Complex Litigation

Grellas Shah has a robust complex litigation practice, spanning the areas of general commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, cross-border disputes, employment litigation, and international and domestic arbitration. Grellas Shah also has significant experience in representing our clients in regulatory investigations, particularly those brought by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission or FINRA, and conducting internal investigations.

Grellas Shah fields an elite team of lawyers that have subject matter expertise in the wide range of legal areas of importance to our base of technology company and financial services industry clients.

Grellas Shah’s highest imperative is to sync litigation strategy with client business objectives. We develop a deep understanding of our clients, their business, their technology and their needs. We create and propose a litigation plan that customizes our approach to client needs and objectives. And then, once authorized, we execute on our strategy in an efficient and cost-effective manner, while providing the highest level of service to our clients. This includes positioning our clients to win at trial. But it also includes exploring alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, to result in cost-effective and accretive business solutions to disputes.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Grellas Shah’s litigators have consistently achieved favorable outcomes for their clients in IP litigation, including claims brought for misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition. We have particularly deep experience in trade secret litigation, and have both prosecuted and defended numerous trade secret disputes between technology companies.

Representative Engagements:

  • Currently defending three former employees of a global leader in integration and analytics software against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented a financial advisory firm with over $300m in assets under management in a claim for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, and unfair competition against two former portfolio managers.
  • Represented a leading independent distributor of television and movie programming in a lawsuit for copyright infringement, false advertising and unfair competition against a streaming movie and television platform provider.
  • Represented a company that offered iPad-based electronic flight bag solutions against lawsuit by competitor alleging copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Securities Litigation

Grellas Shah’s litigators have represented numerous companies and their officers and directors in shareholder class actions and derivative actions, as well as litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s lead litigation partner, Dhaivat Shah, is a former SEC staff attorney and has extensive experience with SEC investigations, as well as both civil actions filed by the SEC in court and actions filed before the SEC’s administrative law judges (ALJs). Grellas Shah also has experience in breach of fiduciary actions arising from founder disputes and majority/minority shareholder disputes.

Representative Engagements:

  • Represented public technology company in SEC investigation as well as a concurrent shareholder class action and derivative action arising from alleged accounting fraud.
  • Represented founder of a technology company that was frozen out by co-founders in lawsuit for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented convertible debenture holders against early stage company and its management and directors for common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and state securities laws violations.

Commercial Litigation

Grellas Shah represents technology companies in the broad range of commercial disputes that can litigation, including breaches of contract, unfair competition, and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.

Representative Engagements:

  • Currently representing a leading email management and information governance company in arbitration against a former customer for breach of contract for failure to pay requirement amounts under a master service license agreement.
  • Currently representing an IT workplace consulting services company in a lawsuit against a competitor for breach of contract, interference with prospective economic advantage and unfair competition.

Cross-Border Disputes

  • Currently representing a Silicon Valley-based company offering a collaborative content creation and adaptive learning platform in an international arbitration against an Italian partner for breach of a distribution agreement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition.
  • Represented a solar power company in a dispute with a Mexican company for breach of contract.

Employment Disputes

Grellas Shah has experience representing employers in dispute with employees asserting claims for unpaid wages, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour disputes, and claims brought under the Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). Grellas Shah can also provide valuable pre-litigation counseling, either on behalf of employers or employees, in disputes over equity and compensation in early stage companies.

Representative Engagements:

  • Represented international investment consortium in defending employment and fraud claims against the consortium itself as well as a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary, brought by a former CEO of the subsidiary.
  • Represented private company in wage-and-hour and PAGA claims brought by former employee.