Darren K. Cottriel
Darren Cottriel represents business clients in lawsuits in federal and state courts throughout the United States, as well as in arbitrations and prelitigation disputes. He regularly handles matters involving real estate disputes, consumer class actions, partnership and joint venture disputes, construction and project finance disputes, unfair competition, and trade secret issues. A significant part of his practice involves representing developers, design engineers, and investors in litigation arising out of major development projects and representing manufacturers in consumer class actions brought under California's Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq., California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and similar consumer laws in other states.Darren has tried cases in state and federal courts and arbitrations. Recently, he was one of the lead trial lawyers in a 10-week jury trial, defending a national homebuilder in a real estate dispute where the plaintiff sought more than $200 million. He recently achieved a defense ruling for a client in a $22 million arbitration involving a joint venture dispute and was awarded attorneys' fees and costs. He also recently obtained dismissal with prejudice of a nationwide putative class action against a national homebuilder alleging claims for fraud arising out of the economic downturn, which dismissal was affirmed on appeal. Other recent matters include serving as lead defense counsel in putative consumer class actions in federal and state courts involving disposable batteries, snack foods, televisions, and brass plumbing fittings.