Walter Whitman Moore

Licensed to Sue

Call Me If You Need Help

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If you need help with a dispute in the Los Angeles area, call me. My name is Walter Whitman Moore, and I'm a trial lawyer in Beverly Hills. Call 213.290.1709 or click here to email me.

I help companies, individuals and other lawyers with litigation and arbitration. Let's find out if I can help you. I'll welcome your call.

There's no charge for the initial consultation, and you will become my client only when we have a signed fee agreement.

Why Should You Hire Me?

There are over 65,000 attorneys in Los Angeles County. Why should you hire me instead of one of them? Here are three good reasons:
1. Education
Law is incredibly complicated. It's full of loopholes, fine points, subtleties and traps for the unwary. You therefore need a lawyer with "book smarts." You want a lawyer who will spot and avoid legal minefields, not one who will unwittingly march you into the middle of one. I graduated with honors from Princeton and Georgetown Law; was an Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal; and taught first-year law students legal research and writing, and oral advocacy. When you hire me, you'll know you're getting a smart attorney.
2. Experience
A trial lawyer's education begins in the classroom, but it continues in the courtroom, day after day, year after year. The more "real world" experience your lawyer has, the better. That is how a lawyer gets the "street smarts" to go with the "book smarts."

Before you hire a lawyer to stand up for your rights or your client's rights, find out how much experience he has standing up in front of judges and juries. Believe it or not, many so-called "litigation lawyers" have never actually tried a case. Some who have done so, moreover, have merely handled minor matters where the stakes were low and the issues were simple.

I have successfully represented clients in a wide variety of significant and complicated disputes for over 25 years. My cases have involved claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, wrongful termination, trespass, unfair competition, professional malpractice, and many other legal theories. I have also handled probate litigation, i.e., disputes over wills and trusts. My past victories include the following:
  • Bench trial decision invalidating the multimillion dollar liquidated damages clause in the confidentiality agreement of the late singer Michael Jackson, represented by Katten Muchin, resulting in his "winning" only three dollars in damages against my client.
  • Summary judgment for the defendants in a federal action for software copyright infringement and breach of contract filed by a computer company represented by Graham & James.
  • Jury verdict for the defendant billboard company in an action for breach of lease and trespass filed by a property management company represented by Latham & Watkins.
  • Preliminary injunction, upheld on appeal, to prevent University of California from selling historic Hannah Carter Japanese Garden; opposed by Manatt, Phelps and Reed Smith.
  • Jury verdict for defendant fast food restaurant in personal injury action filed by elderly man who broke his hip on the premises.
  • Jury verdict for employer against former employees for misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Bench trial decision for defendant trustee in probate trial where plaintiffs claimed they had signed agreement with deceased for 50% ownership in commercial building.
  • Bench trial decision against a corporation, and its shareholder on alter ego theory, for breach of warranty for an air pollution "scrubber" machine.
  • Jury verdict for $6.6 million, including $3.3 million in punitive damages, against a Texas oil man for fraud in the sale of natural gas.
  • Arbitration award for $1.2 million in corporate "squeeze-out" case involving American subsidiary of Japanese manufacturer.
  • Writ of mandate vacating Superior Court order compelling judicial reference.
  • Voluntary dismissal of class action by plaintiffs' counsel after I wrote him a nice letter explaining the fatal flaw in his clients' case.
  • Settlements in cases involving employment discrimination, medical malpractice, lease disputes, contract disputes, etc.
No lawyer wins every case, and past performance, as they say, is no guarantee of future results. But can you think of a better way to distinguish one litigation attorney from another? Me, neither.

My clients have included public companies, private companies and individuals from a wide variety of industries, including entertainment, software, banking, real estate, franchising, outdoor advertising, retail, aviation and telecommunications. Other lawyers have hired me to help them prepare their clients' cases for trial or arbitration. When you hire me, you'll know you're getting an experienced lawyer.
3. Strategy
You may think you want an "aggressive" lawyer, who will bully your opponent into submission by being "tough." Many litigation attorneys encourage that misconception, and try to convince you that they are more "aggressive" than anyone else. "Aggressive," however, usually just means "obnoxious," and it is not in your best interest to hire an obnoxious lawyer. You can wind up wasting a fortune paying for unnecessary and unproductive "pissing contests" — pardon my French — merely because your lawyer has a personality disorder and/or wants to make the litigation as expensive as possible.

When a lawyer talks about how "aggressive" he is, remember that the way he plans to generate "heat" on your opponent is by burning up piles of
your money. How much of your cash will he have to burn just to raise the other guy's temperature by one degree? When both sides in a dispute hire "aggressive" attorneys, those attorneys are often the only ones who benefit financially from the exercise. Fight fire with water, not with more fire.

What you
really want is a strategic lawyer. You want a lawyer who knows not only how to fight zealously, but when to do so, and when instead to give opponents a face-saving way to settle a dispute on terms favorable to you. Everyone wants to win, but some lawyers fail to grasp that victory must be measured from the client's perspective, not the lawyer's perspective. You don't want to spend $500,000 to obtain a judgment for $250,000.

My goal, in every case, whether my client is the plaintiff or the defendant, is not just to win, but to win cost-efficiently. I look for an Achilles' heel, a design defect in the Death Star, a fatal flaw in my adversary's case that will enable me to win at the lowest possible cost to my client.

When you hire me, we will discuss the costs and benefits of pursuing various alternative strategies, and develop a "battle plan" to try to achieve the best outcome for you, based on your objectives. We will pick and choose our battles whenever possible, and focus on winning on the merits, rather than mindlessly fighting about everything in an effort to make litigation as expensive as possible.


Call me, Walter Whitman Moore, at 213.290.1709 or click here to email me. There is no charge for the initial consultation, and you will become my client only once we have a signed fee agreement. I live in Pasadena, but my office is located at 9454 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, Beverly Hills, California 90212. We can meet at my office, or your office, or via videoconference. I look forward to meeting you, becoming your lawyer and protecting your rights.

Bar Admissions and Associations

Lawyers can represent clients only in states and courts where they have been admitted to the bar. I am a Member of the California State Bar, and have been admitted to the bar of various federal courts. As a result, I can represent clients in the following forums:
  • California Superior Court
  • California Court of Appeal
  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
I am also a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Remember: "Licensed to"

Even if you don't need help now, you need to remember how to find me, because sooner or later, you or a friend will need the help of a good trial lawyer. When that day comes, remember these three words: "Licensed to Sue." That's much easier than trying to remember my name. You can always find me at
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