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Greg Dovel
Greg co-founded Dovel & Luner and is head of the firm's trial practice. Greg has successfully represented a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, in business litigation matters. He has first-chaired numerous jury and bench trials to verdict.

Greg is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. 1986, Magna Cum Laude), where he was the Developments Editor for the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from Harvard, Greg served as law clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace. He then clerked for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.

Greg practiced at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hayes & Handler in Los Angeles, where he became a partner before leaving to form his own firm in 1995. In 1998, Greg partnered with Sean Luner, forming Dovel & Luner.

Greg teaches "Persuasion" as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School. Greg also regularly conducts trial advocacy workshops.


Representative Cases:

  • Represented SimpleAir, Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against Apple relating to Apple's system for providing notifications to iPhone and iPad applications. We obtained a favorable Markman ruling and denials of Apple's summary judgment motions, as well as successful rulings on SimpleAir's Daubert and evidentiary motions. The case settled just minutes before the trial commenced on April 23, 2012.

  • Represented Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. at trial in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against several manufacturers of networking equipment employing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al. 6:08cv030. The case settled with the defendants after the fourth day of trial in July 2010. The settlement required initial payments totaling approximately $32 million and maximum royalty payments per year of $8 million through 2015 and $9 million per year thereafter for the remaining term of the patent.

  • Represented Abstrax Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against Dell Inc. relating to manufacturing methods. The Dovel & Luner team obtained a favorable Markman ruling and the denial of Dell's motions for summary judgment. The Court also made several pre-trial evidentiary and Daubert rulings that were favorable to Abstrax. The case settled on confidential terms on the evening before trial was to commence on October 19, 2009.

  • Represented Enovsys LLC at trial in a patent infringement lawsuit against Sprint Nextel related to the use of GPS and location based services provided to cell phone users. In May 2008, a Los Angeles jury returned a verdict of infringement and validity on both asserted patents and awarded past damages of $2.8 million, representing a 3.5% royalty on growing sales. In August 2010, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict. The parties have settled on confidential terms.

  • Represented StorMedia Texas LLC, the owner of a portfolio of patents relating to storage media, in a patent infringement action against the major manufacturers of hard drives. The matter was settled with each defendant on confidential terms.

  • Represented Diodem LLC, the owner of a portfolio of laser dentistry patents in a patent infringement action against the three major dental laser manufacturers. In December 2004, Greg negotiated a settlement agreement with the principal defendant, resulting in cash, stock, and additional consideration to the client valued at more than $10 million. Settlements with the remaining defendants were reached on the eve of trial on confidential terms.

  • Represented Computer Aided Systems, Inc. ("CASI") against Lockheed Martin Corporation. After CASI filed for bankruptcy protection, Lockheed sued CASI for damages of $32 million, and CASI counterclaimed. After a bench trial, in May 2004 the court denied all of Lockheed's claims and found Lockheed liable to CASI for fraud and breach of contract awarding Dovel & Luner's client more than $16 million, including $7 million in punitive damages.

  • Represented Westbourne International in a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming Arrowhead General's RE2 software copied protected elements from Westbourne's Primerater insurance-pricing software. In August 2003, a San Diego federal jury awarded Westbourne $5.8 million dollars.

  • Served as lead counsel in a nation-wide class action lawsuit pending in Florida against Siemens, NCR, and OcÚ. The suit, alleging antitrust violations arising out of the high-speed computer printer industry, was successfully settled in September 2000. Terms of the settlement are confidential.

  • Represented a software distribution company sued by a software manufacturer in a case arising out of an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. The plaintiff had brought suit alleging breach of contract and fraud. The case went to trial and a Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a defense verdict and awarded Dovel & Luner's client $3.2 million on its cross-complaint.

  • Represented Tony Hoffman, the controversial producer of a highly publicized O.J. Simpson interview video, in a novel claim against NBC. Hoffman alleged that the network showed portions of his television commercial on "Dateline," but unlawfully blocked out the "1-800-OJTELLS" number. The federal jury returned a $2.5 million verdict for Mr. Hoffman.

  • Represented a group of Fortune 500 companies, in a suit against 29 cities arising out of the Operating Industries Superfund site in Monterey Park, California. After receiving a favorable verdict in the phase-one liability trial, Greg negotiated settlements from the defendants totaling more than $60 million.

  • Represented artist Hiro Yamagata in a $5 million breach of contract suit brought against him by producer Seymour Weintraub. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a defense verdict and awarded damages to Mr. Yamagata on his counterclaim for negligent misrepresentation.


Prior Associations:

  • Partner at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hayes & Handler in Los Angeles

  • Law Clerk for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.

  • Law Clerk to Ninth Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace.


Education:

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1986, Magna Cum Laude)

  • Central Washington University, B.A. (1983, Summa Cum Laude)
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