Seasoned Trial Attorneys, Exceptional Results

Joseph E. Thomas

Joseph E. Thomas


  • Managing Partner / Co-Founder

Practice Areas

  • Trials
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate/Construction Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Product Liability


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 1981
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1977

Bar Admission

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

Published Works

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher v. Superior Court: The Attorneys Right to Cross-Explain Indemnification From Opposing Counsel 7 Pepperdine Law Review 171, 1979

Representative Cases

  • RSI Video Technologies, Inc. v. Vacant Property Security LLC, et al. (N.D.Illinois)
  • Surpass Tech Innovation LLC v. Sharp Corporation (Dist. Delaware)
  • Surpass Tech Innovation LLC v. LG Display Co. Ltd. (Dist. Delaware)
  • In the Matter of Certain Consumer Electronics with Display and Processing Capabilities (Int. Trade Commission)
  • Graphics Properties Holdings, Inc. v. VIZIO, Inc. (Dist. of Del.)
  • Innovus Prime LLC v. VIZIO, Inc. (N.D. Cal.)
  • Norman IP Holdings, LLC v. Lexmark International, Inc. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Advanced Display Technologies Of Texas, LLC, v. AU Optronics Corporation, et al. (E.D. Tex)
  • Azure Networks, LLC, and Tri-County Excelsior Foundation v. Mediatek Inc. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Sansay Inc. v. Rates Technology LLC (S.D. Cal.)
  • Atwater Partners of Texas, LLC v. AT&T, Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex.)
  • U.S. Ethernet Innovations, LLC, v. Acer, Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. MOC Products Company (S.D. Cal.)
  • EBS Automotive Services, et al. v. Illinois Tool Works, Inc. et al. (S.D. Cal.)
  • On The Go v. AT&T (N.D. Ill.)
  • WiAV v. Motorola (E.D. Va.)
  • WiAV v. Research in Motion, et al. (E.D. Va.)
  • MEC v. Mindspeed, Inc. (C.D. Cal.)
  • Inland Empire Foods v. Zateca Foods (C.D. Cal.)
  • Duhn Oil Tool Co. v. Cooper Cameron Corporation (E.D. Cal.)
  • Pabban Development, Inc. v. Kyphon Sarl (C.D. Cal.)
  • RE3W, Inc. v. First American Corp. (California Superior Court, Orange County)
  • Perini Building Co., Inc. v. MGM Mirage Design Group, et al. (Nevada State Court, Clark County)
  • Davis v. Electronic Arts (N.D. Cal.)
  • Colonies Partners, L.P. v. San Bernardino County Flood Control District (California Superior Court, San Bernardino County)
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District (B.A.R.T.) v. Tanforan Park Shopping Center (California Superior Court, San Mateo County)
  • Clear Channel Communications v. City of Mountain View (California Superior Court, Santa Clara County)
  • In Re Orange County Bankruptcy (C.D. Cal.)


  • Top IP Lawyer

Past Positions

  • Honorable Terry S. Hatter, District Court Judge for the Central District of California, Judicial Extern, 1980 to 1980
  • McDermott, Will & Emery’s Litigation and Trial Practice Group, Partner and Department Head
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP, Litigation and Trial Practice Group, Partner and Department Head

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section, Member, 1988
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • The State Bar of California, Member
  • The Barristers Orange County California, Member