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Mintz Member Ralph Campillo Featured in the Daily Journal’s 2019 Top Verdicts

Mintz Member Ralph A. Campillo was featured in the Daily Journal’s 2019 Top Verdicts for his work to obtain an outright defense verdict on behalf of his client Encino Motorcars, LLC, and its owners, David L. Peterson and Steve Zubieta. The special report was published on February 19.

Mr. Campillo served as lead trial counsel in the contractual dispute, First Motor Group of Encino, LLP and Trophy Automotive Dealer Group LLC v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, David L. Peterson and Stephen Zubieta, which arose from Encino Motorcars and its owners’ $105 million sale of the Mercedes-Benz of Encino automobile dealership.

Plaintiffs sought more than $20 million, alleging that the financial information provided by Encino Motorcars and its owners was inaccurate, misleading, and breached representations and warranties contained in the Asset Purchase Agreement. On November 5, 2019, after more than three weeks of trial, the jury determined that Encino Motorcars and its owners had not breached the contract. 

“This was a long-awaited and celebrated verdict, as Encino and its owners retained me to represent them in April 2004. After more than three weeks of trial in 2019, the jury came to a swift decision, compelled by our arguments that established convincingly that our clients had not breached their contract,” Mr. Campillo said. “It was a pleasure to deliver another positive outcome for this client, who I have successfully represented for many years.”

Mr. Campillo is a nationally renowned trial attorney with more than four decades of experience representing life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical device, and manufacturing companies in mass torts and all forms of complex litigation, including product liability, commercial disputes, and class actions. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter on trial techniques, discovery strategies, protective orders, and other cutting-edge issues in pharmaceutical and medical device law.

Notably, Mr. Campillo has received a number of honors for his impressive litigation and trial work. Most recently, he was named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation 2020, and included among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers, among other recognitions.