Professional Details

Brian J. Headman

Senior Attorney

Brian Headman is a litigator and advisor.  He counsels clients on strategy and risk avoidance, and represents their interests through litigation, including trial, alternative dispute resolution and appeal.  Brian’s recent jury trial experience includes defending a large public agency in a 10-week complex construction case, resulting in a jury verdict for his client.  Brian has represented public agencies, Global Fortune 500 companies, executives, nonprofits, and start-ups in disputes in state and federal courts.  Brian is often called upon shortly before trial or a regulatory proceeding to step into high-stakes litigation.

As an advisor, Brian's work centers on providing practical legal counsel.  This work has focused on high-growth companies and entrepreneurs in technology, education, fashion and the arts.  Brian handles sensitive negotiations, counsels clients through state and federal compliance, and represents clients through work-outs with private banks and public lenders.

Brian is an active advocate for responsible development and the preservation of sensitive environmental resources, native habitat and open space in the Santa Monica Mountains and throughout Southern California. 

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher, Brian was a litigator at the Los Angeles office of Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Trial counsel for a large public school district in the 10 week jury trial against a national general contractor and multiple subcontractors related to the construction of a new, multi-building campus.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of the school district which awarded the general contractor and subcontractors zero dollars on their multi-million dollar delay and disruption claims.
  • Lead Writ and appellate counsel for Oxford Preparatory Academy in the Oxford Preparatory Academy v. Chino Valley Unified School District case, wherein the Court of Appeal held that a California Charter school has a “fundamental vested right” to continue to operate its schools.  The Court of Appeal’s decision favorably resolved novel issues of administrative mandamus and education law.
  • 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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