Ryan S. Fife

Partner Los Angeles
ryan.fife dbr.com
Phone: (310) 203-4036
Fax: (310) 229-1285

About

Ryan S. Fife has extensive experience with all aspects of civil litigation including factual investigations prior to filing suit, trials and appeals. He has been litigating for more than a decade and has handled a wide range of matters including breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, defamation, copyright infringement and securities fraud. He represents clients in a variety of sectors including entertainment, real estate, tech, aerospace and manufacturing.

Before attending law school, he volunteered as a teacher in Kingston, Jamaica, and served as the Norm Jones Human Rights Intern at The Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University.

Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict and recovered attorneys’ fees following a two-week jury trial of a commercial lease dispute involving the national headquarters of a publicly traded company.
  • Defended a global manufacturer and distributor of office products in an action alleging breach of contract and tort claims arising out of its termination of an international distributorship agreement with a Mexican distributor. Prevailed in motion to dismiss and reached favorable resolution of client's counterclaims.
  • Obtained summary judgment for leading manufacturer of precast concrete and plastic products accused of misappropriation of trade secrets. Affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurance company against claims of bad faith. Affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Defended television network in defamation action arising out of investigative news report concerning the Staples Center.
  • Defended actress in breach of oral contract claim arising out of the termination of her former manager.
  • Defended executive producer of a television series against claims that it misappropriated plaintiff’s idea for the series.
  • Prosecuted misappropriation of trade secret claim on behalf of developer of music apps. Obtained court order requiring defendant to turn over its code to facilitate review and comparison of software.
  • Obtained ex parte prejudgment writ of attachment against company for fraud and seized company’s bank accounts.
  • Represented heirs of an estate in Belgium in a dispute over their ownership interest in a painting that had been the subject of a decade long international dispute in Europe. Successfully forced painting to be sold at auction and secured client’s share of the proceeds.
  • Convinced plaintiff’s counsel to voluntarily dismiss a putative class action with prejudice against retailer with no payment from the client in a case involving the statutory prohibition of recording a telephone conversation without the consent of the caller.
  • Obtained order compelling PAGA action to arbitration pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, followed by a dismissal. Leveraged the order to negotiate a favorable settlement.
  • Advise global manufacturer and distributor of office products regarding investigation by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation regarding the sale of antimicrobial products.
  • Prosecuted securities fraud claims on behalf of investors against golf course developer and obtained favorable settlement.
  • Represented and advised clients regarding Proposition 65.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., 2004, Interdisciplinary Law Journal
  • Utah State University, B.A., 2001, magna cum laude

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California