I litigate, arbitrate and mediate business disputes. Business disputes typically... more
I litigate, arbitrate and mediate business disputes. Business disputes typically concern the ownership, management or control of a business, diverse contractual issues, financial torts, and/or government regulatory issues. I also handle many cases in the media and technology industries, with particular experience in First Amendment defense (anti-SLAPP motions) and motion picture, TV and video ... view profile
My nickname is "Zak." I grew up in Wisconsin and came to California in 1976. My wife... more
My nickname is "Zak." I grew up in Wisconsin and came to California in 1976. My wife Marlou Belyea, a clinical pyschologist and university professor, have two grown children. We enjoy foreign travel, books, movies and taking care of rescue dogs.
Pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device manufacturers rely onme formy industry... more
Pharmaceutical, biologic and medical device manufacturers rely onme formy industry knowledge, aggressive advocacy, and practical advice. I have served as national, regional and state counsel for a variety of clients, who utilize my ability to handle complex product liability litigation in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition to my trial work, I cou... view profile
Michael Hassen's litigation practice spans 23 years and emphasizes general business... more
Michael Hassen's litigation practice spans 23 years and emphasizes general business and commercial litigation, including class action defense and matters involving intellectual property and unfair competition. His Class Action Defense Blog is updated almost daily, contains more than 2,000 searchable pages and is routinely read by many in the legal community. Michael has substantial experienc... view profile
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.
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