Gregory M. Garrison
Mr. Garrison won his first multi-million dollar civil jury verdict when he was 29 years old. Over the course of more than twenty years in practice, Mr. Garrison has tried more than 45 cases winning many multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements.
Martindale Hubbell, a leading resource for recommending attorneys and law firms, awarded Mr. Garrison with its highest rating of “AV Preeminent 5.0 of 5.0” after an independent review of his abilities by lawyers and judges. Mr. Garrison is also client rated “Preeminent 5.0 of 5.0” by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Garrison is rated “Superb 10.0” by Avvo which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys by that organization. Mr. Garrison is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), the premier national association of trial attorneys in America, a member of CAL-ABOTA and a member of the ABOTA-San Diego Chapter. Mr. Garrison is also a member of both the “Million Dollar Advocates Forum” and the “Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum” both of which limit membership to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in trial advocacy. Mr. Garrison has been named one of the “10 best litigation lawyers in California in client satisfaction” by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, a “Top Lawyer” in San Diego by San Diego Magazine and is a lifetime member of Rue Ratings “Best Attorneys of America”.
Mr. Garrison does not shy away from hard work, hard cases, or earning results. Mr. Garrison has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation, class action, personal injury, construction defect and community association litigation. When he is not practicing law Mr. Garrison competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, recently placing second in the 2017 U.S. National Championship in his division.
Of Counsel – Larry Stirling
Retired Superior Court Judge Larry Stirling is a sponsor of the Davis-Stirling Act (The California Code for HOAs and Condominiums) which bears his name.
Judge Stirling graduated from San Diego State University and was then commissioned into the United States Army Infantry where he went on to serve on active duty including a year as a commanding officer. His public career started with successful stints with the City of San Diego culminating in his selection as Director of Finance for the San Diego Association of Governments. He simultaneously finished law school with honors and was admitted to practice in both the California and the United States Supreme Courts. In 1977 he was elected to the San Diego City Council and then the California State Assembly and then the State Senate. Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to the bench where he served until retiring.
Among the hundred pieces of legislation he successfully authored was the Davis-Stirling Act which improved the governance of common-interest subdivisions throughout California.
The Davis-Stirling Act provides for mediation before litigation. Judge Stirling has settled many civil cases that would have otherwise gone to trial at substantial cost to the litigants without his help. Judge Stirling works as a mediator for the firm.
Of Counsel – Megan A. Richmond
Ms. Richmond is a fifth-generation attorney who obtained her undergraduate degree at University of Southern California and her law degree at the University of San Diego. Ms. Richmond graduated from law school in 2-1/2 years and passed the California bar exam on her first attempt in February of 1994.
Ms. Richmond’s is a trial lawyer. Ms. Richmond is a 1998 graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Ms. Richmond acted as local counsel for Mr. Spence in a serious injury accident case in Los Angeles which settled for high seven figures.
Beginning in approximately 2001, Ms. Richmond began representing plaintiffs in class and collective action cases. Ms. Richmond has been certified as class counsel multiple times in state and federal courts throughout California.
Of Counsel – Alexander E. Papaefthimiou
Mr. Papaefthimiou obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He went to law school at the University of San Diego where he wrote or contributed to numerous published articles and books. Mr. Papaefthimiou received an award for his oral advocacy skills in law school. Mr. Papaefthimiou passed the bar on his first attempt in June of 2005.
Mr. Papaefthimiou has worked with co-counsel across the Country as the primary law and motion and research attorney in complex, high value cases, including, but not limited to, consumer rights litigation, class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, RICO litigation, securities litigation, and wage and hour litigation. His experience includes, but not limited to, cases against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the County of Los Angeles, Twentieth Century Fox, E! Entertainment, CBS, Pacific Sunwear of California, Nike, Plasticolor, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery, and Big O Tires.
In his practice, Mr. Papaefthimiou has successfully litigated against some of the largest law firms in America, including, but not limited to: Latham & Watkins; Jones Day; DLA Piper; McDermott, Will & Emery; Pillsbury, Winthrop & Shaw; Fish & Richardson; Duane Morris; Sheppard, Mullin Richter & Hampton; Gordon & Rees; Bryan Cave, LLP; and Procopio.
Many of Mr. Papaefthimiou’s litigation successes have been the subject of published opinions, including a successful appeal to the Ninth Circuit. See CollegeSource, Inc. v. AcademyOne, Inc., 653 F.3d 1066 (9th Cir. 2011) (successfully appealed dismissal of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim for lack of personal jurisdiction, opposing counsel Duane Morris); See also Bauer Bros. LLC v. Nike, Inc., 98 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1160 (S.D. Cal. 2011) (motion to dismiss counterclaim for fraud on the PTO granted in part, opposing counsel Pillsbury, Winthrop & Shaw); AcademyOne, Inc. v. CollegeSource, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118849 (E.D. Pa. 2009) (motion for summary judgment granted on claims for trademark infringement, cybersquatting, and false advertising, opposing counsel Duane Morris); Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Dintino, 167 Cal. App. 4th 333 (2008) (successfully appealed denial of motion for attorney fees, opposing counsel Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton).
Mr. Papaefthimiou has also taken multiple cases to trial in both federal and state court, has argued numerous appeals and negotiated settlements worth millions of dollars.