Paul S. Marks

Paul S Marks Los Angeles Business Attorney
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University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1988

Honors: Editor, Moot Court Program

Brown University, B.A., History & Economics, 1983

Complex Litigation, Business Law

Admitted: State Bar of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California.

Paul S. Marks

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Mr. Marks has practiced civil and commercial litigation in California for over 25 years. Mr. Marks has served as “first chair” counsel in over thirty jury and bench trials that have reached verdict, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Mr. Marks received his law degree in 1988 from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, where he served as editor of the moot court program. Mr. Marks received undergraduate degrees in history and economics from Brown University in 1983, and he remains active in Brown’s local alumni community. He is also a diplomate of the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal, where he received a Gulbenkian Fellowship in 1981.

In July 2014, Mr. Marks was re-appointed to a three-year term as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Access to Justice, a governmental agency comprised of trial court and appellate judges and practicing lawyers, among other legal professionals. Its mission is to oversee and coordinate programs dedicated to improving access to the California courts by those who are unable to afford legal counsel.

Mr. Marks also serves as an advisor on the Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the California Bar. Previously, he served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, the Committee on the Administration of Justice, and the Litigation Section’s Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.

Mr. Marks is a former Chair of the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, and remains a member of the Board of Editors. Mr. Marks has also served as a Delegate to the policy-making arm of the American Bar Association, the ABA’s House of Delegates.

Mr. Marks has served as a volunteer attorney for Public Counsel, the largest pro bono institution serving the legal needs of the disadvantaged. Based on his long-standing commitment to Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, Mr. Marks was honored as “Advocate of the Year” by Public Counsel for the year 2008.

SAMPLE JURY TRIAL SUCCESSES
  • Globefill v. [Confidential Firm Client]. Mr. Marks served as first-chair defense counsel in a three week trade dress infringement case, which resulted in a complete defense verdict for the firm’s client.
  • Alamo v. [Confidential Firm Client]. Mr. Marks served as first-chair defense counsel in a pregnancy discrimination case. After a modest plaintiff’s verdict ($10,000), the case was appealed all the way to the California Supreme Court, which reviewed the judgment and ordered further proceedings by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal reversed the judgment for a retrial, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s mandate.
  • City of Stockton v. [Confidential Firm Client]. Mr. Marks was lead defense counsel in a three-week jury trial in San Joaquin County Superior Court. The case was a quiet title action, with environmental law overtones, involving a disputed parcel of land on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. After prevailing against both adverse parties, Mr. Marks and his client were awarded over one million dollars in private attorney general attorneys’ fees, and the trial court’s decision and fee award were upheld on appeal.
  • [Confidential Firm Client] v. Songhorian. Mr. Marks obtained a plaintiff’s verdict for the firm’s client in a week-long jury trial involving issues of civil assault and stalking.
  • [Confidential Firm Client] v. C.R. Shelton, etc. Mr. Marks served as first chair plaintiffs’ counsel in a complex residential construction defect lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court. The matter settled on confidential terms on the sixth day of trial.
  • Epicor Software Corp. v. [Confidential Firm Client]. Mr. Marks served as trial and appellate counsel in a commercial contract case relating to the purchase and sale of manufacturing software. As lead defense counsel, Mr. Marks obtained a defense verdict for the firm’s client, and the trial court awarded the client 100% of its attorneys’ fees, to be paid by the losing plaintiff. Although the plaintiff appealed these decisions, the California Court of Appeal upheld the jury verdict and the attorneys’ fees award in their entirety.
  • HBLA, Inc. v. [Confidential Firm Client]. Mr. Marks acted as “first chair” defense counsel in a contract and fraud case in Orange County Superior Court, in which the plaintiff accused Mr. Marks’s client of misappropriating a six-figure federal income tax payment. After a seven day trial, the jury exonerated Mr. Marks’s client in full, while finding another defendant liable. The court later awarded attorneys’ fees to Mr. Marks’s client.
  • Palos Verdes Unified School Dist. v. [Confidential Firm Client]. Mr. Marks served as “first chair” defense counsel in a lease case in Los Angeles County Superior Court, in which the parties disputed the date on which a private elementary school’s lease ended. After a five-day trial, the jury awarded a verdict in favor of Mr. Marks’s client, and the plaintiff later agreed to reimburse the client’s attorneys’ fees.
  • [Confidential Firm Client] v. Mitsui Construction et al. Mr. Marks was one of plaintiff’s lead counsel in the largest civil litigation in the history of Micronesia. In a ten-month jury trial in Guam Superior Court, Mr. Marks conducted jury selection and examined over twenty-five trial witnesses. Mr. Marks’s client won a verdict of $73,000,000, and, in a second phase of the trial, won a punitive damages award for another $73,000,000.