Albert T. Liou is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. With a broad spectrum of expertise, Mr. Liou has successfully represented clients in a variety of matters, including business litigation, wrongful termination, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act) claims, trademark/copyright claims, Proposition 65 defense and compliance, shareholder derivative suits, legal malpractice and medical malpractice. Mr. Liou has extensive experience with state and federal court litigation, having acted as lead trial counsel and co-lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials and bench trials. Mr. Liou also has handled litigation matters in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Idaho, and Nevada. Mr. Liou has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers (2012, 2013), as published in Los Angeles magazine and the New York Times. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers.
- Mr. Liou’s representative cases include:
- Successful resolution of a 12(j) proceeding brought by the SEC against a Cayman Islands corporation.
- Lead trial counsel representing an internet start-up company in a securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case brought by minority shareholders. After three days of a jury trial, the parties resolved the matter.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a commercial landlord against an unauthorized commercial subtenant, obtaining possession of the premises and termination of the underlying lease agreements.
- Obtained full dismissal of a citation by the Board for Professional Engineers against a commercial drone service provider, with claims of unlawful land surveying.
- Represented numerous manufacturers and distributors against claimed violations of Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act).
- Lead trial counsel for a television writer/producer and his wife, debtors in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding who were being sued by an unsecured creditor. The creditor claimed that the debtors committed bankruptcy fraud and sought an order denying the debtors a discharge of their debts. The debtors represented themselves throughout most of the case, against the creditor who was represented by counsel, and did not obtain any discovery on the creditor’s claims. After representing themselves for nearly one year and with a trial date pending, the debtors retained Mr. Liou to represent them at trial. Mr. Liou won the case at trial and obtained a full dismissal of the creditor’s claims.
- Represented a writer’s loan-out corporation, obtaining a dismissal of a fraudulent conveyances claim at the initial pleadings phase, in a case in which an unsecured creditor sued a writer’s loan-out corporation seeking payments on a judgment against the writer and his spouse. The writer and spouse had previously filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, seeking a discharge of various debts, including a past judgment that plaintiff had obtained against the writer and his spouse. While the bankruptcy case was pending, plaintiff filed the fraudulent conveyances claim. Mr. Liou challenged the sufficiency of the claims at the outset, and the trial court ruled in the client’s favor, finding that plaintiff did not have standing to pursue the claim. The court dismissed the complaint in its entirety and awarded costs to the client. Subsequently, the creditor appealed the trial court’s decision. In a unanimous decision, the court of appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision and awarded costs to the client.
- Lead trial counsel for plaintiffs in a case in which elderly plaintiffs were tricked into signing away their house to a much younger “friend.” Following trial, the deed to the “friend” was rescinded, and the clients retained the house.
- Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in a medical malpractice case in which a newborn who was born healthy developed severe jaundice, kernicterus and cerebral palsy. After a 6-week trial, the jury awarded plaintiff $96 million in damages, which was distinguished by The Los Angeles Daily Journal as the largest jury verdict in California in 2007.
- Represented a surf and skate garment manufacturer in a breach of contract, trademark infringement and copyright infringement case against a well-known distributor. The case was settled to the client’s satisfaction just before trial.
- Obtained a favorable settlement in a legal malpractice action against an international law firm, in a case involving trustee misconduct.
- Represented a terminated employee in a wrongful termination and defamation suit against a major television station and its president. Case was settled to client’s satisfaction shortly before trial.
- Defended a public entity against claims of racial discrimination by terminated employee. Case settled on terms favorable to the client.
- Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of the plaintiff in a wrongful termination case against a union.
- Defended a publicly traded company and its corporate officer in a $20 million breach of contract lawsuit, resulting in a dismissal of all claims.
- Defended a major oil company, obtaining summary judgment on a $2 million dollar personal injury claim.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a construction company in a brain injury claim stemming from a child’s fall out of an apartment building.
Mr. Liou received his B.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University in 1992 and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1995. Mr. Liou is admitted to practice before all California state courts and the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Prior to joining LKP Global Law, LLP, Mr. Liou was a partner at Richardson & Patel, LLP, serving as the lead litigator in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
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