Darren S. Enenstein focuses on high–stakes business and fraud cases. He has handled a number of complex intra-family disputes and intra-corporate disputes, as well as international civil racketeering cases and Ponzi scheme matters. In these cases Darren has frozen and seized well over $100 million in assets and has successfully obtained the return of funds from around the world including but not limited to the British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canada, and Israel. Darren remains intimately involved with his clients’ growth and exit strategy in forming teams to facilitate acquisitions of companies or selling equity.
Darren is AV rated by his peers, a distinction which is achieved when “a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence” and where he “has usually practiced law for many years and is recognized for the highest level of skill and integrity.” In August 2005, Darren was named a “Rising Star” by Law and Politics, a peer review rating for the top five percent of lawyers in each state, and he was named a “Super Lawyer” from 2011 to present.
Darren enjoys long-term relationships with his clients through a business-minded approach combining not only his skill set and that of the Firm but also the talent of outside trusted advisors. He appreciates being a contributing member to his clients’ management team rather than merely being a crisis lawyer. Darren proudly represents manufacturers, patent-holding companies, inventors, technology companies, printer toner remanufacturers, textile manufacturers and distributors, real estate developers and investment groups, law firms, accounting firms, physicians, temporary staffing firms, retail chains, publicly traded companies, and high net worth individuals.
Darren’s results include:
- Defending a $60 million bet-the-company dispute by bringing a billion-dollar cross-complaint resolving for a settlement of zero dollars during a six-week jury trial;
- Defending an $80 million RICO lawsuit with a resolution for less than one percent of the damages;
- Defending a $13 million commercial services contract by terminating the plaintiff action through a motion for summary judgment;
- Suing an international accounting giant for tax shelter promotion resulting in a substantial settlement;
- Defending a company in a multi-million dollar major shareholder/officer termination lawsuit resulting in a share buy-out for only one-fourth the value of the shares;
- Litigating against trustees in probate court involving a $150 million trust on behalf of beneficiaries resulting in the freezing of all assets and bonding of the trustees;
- Dismissing through a demurrer a multi-million dollar premarital agreement claim while obtaining $12,000 of sanctions against the plaintiff.
Enenstein’s notable cases include Canon Inc., v. Aster Graphics, Inc., et al., (U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York Case No. 1:14-cv-00537-DLC), Lexmark International, Inc. v. Ink Technologies Printer Supplies, LLC et al. (U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:10-cv-00564-MRB), Center–Point Capital Partners, Inc. et al. v. Minnesota Print Services, Inc. et al. (Minnesota District Court Case 27–CV–09–22590), Lexmark v. Static Control Components Inc. et al. (U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Kentucky Case No. 04–CV–84–GFVT), Atlantis Enterprises v. Adar (U.S.D.C. Southern District of New York Case No. 06–CV–3169–RMB), Peevey v. Arthur Andersen et al. (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC313434), Schwartz v Aura Systems Inc. (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 299 519), Weinberg et al. v. Pacific Bell DSL (San Diego County Superior Court Case No. JCCP 4151–00003), Barrett et al. v Deluxe Laboratories Inc. et al. (Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 212 676), Maupintour LLC v Gutsy Women (World International Property Organization Case No. D2003–0151).
His notable interviews include CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Journal, The Pasadena Star-News, The Monterey Herald, MSNBC.com, and TechNewsWorld.com. He also acted as a contributing source to U.S. News and World Report. Enenstein worked for Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where he was twice published.
In addition to litigating matters in New York and the District of Columbia, Enenstein has litigated matters pursuant to pro hac vice in other states and foreign countries including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee.
Enenstein has led litigation efforts in Switzerland, Israel, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, the British Virgin Islands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Education & Certificates
- Southwestern University School of Law, J.D. 1997; Full-time Judicial Externship, Hon. Harry Pregerson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Editor-In-Chief of The Commentator, 1995
- University of California at Berkeley, B.A. English, 1994
Admitted to Practice
- California, 1998
- New York, 2010
- District of Columbia, 2009
- All U.S. District Courts in California, 1998
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2010
- Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 1998
- United States Supreme Court, 1999
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Santa Monica Bar Association