Practice Areas

• Business Litigation
• Appeals


Education

• A.B., Dartmouth College, 1982
• J.D., Harvard Law School, 1985


Bar Admissions

• California
KARL S. THURMOND.  Mr. Thurmond specializes in business litigation and business law.  He is a 1982 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard Law, he was honored with the Ames Moot Court Prize based upon the performance of a team he captained and received the Williston Prize for Best Overall Contract.

Awards

 

Named to the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2012 – 2013.

 

Recipient of Special Commendation Award from El Pollo Loco, Inc. for Contributions to Success of El Pollo Loco, 2010.

 

Named "Southern California Super Lawyer" in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 by Los Angeles Magazine, which is a designation given to the top five percent of lawyers in Southern California.

 

Certified Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements, 2005 – present.

 

Named to McDonald's Corporation's list of Preferred Outside Franchise Counsel, 2003 – present.

 

Panelist:  the National Employment Law Council Conference, 2001.

 

Panelist:  Labor and Employment Law Symposium of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, Spring and Fall, 1995.

 

Practice Areas

 

Litigation:  Prosecuted and defended a broad variety of complex business litigation, including disputes involving the Unfair Business Practices Act, The Consumer Legal Remedies Act, unfair competition, real estate, securities, insurance coverage, corporate and partnership law, franchise law, trade secrets, products liability, construction law, employment, sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

 

Corporate:  Advised clients on the purchase and leasing of real estate, purchase and sale of businesses, general corporate matters and employment matters.

 

Trial Experience

 

Primary trial attorney for client in a lawsuit against a major insurance carrier, which resulted in a verdict in excess of $9 million.

 

Primary trial attorney for national franchisor involving a nationwide recall of commercial blenders, which resulted in a jury verdict in favor of client for breach of warranty and negligent misrepresentation.

 

Primary trial attorney in defense of major franchisor in trial involving sexual harassment and retaliation claims, in which the jury returned verdict for only nominal damages.

 

Primary trial attorney in a binding arbitration for national third-party marketing firm against a prominent investment management firm involving a dispute over the payment of commissions, in which client was awarded multi six-figures and recovered the majority of its legal fees.

 

Co-counsel in a complex product liability jury trial, which resulted in a directed verdict and one of the largest sanctions awards in the State of California against the plaintiff, its insurance carrier and its counsel.

 

General Litigation Experience

 

Represent international manufacturer in defense of construction case involving in excess of $180 million in liability.

 

Represent community development bank in defense of lawsuit by City of Los Angeles seeking in excess of $11 million in damages.

 

Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for a manufacturing company in a patent infringement dispute.

 

Obtained multi-million dollar settlement against an insurance carrier involving damage to a Canadian manufacturing plant.

 

Advised national marketing firm in prosecution and defense of federal court dispute with money manager involving in excess of $5 million in damages.

 

Resolved $2 million adulterated product claim by former employee against client without litigation for five figures.

 

Handled prosecution and defense of litigation involving the purchase of securities in a national time-share condominium company, in which client recovered nearly $1 million based upon its cross-claims.

 

Obtained multi-million dollar settlement against a leading publicly traded investor education company in a lawsuit based on breach of contract, conversion, accounting and constructive trust claims.

 

Represented international franchisor in lawsuit against a leading paint manufacturer, which resulted in a seven-figure settlement.

 

Obtained dismissal without payment of money for construction firm in a case involving seven-figure liability for negligent construction of a luxury estate.

 

Obtained seven-figure settlement against a national investment banking firm in the prosecution of a managing director's employment and breach of contract claims.

 

Successfully handled an appeal which confirmed summary judgment in favor of national franchisor in a multi-million dollar dispute over the sale of a manufacturing plant and alleged breach of a co-packing agreement, and resulted in the published opinion of Copeland v. Baskin-Robbins USA. et al., (2002) 96 Ca1.App.4th 1251.

 

Class Action Defense

 

Obtained dismissal without payment of money for national franchisor in class action involving seven-figure liability for the illegal sale of gift certificates with expiration dates.

 

Resolved class action for national franchisor involving seven-figure liability for the illegal sale of gift certificates with expiration dates under the Unfair Business Practices Act and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act for five figures.

 

Resolved class action for franchisor involving seven-figure liability under the Unfair Business Practices Act involving the purported illegal taxing of iced tea for five figures.

 

Obtained dismissal without payment of money for franchisor in class action under the Unfair Business Practices Act based upon the unauthorized enforcement of parking regulations.

 

Obtained dismissal without payment of money for franchisor in class action brought under the Unfair Business Practices Act alleging, among other things, violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Community Involvement

 

Member of the Board of Directors of Temple Emanuel, 2009 – present.

 

President of the Board of Regents of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School, 2009 - 2011.

 

General Counsel and a member of Board of Directors of Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, 2001 - 2006.

 

Vice Chairperson of the Class of 1985 20th Reunion Gift Committee for The Harvard Law School Campaign, 2004 - 2005.

 

Appointed by California State Senate to the Structural Pest Control Board of the State of California, 2000 - 2004.