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Lawrence M. Cirelli

Lawrence M. Cirelli

Hanson Bridgett LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Larry is a trial lawyer and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, including disputes among shareholders, owners, officers and directors of companies, fiduciary duty, contracts, false advertising, trade secrets, non-competition agreements and unfair competition claims. He also represents clients in partnership and corporate dissolution actions. His experience as a certified public accountant brings a unique skill set and perspective to these types of matters. A significant part of his practice also involves the defense of consumer class actions. In addition, Larry handles professional liability and product liability litigation. He has tried numerous jury and court trials, as well as arbitrations, in a range of cases spanning business torts, commercial contracts, business dissolutions, real estate, insurance, professional liability and products liability.

Representative Work

Business Litigation

Successfully resolved during a long trial a breach of contract action against the State of California wherein plaintiff claimed $1.4 billion in damages.

Won a $4.3 million verdict and additional punitive damages on an interference with business relationship claim against a major advertising agency arising from the acquisition of a local company by the agency.

Obtained a defense verdict after a one-month trial of a multi-million dollar claim of business interruption involving a telecommunications equipment plant.

Won a large verdict against the former president of a company and his new employer for breach of fiduciary duty and violation of his non- competition agreement.

Obtained a large verdict on a lost corporate opportunity claim for a paving and grading contractor. Also successfully defended the stock and wrongful termination claims of a former vice president of the client.

Class Actions

Obtained decertification of a Rule 23(b)(3) damages class in a federal food labeling class action alleging unfair business practices, false advertising, and violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

Obtained dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage in a consolidated class action filed in federal court against California’s largest dairy cooperative alleging unfair business practices in connection with dairy product pricing.

Defeated class certification in an unfair business practices and false advertising case brought against a national retailer.

Business Owner Disputes

Successfully tried a dissolution action involving a real estate company resulting in the client receiving all of the funds in dispute from the partnership's capital account.

Successfully tried a dissolution action involving a family-owned construction supplies business. Won a large verdict in a shareholder dispute involving a medical practice.

Handled several dissolution actions under California Corporations Code section 2000 involving various businesses including a large family-owned consumer products manufacturer and a high-end grocery store.

Represented a founder of a publicly-traded internet company in a dispute over stock ownership.

Professional Liability

Served as an expert witness in a case arising out of an accounting malpractice action.

Won a $4.7 million verdict for an international mining company on a claim involving complex international tax issues. Achieved a favorable settlement after a three-month trial involving legal malpractice defense.

Defended a Big Four accounting firm in actions brought by a public entity arising out of that entity's financial crisis.

Products Liability

After a two-week trial, obtained a nonsuit for a gas manufacturer in a product liability case.

After a three-week trial, achieved a nonsuit for a welding products manufacturer in a case involving claims of alleged respiratory problem due to the inhalation of welding fumes.

Lawrence M. Cirelli is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2017: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The Balance Sheet - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2017: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know, Monday, July 24, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, San Francisco, CA
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Wednesday, August 01, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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