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Overview

Mhare is a trusted advisor who brings assertiveness and strategic thinking to his handling of complex commercial matters.

Mhare represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups in both federal and state courts. He has won favorable outcomes in both jury and bench trials and has successfully represented clients in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mhare focuses much of his practice on complex commercial and business litigation matters involving disputes related to breach of contract, real estate, corporate ownership, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practices and trademark.

While Mhare represents clients in a wide variety of industries, he works most frequently with those in manufacturing, technology and real estate. In addition to litigation, Mhare brings his agility as a problem solver to many clients by serving as their outside general counsel.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2017-2022

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A., University of San Francisco

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Association of Business Trial Attorneys
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee

Languages

  • Armenian, fluent
Experience
  • Lead counsel for five-week trial in an environmental property contamination case for alleged tenants of a dry cleaning business against plaintiff. Successfully obtained a unanimous 12-0 jury verdict after only three hours of deliberation that absolved all defendants of any liability and awarded zero damages to plaintiff.
  • Received favorable defense verdict for high-end commercial property owner in a negligence action by celebrity plaintiff claiming $21 million in damages.
  • Obtained early dismissal on behalf of commercial real estate development company in high-profile business discrimination case in U.S. District Court vis-à-vis 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, and successfully defended appeal to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Prosecuted breach of contract and fraud action against property owner based on breach of commercial property management agreement.
  • Prosecuted environmental nuisance, trespass and professional negligence action against prior owners of commercial property and environmental company.
  • Prosecuted and defended breach of contract cross-actions involving functionality of features on electronic devices by storage company on behalf of international electronic manufacturing company.
  • Prosecuted breach of contract action against technology company for breach of commercial real estate listing agreement.
  • Prosecuted dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty action against co-founders.
  • Defended major aerospace company and majority shareholder in breach of fiduciary duty claims made by minority shareholder.
  • Defended major international computer manufacturing company against distributor in breach of contract action.
  • Secured favorable settlement in arbitration involving breach of contract in action brought by retailer claims against shoe manufacturer.
  • Obtained seven-figure award for national tax preparation franchisor client against largest franchisee in breach of contract claim for failure to pay royalties.
  • Received favorable defense verdict in a legal malpractice and employment action brought by a teacher.
  • Secured favorable settlement in arbitration involving breach of contract and personal injury claims brought by reality show participants against a major production company and international television network.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a prestigious Hollywood TV and film studio in a defamation case.
Outside the Office

Mhare is passionate about sports and enjoys tennis, basketball, football, soccer and baseball.

Community Leadership

Mhare serves on the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He also provides pro bono legal advice for a variety of legal clinics associated with the Los Angeles County Bar Association and other public organizations.

Mhare has volunteered for Young Eisner Scholars (YES), a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying underserved students and providing them with resources and support to facilitate their success in high school, college and beyond. He has also volunteered for the Compton Initiative, a nonprofit committed to restoring hope through beautification projects.

In addition, Mhare serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for his alma mater, the University of San Francisco.

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