Dan Sedor is an experienced and aggressive litigator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex business disputes, including the prosecution and defense of breach of contract, business tort, fraud, trade secret and unfair competition claims, partnership and corporate disagreements and dissolutions, real property disputes including landlord/tenant and quiet title matters, hotel management disputes, and the enforcement of creditors' rights. He also specializes in electronic discovery and privacy and data security, counseling clients on retention requirements for electronically stored information and the discovery and use of that information in litigation, as well as on issues relating to the protection of sensitive electronically stored information and related privacy rights.
Dan is a co-chair of JMBM's Discovery Technology Group.Representative Experience
- Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer in a breach of contract and trade libel dispute with a distributor in which the manufacturer was awarded $2.5 million in damages plus attorneys' fees after trial.
- Represented a chemical manufacturer in a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case against a former executive, which settled favorably prior to trial.
- Led the electronic discovery team in Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. v. Michelson, a complex patent case involving the discovery of nearly 50 million pages of electronic documents, in which JMBM used cutting edge review software to control costs and sift the mountain of data for key documents that led to a jury trial verdict of $570 million. (See Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc. v. Michelson, 229 F.R.D. 550 (W.D. Tenn. 2004) for one of the e-discovery orders issued in that case.)
- In a hotel management dispute, directed the expedited capture, review and production of large amounts of electronically stored information of the hotel ownership group from locations and disparate computing environments located across the United States and successfully defended the ownership group against a request for sanctions based on alleged spoliation of emails.
- Represented a consumer electronics manufacturer and distributor in a class action alleging failures to pay rebates and another consumer electronics manufacturer in a class action alleging failures to honor warranties, both of which settled on terms favorable to the clients.
- Represented the majority shareholders in a successful defense of a minority shareholder freezeout action for breach of fiduciary duty and obtained an appellate ruling that minority shareholders are not entitled to a jury trial in such actions. Interactive Multimedia Artists, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., 62 Cal. App. 4th 1546 (1998).
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1988
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
U.S. District Courts, Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and The Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access