The firm's civil trial and appellate practice runs both broad and deep. Jones Bell routinely litigates complex matters in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court, from trial through appeal. Examples of our work may be found in published decisions such as Dean Witter Reynolds v. Byrd, 470 U.S. 213 (1985), one of the matters that we have handled from the trial court through a successful appeal to the United States Supreme Court; Securities Investor Protection Corporation v. Vigman, 908 F.2d 1461 (9th Cir. 1990); Applied Genetics International, Inc. v. First Affiliated Securities, Inc., 912 F.2d 1238 (10th Cir. 1990); TITAN/Value Equities Group, Inc. v. Superior Court (Balestrieri), 29 Cal. App. 4th 482 (1994); Dodge, Warren and Peters Ins. Services, Inc. v. Riley, 105 Cal. App. 4th 1414 (2003), and Reed v. Mutual Service Corporation, 106 Cal. App. 4th 1359 (2003).
In addition to traditional litigation in state and federal courts, Jones Bell has been at the forefront of the drive to resolve cases by means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques such as mediation and arbitration. Indeed, the first and last cases cited above have helped shape modern ADR practice in ways that no other single law firm can claim. Thus, while Jones Bell is exceptionally proud of its strong trial practice, we make sure that every matter we handle is assessed for possible benefits from ADR mechanisms.
Jones Bell routinely represents businesses, their principals, partners, officers, directors, and employees in actions involving matters of contract, business torts, and statutory liabilities. In addition to traditional business claims, such as breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty, we regularly litigate trade secret, licensing, antitrust, unfair competition, UCC sales and secured transactions, product liability and environmental disputes. Jones Bell has also taken an active role in the litigation of new e-commerce issues, and prevailed in one of the earliest cases enforcing trademark rights over Internet domain name registration in California.