Ryan Lapine is a first-chair trial lawyer and a partner in Rosenfeld’s litigation department. Ryan is undefeated at trial. He has obtained numerous seven figure plaintiff verdicts and complete defense verdicts for his clients.
Ryan specializes in litigating, trying and winning the most complex cases, regardless of the issues at bar. He focuses his practice in four core areas – insurance recovery litigation, entertainment and business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and high-value third-party Delgado litigation.
In 2009, Ryan was elected to a term as one of ten attorneys on the California Bar Association's Committee of Bar Examiners. In that capacity, Ryan oversaw the creation, administration and grading of the California Bar Examination, he governed all state-accredited and non-accredited law schools in California, and he ruled on moral character applications to the California Bar.
Insurance Recovery Litigation / Counseling
Lead counsel and trial counsel for a production company asserting breach of the duty to defend, breach of the duty to pursue settlement, and breach of the duty to settle claims against an errors and omission insurance provider. At a jury trial before the Honorable William H. Alsup, succeeded on all claims, obtaining a $2,280,000 jury verdict on two claims and a directed verdict in client’s favor pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 50 on the Court’s own motion on the remaining claim. This was the second largest insurance recovery jury verdict in California in 2015.
Lead counsel for and successfully intervened on behalf of client and other interested parties and had vacated a purported settlement agreement in an interpleader action filed pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section 386(b). Obtained a subsequent global settlement.
Lead counsel for policyholders, procuring a confidential settlement despite an initial denial of coverage.
Entertainment and Business Litigation
Lead counsel and trial counsel for a production company asserting breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims against an escrow company. After a three-week jury trial, obtained a verdict in client’s favor for $1,500,000 plus prejudgment interest.
Trial counsel for a leading talent manager on breach of contract, conversion and fraudulent conveyance actions against the management company for whom she formerly worked. Obtained a jury verdict with significant monetary damages in client’s favor following a one-week jury trial.
Part of trial team defending the Swiss branch of an international financial institution against allegations of RICO violations and fraudulent conveyances. Obtained a complete defense verdict following a one week jury trial.
Lead counsel for an entertainment company in a breach of contract and fraud action against a vodka manufacturer and its principal. Obtained a $3,100,000 judgment in favor of client against each of the named defendants.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Lead counsel for singer Barry Manilow, through his holding and management company, asserting copyright infringement and Lanham Act claims against a popular cruise line and its content provider. The case settled subsequent to the filing of a Federal action.
Defended a nail polish manufacturer in a patent infringement action. Successfully moved to transfer the matter to California Central District Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). Obtained a global settlement subsequent to that transfer.
Co-lead counsel for fine-artist bringing copyright claims against a top-40 band who used his copyrighted work without his permission as a backdrop at their concert tour. Though the top-40 band succeeded on a fair use defense on summary judgment, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published opinion, called it a “close and difficult case.”
Third-Party Delgado Litigation
Lead trial counsel for individual shot by a third-party assailant at the 2013 San Francisco Pride Festival. Settled during voir dire after defeating defendant’s motion for summary judgment.
Lead trial counsel for individual shot by a third-party assailant at the 2015 San Francisco Pride Festival. Settled at mediation after defeating defendant’s anti-SLAPP Motion.
Other Notable Matters
Authored a Brief of Amicus Curiae on behalf of Love Honor Cherish In Opposition to Petition for Rehearing En Banc in this landmark litigation that ultimately invalidated Proposition 8 and restored marriage equality in California.
Lead counsel for an heiress of advanced age in an action under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act against two acquaintances. Obtained injunctive relief invalidating purported conveyances following an evidentiary hearing against one defendant and entered into a settlement at mediation with the other defendant.
Litigation counsel for the beneficiary of a trust valued at $350,000,000. The matter has been described as the largest probate litigation in Los Angeles County and saw the suspension and removal of the co-trustees of the subject trust on the motion of the beneficiary.
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