Wes’ practice spans a broad range of high-profile litigation matters concerning complex, and novel issues. He specializes in intellectual property and finance-related litigation with extensive experience resolving clients’ most sensitive and important matters in both federal and state courts from coast to coast and in alternative forums such as arbitration and mediation. Wes has successfully advised clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-complaint assessment to and through verdict at trial. His representations have focused particularly on corporations and their officers and directors in cases involving complex financial products, intellectual property rights and protection, finance-related matters such as disputes arising from private equity and venture capital investments, fiduciary duties, securities law issues, and general complex commercial litigation.
He also maintains an active pro bono practice seeking justice for the most vulnerable, successfully representing clients ranging from community development organizations whose mission is to provide low-income housing to the city’s most at risk tenants to asylum seekers and domestic human trafficking victims in civil litigation against their former enslavers and traffickers. Wes also won a significant victory defending the city of Manhattan Beach’s decision to return the historic Bruce’s Beach property to its rightful owners, the Bruce family heirs, remediating a hundred-year old injustice.
Before embarking on his legal career, Wes worked in the entertainment industry as a writer, producer, and film distributor who also created, obtained grants for, and then directed non-profit arts and education programming for underserved youth through the Salvation Army.