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EvanPitchford

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Los Angeles

O 310.998.9100

EvanPitchford

Partner

Focus Areas

Examples of Evan’s experience include:

  • Obtained an injunction against commercial real estate development lender in connection with improper loan disbursement and collection practices, saving multimillion-dollar development from imminent foreclosure and leading to favorable settlement for client.
  • Won summary judgment establishing trademark infringement by online retailer’s sale of hair care products, and defeated retailer’s cross-motion to preclude a finding of willful infringement. Moroccanoil, Inc. v. Groupon, Inc., 278 F. Supp. 3d 1157 (C.D. Cal. 2017). Achieved favorable settlements, including permanent injunctions against resellers, warehousers, and importers up the supply chain from the online retailer.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of market-leading hair and body care product manufacturer and distributor in trademark and trade dress infringement action against competitor’s knock-off products, resulting in swift favorable settlement. Moroccanoil, Inc. v. Zotos Int’l, Inc., 230 F. Supp. 3d 1161 (C.D. Cal. 2017).
  • Achieved summary judgment in favor of plumbing materials importer and distributor, defeating sales representative’s claim to qualify as a “wholesale sales representative” under California’s specialized Independent Wholesale Sales Representatives Contractual Relations Act (Calif. Civil Code Sec. 1738.10).
  • Won a court order for forensic inspection of opponent’s computer network and secured a $700,000 discovery sanction by demonstrating forgery and manipulation of emails and electronically stored information.
  • Successfully represented numerous independent sales representatives across various industries in claims against manufacturer principals regarding underpayment or non-payment of sales commissions, utilizing California’s Independent Wholesale Sales Representatives Contractual Relations Act and similar statutes in other jurisdictions.
  • Litigated a multi-state and international dispute that successfully defended against claim to 50% partnership interest in large multinational corporation.
  • Reached successful resolution of California Air Resources Board (CARB) enforcement actions against manufacturers and sellers of aerosol hair spray and other hair care products.
  • Defended manufacturer of recreational water slides against claim of trademark infringement and unfair competition by competing manufacturer.
  • Represented national hospital tenant in commercial landlord-tenant litigation over repair and maintenance responsibility in 15-year medical facility lease.
  • Represented major national truck rental company in complex land use litigation in federal and state courts, including appellate and writ proceedings.
  • Defended landlord in racial discrimination in housing action, including summary judgment motion.
  • Represented plaintiff in litigation of breach of contract claims concerning distribution and marketing of reality television show.
  • “Start at the End: Planning for the Termination of the Principal-Representative Relationship,” Agency Sales Magazine, April 2023
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers California Rising Stars list, General Litigation, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (MANA)
  • Brewers Association
  • Professional Beauty Association (PBA)

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2007,

    president, Entertainment Law Association

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2004

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit