Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP

Attorney

Jesse Molina

Partner

Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP
One California Plaza
300 So. Grand Avenue, 37th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90071-3147

  • (213) 621-0855 - Direct
  • (213) 620-0460 - General
  • (213) 624-4840 - Fax
Summary

JESSE MOLINA is a partner of the firm who practices in various areas of law including business/commercial, civil, real estate, and employment.  Reflecting the diversity of clients doing business in California, Mr. Molina represents and counsels businesses and individuals in civil and commercial litigation matters, including those involving product liability, personal injury, negligence, real estate, leasing, construction defect, intellectual property, trade secret misappropriation, toxic torts, directors’ and officers’ liability, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, fraud, bankruptcy, business torts, and various other complex business disputes.  Mr. Molina has extensive experience in trial-oriented, complex commercial litigation, and has substantial trial experience in the state and federal courts of California.

Mr. Molina is a native of Los Angeles, who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  Mr. Molina was admitted to the California bar in 2000 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Molina’s professional affiliations include the Litigation section of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Extended Bio

JESSE MOLINA is a partner of the firm who practices in various areas of law including  business/commercial, civil, real estate, and employment.  Mr. Molina has extensive experience in trial-oriented, complex commercial litigation, and has substantial trial experience in the state and federal courts of California.

Reflecting the diversity of clients doing business in California, Mr. Molina represents and counsel businesses and individuals in civil and commercial litigation matters, including those involving product liability, personal injury, negligence, real estate, leasing, construction defect, intellectual property, trade secret misappropriation, toxic torts, directors’ and officers’ liability, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, fraud, bankruptcy, business tort and various other complex business disputes.

Mr. Molina has significant experience defending employers in cases involving a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of employment contracts, wage and hour claims, workers’ compensation, and employment-related unfair competition actions.

Mr. Molina is a native of Los Angeles, who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  Mr. Molina was admitted to the California bar in 2000 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Molina’s professional affiliations include the Litigation section of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Representative Matters

Breach of Commercial Lease

Obtained $1.2 million dollar judgment in lessor's favor in a breach of commercial lease, breach of lease covenants, and waste action.

Breach of Contract for Leading Employee Placement Agency

Represented leading employee placement agency on breach of contract, and cross-claims for fraud.  Conducted 5 day bench trial, and obtained favorable judgment on complaint and cross-complaint, which included a post-judgment award of attorneys’ fees and costs.  Through post-judgment enforcement measures, obtained full satisfaction of the principal judgment and attorneys’ fees and costs awarded.

Products Liability and Warranty

Represented major chemical distributor in several complex litigation cases alleging claims for strict products liability, breach of implied warranty, and negligence.  After protracted litigation, successfully negotiated settlements involving nominal monetary amounts when damages alleged by the Plaintiffs for toxic exposure to chemicals exceeded millions of dollars in each case.

Commercial Breach of Lease

Represented shopping center owner against national grocery company who vacated anchor tenant space, leaving it vacant, in favor of  new shopping center down the street (the anchor tenant had gone “aggressively dark”).  Sued for breach of lease (based on percentage of rent) and for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as a result of the tenant’s decision to leave the anchor tenant space vacant so as to prevent competition at its new location, and tenant’s ongoing refusal to allow landlord client to cancel the lease and find a new anchor tenant.  After defeating tenant’s motion for summary judgment, obtained favorable settlement where anchor tenant paid client $1 million and terminated the lease, freeing client to re-tenant the anchor tenant space.

Legal Malpractice Action

Prevailed on summary judgment in a legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract lawsuit filed against large California law firm.  Successfully defeated Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration of summary judgment order, and had judgment affirmed on appeal to the California Court of Appeal.  Obtained a post-judgment award of costs in trial court action and costs incurred on appeal.

Civil Rights Violations

Obtained summary judgment in favor of individual defendant for alleged civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in United States District Court for Central District of California.  Successfully defeated appeal filed by Plaintiff with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which confirmed the entry of summary judgment against Plaintiff.  Obtained post-judgment award for attorneys’ fees and costs of suit under 42 U.S.C.A. § 1988(b) and Rule 54 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Currently enforcing and collecting judgment and attorneys’ fees and costs awarded against judgment debtor.

Residential Property Quiet Title Action

Successful defense obtained after highly contested trial of quiet title action involving multi-million dollar residential real property in Beverly Hills.

Products Liability Fraud Breach Contract

Represented fiber optic cable manufacturer in products liability, fraud, and breach of contract claims, including representation of individual officers and employees on fraud claims, which arose from the alleged defective manufacturing, assembly, and testing of specially ordered fiber optic cable installed in national telecommunications disaster recovery center.  Successfully defeated summary judgment motion on fraud and breach of warranty claims involving multi-million dollar damage claims, and thereafter obtained favorable settlement for manufacturer.

Commercial Landlord Unlawful Detainer Trial

Obtained judgment for commercial landlord against tenant after unlawful detainer trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, and thereafter successfully enforced judgment.

Lanham Act Violation Claims

Represented production company and its principal owner in connection with celebrity’s complaint for statutory and common law right of publicity, negligence, breach of contract, and Lanham Act violation claims.  After mediation and extensive subsequent settlement negotiations, obtained highly favorable settlement.

Bankruptcy Fraud Claims

Represented individual officer and director of national apparel retailer on fraud claims filed as an adversary complaint within the Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings before the United States Bankruptcy Court for Central District.  After completion of key party depositions and written discovery, negotiated highly favorable settlement of fraud complaint asserted by account receivable creditor, who had provided factor financing.

Complex Construction Defect Litigation Action

Represented drywall contractor in multi-party complex construction defect litigation action against developer, general contractor and various subcontractors in connection with residential developments in Santa Clarita, California.

Trademark Infringement Settlement

Represented registered owner of iconic trademark in several trademark infringement matters.  Negotiated and obtained favorable pre-litigation settlements for registered owner, which included immediate destruction and termination of use of all infringing products and marketing materials by infringing users.

Insurance Bad Faith

Represented insured party in lawsuit against insurer and subcontractor involving insurer’s bad faith denial of insurance coverage and subcontractor’s negligence and breach of indemnification agreement.  Lawsuit also included insured’s claims for business interference arising out of its client’s termination of service agreement due to insurer’s and subcontractor’s failure to pay out damage caused to aerospace plant facilities by subcontractor.  After mediation and subsequent settlement discussions, obtained favorable settlement.

Rent to Own Breach of Contract

Defended national rent-to-own company on cases involving breach of contract, alleged violation of Federal and State Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and sexual harassment claims under California Civil Code § 51.9.  Negotiated highly favorable settlements on behalf of rental company of these numerous cases after completion of discovery and depositions.

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property

Represented leading California commercial and residential pest control company in a variety matters, including misappropriation of intellectual property and trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of employment agreement, intentional interference with contractual business relationship and prospective economic advantage, and trade libel.

Breach of Joint Venture Agreement and Quiet Title Action

Obtained favorable settlement on quiet title, partition, declaratory relief action, including resolution of client’s cross-claims for adverse possession, which claims arose out of breach of joint venture agreement involving million dollar residential home in Beverly Hills, California.

Construction Defect Action

Successfully obtained dismissal, via sustained demurrer, of trade libel cross-claims against individual property owner arising out of construction defect action against general contractor.  Thereafter, obtained favorable settlement obtained for property owner, including payments by general contractor to property owner for breach of contract and construction defects claims.

Construction Defect Case Settlement

Represented lessor in construction defect case, and obtained favorable pre-litigation settlement requiring contractor to immediately perform corrective work, and grant extensive indemnification obligations to property owner for any further defective work.

Defense of Alleged Violations of Americans with Disability Act

Obtained favorable settlement of complaint alleging numerous violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act filed in the United States District Court for Central District of California against restaurant and property owner in La Cañada, California.