BakerHostetler Continues West Coast Growth With Securities and Consumer Protection Litigator Phillip Eskenazi

Press Releases / June 7, 2022

LOS ANGELES – June 7, 2022

Key takeaways
  • Phillip Eskenazi joins BakerHostetler’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.
  • An experienced trial attorney, Eskenazi has served as lead counsel in more than 200 class actions and represented clients in securities matters, accountants’ liability, shareholder disputes and fiduciary duty claims.
  • Eskenazi follows the arrival of highly regarded Intellectual Property (IP) partners Mark Itri and Michael Dreznes, as well as Bethany Lukitsch and Jeff Diener, as some of the firm’s most recent additions to its West Coast offices.
Why this matters

Eskenazi’s extensive trial experience augments the firm’s existing securities litigation practice and further extends it to the West Coast. His arrival follows significant additions to the firm’s California offices in the past year, including IP lawyers Mark Itri and Michael Dreznes; Bethany Lukitsch, co-leader of the firm’s Class Action Defense team; and Jeff Diener, co-leader of the firm’s Hospitality Industry team.

Key quotes

“We’re thrilled to welcome Phil to our team,” said Ray Whitman, chair of BakerHostetler’s national Litigation Practice Group. “He has an impressive background as a complex commercial disputes litigator and maintains a robust trial practice. With many Fortune 500 clients, Phil will be a key player for our national litigation bench.”

“I am enthusiastic about the firm’s strategic West Coast commitment and growth and am looking forward to being part of this effort, and practicing in a collaborative environment,” said Eskenazi. “Plus, I share many of the same clients with the firm, which enhances the great fit.”

About Eskenazi’s practice

Eskenazi is a leading trial lawyer with extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes. Over the course of his career he has:

  • Served as lead counsel for retailers, consumer product manufacturers and professional service firms.
  • Represented clients in more than 200 class actions involving consumer protection and wage and hour claims, as well as scores of claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
  • Represented clients in a broad range of securities and corporate litigation, including shareholder disputes, fiduciary duty claims and financial reporting issues.
  • Represented accounting firms in defense of liability claims arising out of audit, attest and tax engagements.

Eskenazi received his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.S. from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 9th Circuits and all state and federal courts in California.

Key quote

“Phil’s practice and clients are a natural fit for our firm. His arrival extends our securities and accountants’ liability capabilities to the West Coast,” said Los Angeles office managing partner Eric Sagerman. “Over the past three years, we have added more than 75 highly credentialed attorneys to our West Coast offices. In fact, we expect to announce more arrivals this summer. We will continue adding quality lawyers in Los Angeles, with a pivot toward transactional talent including M&A, private equity, emerging companies and venture capital, real estate, and restructuring.”

BakerHostetler’s National Litigation Practice Group

With more than 400 litigators in offices coast to coast, BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group represents market-leading clients in virtually every type of case and proceeding, both nationally and around the world. The group’s roster of litigators includes former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers and former enforcement officials from various government agencies. Recognized as a go-to law firm for its deep bench, commitment to client needs and tenacity, and named by BTI as “Most Feared in Litigation,” BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group successfully protects clients in and out of the courtroom. For more information, visit You can also connect with us on Twitter at @BakerHostetler or on LinkedIn at @BakerHostetler, @RayWhitman and @EricSagerman.


About BakerHostetler

With hundreds of highly ranked attorneys across multiple practice areas, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues, delivering sophisticated counsel and outstanding client service. The firm has six core practice groups – Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax – composed of more than 1,000 lawyers located coast to coast. For more information, visit

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