BLAINE GREENBERG, ESQ.
Stanford Law School. J.D., 1982 -- Order of the Coif. Graduated in top 5% of class. Student Honor Code Defense Counsel. Extern at the U.S. Attorneys' Office, N.D. California.
Vassar College, A.B., Political Philosophy, 1979 -- General and Departmental Honors. Phi Beta Kappa. Graduated in top 5% of class. Captain of men's varsity tennis team.
1999-present. President and General Counsel of speak softly legal management.
1982-1998. Litigation Associate and Partner (1989-1998) at Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger. Specialized in complex trial work in State and Federal courts. Nurtured and managed firm's family law department and its automotive industry and defamation/right of publicity specialties.
1985-present. Partner/CEO of Bechtel Physical Therapy. Manage business operations. Grew annual revenues from under $50,000 to over $3 million per year in 16 years.
2004-2010. Managing Partner and General Counsel of On The Fence Films, LLC. Co-founded and managed this independent documentary film production company specializing in short and full-length feature documentaries addressing "big picture" political topics including health care reform and political indoctrination in American colleges and universities.
1996-1998. Owner/Operator of 2,600 seat concert venue (formerly called the Celebrity Theater) in Anaheim, CA. Co-promoted artists (including Bare Naked Ladies, Johnny Cash, Jose Jose, and Ziggy Marley) with House of Blues.
Won jury trial and all appeals in Vanna White vs. Samsung Electronics, a seminal right of publicity case in the 9th Circuit.
Won judgments and settlements in excess of $150 million for plaintiffs and successfully defended clients against "actual damage" claims exceeding $300 million.
Tried, as "first chair" counsel, over 75 cases (involving jury and bench trials and AAA and NASD arbitrations), winning more than 90%.
Handled major litigation matters for corporate clients including BMW of North America, Inc.; Sony Entertainment; Columbia Pictures; Tristar Pictures; Hughes Aircraft; Lockheed Martin; Westinghouse Electric; Sears Savings Bank; Columbia S&L; FMC, Inc.; Aames Financial; Castle Rock Entertainment; New World Pictures; and Stephen J. Cannell Productions.
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Blaine has been a published legal author, law school lecturer, author of political opinion columns for the L.A. Times and USA Today, syndicated radio commentator, and legal cartoonist for the Daily Journal.
Hobbies and Personal Interests -- performing and composing music, tennis, furniture making, power boating, fine art, politics, and wine (not necessarily in that order).
California (Bar No. 105719), 1982
U.S. 9th Circuit, 1983
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993