Michael A. Geibelson

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Michael Geibelson

Michael A. Geibelson

Partner

Managing Partner, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley Offices
Michael Geibelson

Experience

  • Solves complex business disputes through litigation and trial.
  • Michael Geibelson was the Chair of the California State Bar’s Litigation Section Executive Committee (2011-2012)
  • Business Trial Lawyer experienced in the prosecution and defense of claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, business and consumer fraud and breaches of contract including real estate disputes involving leases, development and investment agreements, and joint ventures, unfair competition and false advertising, and antitrust, including individual and class claims under California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and False Advertising Law (FAL) (Business & Professions Code §§ 17200 and 17500).
  • His commercial litigation has included the representation of companies in the Retail, Real Estate, and Food & Beverage industries in key industry issues including the protection of trade secrets, advertising, labeling, and interests in real property.
  • In addition to the handling of business litigation matters, his trial experience ranges widely, from the representation of cattle ranchers in fraud and veterinary malpractice matters, to building owners seeking to remedy welding product defects, to ship owners sued for trespass resulting from the grounding of their vessel, to organizations suing upon violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul Boland and the Honorable Alexander Williams, III, Los Angeles Superior Court.


  • Secured summary judgment and award of fees and costs enforcing right to exercise option period under commercial lease.
  • Secured denial of class certification in action alleging false advertisement of product characteristics in over 900 models of consumer product under California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and False Advertising Law (FAL), Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and 17500.
  • Obtained denial of class certification in an action alleging false advertising of battery life representations concerning hundreds of models of laptop computers under California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA).
  • At trial, secured decertification of class action claim for statutory privacy violations under California law.
  • Obtained finding of copyright misuse and denial of preliminary injunction against major studio in representing national retailer of movies.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national retailer in "loss leader" claims under the Unfair Practices Act (California Business & Professions Code §§ 17030, 17043, 17044); affirmed on appeal (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Obtained denial of class certification for online retailer in case of first impression under Song Beverly Credit Card Act, California Civil Code Section 1747.08, involving requests for consumers' personal identifying information in online credit card transactions.
  • Obtained summary judgment in lease dispute arising out of developer's failure to construct premises during negotiation of lease amendment, and defeating claims of waiver and estoppel; affirmed on appeal (http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/E055373.PDF). >
  • Obtained denial of class certification for brick and mortar retailer in Song Beverly Credit Card Act (Zip Code) claim, California Civil Code Section 1747.08, holding requests for personal identification information as part of Reward Program enrollment and member lookups are special purposes incidental to the transactions and do not violate the Act.
  • Secured termination of shopping center lease at trial related to landlord’s failure to satisfy opening co-tenancy condition and implied contract terms related to development of premises according to Site Plan.
  • Obtained denial of class certification in coordinated action alleging failures to redeem gift cards in violation of California Civil Code Section 1749.5, along with dismissal of claims for violations of False Advertising Law (California Business & Professions Code §§17200, et seq.) and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (California Civil Code §§1750, et seq.)
  • Obtained summary adjudication in lease dispute relating to interpretation of cap on common area maintenance (CAM) charges / tenant's share of operating expenses.
  • Obtained dismissal of putative class action alleging violations of Unfair Competition Law (California Business & Professions Code §§17200, et seq.) and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (California Civil Code §§1750, et seq.) arising out of retailer's mail-in rebate program.
  • Obtained order striking complaint on anti-SLAPP motion in malicious prosecution action for semiconductor manufacturer pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16.
  • Obtained award of over $3 Million in civil penalties, attorneys’ fees and costs, and a permanent injunction through trial of Clean Water Act case before the Hon. Manuel Real.
  • Defended $2 million claim for misappropriation of trade secrets to a verdict of $494.03, and obtained grant of nonsuit for individual defendant.
  • Obtained Temporary Restraining Order and Permanent Injunction preventing disclosure of customer lists and trade secret information for industrial supply company in Food & Beverage, and Hospitality industries.
  • Obtained $4.2 Million verdict, including punitive damages, for fraud arising out of sale of veterinary biologics.
  • Lead defense counsel in a number of Best Buy matters involving individual and putative class claims for unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and false advertising.
  • Obtained summary judgment in sales representative’s claim for wrongful termination from industrial supply company.
  • Defense counsel in a breach of contract and antitrust dispute between a medical device manufacturer and a start-up regarding a medical technology.
  • Obtained policy limits settlement through trial of negligence claim.


Super Lawyers 2019
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
    Super Lawyers  (2010-2019) 
  • "Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Pro Bono Award" (2006)
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Pro Bono Award
    Public Interest Law Foundation of Loyola Law School (2005)
  • Rising Star
    Law & Politics Magazine (2004-2009)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
    presented by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California (2004, 2006)
  • The Bandini Foundation (the operator of the Heroes Golf Course of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration)
  • Disability Rights Legal Center, Board of Directors; President (2007-2010);  Vice-President (2006-2007); Pro Bono Attorney Panelist (1999-present)
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D. (1995)
  • University of California-Berkeley, B.A.
Professional Associations
  • Institute for Corporate Counsel of the USC School of Law and Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporate Law Department Section, Advisory Board (2010-2012)  
  • California State Bar Litigation Section -- Chair, Executive Committee (2011-2012); Vice-Chair (2010-2011); Treasurer (2009-2010); Secretary (2008-2009); Member (2006-present); California Litigation Review, Editor
  • Los Angeles Lawyer (A Monthly Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association):  Editorial Board, Chair (2010-2011), Articles Coordinator (2009-2010), Member (2003-present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

  • Fencing in Personal Data to Minimize Risks of Privacy Class and Regulatory Actions
    AI Legal Summit: Solutions for Averting IP and Privacy Litigation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, San Carlos, California (May 9, 2019)
  • Commas in the Courtroom: Drafting Trial-Ready Leases by Thinking Backward
    International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference (October 24, 2018)
  • Commas in the Courtroom: Preparing for Deposition (before you begin Drafting)
    National Retail Tenants Association (October 1, 2018)
  • E-discovery 2018: Key Issues and Practical Guidance on eDiscovery for Corporate and Outside Counsel
    Webinar, The Global Cyber Institute and Thompson Reuters (May 10, 2018)
  • Patent v Trade Secret Protection
    AccessMCLE, Webinar (May 24, 2017)
  • From the Litigator’s Perspective: Your Leases on Trial
    International Council of Shopping Centers, Hollywood, Florida (October 28, 2016)
  • Preparing for a Deposition
    Webinar, CEB, California State Bar (June 8, 2016)
  • From Courtroom to Contracts: Seminal Cases Which Affect Lease Drafting and Shopping Center Operation
    International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (October 28, 2014)
  • How Unambiguous Terms Get Twisted
    International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference (October 24, 2014)
  • EDiscovery on a shoestring
    California State Bar, Litigation Section (October 23, 2014)
  • Impact of Federal Trade Secret Legislation and Recent Cases: Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets
    Practising Law Institute, Webcast (April 9, 2014)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporate Law
    Los Angeles County Bar Association Corporate Law Department Section (February 14, 2014)
  • Remedies for Deals Gone Bad
    Session Chair, Information Management Network, Dana Point, California (May 13, 2013)
  • The Changing Focus of Class Action Litigation: State v. Federal Courts
    California Retailers Association (CRA), San Francisco, California (November 1, 2011)
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition: Rights and Remedies
    Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nevada (September 3, 2010)
  • Everything You Need to Know to be Ready for Trial (Moderator)
    Continuing Education of the Bar, Los Angeles, California (May 7, 2010)
  • Best Practices for Winning at Litigation & Trial
    The Litigation Section of The State Bar of California, San Francisco, California (December 5, 2009)
  • Expanded Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards Post Hall Street v. Mattel: Evaluating and Crafting Arbitration Provisions to Preserve Judicial Review Options
    Legal Publishing Group of Strafford Publications, Telephone Conference (December 18, 2008)
  • Reservations of Rights in the Defense of Third Party Claims
    The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and The ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Teleconference and Webcast (November 12, 2008)
  • Managing and Responding to Electronic Discovery Demands
    California State Bar, Monterey, California (September 26, 2008)
  • Cross Examination: Techniques & Evidentiary Issues for the Experienced Litigator (Panelist)
    Continuing Education of the Bar, Costa Mesa, California (May 30, 2008)
  • Managing and Responding to Electronic Discovery Demands
    California State Bar, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego, California (January 19, 2008)
  • Best Practices for Demonstrative Evidence at Trial
    California State Bar, Anaheim, California (September 30, 2007)
  • Complex Litigation: Basic & Recent Developments
    CEB California, Garden Grove, California
    CEB California, Los Angeles, California (July 20, 2007)
  • Best Practices for Demonstrative Evidence at Trial
    California State Bar Litigation Section Trial Symposium, San Francisco, California (April 28, 2007)
  • The Trial Lawyer’s Approach to Business Torts: Thinking Beyond Your Client’s Damages
    Ventura County Trial Lawyers’ Association, Oxnard, California (April 24, 2007)
  • Discovery Skills
    Lorman Education Services, Santa Ana, California (April 16, 2007)
  • Managing and Responding to Electronic Discovery Demands
    California State Bar, Claremont Hotel, Oakland, California (January 20, 2007)
  • The Trial Lawyer's Approach to Business Torts: Thinking Beyond Your Client's Damages
    Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara, California (September 12, 2006)
  • Uncomplicating the Complicated
    Consumer Attorneys Association of California, Lake Tahoe, NV (March 25, 2006)
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