His practice is focused on commercial litigation in trial and appellate courts, with a particular focus on high technology and media companies, with an emphasis on digital privacy, trade secrets, copyright, consumer device litigation, and other commercial disputes.
In 2022, Mr. Segall, with his colleague Laura Smolowe, secured a $30 million award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, and interest for the Estate of Etsuko Toguri in an AAA arbitration against a former real estate partner for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary, and fraud following the defendant’s secret $45 million sale of a parcel of land in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The arbitration award was confirmed by the Los Angeles Superior Court in September 2022 and named a Top Verdict of the Week by the Daily Journal.
Mr. Segall maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on appellate matters. In 2022, he represented former Los Angeles Times journalist and UC Berkeley professor Grant Therolf in an appeal before the California Court of Appeal regarding press access to juvenile records for children who have died under suspicious circumstances while within the jurisdiction of state child protective services. He has represented the ACLU in seeking to substantially reform the way Southern California counties provide public-defender services. He also authored the American Bar Association’s amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Outside of the firm, Mr. Segall serves on the Finance Committee of Villa Esperanza Services in Pasadena, a nonprofit providing comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities in Southern California. Before joining the firm, Mr. Segall clerked for Judges Richard A. Paez and Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Segall graduated from Stanford Law School, where he was named the distinguished senior editor of the Stanford Law Review and served as associate editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He was the recipient of the American Justice Institute Criminal Essay Prize, and president of the Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Association. Mr. Segall received his M.A. and B.A. with honors in history from the University of Chicago.