Professional Details

Brian J. Headman

Senior Attorney

Brian Headman is experienced in commercial litigation as well as transactional and advisory representation of businesses, executives and entrepreneurs.  His litigation experience ranges from the representation of Fortune 500 companies in international litigation, to various complex commercial and contract disputes involving for-profit and nonprofit corporations, public agencies and individuals.  Brian represents clients in state and federal courts, at arbitration and mediation, and through SEC and internal investigations.  Brian has also defended client intellectual property before the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.  In a number of cases, Brian has been called upon shortly before trial or a regulatory investigation to step into high-stakes litigation.

Brian's transactional and advisory work centers on providing efficient, practical legal counsel to individuals and businesses.  This work has focused on high-growth companies and entrepreneurs in technology, education, fashion and the arts.  He has experience counseling brand owners in a variety of matters, including the launch of subsidiary business lines, the negotiation and implementation of capital investment, and the dissolution and division of assets.  Brian is versed in forming and structuring new entities and drafting and advising on a wide range of operations-related documents.  As an advisor, Brian is results-oriented.  He handles sensitive negotiations, counsels clients through state and federal bureaucracy, and represents clients through work-outs with private banks and public lenders, such as the Small Business Administration.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringer PC, Brian was an associate with Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Tucker, Pagano, Aubert, LLP in Los Angeles, where he practiced complex commercial litigation.

Representative Matters


  • Obtained $26 million settlement for the County of Orange as a member of the trial team in the County’s notable fraud, California False Claims Act and breach of procurement contract litigation against a multi-billion dollar international software company
  • Trial team member in the federal trial of an international military air disaster involving complex product liability claims and federal government contractor defenses; achieved favorable jury verdict and exceeded client expectations
  • Hired to take over a complex four year old litigation matter previously plagued by delays and expense; instituted a streamlined and aggressive trial strategy that resulted in a favorable, confidential settlement within months of retention
  • Obtained an expedited preliminary injunction for nutraceutical manufacturer, thereby preventing the client’s former Chief Science Officer from illegally competing and using stolen trade secrets and confidential information
  • Achieved dismissal of multimillion dollar lawsuit to foreign forum through drafting of forum non conveniens motions
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement of all claims stemming from the crash of a Los Angeles news gathering helicopter
  • Defended international footwear brand’s intellectual property before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Represent international women’s apparel brand in multiple lawsuits involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and fraud
  • Represented a London-based insurer in a $20+ million coverage dispute, including the defense of a bad faith denial of coverage claim



  • Represented an international footwear and accessory brand’s founder through brand restructuring, re-financing, and re-launch in six countries
  • Successfully negotiated the dissolution of a partnership operating an Abbott Kinney retail space and accomplished a beneficial division of assets while avoiding litigation and keeping the storefront open
  • Negotiated highly discounted settlement of multiple secured debts on behalf of client, thereby avoiding bankruptcy and facilitating the business’ recovery
  • Represented a television personality in the structure and negotiation of his talent agreement
  • Acted as outside counsel for an LA-based production company in its launch of apparel and footwear subsidiaries
  • Negotiated and implemented new capital investment in active apparel company


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