Julia Nahigian’s practice involves representing clients in civil and criminal matters, including business disputes, securities litigation, government enforcement proceedings and class action cases. She has represented corporations and their officers and directors in a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, health care, apparel, transportation and consumer goods.
Representative engagements include:
- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in a class action alleging fraud, breach of warranty and violation of state consumer protection laws;
- Société Générale (Suisse) SA in litigation in federal district court in Texas arising out of the Stanford Ponzi scheme;
- CashCall, Inc. and its CEO in an action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) involving a novel theory of liability under the Consumer Financial Protection Act. After a bench trial, the court rejected the CFPB’s demand for $253 million in restitution and injunctive relief, and awarded the minimum statutory civil penalties. This case was selected by the Daily Journal as a Top Defense Verdict of 2018;
- directors on the board of an electronics company in connection with U.S. Department of Justice, Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission investigations involving alleged fraud;
- a transportation infrastructure company in an action involving breach of fiduciary duty by a former executive, including successfully defeating an anti-SLAPP motion and securing a sanctions award against the defendants;
- a growth-stage start-up company in the consumer health products industry in a complex dispute spanning multiple jurisdictions and involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, the misappropriation of intellectual property, and trade libel and false advertising; and
- a major U.S. energy company in a shareholder class action alleging fraud and breach of contract.
Ms. Nahigian also devotes time to pro bono service, including representing:
- tenants of a residential hotel located near Skid Row in Los Angeles in an action against the building’s owner alleging violations of housing and civil rights laws. The settlement, reached days before trial, provided the plaintiffs with substantial monetary compensation and comprehensive injunctive relief;
- a Los Angeles garment worker in the successful resolution of a wage theft matter;
- a client seeking asylum after persecution in Uganda for her political participation; and
- participating in Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic.