OUR PRACTICE AREAS
Meyer Law Group, LLP has developed an outstanding reputation in the community for high quality, results-oriented legal services. This long standing reputation has given the firm the opportunity to serve individuals and sophisticated entities with broad ranges of legal needs in the following practice areas.
Our appellate advocacy group has the unique knowledge and skill set required to manage all litigation above the trial court level and has successfully represented its clients throughout all facets of the appellate process. This experience includes management of the entire appellate process from: filing the notice of appeal, through preparation of a complete record on appeal, to filing appellate motions and briefs, and concluding with oral argument. Our experienced attorneys combine sophisticated written and oral advocacy skills with thorough knowledge of the complex rules of appellate procedure in order to provide effective appellate representation to our clients. Representative cases include:
- In re Scholz, 699 F.3d 1167 (9th Cir. 2012) (successfully represented Trustee in appeal concerning whether income received pursuant to 45 U.S.C. § 231 et seq. (Railroad Retirement Income) shall be included in the calculation of “projected disposable income” under 11 U.S.C. § 1325(b))
- In re Aughney, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74505 (N.D. Cal. 2011) (successfully represented Debtors in appeal concerning expungement of a class proof of claim pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7023)
- In re Heal, 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 107879 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (successfully represented Trustee in appeal concerning the applicability of 11 U.S.C. § 1325(a)(3) for a debtor with negative “projected disposable income”)
In addition to managing appeals for our own cases, we also handle appeals for other firms who may lack the experience or time necessary to shepherd a case from the trial court decision through the often long process of appeal. We also provide pre-trial consultation to assist with preserving issues for appeal and to ensure that, even if a trial court result is unfavorable, the client still has access to a higher court.
Our bankruptcy practice has been a key practice component of the firm since its inception in 2009. Our firm is one of few in the Bay Area which devotes a substantial portion of its bankruptcy group practice to representation of individual and corporate debtors in chapter 7, chapter 11, and chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. In representing debtors, our bankruptcy practice group draws upon not only its own expertise but is able to utilize the experience in the firm’s other practice groups to provide advice and counsel in all matters arising in bankruptcy proceedings, including: public and private sales of assets, financing, restructuring of debt, determination of validity, priority and extent of secured liens, valuation of assets, analysis and prosecution of bankruptcy causes of action, and formulation and confirmation of chapter 11 and chapter 13 plans.
We also regularly advise and represent creditors on how to protect their rights and interests in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. In representing creditors, we leverage our firm's deep-rooted understanding of debtor's rights to take all necessary actions to ensure that our clients are protected. When a claim objection, avoidance action, or adversary proceeding is threatened or filed, we defend them aggressively, handling such matters in bankruptcy courts throughout California.
Our business litigation practice represents clients in all facets of general civil, commercial, and business litigation. Our attorneys have significant experience and expertise in prosecuting and defending business and commercial litigation disputes of almost every type, including breach of contract, trade secret litigation, construction law, fraud and unfair competition claims, banking and lending litigation, corporate and partnership disputes, and complex insurance litigation.
Our litigators understand that business litigation can be an expensive, distracting, and time consuming process, and we work closely with our clients to explore and develop strategies to successfully resolve a case at the earliest possible stage in the litigation. However, when trial is inevitable, whether based upon the nature of the case or posture taken by the opposition, our litigators are well known for their willingness to aggressively pursue our client's interests through trial and appeal.
Insolvency and Restructuring
Sudden or dramatic business reversals can paralyze decision makers making it difficult to move forward toward a profitable turnaround. We help guide our clients through the restructuring process and build the consensus needed to bring the parties together or outmaneuver our adversaries in court. Our restructuring attorneys have experience in creatively representing every constituency in the restructuring and workout area. This gives us a deep understanding of the various positions different constituent creditors (secured and unsecured) may take. To create value for clients, our restructuring lawyers leverage their understanding of sophisticated bankruptcy and litigation strategies and tactics, by employing such techniques as: auction sales, first and second position lien agreements and modifications, forbearance agreements, modification of existing credit agreements, inter-creditor agreements, and sale of assets.
Our intellectual property practice is dedicated to maximizing the value and security of our clients' intellectual property. Our lawyers work closely with businesses across a range of industries, including high technology, digital and social media, life sciences, retail and service, Internet, telecommunications, software, and semiconductor, tailoring solutions to meet their particular needs and stage of development. Whether it is structuring a sophisticated IP-based transaction, formulating patent strategies, assisting with trademark selection and clearance, drafting online license and click-through agreements, or defending a company in litigation, we offer advice that assists our clients in meeting their objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Our personal injury practice group is dedicated to obtaining full compensation for individuals damaged by the negligence of others. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents, by medical malpractice, by dangerous and defective products, in labor and construction accidents, and by other forms of negligent conduct. We handle each matter from start to finish with a high degree of client interaction. While many claims can be settled out of court, unlike most personal injury attorneys, our experienced litigators are prepared to take each matter to trial to ensure the best results for our clients.
Receiverships and Trusteeships
Meyer Law Group serves as a court-appointed receiver, chapter 11 trustee or liquidating agent in cases involving a wide variety of distressed businesses inside and outside of bankruptcy. Representative cases include serving as the court-appointed: chapter 11 trustee for the histroic Skunk Train (Fort Bragg, California), chapter 11 liquidating trustee for Colusa Mushroom, Inc. (Petaluma, California), receiver for The Petrified Forest (Calistoga, California), and receiver for the Mendicino Medical Group (Ukiah, California). Our attorenys have experience and expertise in operating and running distressed businesses to preserve the enterprise value for the benefit of all stakeholders.