Professional Details

Melissa N. Eubanks

Senior Attorney

Melissa Eubanks is a Senior Attorney in the Century City office of Theodora Oringher PC. Melissa is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience managing complex, high stakes disputes from pre-lawsuit negotiations through trial. She is especially adept at developing
cost-effective strategies for pre-trial resolution of claims. Her diverse practice includes contract disputes, civil and business torts, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment, civil rights, publicity and defamation, trade secret misappropriation, and copyright and trademark infringement.

While her practice focuses on general commercial and business litigation, Melissa’s passion lies in soft intellectual property and entertainment. She maintains a pro bono practice through Lawyers for the Creative Arts that focuses on helping young and emerging artists develop, produce, and protect their creative endeavors.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher, Melissa was a Partner at Figliulo & Silverman, P.C., a Chicago-based litigation boutique. Melissa started her legal career as an Associate in the Silicon Valley and Chicago offices of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Represents a former community college president in a breach of contract and civil rights action against his former employers. Successfully argued a highly publicized interlocutory appeal before the Seventh Circuit that resulted in a scathing opinion against the defendants and secured the client’s breach of contract and procedural due process claims.
  • Represented a transformer manufacturing plant in Mississippi in a complex insurance coverage action. Authored a successful opposition to a motion for summary judgment based on an obscure legal concept that preserved the client’s claims for over $100 million in insurance coverage.
  • Represented a motor manufacturer against breach of warranty claims. Developed an effective strategy for motions on the pleadings that led the plaintiff to drop its claims before discovery.
  • Represented a conveyor system manufacturer in a breach of joint venture and trade secret misappropriation lawsuit. Defeated a motion for summary judgment arguing that a conveyor system design could not constitute a trade secret as a matter of law, which quickly led to a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Represented a municipality in a 100+ day eminent domain bench trial. Authored a successful motion in limine to preclude the admission of survey evidence to prove “disparate impact” in public housing that was instrumental in defeating counterclaims for violations of the Fair Housing Act.
  • Second-chaired two arbitrations representing a large international law firm in disputes against former partners.
  • Second-chaired arbitration in multi-million-dollar real estate partnership dispute.

 

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