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Overview

Terry Garnett has extensive federal and state court trial experience and focuses his practice on employment, and complex commercial litigation matters.

Most recently, Terry defended a global real estate management company, and its executive against claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. After a six day arbitration, the arbitrator ruled for the company on all claims.

Terry also was part of a Loeb & Loeb trial team that defended Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. (“TCS”) in a class action lawsuit filed by some of TCS’ former employees. After a two and a half week trial in the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2018, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in TCS’ favor, finding that TCS did not discriminate against employees who were non-South Asian or non-Indian. Terry gave the closing argument for TCS.

Terry has been lead trial and appellate counsel in numerous patent cases across the United States. Many of those patent cases were multi-defendant matters, often pending in multiple jurisdictions, and managed through a joint defense agreement.  For example, as part of a national defense group, Terry defended HTC Corporation in a patent infringement litigation filed against Google, HTC and a half dozen other mobile device vendors. After a week-long trial, a jury determined that Google (and by extension its vendors) did not infringe the asserted patents.

Terry has been repeatedly recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 75 IP litigators in California. Notably, he was lead trial counsel for Quanta Computer in its dispute with LG Electronics that ended in a 9-0 Supreme Court victory for Quanta on the issue of patent exhaustion. He has tried cases throughout the United States.

  • After a six day arbitration, secured a complete defence verdict for a global real estate development and management company and its executive against claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. 
  • Secured a victory for global IT company, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. in a closely watched class action employment discrimination case. A nine-member California jury issued a unanimous ruling in favor of the India-based company and found that Tata did not have a "pattern or practice" of intentionally discriminating against non-South Asian workers due to their race or national origin.

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., Moot Court Honors Program
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Recognition

  • Named among "California's Top 75 IP Litigators" by The Daily Journal
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Litigation, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard

Affiliations

  • Member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections, Los Angeles County Bar Association