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Principal, Moscaret Consulting, Pasadena, California/Sammamish, Washington (October 1993 - present)

  • Specializing in litigation management and attorney fee dispute resolution on both plaintiff and defense sides.
  • Regularly retained by major law firms, clients, insurance carriers, and public entities in large, complex cases involving millions of dollars in legal fees per case.
  • Expert witness who has testified dozens of times in state and federal court at deposition, mediation, arbitration, and trial of attorney fee disputes.
  • Lectures and publishes articles on litigation management and attorney fee disputes.

Partner, Cooper, Brown, Kardaras & Scharf, Pasadena, California (February 1990 - October 1993)

  • Specializing in attorney fee dispute resolution and legal fee review.
  • Handled nearly 70 large fee disputes ranging from $100,000 into the millions of dollars, and provided written opinions to clients regarding disputed fees.
  • Testified as expert witness in fee arbitration proceedings on the reasonableness of legal fees, propriety of attorney billing practices, and billing ethics generally.
  • Negotiated settlements of fee disputes, and handled fee arbitrations for clients.
  • Consulted with clients on litigation management strategies and cost containment techniques.

Senior Litigation Associate, Krane, Spolin, Rosin & Kabat, Century City, California (June 1987 - December 1989, when firm dissolved)

  • Litigation practice areas included: insurance coverage and bad faith, unfair competition, trade secrets, business torts, wrongful termination, real estate, and breach of contract.
  • Trial experience (first-chair).

Mackey Law Corporation, Century City, California /self-employed (August 1984 - June 1987)

  • Legal services program for credit union members.
  • Part-time litigation practice (including second-chair trial experience).

Associate Attorney, Angel & Neistat, Los Angeles, California (January 1983 - August 1984)

  • Business litigation practice.
  • Represented large corporate clients, including Home Federal Savings and Loan; Great American First Savings Bank; Central Savings; the Hawker-Siddley Ltd. International group; Certified Grocers.

Associate Attorney, Fulop & Hardee, Beverly Hills, California
Flint & MacKay, Los Angeles, California (September 1980 - December 1982, Merged firms when firm dissolved)

  • Business litigation practice.
  • Represented large corporate clients, including The Hearst Corporation; The Los Angeles Herald Examiner/San Francisco Examiner; First Colony Life Insurance Company; Inter-insurance Exchange of Automobile Club of Southern California.

Admissions

  • State Bar of California, Admitted December 1980

Education

  • J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1980.
  • B.S. Economics, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 1977 (magna cum laude), University Honors Program.
  • Assistant Legislative Staffer, Senator Charles Percy (R-Ill.), Washington, D.C., 1978-79.
  • Law Clerk, Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, D.C., 1979-1980.

Civic Activities

  • Advisor (pro bono), Nissan - Los Angeles Open PGA Golf Tournament, Riviera Country Club; former member of tournament steering committee.
  • Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1983-1984.