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Michele B. Friend

Michele Friend

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T: 213.629.5700
F: 213.624.9441
E: MFriend@ClarkTrev.com

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Michele Friend handles many of the diverse legal issues involving a business. Areas of expertise include trade secrets, real estate, employment, trademarks, rights of privacy, contracts, business dissolutions, fiduciary duty and fraud.  Michele is a trial lawyer that is also skilled in transactional matters.  For nearly 20 years, she has advised numerous outstanding clients through their legal issues.

 

Michele was previously a partner at her firm Kneafsey & Friend LLP. Prior to law school, Michele became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio.  She managed budgets, earnings projections, cash flows, and audits at a top publicly-traded commercial real estate company, Forest City Enterprises.  She maintains her CPA license although she no longer practices accounting.  Michele’s business experience gives her an edge to understand the economic and budgetary concerns of her clients, as well as the financial aspects of their cases.

  • Charta v. Sary, LexJet, Abaqa: Successfully defended the President of a global manufacturing company accused of stealing Trade Secrets in a jury trial that later resulted in a renewed business relationship
  • Won complete defense verdict and $1.25 million judgment on cross-complaint in real estate partnership dispute trial
  • Patricia Davis Raynes v. Marvin Davis et al.: Successfully defended the President of Davis Companies in a widely-publicized, $650 million breach of fiduciary duty and fraud action relating to the estate of billionaire Marvin Davis.
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles Education & Welfare Corp. v. California Interscholastic Federation, Won arbitration against CIF re school placement for high school sports competitions
  • Counselled several business owners through entity dissolutions and buyouts
  • Resolved numerous breach of contract actions for hotel clients
  • Resolved numerous employment related disputes for businesses and counselled clients with independent contractor and employee negotiations
  • Counselled clients through real estate leases, CAM and landlord/tenant issues
  • Resolved numerous breach of contract actions for an out of state company purchasing several businesses in California
  • Advised clients on contract negotiations
  • Handled trademark prosecution, registration and maintenance with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and related administrative proceedings with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • President, American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Southern California Chapter
  • Advisory Board, New Girls Network
  • Member, Los Angeles and Culver City Chambers of Commerce
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Volunteer, Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Distinguished Leadership Award
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Lawrence J. Blake Award

You Can’t Take it with You: Trade Secret Protection and Enforcement