Proud to be a boutique litigation firm, Bird Marella attorneys practice complex civil and white collar criminal litigation exclusively. The firm is often involved in high-profile actions, industry-changing verdicts, and precedent-setting appeals that has earned it the reputation as “the best white collar firm in town.”
A Force in the Sunny State
Established in Los Angeles in 1981 by two former Assistant United States Attorneys, Terry Bird and Vincent Marella, Bird Marella is a firm of trial lawyers who defend national and multinational corporations, government agencies, closely held companies, partnerships, and individuals, and, on occasion, represent plaintiffs. The firm hires attorneys who have experience, including both former federal prosecutors and former federal judicial clerks. Bird Marella has also become a “go to” law firm for international, regional, and boutique law firms and individual lawyers needing advice and representation in matters concerning their legal practice.
The boutique firm regularly boasts some of the top ranked lawyers in the nation, including Terry Bird, Ron Nessim, Gary Lincenberg, Ekwan Rhow, and Vincent Marella. Bird and Lincenberg served as attorneys in the rare and complete dismissal of criminal trade secret theft charges against the Chinese national Ms. Mo in United States v. Li. Ms. Mo was charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets from corn giants DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto, a penalty that could have resulted in up to ten years in federal prison. The federal court in Iowa found the evidence as inadmissible and granted a defense motion, pardoning Ms. Mo of all charges and allowing her to return home to China.
Bird Marella’s appellate attorneys often assist at the trial court level to maximize probability of a successful ruling in the ultimate trial court judgement. Their deep dedication to research is another reason the firm is sometimes called upon to prosecute or defend appeals in which it did not serve as original trial counsel.
A Hollywood Story
Bird Marella’s attorneys have tried and defended numerous cases that have gained media attention, including one that also caught the eye of someone in Hollywood. In the case, an oncologist’s practice was at stake for breach of unapproved medication use. The government had demanded eight years in prison and the defense had been declined a settlement. Attorney Benjamin Gluck was able to lift the sentence to merely probation with no cessation of practice. The unexpected turn of events gained media attention and the story is now being developed into a movie.
1875 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 201-2100
Executive Director: Brian A. Robbins
Managing Partner: Paul S. Chan
Recruiting Chair: Timothy B. Yoo
Firm does not disclose salary information.
Los Angeles, CA
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business and Financial Crimes
Environmental and OSHA Crimes
Fraud, Qui Tam, Civil RICO
Health Care Litigation
Health Care Fraud and Regulatory Enforcement
Lawyers and Law Firms
Municipalities and Government Entities
Securities Fraud and Insider Trading