Laura Petrie is Senior Counsel on the firm's Litigation team.
Laura's practice specializes in civil litigation consisting of trials and arbitrations of business, commercial, and real estate matters. She has over 25 years of courtroom experience.
Laura has represented numerous nationally recognized companies and institutions as well as individuals in complex commercial business litigation and real estate matters. She has successfully represented clients in matters involving claims of breach of contract, disputes between members/shareholders/partners, corporate governance disputes, unfair business practices, commercial and real estate fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty by managers and directors, tortious interference and business, alter ego claims, and trade secret misappropriation.
In the real estate arena, she has over 25 years of experience representing secured and unsecured lenders and real estate finance litigation companies in preserving and protecting collateral, loan origination fraud, construction lending disputes, and obtaining pre-judgment provisional remedies for clients such as writs of attachment, writs of possession, and appointment of receiver.
Laura has represented clients in cases throughout the United States, including state and federal courts of Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Connecticut, Florida, and Iowa.
Clients and counsel have commented that she is innovative and relentless in readying cases for trial, but whenever possible, she exhibits a pragmatism to reach resolution short of trial.
Laura is admitted to practice in California since 1996 as well as:
- U.S. District Court for Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for Northern District of California
She obtained her Jurisprudence degree from Southwestern University of Law where she received the Dean's Outstanding Achievement Award and Moot Court Oralist Award. Laura was also a visiting student at the University of Houston Law Center in the advanced LLM degree program in Texas focusing her coursework on partnership taxation and pass-thru entities.
Complex Commercial and Business Litigation
Defense of several doctors induced to sign loan agreements as part of a fraudulent Ponzi scheme against $15 million breach of guaranty claims by equipment finance lender.
Prosecuted and defended fraudulent transfer actions
Fraud and breach of fiduciary duty representing minority member of LLC in a dispute over misappropriation of funds and self-dealing by managers/members
Corporate governance dispute between deadlocked members of LLC and shareholders of corporation
Litigation to remove director of corporation and petition for appointment of a provisional director
Defended independent insurance agents in fraud/breach of contract action by insurer relating to chargeback of commissions
Represented appliance manufacturer in dispute with warehouse company holding inventory and assertion warehouseman’s lien
Amended judgment to add additional debtors to $5 million judgment based upon alter ego reverse veil piercing
Defended promoter against tenant in common owners’ claims of breach of fiduciary duty and promoter liability
Represented companies making Code of Civil Procedure §496 claims for receiving stolen property in civil matters.
Real Estate and Finance
Represented REITS and developers with regard to easement disputes
Foreclosure of mechanic’s lien held by solar energy company
Represented contractors in workmanship/failure to pay disputes
Real estates disputes involving seller’s failure to disclose and buyer’s remedies
Appointment of receiver for contaminated commercial properties, and actions against borrowers for failure to maintain real estate and for waste
Defense of lenders in wrongful foreclosure actions
Prosecuted real estate fraud actions involving loan origination fraud and fraudulent recording of false deeds of trust, forged purchase and sale agreements
Represented landowners and lenders in quiet title and slander of title actions
Represented investors in action against promoter of commercial real estate developments
Represented warehouse lender in breach of warehouse loan agreements
Represented lender in hundreds of breach of loan purchase agreement and demands for repurchase
Represented lenders in obtaining hundreds of pre-judgment writs of attachment against loan guarantors
Represented finance company in reversal of judgment awarding punitive damages
Represented lender in affirming summary judgment on appeal defeating sham guaranty defense
Represented lender in affirming judgment after trial defeating wrongful foreclosure
Represented Receiver in reversing judgment against receiver denying receiver’s fees
Represented lender in affirming summary judgment with regard to third party lien rights
Represented lender in affirming judgment of rescission of sale of contaminated property
Represented lender reversing award of attorney fees
Awards & Affiliations
Orange County Bar Association-Business Litigation and Real Estate Law sections
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Levi’s Legacy supporting water safety for children to prevent drowning
Auggie’s Quest supporting research of ALS
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1995
B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1988