People: Erik B. von Zeipel, Partner

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Erik B. von Zeipel

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1537
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Erik is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office.

A member of the firm’s Litigation department, Erik maintains a broad litigation and counseling practice representing businesses in a variety of areas.  Erik has significant experience in complex litigation, including class actions, trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition, construction, and real estate lawsuits.

Erik has successfully prosecuted, defended and favorably resolved numerous significant matters in both state and federal courts. Clients value his practical approach to problem solving, driven by client needs and early assessment of the facts and strategic options throughout litigation.

Erik is the Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Southern California Pro Bono Committee.  As part of his pro bono work, Erik has helped establish non-profits and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charities benefiting clean technologies and individuals with spinal-cord injuries, helped families with adoptions, and provided legal services to the homeless.  Erik serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice, which raises funds for nonprofits providing legal services to veterans, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, and people living with HIV and AIDS.   Erik is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.

Erik is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, the SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.  Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being “five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm.”

Erik majored in Business-Economics and minored in Accounting in college. During law school, he studied International law, European Union law and Chinese law in England, the Netherlands and China.  While in law school, he also passed the California CPA exam and has been involved in several matters involving complex accounting issues.  In 2006, Erik was sworn in as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (currently non-practicing).

Erik is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Los Angeles office.

A member of the firm’s Litigation department, Erik maintains a broad litigation and counseling practice representing businesses in a variety of areas.  Erik has significant experience in complex litigation, including class actions, trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition, construction, and real estate lawsuits.

Erik has successfully prosecuted, defended and favorably resolved numerous significant matters in both state and federal courts. Clients value his practical approach to problem solving, driven by client needs and early assessment of the facts and strategic options throughout litigation.

Erik is the Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Southern California Pro Bono Committee.  As part of his pro bono work, Erik has helped establish non-profits and obtained recognition of tax-exempt status for charities benefiting clean technologies and individuals with spinal-cord injuries, helped families with adoptions, and provided legal services to the homeless.  Erik serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice, which raises funds for nonprofits providing legal services to veterans, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, and people living with HIV and AIDS.   Erik is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.

Erik is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, the SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.  Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being “five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm.”

Erik majored in Business-Economics and minored in Accounting in college. During law school, he studied International law, European Union law and Chinese law in England, the Netherlands and China.  While in law school, he also passed the California CPA exam and has been involved in several matters involving complex accounting issues.  In 2006, Erik was sworn in as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (currently non-practicing).

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (2002)
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1998)
    summa cum laude
    Business-Economics with a minor in accounting

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • Court of Federal Claims

Affiliations

  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Law Society of England and Wales

Representative Engagements

Some of Erik’s notable and recent cases are described below:

  • Representation of insurance company in federal court in wage and hour class action brought by California non-exempt claims adjusters; resolved through favorable settlement on individual basis.
  • Representation of health care provider in class action brought by exempt employees alleging misclassification under outside-sales and administrative exemptions; resolved through favorable settlement on non-class basis.
  • Representation of financial services company in lawsuits against competitors involving misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of non-solicitation agreements; resolved through favorable settlement.
  • Representation of secured creditor against debtor; secured favorable settlement after obtaining ruling setting aside attorney-client privilege under crime-fraud exception;
  • Representation of several newspapers in multiple class actions brought in California state and federal courts by workers allegedly misclassified as independent contractors, asserting minimum wage, meal and rest break pay, and other claims.
  • Representation of large defense contractor in three appeals in the Court of Federal Claims related to the DCMA’s disallowance of indirect costs for independent research and development and capital equipment totaling more than $250 million.
  • Representation of food service company in lawsuits against competitors involving misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of non-solicitation agreements; resolved through favorable settlement.
  • Representation of multinational company in multi-party complex litigation involving delay and pass-through claims arising out of the construction of power plant in California.
  • Representation of joint powers authority in multi-party complex litigation related to the construction of a transportation terminal.