Jeffrey Lederman is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office who concentrates his practice in complex commercial disputes in the areas of technology, real estate, commercial banking matters, and related insurance disputes.
Mr. Lederman’s experience includes both consumer and commercial class actions, contract and warranty claims, business torts, the Uniform Commercial Code and consumer protection statutes. He particularly focuses his practice in technology matters, which have involved the sale and lease of technology products, counseling, and defective commercial product claims up and down the distribution chain. These matters frequently include provisional remedies such as writs of attachment or possession, petitions to compel arbitration, and the enforceability of contractual remedy and liability limitations. He also has counseled clients in connection with the dissolution of international e-commerce ventures.
Mr. Lederman’s recent experience includes:
- Representation of a public snack food company in multiple class actions involving consumer representations and class-action waiver/arbitration issues.
- Defense judgment in favor of public company and its directors following trial against plaintiff shareholder in an attempt to invalidate annual shareholder’s meeting and oust incumbent director to obtain board seat.
- Representation of a major consumer electronics manufacturer in a class action litigation claiming defective products.
- Representation of a public manufacturing company in litigation alleging defective silicon wafer manufacturing equipment.
- Representation of a public company in connection with the incorporation of defective memory devices in its end system products.
- Representation of a public company in connection with defective bus transceiver components incorporated in its end products.
- Representation of a public company in connection with a $70 million international laser diode contract and related counterclaims.
- Representation of a public company local and wide area network hardware manufacturer in federal court litigation involving claims of defective/misrepresented application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).
- Representation of a public technology client in international arbitration concerning sale of client’s products to the Italian government for its embassies in more than 100 countries around the world; complete defense judgment and full recovery on client’s counterclaim, including attorneys fees.
- Representation of a public laser manufacturing company on warranty and related claims.
- Representation of a now-public biotech company in connection with a $3 million promissory note from its founder.
- Representation of a biotech company in connection with various corporate and commercial disputes and counseling.
- Representation of a Canadian Internet company in federal court litigation.
- Representation of a Fortune 500 client in a $4 million international litigation claim brought by a Swiss component manufacturer; nominal settlement following successful summary judgment motions.
Mr. Lederman also represents clients in real estate and related complex commercial litigation, including matters involving construction defect and delay, and landlord tenant, real estate financing, and real estate contract issues. His recent experience includes:
- The successful defense with cross-complaint for dissolution and accounting of 73 percent owners of a $25 million shopping center against the managing partner and other minority partners, affirmed on appeal.
- The successful judgment for a major regional bank client against a borrower involving a fraudulently obtained loan secured by real property.
- The representation of a multi-million dollar wafer fabrication facility owner involving construction delay and scope of contract disputes.
- “Changed site condition” litigation on behalf of developer/owner against the general contractor concerning several hundred lots which was successfully resolved.
- The successful jury trial verdict on behalf of commercial developers to recover damages against former tenants concerning soil and groundwater contamination.
- The representation of lenders in litigation claims against (and workouts with) borrowers involving commercial loans secured by real estate, including successfully opposing injunctions to prevent foreclosure and related litigation against guarantors.
- The representation of a well-known financial institution in the prosecution of a $20 million project finance dispute involving multiple rest homes, complicated real and personal property security issues, and receivership; client recovered 100% of the principal interest, attorneys fees, and costs.
- The representation of a private college to enforce the right of first offer to purchase facilities on which its Hawaii campus is located, which was resolved in client’s favor following specific performance litigation and successful defense of client’s lis pendens; property valued in excess of $20 million.
Mr. Lederman was listed as a 2011 BTI Client Service All-Star in an annual report published by the BTI Consulting Group that recognizes attorneys for exceptional client service. Mr. Lederman was selected as Client Choice attorney in the 2013 edition of Client Choice Guide – USA & Canada.
Honors and Awards
Mr. Lederman heads the litigation practice group in the firm’s San Francisco office and is a member of the State Bar of California. His past professional activities have included serving as a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the State Bar of California and chair of its Article 2 Subcommittee. He also has participated in the East Palo Alto Volunteer Attorney Program. In 1981, Mr. Lederman served as an extern to Justice Otto Kaus of the California Supreme Court.
Mr. Lederman received a B.S. in Chemistry, with honors, from the University of California at Davis in 1977, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a J.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1982, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Speeches and Publications
Mr. Lederman was one of several attorneys featured in Martindale-Hubbell's Counsel to Counsel January 2011 spotlight on class actions and Winston's West Coast practice in that area.