From litigation to land use regulations, administrative hearings to contract law, we are the premier San Francisco firm to effectively address your legal needs and efficiently solve your legal problems.

Business Litigation

Business can be messy: Competitors can play unfairly, partnerships can fall apart, and valuable trade secrets can end up in the wrong hands. We take a smart but aggressive approach to business litigation, crafting compromises when it’s possible, and advocating fiercely for your rights when it’s not.

Commercial Litigation

Our attorneys are some of the most accomplished litigators in the Bay Area, with a proven record of success at trial in state and federal court. We are experienced in litigating virtually all types of commercial disputes, including contract disputes, fiduciary duty and fraud allegations, unfair and unlawful competition claims, negligence and tort claims, and whatever else might affect your business.

We have represented a global bank in numerous contract and lender liability claims, defended businesses enmeshed in unfair competition disputes, represented partners in litigation following partnership breakups, recovered funds embezzled by employees and corporate officers, and enforced countless contracts and other agreements on behalf of local small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations alike.


We have won appeals at almost every level of the state and federal judiciary, including at the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Our attorneys have over a dozen published opinions to their name, and are recognized appellate advocates.

Public-Private Disputes

Our background in government and municipal law and our deep ties in the Bay Area give us the unique ability to represent companies and businesses in their disputes with government entities. We have represented small businesses fighting regulation and sanctions from municipalities, start-ups facing government scrutiny of their unorthodox business models, and companies attempting to find their way in a murky regulatory environment.

Trade Secret and Intellectual Property

Your trade secrets, trademarks, and goodwill are some of your company’s most valuable assets. We know how to keep them safe, and how to defend you from unfair claims of misappropriation. We have successfully defended corporations in several claims of trade-secret theft, and have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees for our clients under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act. We have also litigated trademark infringement cases on behalf of nationwide franchisors and defended industrial design firms in copyright and design theft lawsuits.

Scott Emblidge

Managing Partner

Morrow Otis

Of Counsel