CLAYTON J. HIX graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with degrees in economics and political science. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School. Mr. Hix was taught trial advocacy by Hon. Thomas Goethals, Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, and served as a judicial extern for Hon. Stephen J. Hillman, former Chief Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is admitted to practice before all California state and federal courts.
Mr. Hix is a director and officer of the Globalaw legal network. He is also a director of the Globalaw Foundation, a charity that assists children and others in need of legal education and services.
While at USC, Mr. Hix was the hockey team’s goaltender. During his tenure, the team won several conference championships and appeared in two national championship tournaments. Mr. Hix received two MVP awards and earned first team all-league recognition.
Trade Secret Litigation
Prosecuted and defended numerous state and federal cases involving claims for misappropriation of trade secrets by employers against former employees. These cases often involve seeking or resisting temporary restraining orders and injunctions.
Obtained a complete defense verdict after a 10-day jury trial for a former employee sued for trade secret misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the formation of a competing business.
Recovered attorney fee awards for numerous defendants sued for trade secret misappropriation in bad faith.
Damages for Breach of Contract
Represented plaintiffs in a federal case involving claims for breach of contract in connection with the sale of a bushing manufacturer to a large, publicly-traded company. Defeated an eight-figure counterclaim on summary judgment and obtained a seven-figure judgment, including attorneys’ fees. Successfully defended the judgment in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Obtained a six-figure damages award in a federal court jury trial against a celebrity defendant who failed to appear for a live performance.
Prosecution of Federal RICO Case
Represented a staffing company in the prosecution of a federal RICO case involving claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, Lanham Act violations, etc. Defeated an eight-figure counterclaim on summary judgment and obtained a favorable settlement.
Inverse Condemnation Damages
Represented a national railroad company in a case for inverse condemnation and breach of contract against a city government. The city failed to adequately plan for flooding resulting from commercial development in the high desert watershed, causing significant property damage. Defeated summary judgment and obtained a multi-million dollar settlement.
Defense of Real Property Rights
Defended national railroad company in a suit brought by a public water agency. The agency intended to build a canal intertie that crossed tracks owned by the railroad. The agency contended that its rights to the land were superior and that the railroad was required to either relocate its operations, or pay millions of dollars for the additional cost to tunnel the canal beneath the tracks as opposed to having an open channel canal on the surface of the land. Obtained a complete defense verdict at trial.
Defense of Employee Claims
Obtained a complete defense verdict at trial for apartment complex owner against wage claims brought by the apartment manager.
Obtained a complete defense verdict after a jury trial for a hospital accused of defaming a doctor.
Joint Venture Partner Misconduct
Represented a water district against its joint venture partner in a 99 year power generation project.
Title Insurance Defense
Defended title insurer against claims related to a title reinsurance program and alleged RESPA and RICO violations.
General Contractor Damages
Represented general contractor against commercial building owner and construction lender in claims for non-payment, and defended general contractor against related subcontractor claims.
Obtained summary judgement for a university against person injured at a fraternity party. (University of Southern California v. Superior Court (2018) 30 Cal.App 5th 429.)
Probate & Trust Matters
Represented executors and trustees in probate court in various matters involving creditor claims and trust administration.
Obtained a seven-figure damages award in a case involving financial elder abuse, and successfully upheld the award on appeal. (Kerley v. Weber (2018) 27 Cal.App 5th 1187.)