Daniel F. Lula

Partner

Costa Mesa
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Overview

Daniel Lula has a substantial background as a commercial litigator, while also maintaining a significant employment law practice. He concentrates on contract, corporate governance, trade secret and unfair competition disputes, as well as on defending businesses against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. In his 18 years as a litigator, Daniel has successfully represented a diversity of businesses and nonprofits --  from military contractors and financial services companies, to adoption agencies and treatment centers -- in a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals. He also has extensive experience advising and representing nonprofit entities, including churches and community organizations, in business, property and employment matters.

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  • Represented a Los Angeles church in a corporate governance dispute that resulted in a favorable appellate decision.
  • Represented a client sued for malicious prosecution, antitrust and Lanham Act violations. Ninth Circuit opinion affirmed judgements in favor of client.
  • Represented a printing supplies company on a counterclaim for unpaid royalties. Won an arbitration award of more than $1.1 million in favor of client.
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Experience

  • Represented a Los Angeles church in a corporate governance dispute that resulted in a favorable appellate decision.
  • Represented a client sued for malicious prosecution, antitrust and Lanham Act violations. Ninth Circuit opinion affirmed judgements in favor of client.
  • Represented a printing supplies company on a counterclaim for unpaid royalties. Won an arbitration award of more than $1.1 million in favor of client.
  • Represented a treatment center for abused children against claims from its former president. Plaintiff dismissed his claims and paid damages of more than $200,000.
  • Won summary judgement for a major newspaper in two separate federal suits alleging racial discrimination and retaliation.
  • Won summary judgement for a Fortune 100 consumer goods company in a federal suit alleging racial harassment.
  • Won an arbitration award in favor of an adoption agency on a former employee's claims of racial discrimination.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Southern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2004 to 2008, 2011 to 2016)

Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Federalist Society

Community

  • St. Photios Orthodox Theological Seminary: Board of Directors (2015 to present)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • California
  • Massachusetts

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000
  • B.A., Yale University, 1997, magna cum laude