Results & Honors

Trial Results

Won $9.6 million jury verdict

We won a jury verdict in favor of a salesperson formerly employed by Carrier Corporation, part of a Fortune 500 company. Opposing trial counsel from an earlier case (where we won a jury trial with a punitive damage finding) asked us to join in the representation and handle the trial. A jury agreed Carrier breached its contract, committed fraud, and awarded $8 million in punitive damages. We fought against a team from a well-known national law firm.

Won $8.6 million jury verdict

We won a jury verdict in favor of a San Diego contractor against Hess Microgen, a subsidiary of a huge oil company. The jury rejected claims made against our client and agreed with us that Hess Microgen breached its contract and interfered with contractual relationships. The jury awarded $6 million in punitive damages. During the case we battled against two large national law firms.

Recovery of $3,000,000

We obtained a settlement of approximately $3,000,000 soon after filing a lawsuit on behalf of a fired executive against a Japanese-owned automotive company for race and national origin discrimination against our client who was a white American man.

Won $2 million arbitration award

We won a $2 million arbitration award in a complicated shareholder dispute against EOS.  We fought two large national law firms and a third local firm, their expert witnesses including a nationally known trial attorney from another large law firm as well as multiple accounting firms.

Recovery of $5,000,000

We obtained a settlement of over $5,000,000 shortly before trial for a whistleblower employee fired for speaking out against sexual favoritism and other illegal conduct.

Successfully defended a local pension fund manager

We successfully defended a local pension fund manager against his former employer, PCG, on claims for an unpaid Note.  We turned the defense into a jury award in favor of our client for unpaid compensation. 

Won jury verdict of over $600,000

We won a jury verdict of over $600,000 including punitive damages representing the founder of Xterra Wetsuits in breach of fiduciary duty action against former business partners.  The case settled confidentially prior to any award for costs or attorney’s fees.

Represented former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner/attorney

We represented a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher law partner in a federal lawsuit against the law firm’s insurance company for failure to pay disability benefits.  Prevailed at trial in federal court and entered into confidential settlement.

Took over representation of Anacomp, Inc.

We took over representation of Anacomp, Inc. from Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher in a plaintiff’s case.  Switched from former counsel’s hourly fee arrangement to a contingency fee in a contract dispute against Brocade Communications defended by a large national law firm in San Jose Superior Court.  Case involved a contract claim of over $5 million and a cross-claim of $1.7 million, and settled on confidential terms during trial after rulings on 21 motions in limine.

Won jury verdict of over $1 million

We won a jury verdict of over $1 million representing the former president of a dissolved golf club manufacturing company, La Jolla Club, pursuing severance payments from the majority shareholder, and also represented the former chairman of the company pursuing payment for his family’s stock that was also sold to the majority shareholder.  The jury awarded all damages requested and rejected the shareholder’s cross claims for fraud and breach of contract.  The appellate court affirmed in all respects.

Represented six top sales people

We represented six top sales people seeking unpaid commissions of over $5 million from HNC Software after the company was purchased by Fair Isaac who then laid off the sales people and claimed they forfeited commission by their termination.  We won the commission claim in the first phase of a binding arbitration then reached a confidential settlement prior to the damages phase.

Represented a long term general manager of Wachovia Securities

We represented a long term general manager of Wachovia Securities in a FINRA arbitration.  The firm fired the manager after he and they together lost another securities fraud arbitration brought against them and a broker they managed.  The firm had assured the manager that he need not have separate attorneys for the arbitration and that his job was secure because he had done nothing wrong.  The arbitration panel found in favor of the manager and awarded $1.5 million.  The parties reached a confidential settlement following further post-arbitration procedures in federal court.

Represented a former mortgage broker of CTX Mortgage

We represented a former mortgage broker of CTX Mortgage in a claim for reverse sex discrimination, wrongful termination, and defamation.  The jury found in favor of the broker on all claims and awarded $750,000 for loss of income and $750,000 for defamation.  The case settled on a confidential basis prior to a second punitive damage phase of trial.

Represented former Mayor of San Diego

We represented the former Mayor of San Diego and former President of San Diego State University in probate proceeding involving local CPA/trustee’s failure to make life insurance premium payments resulting in loss of over $700,000 in life insurance proceeds.  Obtained full insurance coverage settlement on eve of trial.

Defended City of San Diego

We were retained by the Mayor of San Diego to defend the City in a discrimination, wrongful termination lawsuit.  Obtained full dismissal of action at pleading stage.

Represented Southwest Airlines

Joann represented Southwest Airlines in a personal injury lawsuit entitled Singh v. Southwest Airlines.  Obtained complete defense verdict after 2-week trial.  Preserved verdict on appeal before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Defended Southwest Airlines

Joann defended Southwest Airlines in multiple federal court lawsuits arising from runway overrun incident.  Obtained jury verdict far below plaintiff’s best settlement demand.

Won a jury award of over $1.1 million

We won a jury award of over $1.1 million representing a salesman seeking unpaid commissions for his company, ESC, against Stewart & Stevenson, based on oral contract.  Case settled confidentially after appeal.

Won jury verdict of $400,000

We won a jury verdict of $400,000 in federal court for former retirement community maintenance worker in race-based harassment/discrimination lawsuit against former employer and supervisor.

Won jury verdict of over $2.5 million,

We won a jury verdict of over $2.5 million and a confidential settlement prior to further punitive damages award.  In Cade v. Heller Seasonings and Harris Bank, we represented the CEO who sold his business then was fired and not paid earn out money.  The jury also found against Harris Bank for wrongful interference with contract, as well as against the buying company for wrongful termination, defamation, and breach of contract, and against the parent company for alter ego liability.  

Won jury verdict in San Francisco federal court

Chip won a jury verdict in San Francisco federal court for insurance bad faith claim on disability insurance policy with benefits at issue of over $4 million.  The case settled confidentially prior to further proceedings on damages.

Served as defense liaison counsel

We served as defense liaison counsel for four major generic drug manufacturers in a case involving alleged antitrust conduct in pharmaceutical industry.

Defended security guard services company

We defended a large security guard company in multiple disability and race-based employment discrimination matters.

Represented television, radio and newspapers

Joann represented television, radio, and newspapers in First Amendment court access proceedings, including litigation involving media access to criminal trial in State of California v. Westerfield.

In Th​e Press

San Diego Union Tribune
“Carlsbad’s Xnergy Is Awarded $8 Million”

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NBC-7 San Diego Evening News
“Employee Wins $8M in Lawsuit
 Against Carrier Corporation”
 (highlighting $9.5M verdict
 for blue collar worker)

San Diego Daily Transcript
“Small Firm Nets Big Award for Client”

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The Daily Journal
“Verdicts & Settlements” 
(featuring $9.6M  jury verdict for client in 
employment/fraud case)

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Law Link
“David vs. Goliath – Jury Awards Over $9.5M
 to Punish Corporate Greed”

Honors & Awards

Edleson & Rezzo’s awards, honors and recognition include:

  • In the inaugural edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” publication, and in subsequent years, Edleson & Rezzo was awarded the prestigious “First Tier” ranking, recognizing the firm as one of the “Best Law Firms” in San Diego for its handling of plaintiffs’ employment cases, based on confidential feedback from judges and other attorneys.
  • Both Chip and Joann were selected as Southern California “Super Lawyers” in 2017 as well as in many prior years (an honor bestowed on less than 5 percent of California attorneys).
  • Chip, Joann, and the law firm itself, all hold the prestigious “AV Peer Review Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell. (This prestigious recognition is bestowed on only the top 5% of lawyers nationally and only after an extensive peer-review process “shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”)
  • This year, as in prior years, both Chip and Joann were honored as two of “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Legal Leaders, based on feedback submitted by other lawyers and judges.
  • For many years, both Chip and Joann have been repeatedly recognized in San Diego Magazine as two of San Diego’s “Top Lawyers.”
  • In 2014, Joann was recognized in The Los Angeles Times as one of Los Angeles’ “Women Leaders in the Law.”
  • Chip has repeatedly been selected by, and featured in, Best Lawyers in America, and San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers.
  • Joann was heralded as a “Rising Star” in Southern California in 2014 (an honor bestowed on less than 2.5 percent of California attorneys).
  • Joann has repeatedly been featured in San Diego Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Riviera San Diego Magazine as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers.
  • In 2014 Joann was honored as a “Rising Star” litigator in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine (an honor bestowed on less than 2.5 percent of California attorneys).
  • In 2014, Chip was voted “Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Labor and Employment” for San Diego by Best Lawyers Magazine.
  • Every year since 2011, Joann has been included in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, an honor granted exclusively to women attorneys who have received the highest possible rating from their peers for legal ability and ethical standards. She was included in the 2011 inaugural edition of the publication and recognized in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • In 2011 and 2012, Edleson & Rezzo was awarded the “Circle of Excellence” award based on recognition from clients, peers and other experts.
  • Both Chip and Joann have been repeatedly selected as a “Preeminent Attorneys” (based on confidential opinions of members of local judiciary and bar).