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. He co-founded the firm’s Los Angeles office in 2009, and now serves as a member of the leadership team for the firm’s premier Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. Although Mr. Caslin’s experience spans a diverse range of subject matters, he has particular experience in the following industries and practice areas.
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 a number of 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.
Mr. Caslin has also provided a range of legal services to companies with ties to the energy industry, including The AES Corporation, Shin Nippon Machinery, Edison International and Southern California Edison. His experience working with energy companies includes disputes related to power purchase agreements, insurance coverage, indemnity claims, equipment provision contracts, climate change litigation, wrongful death claims and other commercial disputes.
Corporate Transactions & Corporate Control Disputes
Mr. Caslin also has considerable experience with disputes relating to corporate transactions and ownership rights. He has represented private equity firms, individuals, publicly traded corporations and private companies through purchase price adjustment processes, indemnity claims, and corporate control disputes. Mr. Caslin has twice won affirmative fraud claims in arbitration proceedings and successfully defended or resolved dozens of other arbitration matters related to corporate transactions.
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 on trade secret and computer fraud law, and regularly represents clients in trade secret disputes. 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 a number of 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. He has several times been recognized as a standout lawyer in the trade secrets category by The Legal 500, and recognized by the Los Angeles / San Francisco Daily Journal as one if its Top Trade Secrets Lawyers for 2020 and 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, Hughes Electronics, 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.
Construction and Engineering Disputes
Mr. Caslin has represented owners, professional service firms and contractors in litigation and arbitration matters involving commercial properties, including disputes over the design and construction of a large retail shopping center in Nevada, a water facility in Los Angeles, a group of commercial buildings in Southern California, a warehouse complex in Arizona, an energy production and water treatment facility near San Diego, a government office complex in Northern California and a commercial manufacturing facility in South Carolina. In 2018, Mr. Caslin represented an injured US military veteran in a state court litigation over the faulty construction of his home in Washington State.
Legal industry publications have favorably commented on Mr. Caslin’s work. The 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.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Caslin taught law as an adjunct professor with the Pepperdine University School of Law from 2004 until 2012. Prior to law school, Mr. Caslin served in the US Army with the 212th Field Artillery Brigade (now part of the 1st Armored Division).