Filomena E. Meyer is a litigator who handles cases in a wide variety of areas, including business and commercial litigation, coverage and bad faith disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment and creditor-debtor matters.
Ms. Meyer also has an active professional liability practice involving lawyers, healthcare professionals, accountants, insurance brokers, commercial and residential real estate brokers.
Ms. Meyer also has substantial experience in handling litigation involving construction defect claims, toxic torts, psychiatrist malpractice and real property disputes, including commercial landlord/tenancy disputes and in the highly regulated area of California mobile home park litigation.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in January 2004, Ms. Meyer was a senior associate at Haight, Brown & Bonesteel, LLP, where she focused on professional liability, real estate and commercial litigation.
Representative Matters : Ms. Meyer has represented clients throughout the state courts in Northern and Southern California and in the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California. Her representative cases have included :
- La Donna Corp. v. Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz & Hogan, APC. A legal malpractice action brought by a specialty foods vendor against its former lawyers over the handling of the vendor’s breach of contract and unfair competition case against a catering company and Qantas Airlines. Summary judgment obtained.
- Accarino v. Scott, et. al. Claims for false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress brought against a law enforcement officer. Demurrer sustained.
Ms. Meyer is also an experienced appellate advocate. She has personally drafted more than 30 appellate briefs, including petitions for writs of mandate and writs of certiorari before the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Meyer has likewise presented oral argument before all divisions of the Second and Fourth Appellate Districts. Her representative victories at the appellate level include :
- Daniels v. Robbins (2010) 2010 WL 625410. A malicious prosecution action brought by plaintiff against the attorneys who had represented a litigant in an underlying defamation action against plaintiff. The Superior Court granted the defendant attorneys’ motion to strike pursuant to California’s Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (Anti-SLAPP) statute. Plaintiff appealed. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision upon the ground that plaintiff had shown insufficient evidence of malice.
- Kresich v. Stolpman, Krissman, Elber & Silver, LLP (2009) 2009 WL 2231683. A professional negligence action brought by a former principal after the loss of her sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation claims against the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. Defendant law firm obtained summary judgment for failure of plaintiff to show any triable issue of fact as to causation. The court of appeal affirmed.
- Paller v. Garcia (2005) 1005 WL 1492396. An action for unfair competition against State Farm Fire Insurance and Casualty Co. resulted in a summary judgment in favor of the latter on the ground that plaintiff did not state a cause of action for unfair competition and did not timely assert his remaining claims for infliction of emotional distress. The court of appeal affirmed.
Professional Affiliations :
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Santa Monica Bar Association
- J.D., National University School of Law, 1990
- B.A., University of the Philippines, 1984
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
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