San Francisco counsel Christopher Doyle has more than 15 years of experience litigating a broad range of issues involving real property, purchase and sale agreements, mortgages, deeds of trust, false advertising, unfair business practices, lender liability, and class actions. He has tried cases before judge and jury, he has experience with petitions for writs of mandate, appeals, arbitration, mediation, and law and motion and discovery practice. He has taken and defended more than 100 depositions and written, argued, and won hundreds of dispositive motions throughout northern, central, and southern California, several of which have resulted in published opinions. Practicing in both federal and state court, Christopher has represented lenders, loan servicers, insurance companies, restaurants, partnerships, individuals, and others regarding the Truth in Lending Act ("TILA"), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ("RESPA"), Regulation Z, Regulation X, California's Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), the Consumer Legal Remedies Act ("CLRA"), the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”), the Cartwright Act, and issues relating to Business & Professions Code sections 17200-17500, unfair business practices, false advertising, breach of contract, mortgages, the holder-in-due-course doctrine, foreclosure, loan modification, assignment, breach of fiduciary duty, predatory lending, fraud, conspiracy, quiet title, negligence, unjust enrichment, financial elder abuse, and class actions, among others. Also, Christopher has experience litigating real property issues concerning boundary disputes, access and easements, title, foreclosure, adverse possession, purchase and sale agreements, escrow, real estate brokers, tax liens, commercial leases, construction contracts, partnership agreements, land use, and title insurance.
In addition to his active court schedule, Christopher focuses on creative ways to address client concerns and resolve disputes while avoiding litigation. Functioning as an outside general counsel, he offers experienced advice and guides clients on short-term needs and long-term goals relative to business management, strategies and opportunities, dispute resolution, property rights, purchase and sale agreements and leases, and related issues. In addition to his knowledge about business and real estate litigation, Christopher has a familiarity with many of the legal issues pertaining to museums, galleries, and fine arts and educational institutions. Christopher grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in literature from Stanford University. Before becoming an attorney, he worked in New York and Los Angeles in entertainment and public relations, primarily as a writer and advocate for creative projects in the arts.
JMBM's Litigation Group is recognized by U.S. News & World Report / Best Law Firms® with a Metropolitan First-Tier Ranking (San Francisco) for Commercial Litigation.Representative cases
- Gloria June Harrison v. American Home Mortgage, et. al., United States District Court, Case No. 2:13-cv-01396-DSF-E (C.D.Cal. October 1, 2013) (Fisher, J.)
- Hamza v. U.S. Bank National Association, et. al., United States District Court, Case No. 4:12-cv-01391-CW (N.D. Cal., July 2, 2012) (Wilken, J.).
- Loredo v. U.S. Bank National Association, et. al., San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. CGC-08-470708 (Sullivan, J.). Successfully defended client in lengthy real estate and business litigation pursued by a relentless opponent. The case involved allegations of fraud, unfair business practices, conspiracy, negligence, and violations of RICO (18 USC §1964, et. seq.), among several other causes of action. It required extensive law and motion practice and involved voluminous and contentious written discovery and depositions, which led to in the appointment of an active discovery referee. After three years of litigation, the court granted our motion for summary adjudication on all but one cause of action. Later, following a six-week trial, we prevailed on the remaining cause of action when the jury returned a verdict in the client’s favor. After the verdict, the court ordered that our client was the “prevailing party” and that it was entitled to recover substantial attorney fees from plaintiff.
- Saugstad v. American Home Mortg. Servicing Inc., No. 2:09-CV-03516, 2010 WL 2991724 (E.D.Cal. July 29, 2010) (Mendez, J.)
- Curtis v. Option One Mortg. Corp., 1:09-CV-1982, 2010 WL 2629055 (E.D.Cal. June 25, 2010) (Ishii, J.)
- Curtis v. Option One Mortg. Corp., 1:09-CV-1608, 2010 WL 2867428 (E.D.Cal. July 21, 2010) (Ishii, J.)
- Curtis v. Option One Mortg. Corp., No. 1:09-CV-1982, 2010 WL 2879842 (E.D.Cal. June 25, 2010) (Ishii, J.)
- Curtis v. Option One Mortg. Corp., No. 1:09-CV-1982, 2010 WL 1729770 (E.D.Cal. April 28, 2010) (Ishii, J.)
- Curtis v. Option One Mortg. Corp., No. 1:09-CV-1982, 2010 WL 599816 (E.D.Cal.,2010)
- Baldain v. American Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., No. CIV. S-09-0931, 2010 WL 1416549 (E.D.Cal April 8, 2010) (Karlton, J.)
- Baldain v. American Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., No. CIV. S-09-0931, 2010 WL 56143 (E.D.Cal Jan 5, 2010) (Karlton, J.)
- Brown v. Option One Mortg. Corp., No. C 09-5705, 2010 WL 1267774 (N.D.Cal. April 1, 2010) (Patel, J.)
- Cervantes v. Wilmington Finance, Inc., No. CV 09-05378, 2009 WL 3365929 (C.D.Cal. Oct. 15, 2009) (Pregerson, D.)
- Wanland v. First American Title Ins. Co., Sacramento County Superior Court, Case No. 04AS02975 (2006) (Rodda, J.) Represented title insurer in an action by insured who improperly sought insurance coverage for existing federal tax liens due to insured’s non-payment of federal income taxes. The insured sought monetary damages for bad faith, in addition to attorney fees and punitive damages. After lengthy litigation and contentious trial, the court rendered judgment for client on all claims. Also, successfully represented insurer in appeal.
- Carol Gilbert, Inc. v. Ruby's Restaurant Group, 2006 WL 786863, Cal.App. 1 Dist., 2006.
- 2,022 Ranch, L.L.C. v. Superior Court (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 1377.
- Edwards v. Martin, 81 Fed.Appx. 930, 2003 WL 22805252 (C.A.9 (Cal.))
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1997
M.A., English Literature, Stanford University, 1991
B.A., English Literature, Stanford University, 1988
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Stanford University Alumni Association
Certified Rescue SCUBA Diver
- Northern California "Super Lawyer," 2013