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Attorney Profiles

Richard L. Perez

Email: rickperez@perezmiller.com

    Richard L. Perez graduated from UCLA in Economics in 1968 and in 1971 he received his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, where he was Associate Editor for the California Law Review.  He was associated first with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen and then with Boalt Hall's Professor John R. Hetland.  He left the firm of Lempres & Wulfsberg, A Professional Corporation, Oakland, California, as a principal in 1982 to establish the present firm.

        In addition to defending both major corporations (AT&T Corporation, NCR Corporation, Cooper Industries) and smaller businesses and individuals in court and in arbitrations, he has represented the prevailing parties in such cases as:

        Glovatorium, Inc. v. NCR Corporation (9th Cir., CA) 684 F.2d 658: $ 2,300,000 judgment, including $ 2,000,000  in punitive damages, one of the country's largest awards for fraud in the sale of a computer system;

        Webster Street Partners, Ltd. vs. Pacific Region Investments: alternative judgments of $ 4,000,000 , including $ 1,300,000 in punitive damages, for fraud against the purchaser of an option to buy land, or a 10% interest in net proceeds from a large Oakland high rise office building; affirmed on appeal;

        Miller & Facchini v. Garaventa: $ 5,250,000 fraud verdict against limited partners, settled;

        MGW, Inc. v. Fredricks Development Corporation, et al.: $ 2,700,000 judgment, $ 2,000,000 in punitive damages, for interference with an oral brokerage agreement, affirmed on appeal;

        NCR Corporation v. 3M Corporation: $ 1,675,000 arbitration award for breach of contract;

        Morrow & Company, Inc. v. John Muir Investors, et al.: $ 1,250,000 judgment, $ 585,000 in punitive damages, for interference with a real estate broker's oral listing, affirmed on appeal;

        Beaver Insurance Company v. Burroughs Corporation: $ 799,300 for fraud in the lease of a computer system, affirmed on appeal;

        McCarthy, et al. v. Tahoe Savings & Loan Association: $ 125,000 in punitive damages and $ 5,000 in actual damages for wrongful exercise of a due-on-sale clause, the only known decision of its kind in California; and

        Robinson vs. Tipton: jury verdict in an assault case of $ 100,000  in emotional distress damages based upon medical expenditures of less than $ 5,000; settled for $ 150,000 to avoid punitive damage phase.  

    He is the author of "Slander Of Title By Improper Recording Of Notice Of Default", 28 AM JUR TRIALS 229, has been on the Advisory Boards of Computer Litigation Reporter and Boalt Hall's High Technology Law Journal, was a panelist for the Practicing Law Institute's 1983 and 1985 "Computer Litigation" programs and the ABA Computer Law Section's 1987 program, and has spoken to various professional organizations on both computer and real estate law, including various CCIM chapters.  He was featured as one of the nation's three top computer litigation attorneys.