10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
W. Allan Edmiston is a business litigator and trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex commercial and corporate matters, including UCC and contract disputes, direct and derivative shareholder suits, investor actions and contests over corporate control, for clients in the financial services, hedge fund, private equity, manufacturing and apparel industries, among others.
In addition, Mr. Edmiston defends prominent law and accounting firms, as well as their professionals, against lawsuits alleging malpractice, negligence and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Finally, Mr. Edmiston litigates entertainment-related disputes involving copyright, right of publicity, idea submission, anti-piracy and contract claims, among others, on behalf of prominent clients in the motion picture, television and music industries.
Mr. Edmiston’s pro bono efforts include work on behalf of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, for whom he has jury-tried misdemeanors including battery, trespass, theft and vehicular hit-and-run.
Defense of Warnaco Group, Inc. a publicly-traded apparel company, through arbitration hearing, against claims asserted by selling shareholders of Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. for billions of dollars in "earn-out" compensation under Stock Purchase Agreement, before case was settled on confidential terms.
In Themis Investors LLC v. Clark, following arbitration of dispute between LLC co-members, obtained derivative award totaling nearly $1.5 million on behalf of nominal claimant LLC, obtained significant attorneys' fees and costs award on behalf of claimant, and defeated respondent's cross-claims seeking millions of dollars in damages.
In legal malpractice arbitration involving alleged damages exceeding $4 million, obtained defense summary judgment on behalf of AmLaw 200 law firm.
In Sakai v. Merrill Lynch Life Insurance Company, Inc., et al., involving "financial elder abuse" and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from variable annuity contract. Obtained summary adjudication of core of plaintiff's case before matter was settled on confidential terms.
In X-Ray Center, Inc. v. Rapiscan Systems, Inc., involving cross-claims between Rapiscan and its former Turkish distributor, defended Rapiscan against claims for $30 million in damages, obtained writ of attachment and obtained entry of an order requiring X-Ray Center to post CCP § 1030 bond, before case was settled on confidential terms.
In Dahlen v. Chicago Title Insurance, Inc., defended Chicago Title against claims for breach of policy and bad faith, before case was settled on confidential terms.
In Whyaduck Productions, Inc. v. Block, following bench trial, obtained money judgment, including attorneys’ fees and costs, against Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mitchel Block.
Defense of prominent financial institution in FINRA arbitration involving disputed termination of a Master Repurchase Agreement (a collateralized loan structured as a sale and repurchase obligation) and the exercise of liquidation rights thereunder.
- Editor, Loeb & Loeb’s IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks (January 2011 - present)
- Moderator, AMEC Panel Discussion on Business/Legal Issues in the Interactive Entertainment Industry, Century City, California (October 19, 2010)
- Author, Showdown in the South China Sea: An International Incidents Analysis of the So-Called Spy Plane Crisis, 16 Emory Int'l Law Rev. 639 (Fall 2002)
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Member, Los Angeles Copyright Society
- Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- Former Member, Emerging Leaders Board, The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel
- Named in The Legal 500 US in Intellectual Property: Copyright, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2013 edition)
- Rising Star, Southern California Super Lawyers, Los Angeles magazine (2009-2011)
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2003,
Articles Editor, Emory International Law Review
Trinity College, CT, B.A., 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2004