Practice Areas


Advertising Injury Liability

Our Advertising Injury Practice Group handles cases in which injuries occur in the course of advertising the insured’s goods, products, or services. The offenses fall into two broad categories:

  • Dignity offenses such as libel, slander, disparagement and invasion of privacy.
  • Intellectual property offenses such as infringement of copyright, trade dress, title or slogan, and misappropriation of advertising ideas or style of doing business.

Appellate Law

Wade & Lowe handles virtually all types of civil appeals, including complex litigation, in both state and federal appellate courts. Our lawyers have demonstrated their writing and oral argument skills in many major cases in the California appellate courts, the California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorneys from other firms routinely refer clients to Wade & Lowe to handle appeals.

Similarly, attorneys from leading law firms across the country retain our lawyers as local counsel at the trial court level to provide valuable insight into the rules and procedures of local courts in anticipation of possible appellate issues. These lawyers know that our appellate group offers the highest credentials for handling appeals. Our appellate lawyers provide personal attention to their clients’ matters, insuring attention to detail as well as knowledgeable and consistent representation.

Auto/Truck/Cycle Liability

Our firm has nearly thirty-five years of experience in automobile, truck, motorcycle and bicycle injury liability litigation. We concentrate on acquiring the technical expertise to handle the complicated medical and engineering issues involved in these cases. We have pioneered the use of case plans and related litigation management techniques to select goals and step-by-step plans for such actions.

Aviation Law

As part of our practice, lawyers of the Firm are dedicated to providing privately held and publicly traded international aviation clients with targeted services. Our aviation practice is a collection of administrative, corporate, real and personal property, secured transactions, taxation, and intellectual property laws. We even have experienced pilots who can put aviation problems in the proper context.

We understand the dynamics and requirements of the aviation business environment and look for business solutions. We use our skills and experience to judge the balance between legal and commercial risk and deliver our services promptly and economically. The result is an effective, solution focused approach that helps our clients to expand their businesses.

Business Litigation

Large or small, cases involving corporations, partnerships, and joint ventures often elicit a variety of emotions amongst the litigants. Proper handling of these cases requires attorneys who are knowledgeable and experienced commercial litigators, able to harness their clients emotions to serve their best interests, while maintaining an ability to objectively analyze the case through all phases of the dispute. We have a great deal of experience negotiating and litigating these claims, regardless of their complexity, and we pride ourselves on our ability to craft creative solutions which serve the interests of our clients.

Construction Law

Our firm provides a complete range of legal services to individuals, public entities, companies, and professionals engaged in the design and construction of buildings and the construction industry. Clients include owners, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, mechanics lienors, banks and other lending institutions, and surety and insurance companies.
Our attorneys handle all matters and issues involving construction projects and disputes, including project financing, the preparation or review of construction contracts, mechanics lien proceedings, contract disputes, arbitrations, mediations and judicial proceedings and actions, payment and performance bond claims against sureties, the defense of sureties in response to bond claims, and suits by sureties against indemnitors.

Consumer Warranty

The Consumer Warranty Practice Group specializes in defending manufacturers of automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles and other consumer products in lawsuits involving the Song Beverly Warranty Act (Lemon Law) and the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. In addition, they handle cases involving breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation and false advertising.

Our attorneys have assisted in the drafting of policies and procedures and literature involved in compliance with federal and state consumer warranty laws. They have given numerous seminars and presentations to manufacturers and industry associations.

Corporate Defense

Our firm has a wide range of experience in the defense of corporations including breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, advertising injury, intellectual property, lanham act and defense of third party criminal acts.

Elder Law

Our firm enjoys an excellent reputation in these complex, highly emotional cases. We are very sensitive to the personal, professional and economic concerns faced by physicians, medical institutions and other health care providers involved in lawsuits.

Clients in the medical field that our firm has represented include: insured and uninsured health care providers, private and public hospitals and employees, skilled nursing facilities, diagnostic and testing laboratories, bone, blood and tissue banks and medical products manufacturers.

Environmental Law & Toxic Tort

Our Environmental Law Group was defense counsel in one the very first lawsuits brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its “Superfund” toxic waste clean-up program. We have defended lawsuits brought not only by the U.S. EPA but also by state and local environmental agencies.

EPA Litigation

We routinely defend property owners and insurers over the presence and abatement of:

  • Mold
  • Lead; and
  • Asbestos.

Family Law

We handle marital dissolutions, child support and child custody modifications, marital property agreements, and emergency protective orders.

Fraud

Our Fraud Practice Group specializes in all types of fraud matters including automobile set-up accidents, medical build-up, unlicensed medical treatment cases, slip and fall suits, and homeowners fire and casualty claims.

We use the most current case and statutory law decisions and state of the art charting equipment to ensure the best possible results for our clients. We have also established relationships with technical experts to assist in the investigation and defense of suspicious claims through arbitration or trial.

Our team of attorneys have presented numerous seminars and lectures on determining and combating fraud to Special Investigation Units, employees, associations and businesses throughout Southern California. We are active members of the International Association of Special Investigation Units and the Southern California Fraud Investigation Association.

General Liability

A significant amount of our practice of law is devoted to general liability as we defend individuals and businesses in third-party lawsuits. Insured, self-insured and uninsured clients in this field include: freight haulers, restaurant chains, recreational facilities, motion picture companies, general commercial and homeowner liability insurance carriers, national and multi-national manufacturers, retailers and distributors, vehicle and equipment rental companies.

Governmental Liability

We have had significant experience defending public entities in a wide variety of cases, including doctor and hospital malpractice claims, law enforcement excessive force claims, employment claims, including sexual harassment, course and scope, and wrongful termination claims, civil rights claims and premises liability, including parks and recreation injury claims.

Homeowners Association – General Counsel

Our Home Owners Association Practice Group provides all General Counsel services to Home Owners Associations including CC&R Interpretation and Enforcement, Architectural Guidance, Litigation and Conflict Resolution.

Members of the practice group are active members in the Community Associations Institute (CAI) and the California Association of Community Managers (CACM).

Insurance Law

Bad Faith

Our attorneys litigate bad faith cases in state and federal courts. We specialize in the particularly onerous discovery launched against the insurance industry in these cases.

Typical claims handled by the Bad Faith Group include:

  • Breach of Duty of Good Faith
  • Alleged Improper Handling of First and Third-party Claims
  • Fraud or Misrepresentation by Insurance Employees or Agents
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Agency Liability.

Insurance Coverage

Our Insurance Coverage attorneys provide advisory opinions on the effect of statutes and case law on all forms of insurance contracts.

In addition, the team provides expedited coverage opinions on matters relating to the duties to defend or indemnify under particular factual circumstances. They counsel insurers on developing policies for third party claims handling in accordance with current laws and court opinions, and litigate declaratory relief actions on behalf of insurers in in state, federal, trial, and appellate courts.

Intellectual Property

Many businesses today are finding themselves involved in disputes over their intellectual property, or defending claims of infringing the intellectual property of another business. We provide representation in matters regarding trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets.

The growth of the Internet has spawned domain name issues. We partner with our clients advising them on how to best protect their proprietary information and we counsel them on their interactions with other businesses. Our technology clients utilize our licensing services for both trademarks and copyrights.

Labor & Employment Law

Our firm provides advice and representation to various employers relating to labor and employment law matters, including: providing advice on state and federal labor and employment law, including statutes and regulations governing discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; representing employers in all phases of labor and employment litigation; and
conducting workplace investigations and related tasks.

Litigation

Our firm is composed of experienced trial attorneys, all of whom appear regularly in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Each case is thoroughly investigated and litigated with our client’s individual objectives in mind. Certain cases require aggressive advocacy from beginning to end. Others benefit from a less traditional approach, such as mediation or arbitration. Regardless, our lawyers prepare each case as if it will go to trial, as that is the only way to achieve the desired outcome. We believe that our case-specific approach to litigation is the key to our success.

Media, Entertainment, & Sports Law

Our firms entertainment practice provides solution oriented legal services to our clients dealing with the wide breadth of complex and rapidly changing issues facing the entertainment, sports and media industries. We also advise clients in related areas including copyright, trademark, licensing, defamation and other First Amendment issues. With a significant presence in Los Angeles as well as the greater Southern California area, we are well positioned to provide services in the entertainment and technology center of the country.

Medical Malpractice

Our firm enjoys an excellent reputation in these complex, highly emotional cases. We are very sensitive to the personal, professional and economic concerns faced by physicians, medical institutions and other health care providers involved in lawsuits.

Clients in the medical field that our firm has represented include: insured and uninsured health care providers, private and public hospitals and employees, skilled nursing facilities, diagnostic and testing laboratories, bone, blood and tissue banks and medical products manufacturers.

Officers & Directors Liability

Retained by insurance carriers, private individuals and industry associations, we represent officers and directors of a broad range of businesses in suits regarding the duty of care and fiduciary duties.
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death.

Our attorneys have vast experience handling cases involving serious personal injuries and death resulting from auto/motorcycle/trucking/bicycle accidents, use of products, slip/trip and falls, medical procedures, and other negligent and intentional acts.

Premises Liability

We defend public entities, hospitals, grocery stores, discount retailers, bowling centers, shopping centers and home owners associations in cases involving:

  • Personal injuries sustained by customers as visitors – slip and fall injuries
  • Third-party violent acts such as murder, rape, robbery, assault and battery.
  • Adjacent property damage, nuisance and dangerous condition situations.

Products Liability

Products Liability litigation is presently in a state of flux. Formerly, Standard B.A.J.I. instructions were used which outlined the separate standards for adequate warnings, design defects and manufacturing defects. Currently, some courts use the Standard Instructions while others use the new instructions based on the Restatement of Torts 3rd Edition in which the standards are merged for adequate warnings and design defects. This means clients require experienced attorneys who keep abreast of the ongoing developments in this practice area.

Our attorneys have handled products liability cases involving: computers, printers, automobiles, recreational vehicles, water craft, bicycles, home appliances, electrical devices, and chemical and toxic exposure.

Real Estate

Our Real Estate Litigation Department has extensive experience in all facets of Mediations, Arbitrations, and Lawsuits. We have successfully represented clients in thousands of matters. Although the range of Real Estate Litigation matters we handle is large, a representative sample would include Title, Easement, Escrow, View Disputes, Brokerage Issues, Mold and Environmental Hazard Issues, Expert Witness Services, Homeowners’ Associations, Eminent Domain, Construction Defect Claims, and Landlord/Tenant matters.

Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Individuals and families need to understand the significant issues that can arise when illness and tragedy disrupt their lives. The establishment of an appropriate will and trusts to administer assets are an essential part of estate planning. Planning in advance will create tremendous savings in time, expenses and emotional upheaval associated with difficult times.

Workers’ Compensation

Our attorneys handle workers compensation claims in the Southern California offices of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Our goal is to aggressively pursue each individual claim through each step of the process and insure that justice is served. Notably, our attorneys constantly evaluate changes in the law and the impact of those changes on our clients. This is particularly important in light of the recent reform of the California workers compensation system that was recently implemented.