Before founding Tong Robbins in San Mateo, California in 2020, Doug Robbins represented some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley at Cooley LLP. Mr. Robbins has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes, intellectual property matters, real estate law, entertainment law, contract disputes, fraud, and a variety of business torts in the San Francisco Courts.
After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000, Denise Mejlszenkier was admitted to the State Bar of California, and the U.S. Federal Courts in the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California. Ms. Mejlszenkier has nearly two decades of experience litigating and resolving business disputes, real property matters, employment actions, and striving to positively make an impact in her community.
Kelley Harvilla has an impressive record of experience in taking and defending appeals before the California Court of Appeal, and prevailing in complex motion practice in the San Francisco Superior Court. Before moving to California in 2011, as a member of the Illinois Bar, Ms. Harvilla litigated complex business lawsuits at one of Chicago’s biggest law firms.
Diana Fung has over a decade of experience in First Amendment, media access, and product liability issues. She has successfully arbitrated contract actions, defended fraud matters, and collected awards through judgment enforcement. Ms. Fung is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and U.S.C. School of Law. Her litigation strategies prioritize solving her clients’ problems above all else.
Hillary Major is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern School of Law. For years Ms. Major litigated in New York on behalf of some of the biggest financial service institutions in the country. She now litigates real estate, intellectual property, and complex commercial lawsuits in the San Francisco Bay Area courts.
Litigating with The End Game in Mind
Our vision for successful litigation is to have an end-game strategy. We have decades of combined experience, resolving disputes, and winning trials. We are tenacious and we do not back down. Our attorneys were trained at the top law schools in America, and worked for big law firms in Silicon Valley, in San Francisco, and beyond.
Running a business in San Francisco requires unyielding focus. Sometimes, that means speed and sometimes that means taking risk. But not all risks pay off. Some have unexpected consequences. When risks turn bad, our job is to solve our clients’ problems.
As commercial litigation attorneys, we develop strategies to maximize favorable outcomes seeking a pathway that presents minimal costs. We do not see our job simply as an opportunity to fight because we believe in bloody knuckles. Rather, our job is to protect our clients and make their problems go away. Sometimes that means standing firm. Sometimes that means finding common ground. Sometimes that means something in-between. It always means having a strategic vision for the end-game.
Whether you run into issues involving breach of contract, partnership, copyright or trademark, breach of fiduciary duty, or employment discrimination, you need experienced litigation attorneys at your side.
Business litigation is our only focus. To schedule a free, 30-minute consultation with our San Mateo office, fill out the form below or give us a call. We proudly serve the entire Bay area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Rafael, and beyond.
Our practice focuses on a wide variety of real estate disputes: battles over commercial leases, disputes with Bay Area cities over land use and building permits, and even neighbor to neighbor controversies.
We have defended and prosecuted real estate agents and architects for malpractice; we have tried lawsuits and prosecuted arbitrations involving acrimonious neighbors; we have gone toe-to-toe with some of the most aggressive city agencies in the country, the San Francisco Planning and Building Departments overbuilding and demolition permits. And won.
Lots of things can go wrong with real estate. Our San Francisco, California attorneys have extensive experience helping clients through landlord-tenant and neighbor disputes, property sales gone bad, agent malpractice, lease fraud, zoning disputes, and much more. We stand up for our clients’ rights as business owners, homeowners, and renters.
California's employment law changes very quickly. In our backyard, Silicon Valley, one of the hottest areas in the employment law is discrimination based on sex, gender, national origin, religion, sexuality, race, or age.
A series of recent high profile sexual harassment cases have signaled a change in jurors' attitudes around these issues, changing employers’ liability exposure.
Also of note for 2020, the California Legislature has rewritten the laws that affect contract workers and employers that treat their employees as if they were contractors. Our firm is on the cutting edge of this issue, having litigated “misclassification matters,” as they are called, since 2014.
The Labor Code in California is one of the most complex areas of law in the nation. Our firm has successfully resolved numerous discrimination and retaliation actions. Of special interest, especially in Silicon Valley, is the eminently complicated question of whether a worker is properly classified as an employee or as an independent contractor. Our attorneys have extensive experience in taking these “misclassification” cases to trial and winning.