Michele B. Friend - Clark & Trevithick | Full Service Boutique Law Firm in Los Angeles, California | Southern California
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Michele B. Friend



T: 213.629.5700
F: 213.624.9441
E: MFriend@ClarkTrev.com


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Michele Friend handles many of the diverse legal issues facing a business or a trust.  Areas of expertise include fiduciary duties, fraud, real estate, business dissolutions, trade secrets, employment, contracts and trademarks.  Michele is a trial lawyer that is also skilled in transactional matters.  For 20 years, she has navigated numerous outstanding clients through their legal matters.  Michele is a shareholder in the firm.

Michele was previously a partner at her firm Kneafsey & Friend LLP.  Prior to law school, Michele became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio.  As an accountant, she managed budgets and finances of commercial properties at a top publicly-traded real estate company, Forest City Enterprises.  She maintains her CPA license although she no longer practices accounting.  Michele’s business experience gives her a unique understanding of the economic concerns of her clients, as well as the financial aspects of their cases.

  • Charta v. Sary, LexJet, Abaqa: Successfully defended the President of a global manufacturing company accused of stealing Trade Secrets in a jury trial
  • Won complete defense verdict and $1.25 million judgment on cross-complaint in real estate partnership dispute trial
  • Patricia Davis Raynes v. Marvin Davis et al.: Successfully defended the President of Davis Companies in a widely-publicized, $650 million breach of fiduciary duty and fraud action relating to the estate of billionaire Marvin Davis.
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles Education & Welfare Corp. v. California Interscholastic Federation, Won arbitration against CIF re school placement for high school sports competitions
  • Counselled several business owners through entity dissolutions and buyouts
  • Resolved numerous breach of contract actions for hotel clients
  • Resolved numerous employment related disputes for businesses and counselled clients with independent contractor and employee negotiations
  • Counselled clients through real estate leases, CAM and landlord/tenant issues
  • Resolved numerous breach of contract actions for an out of state company purchasing several businesses in California
  • Advised clients on contract negotiations
  • President, American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Southern California Chapter
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles and Culver City Chambers of Commerce
  • Pro Bono Volunteer, Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • President, American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Southern California Chapter
  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Distinguished Leadership Award
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Lawrence J. Blake Award
  • You Can’t Take it with You: Trade Secret Protection and Enforcement