Mr. Reback is a member of the California State Bar and licensed to practice law before all California State courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Reback has a diverse litigation practice which includes litigating business and real estate disputes, employment practices, intellectual property matters, and personal injury claims. He has conducted jury and bench trials, and argued numerous times at the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Reback has litigated a wide variety of business disputes, including claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, and claims arising from the purchase and sale of real property. He also has represented clients in all types of homeowner associations’ matters.
In the area of employment law, Mr. Reback has litigated claims involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage disputes. His general liability experience includes litigating product liability, premises liability, and construction defect claims. As both a seasoned litigator and insurance risk strategist, Mr. Reback has wide-ranging experience handling insurance coverage disputes as well.
In the area of entertainment and intellectual property litigation, Mr. Reback has litigated claims involving trademark infringement, copyright infringement, idea theft, and trade secret cases. Most recently, he served as lead counsel representing the owner of the famous trademark “Honey Badger Don’t Care” in trademark infringement actions throughout the country, securing substantial recoveries for his client. Mr. Reback also argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and obtained reversal of the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in a 25-page unanimous published decision, Gordon v. Drape Creative, Inc., 909 F.3d 257 (9th Cir. 2018). Well-known legal publication Law360 ranked this appellate decision in its Top 10 trademark rulings of 2018 in the United States, coming in at number five nationally, and ranking as the most significant trademark ruling in all of the Ninth Circuit for 2018. Law360 noted the Honey Badger ruling was “a rare success for a trademark case over an expressive work.” This precedent-setting decision was featured in newspapers and publications throughout the country including The Washington Post, and Mr. Reback appeared on MSNBC’s nationally-televised show The Beat with Ari Melber to discuss the important decision.
Mr. Reback has also secured favorable results for his clients in catastrophic personal injury cases.
- Obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit brought against client in Arizona District Court for declaratory relief and trademark cancellation. Tanga.com LLC v. Gordon, 2015 WL 533264 (D. Ariz. 2015).
- Won complete dismissal of lawsuit brought against client in Northern District of Georgia for declaratory relief and trademark cancellation. Digital Basement, LLC v. Gordon, Case No. 14-cv-04069-SCJ (N.D. Ga 2015).
- Obtained reversal on appeal of trial court’s judgment in excess of $18 million, with appellate court holding a prepayment fee provision contained in a $62 million note secured by an office building in downtown Los Angeles was not triggered by the Bank’s acceleration of the debt. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Yashoufar, 232 Cal.App.4th 639 (2014).
- Obtained reversal on appeal of trial court’s judgment in excess of $82 million, with appellate court holding client’s causes of action, including wrongful foreclosure, to be remanded to the superior court. Figueroa Tower I, LP v. U.S. Bank Nat'l Ass'n, 2015 WL 3754846 (Cal.Ct.App. June 16, 2015).
- Successful representations of trademark owner of iconic name and image of Randy’s Donuts, a Los Angeles landmark.
- Counsel in jury and bench trials in fraudulent transfer and malpractice actions.
- Favorable settlements for entertainment manager clients on commission claims.
- Dismissal of multi-party construction defect action against property manager client.
- Anti-SLAPP motion granted for homeowner association client on defamation claims.
- Motion granted for good faith settlement determination in multi-million dollar construction defect action.
- Successful representation of owner of famous trademark "Honey Badger Don’t Care" in trademark infringement actions throughout country, achieving significant settlements for the client.
- Achieved a significant legal victory for a physician/professor at a distinguished university. Successfully appealed the university's decision finding the physician liable for harassment in a privilege and tenure administrative hearing. The Superior Court issued a writ of administrative mandamus overturning the university’s decision and reinstating all rights and privileges that were previously afforded to the physician.