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Barak Lurie is the Managing Partner of the Firm. Barak practices primarily in litigation, with an emphasis on business and real estate matters. He also has substantial experience in bankruptcy work, representing trustees and creditors. Barak's clients include a wide variety of businesses and high net work individuals defending or pursuing claims for breach of contract, fraud, and commercial disputes. Barak also has substantial experience in high-profile commercial evictions.
During his legal career, Barak worked for Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, as well as Christensen, Miller (now Glaser, Weil), top-notch large law firms. He also worked at the highly respected firm of Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz. Barak also served as General Counsel to Donald Sterling, real estate mogul and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. There, Barak took on major legal disputes for Mr. Sterling, and became a principal attorney in the successful appeal of Sterling v. Taylor, reversing the lower court's decision. In addition, in 2000, Barak founded and also became CEO of his own company, RightPro, which developed a unique internet-based marketing tool for professionals. As a result of this experience, Barak became intimately familiar with the needs and motivations of entrepreneurs -- having been one himself. After spending 15 years honing his legal skills in these firms, Barak started his own practice in 2004.
Barak's experience maximizes the odds that a case will be successfully settled. "It's rare that settlement is not the best result for a client," Lurie says. "That way, the client minimizes the risk of a huge loss at trial, and can also have control of the outcome." However, when trial has proven necessary, Barak has prevailed in court time and again, earning verdicts in the millions of dollars. His focus is always on the best and most cost-effective result for the client.
Education:U.C.L.A. School of Law, J.D., 1989U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Business, M.B.A., 1989Stanford University, B.A. 1985, with honors
Barak is admitted to practice law in California and in both the Central and Southern U.S. District Courts. He is a member of the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Bar Associations, and is bilingual in French.
Practice Areas:Real Estate TransactionsReal Estate LitigationBusiness TransactionsBusiness LitigationCreditor Rights / Disputes in Bankruptcy