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William Lee Buus

About William Buus

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William is a trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of business litigation cases in state and federal court, as well as before various administrative agencies. He has also argued before federal and state courts of appeal. Among others, he has handled cases involving claims of trademark infringement, patent infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud and false claims, wrongful termination, disputes arising in the sales of businesses, securities litigation before FINRA, real estate disputes, mortgage fraud litigation, and insurance-related matters. His cases have been the subject of news media reports, including major newspapers and television. Most recently, William conducted three separate jury trials in which he obtained defense awards for his clients – one a renowned baker accused by another restaurant/bakery of violating a covenant not to compete, another an entrepreneur accused of committing fraud in a large telecommunications deal with a large Vietnamese telecommunications company, and another an automobile wheel distributor who was accused of failing to pay for product manufactured, but untimely delivered, by a Taiwanese company.  He has also secured a $2.89 million verdict for an after-market automobile parts distributor in a trademark infringement suit against a Taiwanese company.  William also obtained a $1.2 million verdict against a doctor and a medical clinic in a False Claims Act/retaliatory employment termination case brought by an aggrieved employee.  Additionally, he has obtained multi-million dollar judgments in three separate cases against Ponzi-schemers; one for $86.5 million, another for $45 million, and another for $10 million.  He has also obtained numerous preliminary injunctions preventing parties from committing wrongful acts, writs of attachment preserving assets for collection, and orders appointing receivers to take control over and preserve personal property and/or real property in dispute.

Because of his litigation successes, William was named as a "Super Lawyer" in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (a publication of Los Angeles Magazine), having been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in Southern California. He has also received the highest rating of “10” on AVVO since 2009, and has been recognized four times by OC Metro Magazine as one of Orange County’s top lawyers.


He is currently a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious association of trial attorneys.  He has also been invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a register of attorneys who have obtained multi-million dollar judgments and verdicts.


William is very pleased to be working with Eric Schiffer, a talented lawyer not to mention a long-time friend. “In addition to being a superb lawyer and having extensive litigation experience, Eric brings a unique understanding of consumer finance, mortgage banking, and intellectual property. Because of him, we have a well-rounded litigation practice and can offer a wide variety of litigation and transactional services for our clients.”


William previously served on the Board of Directors for the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, and was also the Chamber’s Secretary. He has been a judge pro tempore for the California Superior Court in Orange County, acting as a settlement officer for various types of disputes. He has also authored several articles on law practice for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, including articles on proving damages as well as getting and keeping the jury's attention. He was also on the staff of Southwestern University School of Law’s law review, and was invited to join Southwestern’s moot court honors program. William has also passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in 1991.