Our Judges

Jim Baklayan

Jim Baklayan received his Bachelor's Degree from California State University Northridge, his Juris Doctorate Degree at the University of La Verne College of Law, where he received two College of Law Recognition Awards for his achievements, participated in Moot Court, and Moot Court Honors, and in his final year, interned for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Family Division, as a certified law student, making court appearances and representing the State. He also attended Loyola University, Chicago Rome Center's program in International Law.

He has been a practicing attorney since May of 1997 and went on to work for a large firm in Glendale primarily doing Insurance Defense litigation before starting up his own practice doing Construction Defect Defense Litigation as well as all types of Civil Litigation.

David Mark

David E. Mark focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation, creditor’s rights litigation, real estate litigation and intellectual property litigation. He represents financial institutions, small to large companies, and Court-appointed receivers in a variety of litigation matters in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and in mediation and arbitration proceedings. His extensive experience includes representing clients in connection with contractual disputes, partnership disputes, secured transactions, infringement actions, trade secret disputes, defamation, real estate litigation and securities litigation. Mr. Mark’s litigation practice includes pre-litigation counseling, pre-judgment remedies, extensive law and motion and trial/arbitration practice as well as appellate and post-judgment matters.  His creative approach to problem solving and first-chair trial experience allow him to be a particularly effective litigator.

Oren Bitan

Oren Bitan has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership, consumer product, and commercial litigation.  Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner.  He is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns, and has particular expertise in matters involving real estate, banking and lending, creditors’ rights, wine, beer, liquor, cannabis, and intellectual property.

Representative clients include banks and financial institutions, private lenders, state and federal receivers, private investors and investment funds, private equity groups, real property developers, breweries, wineries, distilleries, cannabis businesses, consumer products companies, and corporate entities large and small.

Richard Ormond

With an extensive background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership law, cannabis regulations, commercial litigation, and work-out experience, Richard Ormond is known for his ability to solve complex business issues for his clients.  Mr. Ormond also provides expertise regarding the complexities of the cannabis industry’s legal impact on investors, lenders, real estate, and related businesses.

He has particular experience with matters involving investment concerns, business disputes, and debt facilities. As a trusted advisor, he also guides his clients through their day-to-day legal concerns and considerations.

Representative clients include financial institutions, state and federal receivers, loan servicers, CUSO’s, private investors and investment funds, private equity groups, developers, high-net worth families and family offices.

His experience includes:

  • Receivers, Provisional Directors, and other Remedies
  • Real Estate Solutions
  • Cannabis Industry Considerations
  • Alternatives to bankruptcy including Assignments for the Benefit of Ccreditors (ABC)

Mr. Ormond has tried cases before the Los Angeles Superior Court, the United States District Court, Central District of California, and the Bankruptcy Court of the United States District Court, and he has arbitrated before JAMS, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the American Arbitration Association.

He also serves as the current Chair of the California Receivers Forum and is the former Chair of the Remedies Division of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He teaches Continuing Legal Education courses on high-yield debt issues, cannabis business law, receivership law and practice, dispute resolution, intellectual property issues, considerations for complex litigation and lender security in intellectual property.

Mr. Ormond was recognized as one of L.A.’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has been repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyer Magazine as either a Super Lawyer Rising Star or a Super Lawyer.

Michelle Grimberg

Seasoned litigation and transactional attorney with over 16 years of arbitrations, litigation, corporate and transactional experience, the last year as in-house counsel and previously as partner at Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P. Certified Mediator and Conflict Searching Skills Facilitator. Excellent researcher and writer.  Successfully drafted numerous motions, state/federal court briefs and appellate briefs.  Successfully litigated and counseled various individual and corporate clients on a broad range of complex legal issues, including but not limited to, business transactions, commercial, real estate, contracts, corporate governance, wage and hour, negotiating and drafting agreements, arbitrations and mediations, fraud, landlord tenant disputes and pawn litigation.  Excellent people and communication skills; expert at distilling intense business disputes.  Out of the box thinker and executor.

Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor has substantial experience litigating various civil matters, including commercial, employment and real estate cases, and general business disputes.  He has represented clients in state and federal court throughout California and the United States.  He has also previously served as an arbitrator. Ben graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2005.

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