Brent Caslin is an experienced litigator who has tried civil and criminal matters, represented clients in domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and won appeals before state and federal appellate courts. Although Mr. Caslin’s experience spans a diverse range of subject matters, he has particularly deep experience in the following industries and practice areas.
Mr. Caslin has successfully resolved scores of significant disputes regarding the rights and obligations of parties to sophisticated commercial agreements. Not only does he have deep experience understanding how complex commercial agreements operate, but he invests the necessary time to fully understand the subject matter of the agreement and how it interplays with the critical facts of the dispute. His experience with commercial contract cases covers most industries and every dispute resolution process, from formal federal and state court trials to truncated arbitration proceedings.
Corporate Transactions and Corporate Control Disputes
Mr. Caslin has handled dozens of disputes relating to corporate transactions and ownership rights. He has represented private equity firms, individuals, publicly traded corporations and private companies through indemnity claims, purchase price adjustment processes and corporate control disputes. Mr. Caslin has twice won affirmative fraud claims in arbitration proceedings.
Mr. Caslin regularly handles cross-border disputes for clients from outside the US. In 2003 and 2004, a lawyer exchange program allowed him to work on international legal matters in Tokyo with the prominent Japanese law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. He also served the State Bar of California’s International Law Section in several support and leadership roles and was elected chair of the section for the 2011-2012 term. Mr. Caslin has successfully resolved – through settlement, dispositive motion, or trial / arbitration – scores of cross-border disputes across the United States and Asia-Pacific regions.
Trade Secrets Litigation
Mr. Caslin is a former co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Practice. He has written more than a dozen articles in this subject area and regularly represents clients in trade secret disputes across many different industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, defense, energy, and manufacturing. Some of his high-profile trade secret matters include Move, Inc., National Association of Realtors, et al. v. Zillow, Inc., et al. ($130 million settlement in Seattle, Washington) and Epic Systems Corp. v. Tata Consultancy Services, et al. ($940 million jury verdict in Madison, Wisconsin). As part of this work, Mr. Caslin has been through numerous PI and TRO proceedings involving trade secrets. In 2017, he received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award for his work in the trade secrets category. Mr. Caslin has repeatedly been recognized by the Los Angeles / San Francisco Daily Journal and other legal publications as a top trade secrets lawyer, most recently in 2021.
As a US Army veteran, Mr. Caslin is comfortable working with defense professionals and government contractors. Over the years, he has represented General Dynamics, Hughes Aircraft Company, United Technologies, Raytheon, Sumitomo Heavy Industries and others in a variety of commercial disputes. He has a security clearance and experience working on classified legal matters, including those involving the state secrets privilege.
Legal industry publications have favorably commented on Mr. Caslin’s work. Legal 500, most recently in 2020, identified him as a “quality partner” with a “proven track record.” Southern California Super Lawyers has consistently, for more than a decade, recognized Mr. Caslin as a “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” in business litigation. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition rating for legal ability and ethical standards.