Ned M. Gelhaar practices in the firm’s offices in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He is an experienced business, intellectual property, and insurance coverage trial attorney and litigator. He has taught trial skills to lawyers and law students as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 2004 and previously as an adjunct professor at the University of California at Davis School of Law.
Ned was formerly a shareholder in Boutin Dentino (now Boutin Jones) in Sacramento and Senior Counsel with Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft (now DuaneMorris) in Los Angeles.
He believes the best way to a fair settlement is to be willing and prepared to go to trial.
Ned’s representative cases include:
- Lead counsel for the plaintiff in M’Guinness v. Johnson, 243 Cal. App. 4th 602 (2015), in which the Sixth District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s order denying a motion to disqualify opposing counsel in a corporate dissolution/business tort case.
- Co-counsel in B&C Sign Services, LLC v. Stouch (E.D. PA), a contract and business tort case leading to the settlement of a services contract dispute.
- Co-counsel through litigation and two weeks of a jury trial for a remanufacturer defendant leading to settlement in Static Control Components v. Lexmark International (E.D. KY), a patent infringement, copyright infringement, and business tort case involving the application of the evolving “first sale doctrine” to the remanufactured laser toner cartridge industry.
- Co-counsel for defendant in In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J.), a multidistrict antitrust and civil RICO class action involving challenges to certain insurance sales brokerage payment practices.
- Co-counsel for the plaintiff under lead counsel Johnnie Cochran in Stephen Slesinger, Inc. v. Walt Disney Co. (Los Angeles County Superior Court), copyright infringement and breach of contract case involving rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh character.
- Co-counsel for one of the defendants in Vacanti v. State Fund (Los Angeles County Sup. Ct.), an antitrust and civil RICO case involving challenges to insurance industry claims-handling practices.
- Lead counsel for plaintiff through litigation and a two-week jury trial in Decorations for Generations, Inc. v. Home Depot (E.D. CA), a trade dress infringement/unfair competition case involving consumer products, resulting in a $13,580,000 jury verdict (reversed on appeal).
- Co-counsel for defendants through litigation, an eight week bench trial, and appeal in International Billing Services, Inc. v. North American Capital, LLC (Sacramento County Sup. Ct.), a trade secret misappropriation case involving paper processing equipment resulting in a defense judgment and attorney’s fees award of nearly $1,000,000; argued for respondents on appeal of the fee award, published in 87 Cal.App.4th 1175 (2000).
- Lead counsel for plaintiff in CGU Insurance Services v. CGU International, Inc. (E.D. CA), a trademark “reverse infringement” case involving marks used in connection with insurance services; litigated through pleading, motion practice, mediation, and settlement.
- Co-counsel for plaintiff and cross-defendant through litigation and a four week jury trial in Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc. v. Chivers (Alameda County Sup. Ct.), a trade secret and business tort case involving a construction materials recycling process; argued final post-trial motion disposing of a $350,000,000 cross-complaint for slander of title to a patent.
- Co-counsel for plaintiff through a four-week jury trial and appeal in River Valley Fruit Co. v. Campos (Yolo County Sup. Ct.), a partnership dissolution/business fraud case resulting in a plaintiff’s verdict for a full recovery and punitive damages, affirmed on appeal.
- Co-counsel for plaintiffs through litigation and an eight-week bench trial in Snow v. McDonald (Yolo County Sup. Ct.), investment fraud and breach of fiduciary duty case resulting in a plaintiffs’ verdict for a full recovery and attorney’s fees.
Ned is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and its Business Law and State Civil Litigation Sections, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association and its Intellectual Property Law Section. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (“PIPLA”), and is a volunteer attorney with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s pro bono civil rights panel.
Ned has taught continuing legal education courses in Business Litigation (Lorman Education Services), Protecting Intellectual Property (Lorman), Internet Law (National Business Institute), and Trade Secret Law (Sacramento County Bar Association).
Education & Certificates
- UC Davis School of Law, J.D., 1992
- University of California, Davis, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987
Admitted to Practice
- New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts of California
- Third, Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal
- U.S. Supreme Court