Professional Details

Panteha  Abdollahi

Senior Attorney

Panteha Abdollahi is a seasoned litigator who represents companies in their complex commercial litigation matters, with a special focus on class actions, professional liability defense, and securities. Ms. Abdollahi also represents a major public agency in infrastructure and construction disputes. She is well-versed in all stages of litigation, from pre-lawsuit negotiations through trial, and has authored dozens of successful motions that have resulted in the early dismissal of claims. Litigation matters that Ms. Abdollahi has handled have been discussed in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Journal, National Law Journal, and Law360.  

In addition to her commercial trial practice, Ms. Abdollahi represents parties and amicus before the appellate courts of various jurisdictions.  Her appellate work has yielded three published decisions, including two from the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Abdollahi also is an alumnus of the Orange County District Attorney Trial Attorney Partnership program.  Program participants work on a full-time basis as a deputy district attorney, first chairing jury trials and felony preliminary hearings.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher PC, Ms. Abdollahi was Of Counsel in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings LLP.  From 2003 to 2005, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cormac J. Carney of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

Representative Matters

Trial Court

  • Representing a public agency in its disputes concerning the construction of a new billion dollar design-build bridge.
  • Representing a major port agency in connection with over $30 million in disputes involving the procurement of new fireboats.
  • Defending a clothing manufacturer in wage and hour class action litigation.
  • Defended a global real estate company in a purported class action lawsuit brought by homeowners at four luxury resorts asserting RICO and tort claims, and seeking $8 billion in damages with a request for trebling.  Significantly narrowed the claims via multiple motions to dismiss, defeated class certification, and obtained summary judgment on remaining claims.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 global chemical company in a lawsuit arising from the sale of a business, alleging ten causes of action (based on contract and fraud), and seeking lost profits of $100 million plus punitive damages.  Successfully defeated all contract-based claims via summary judgment and significantly narrowed plaintiff’s fraud claims; thereafter, second-chaired a two-week federal trial, resulting in a complete defense verdict.  The defense verdict was featured in The Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts and Settlements.
  • Defended an international airline in civil antitrust multi-district litigation alleging price fixing in connection with passenger airfare travel.  Negotiated a favorable settlement for the client following discovery and motion practice.
  • Defended an automotive company’s former chief financial officer against securities fraud claims.  Successfully narrowed the claims via motion to dismiss.
  • Represented a San Francisco-based international law firm in malpractice litigation arising out of the firm’s representation of a company in more than $200 million worth of defaulted loans.  Reduced the case exposure by one-third through motions practice, and settled on favorable terms.
  • Represented an Orange County-based law firm in a state court lawsuit brought by a former adversary for malicious prosecution.  Obtained quick dismissal of the suit via a successful anti-SLAPP motion, a decision affirmed by the California Court of Appeal.
  • Defended a global real estate appraisal company, affiliates, and appraiser in a lawsuit by a former developer alleging statutory and tort claims, and seeking $2 billion in damages.  Obtained early dismissal for the client via a successful motion to dismiss. The dismissal was upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a large hospital and its directors in a number of related cases and arbitrations involving tort, contract, and trademark claims arising from the hospital’s former relationship with a medical group.  Negotiated a favorable settlement for the client, which included issuance of a stipulated permanent injunction against the adversary prohibiting use of client’s trademark.
  • Represented the purchaser of life insurance contracts in a lawsuit by remorseful seller alleging various causes of action, including violation of state securities laws.  Negotiated favorable settlement for the client as part of a mediation after filing for summary judgment.
  • Defended a semiconductor company from enforcement of a default judgment obtained in Canada for alleged misappropriation of intellectual property rights.  Negotiated a favorable settlement resulting in payment of less than one percent of adversary’s sought after damages.
  • Represented multiple health care companies in class action lawsuits alleging statutory violations and fraudulent practices related to the copying of medical records.  Negotiated favorable settlements for clients, resulting in nominal payments.

 

Appellate

  • Represented a mother and guardian in a matter concerning a parent’s constitutional due process right to counsel in connection with civil contempt proceedings – Turner v. Rogers (U.S. Supreme Court, 564 U.S. 431 (2011))
  • Represented an attorney in addressing whether attorneys’ fees awarded to her under the Equal Access to Justice Act for successfully representing a social security claimant were subject to offset to satisfy the claimant’s pre-existing debts owed to the government – Astrue v. Ratliff (U.S. Supreme Court, 560 U.S. 586 (2011))
  • Defended a religious organization against a request for attorneys’ fees in a lawsuit brought by a purported environmental group that opposed the building of a religious center in – Save Our Uniquely Rural Community Environment v. County of San Bernardino (California Court of Appeal, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1179 (2015))
  • Defended an Orange County-based law firm against claims of malicious prosecution by a former adversary – convinced the California Court of Appeal to affirm the trial court’s dismissal of the action via anti-SLAPP motion.

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