infusion therapy company in lawsuit that was filed while he was honeymooning in China after his ouster from the company and subsequent to an emergency bankruptcy sale to a competitor. After settling out co-founder and directors, obtained multimillion-dollar verdict after four-week jury trial against competitor for conspiracy to interfere with employment agreement.

Represented owners of estate in Encino, California in construction defect lawsuit against contractor stemming from water intrusion and resultant damage on $3M remodel project. Sued over 23 different sub-contractors, obtained comprehensive Case Management Order, managed five experts, and settled the matter on extremely favorable terms for the client.

Represented writer of Tony Award ™-nominated musical against co-writer and producer in case alleging breach of oral agreement, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and declaratory relief. After a 10-day trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, jury rendered defense verdict against client, but court granted requested declaratory relief, resulting in settlement between the parties regarding credit participation and allocation of profits.

Represented fledgling video game software division of Texas-based RBOC in AAA arbitration brought pursuant to the terms of a Software Development Agreement. Brought counterclaims for failure to meet deliverable schedule, obtained defense decision on original claim, and won uncollectible judgment on counterclaim.

Represented telephone credit card company in action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District in action against telecommunications carrier alleging breach of transmission agreements. Obtained multimillion-dollar verdict after eight-day bench trial.

Represented major national travel agency in IT lawsuit brought by a vendor in federal court alleging breach of a software development agreement. Won multimillion-dollar verdict in two-week jury trial on cross-complaint for breach of contract and successfully defended original complaint.

Represented officers and directors in defense of a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by co-founder of a construction materials company. Obtained a directed verdict in favor of clients during multi-week jury trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court.