Peter E. Garrell is a Partner in the firm and has been in practice over 32 years.
A seasoned and proven attorney, Peter represents the legal and business interests of clients in both state and federal court, arbitrations and various negotiations. Peter’s broad experience includes real estate, commercial, tort, employment and entertainment litigation matters. He has successfully tried and arbitrated many complex matters ranging from employment and consumer class actions and government enforcement actions to complex commercial disputes. Peter has developed an arbitration and class action waiver for several clients upon which he has prevailed in litigation on multiple matters.
Peter primarily focuses his practice on the unique challenges facing mid-market and emerging companies providing sound advice and counsel in business formation, buying and selling businesses, real estate issues such as zoning, parking and licensing issues, labor and employment, wage and hour matters, vendor relationships, contracts, and other issues.
Peter has represented several high profile individuals, and multi-state entertainment clients in real estate, entertainment, and complex employment and class litigation. He represented a major chemical company in its California toxic tort and asbestos litigation, where he litigated more than 50 cases from initial pleading through summary judgment. Peter has represented shopping malls, office buildings, restaurants and entertainment venues in claims arising from alleged violations of the American with Disabilities Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act. As outside litigation counsel for an international restaurant chain, Peter developed a dispute resolution program for the disposition of the chain’s unsecured creditor claims in its bankruptcy.
Peter’s career has included being the principal shareholder of GARRELL LAW, P.C. as well as Vice-President and General Counsel for a worldwide entertainment company. Before that, Peter was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Liner, LLP from 1999 until 2012 and before that a litigator with Christensen, Miller.
University of Bridgeport School of Law, Bridgeport, Connecticut – Juris Doctor 1991
Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts – Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and American Government 1988
BAR ADMISSION, COURTS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
California State Bar No. 155177
State Bar of California, December 16, 1991 Supreme Court of California, December 16, 1991
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United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth District, December 16, 1991 USDC – Central District of California, January 31, 1992
USDC – Eastern District, December 11, 2003
United States Supreme Court, April 21, 2008
USDC – Eastern District of Michigan, April 22, 2020
United States Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit, May 9, 2020
USDC – Eastern District of Wisconsin, April 8, 2021
United States Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit, October 6, 2021
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit U.S, December 16, 2021
Defense Side Class and Complex Cases
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Case dismissed due to misjoinder of parties.
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Hospitality Services, Inc.; Santa Maria Restaurant Enterprises, Inc.; WPB Hospitality LLC; Rialto Pockets, Inc.; and Rouge Gentlemen’s Club, Inc. (2009) EDVC09-1316-VAP (DTBx) (C.D. Cal.). After objections being filed, the case settled with final judgment having been entered and a class certified for settlement only.
Plaintiff Side Class and Complex Cases
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