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Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP

Corporate & Litigation Lawyers in Southern California

Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP

2801 Townsgate Road
Suite 210

Westlake Village, California 91361

Phone(805) 719-4900
Fax (805) 719-4950

E-mail  Contact Janan Pitta

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Law Firm Overview

Van Etten Suzumotto & Sipperlle is a corporate litigation law firm with offices in Westlake Village and Los Angeles, CA. The firm provides a host of commercially oriented legal services to clients throughout southern California, and has developed a strong reputation for integrity, hard work, outstanding results and passionate representation of their clients.

The attorneys at Van Etten Suzumotto & Sipperlle have experience with a range of corporate and litigation matters including business and corporate counseling, complex commercial litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, employment litigation, trade regulation and regulatory compliance, and product liability and toxic tort litigation. Additionally, the firm offers a number of strategies for protecting, managing and defending intellectual property rights, as well as patent, copyright and trademark infringement litigation.

The complex economic environment of today is full of challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome for your businessís continued growth. The attorneys at Van Etten Suzumotto & Sipperlle are dedicated to providing their clients with efficient, cost-effective service. Each case is handled with the level of care and attention to detail that has helped the firm establish their reputation as leaders in the field of business and commercial law.

Year this Office was Established: 2000

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Business and Corporate Counseling; Construction Litigation; Construction Defect Litigation; Executive Compensation; Employment Litigation and Counseling; Trade Regulation; Business Torts.

Areas of Law Description

At Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP, our attorneys have experience in a range of corporate and litigation matters, including:

- Business and Corporate Counseling

We are experienced problem-solvers providing counseling and advice on a range of business issues and challenges. Our attorneys have particular expertise in providing guidance on employee and workplace issues, commercial dispute resolution and negotiation, product distribution matters, intellectual property protection, and business entity formation. We have experience representing businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies. Our lawyers routinely serve as outside general counsel to businesses that do not maintain their own in-house counsel or legal staff.

- Complex Commercial Litigation

Our attorneys at Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP represent clients in complex commercial litigation. We handle a range of business and commercial disputes, including intellectual property, antitrust, business torts, defamation, insurance coverage, real estate, corporate and partnership matters, fiduciary relations, and creditors' rights and lender liability. Our commercial litigators have extensive experience successfully litigating cases through jury and non-jury trials, appeals, arbitrations, and mediations.

- Construction Litigation

We represent clients in construction litigation and a variety of construction law matters. Our clients are developers, owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and lenders. We have considerable expertise in handling construction and design contracts, licensing issues, insurance issues, and disputes, such as those involving bid protests, contract defaults, mechanic's liens, stop notices, performance bonds, delay claims, extra work claims, and homeowners' association claims. Our attorneys also have significant experience representing lenders, design professionals, contractors, commercial property owners, homeowners, and homeowner associations in construction defect litigation.

- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Our firm counsels corporations and individual employees concerning executive compensation and employee compensation issues. Our attorneys have significant expertise in the areas of salary negotiations, employment counseling and investigations, employee confidentiality and trade secret protection agreements, covenants not to compete, employment termination negotiations, and litigation relating to these matters. We also advise companies on designing incentive compensation systems, such as employee stock option plans, retirement plans, and buy-sell agreements in closely held corporations.

- Employment Litigation and Counseling

At Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle, our lawyers represent employers in all phases of employer-employee relations and employment-related disputes, including administrative hearings and litigation. Our attorneys defend employers against employee claims alleging discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour law violations, including class actions. We have litigated employment law cases in state and federal courts as well as before arbitration tribunals and administrative agencies. Our firm also provides counseling to employers concerning employment-related issues, such as compliance with California and federal wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, unfair competition, protection of trade secrets, mandatory leave laws, record-keeping requirements, vacation policies, and other human resources practices.

- Intellectual Property

Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP assists clients in acquiring and enforcing intellectual property rights and in complex litigation for patent, copyright, and trademark infringement and related unfair competition and unfair business practices. We are experienced in dealing with the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We advise clients in the development of effective strategies for protecting, managing, and defending their valuable intellectual property assets. In addition, we assist in the non-prosecutorial enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as in arbitrations.

- Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing manufacturers, designers, and product distributors in products liability, toxic tort, and personal injury cases. These matters frequently involve catastrophic personal injuries or alleged wrongful death. Our attorneys have successfully litigated these cases before federal and state courts throughout the United States. We have experience representing clients across many different industries, including automotive, oil and gas, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and consumer products. Lawyers at Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle also have considerable expertise in maritime law, having litigated cases that involve injuries to seamen and longshoremen, ship collisions, and criminal acts at sea.

- Trade Regulation and Regulatory Compliance

The lawyers at Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle LLP have significant expertise in trade regulation and regulatory compliance matters. We have worked with federal and state regulatory agencies, handled administrative proceedings, and advised clients on regulatory compliance, product distribution issues, and trade regulation. Our attorneys counsel clients on topics including consumer product safety compliance, product recalls, product labeling requirements, product warnings, and related federal and state regulations, such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and California Proposition 65. We represent clients in regulatory matters and proceedings before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Ventura County Bar Association


Attorney's Picture Mr. James C. Earle
Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Litigation, Mediation, Product Liability Litigation

Attorney's Picture Mr. Shane M. Maguire
Commercial Litigation, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Mr. Joshua D. Mendelsohn
Intellectual Property, Real Estate

Attorney's Picture Mr. Keith A. Sipprelle
Commercial Litigation, Employment, Litigation, Product Liability Litigation

Attorney's Picture Mr. Mark K. Suzumoto
Business Law, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property, Litigation

Attorney's Picture Mr. David B. Van Etten
Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation, Real Estate

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