Thomas Whitelaw & Kolegraff is one of the nation’s premier law firms located in Orange County specializing in high-stakes intellectual property, complex business and real estate litigation. As a top corporate litigation law firm With a growing bench of nationally-recognized attorneys, we provide exceptional legal and trial expertise. We specialize in litigation and patent law.
Thomas Whitelaw is known for winning high-stakes litigation–whether it’s a $102 million settlement for a real estate owner, a $33 million judgment for a shopping center operator, or a multi-million dollar settlement in a patent suit for a global entertainment giant. We deliver extraordinary results.
From multinational leaders to mid-sized pioneers, clients come to us for creative litigation strategies and in-court experience. But equally as important, they come to us for the extraordinary value our boutique firm offers. With a breakthrough model for providing legal services, Thomas Whitelaw offers the combination of personal attention from “inner circle” A-list lawyers and alternative billing arrangements designed to align our clients’ and our firm’s interests. We do this by providing clients an array of billing choices including project fees, fixed fees, success fees, highly competitive hourly rates, or other alternative billing arrangements. In addition, we work to keep expenses low and teams appropriately staffed for each matter.
As specialists in complex business litigation, our range of practice areas includes intellectual property, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition, technology licensing agreements, contract disputes, products liability, class actions, environmental, real estate and construction matters, and securities and corporate litigation. We also provide counsel on all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisition and divestiture, financing, development and leasing.
Joseph E. Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and is the Managing Partner and chair of Thomas Whitelaw & Kolegraff’s Litigation and Trial Practice Group. The firm is a nationally-renowned intellectual property litigation boutique located in Irvine, California. Mr. Thomas received a B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science and Economics from Lehigh University. He received his J.D. graduating magna cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. He also held a judicial externship with Senior District Judge Terry S. Hatter in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Mr. Thomas has successfully tried over 30 cases in his career, and has handled patent and intellectual property litigation throughout the country for clients such as VIZIO, Western Digital, Toshiba, CoreLogic and First American Financial. Mr. Thomas has won several eight-figure jury verdicts.
Most recently, in 2014, Mr. Thomas served as lead trial counsel in Pabban Development (“Pabban”) v. Kyphon Sarl (“Kyphon”), et al. in the Central District of California. Pabban sued Kyphon for damages arising from Pabban’s sale to Kyphon of its patent and state-of-the-art Natrix System, a bone cement delivery system used to treat vertebral compression fractures. Following four years of intense litigation and a seven-day trial, the jury agreed with Pabban and concluded that Kyphon owed $15.417 million in damages. In addition, Mr. Thomas successfully defensed Kyphon’s fraud and breach of contract counter-claims against Pabban, two affiliates, and its CEO, seeking $17 million plus punitive damages. Pabban was also awarded over $8.5 million for all of its attorneys’ fees and costs, bringing the total judgment to $23,979,400.
Thomas Whitelaw was named the Go-To Law Firm for Litigation in Corporate Counsel magazine’s annual survey of in-house counsel at Fortune 500 Companies.