areas of practice

Business and Commercial Litigation
We represent business and commercial clients in all facets of litigation in both state and federal courts. Our clients rely on our extensive experience and expertise in the handling of litigation matters involving claims for breach of contract, unfair business practices, interference with perspective economic advantage, fraud, RICO violations, breach of partnership agreements and defamation. We represent publicly and privately held corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, non-profit organizations, as well as individual members, directors and officers. Our experience and expertise ensures a successful and cost-effective resolution to business and commercial litigation matters.

Business and Corporate Representation
We have extensive experience advising clients in multiple areas of general corporate and business law. Our clients include large corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, public non-profit organizations, public entities, joint ventures and small business enterprises. We assist clients in a variety of matters including entity formation and selection, corporate maintenance, commercial lease transactions, partnership agreements, landlord/tenant issues, contractual matters, and advice on employee policies and procedures.

Catastrophic Personal Injury
Wheatley Bingham & Baker, LLP has defended hundreds of personal injury cases, including many significant claims asserted by other prominent personal injury attorneys. Our diverse experience and clear understanding of the defense perspective makes us uniquely qualified to handle representation of seriously injured persons in personal injury and wrongful death matters. In that regard, Wheatley Bingham & Baker, LLP has successfully litigated many personal injury matters on behalf of injured persons involving catastrophic personal injuries arising out of industrial, commercial and construction site accidents, motor vehicle accidents, product defects, dog bites and attacks, and equipment failure.

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Employment and Labor
Our employment/labor law practice involves the representation of employers in litigation and counseling matters. We represent employers in state and federal court in the defense of claims involving civil rights violations, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, invasion of privacy, workplace violence and employment agreement disputes. We also provide counseling and strategic planning advice to employers which includes issues involving litigation avoidance, employee manuals/handbooks, employee training, employment / separation agreements and procedures/practices guidelines. Our clients include public and private entities, limited liability companies, non-profit organizations, public/private corporations and joint ventures.

Insurance Defense
The Partners of Wheatley Bingham & Baker, LLP have over sixty years experience working with insurance adjusters, third party administrators and self-insured companies in the defense of general liability matters. Our experience includes a broad spectrum of matters on behalf insureds in claims involving premises liability, automobile casualty, products liability and other insured claims.

Premises Liability
Wheatley Bingham & Baker, LLP has handled hundreds of premises liability cases for various businesses including construction sites, restaurants, apartment complexes, grocery stores, shopping malls, parks and other public facilities. Our attorneys have litigated cases involving allegations of negligence, dangerous condition, slip/trip and fall, assault and battery, rape, and false arrest/detention:

Products Liability
Our attorneys have successfully handled product liability lawsuits on behalf of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and others involving diverse legal issues, including allegations of defective product design and/or manufacture, improper labeling and packaging, failure to warn consumers/users about known hazards, and failure to anticipate consumer/user instructional needs. Our work has involved numerous categories of products, including consumer goods, cranes, construction equipment, elevators and roadway building design and electrical equipment.

Professional Liability Defense
Our attorneys have successfully defended attorneys, physicians, officers, and directors against a variety of professional liability claims including those for professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, fraud, defamation, conflicts of interest and other related matters. Our experience, expertise and aggressive approach to litigation has ensured efficient and expedient results in complex multi-million dollar matters. Our clients rely on our trial court experience and ability to defend them in complex professional liability cases.

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Public Entity and Municipal Law
Wheatley Bingham & Baker, LLP's specialties include representing municipalities and public agencies throughout Southern California. Our public entity practice focuses on defending claims involving:
• Tort liability/dangerous condition of public property
• Police practices/civil rights
• Public transportation liability

Our attorneys are experienced trial litigators committed to assisting clients in the identification of subrogation opportunities and handling such claims. Our clients include primary insurers, a myriad assortment of business and employers, commercial entities with significant self-insured retentions and third party administrators. We help protect the financial interests of our clients by identifying situations involving third party fault and taking the necessary action to recover the funds they have been obligated to pay in claims arising from various casualties including automobile and personal injury, machinery and equipment failure, fires and nature-induced losses such as wildfires, windstorms and floods.

Our transportation practice involves the representation of some of California's largest transportation providers in all facets of litigation from catastrophic multi-million dollar personal injury lawsuits to contract/employment disputes. We represent clients in all areas of the transportation industry in both the public and private sectors, including light rail and heavy rail providers, public transit buses and private motor coach services, intra/interstate commercial trucking companies, taxicab and limousine services, as well as maritime and air delivery companies. Clients have sought our litigation experience in state and federal court, as well as assistance in matters brought before administrative and regulatory agencies. We have represented our transportation clients in hundreds of lawsuits involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, breach of contracts, premises liability, and other related tort and contract issues. We also provide counsel and business advice regarding contract/lease drafting, employment and labor disputes and strategic business planning.