Education

Hastings College of the Law  J.D.
San Francisco, CA 
Editor-in-Chief, Constitutional Law Quarterly

University of Utah  M.A./B.A.
Salt Lake City, UT 
Editor-in-Chief, Daily Utah Chronicle
 

Since 2003 I have practiced solo, doing appeals, real estate,  fraud, and other civil litigation.  Some highlights:

  • Won reversal on appeal, with published opinion, establishing major precedent requiring HOAs to accept partial payments for delinquent assessments: Huntington Continental Townhouse Assn., Inc. v. Miner (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 590
  • Won reversal on appeal of $450,000 order for prevailing party attorney’s fees in long-running real estate dispute  
  • Defeated appeal of decision denying motion for almost $1 million in attorney's fees in dispute over the sale of property in San Francisco
  • Defeated appeal of successful anti-SLAPP motion
  • Prepared winning motion for summary judgment defeating fraud and unfair competition claims brought by huge multinational corporation
  • Won six figure settlement in fraud action by doctor against large medical corporation

Before 2003 I handled appeals and ligitation as a partner in an Oakland firm called Marion's Inn and did intensive personal injury work with a small Walnut Creek firm.  Some highlights:

  • Litigated contract, business tort, ERISA, and unfair competition matters on behalf of the Kaiser Permanente entities
  • Wrote successful motion for summary adjudication, in arbitration, that eliminated $15 million antitrust and unfair competition claims
  • Prosecuted contract and bad faith actions against major companies that succeeded because of law and motion and discovery work
  • Defeated defendant casino’s motion for transfer from San Francisco federal court to Nevada where client had been injured on a casino escalator

Appeals

PGA West Residential Assn. v. Hulven International, 4th Dist. Div. 2 No. E064270 (2016)
Justin Fong, M.D., et al. v. Philip Sheridan, 1st Dist. Div. 1 Nos. A145222, 144286 (2015)
Huntington Continental Townhouse Assn. v. Miner (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 5901
Huntington Continental Town House Assn. v. Miner (2014) 222 Cal.App.4th Supp. 13
Hulven International, Inc. v. The Superior Court, 4th Dist. Div. 2 No. E060816 (2014)
Chin-Teh Shih et al. v. Eric Lien et al. , 1st Dist. Div. 5 No. A132471 (2012)
Chin-Teh Shih et al. v. Eric Lien et al. , 1st Dist. Div. 5 No. A128525 (2011)
Gee v. Southern California Permanente Medical Grp., 4th Dist. Div. 3 No. G043985 (2011)
Terrell v. Dillingham & Murphy et al., 1st Dist. Div. 3 No. A124094 (2009)
Lien et al. v. Lucky United Properties investments 1st Dist. Div. 5 No. A120068 (2008)
Lien v. Lucky United Properties Investment, Inc. (2008) 163 Cal. App. 4th 620
Ming Woo v. Eric Lien, 1st Dist. Div. 5 No. A114380 (2008)
Whigham v. Superior Court, 1st Dist. Div. 5 No. A112025 (2005)
Barnett v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (9th Cir. 1994) 32 F. 3d 413
Mohamed El-Hawatky v Kaiser Foundation Hospitals 3rd Dist. No. C017588 (1994)
Burgess v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (1993) 16 Cal. App. 4th 1077
Cooper v Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 1st Dist. Div. 2 No. A060803 (1993)
Bainbridge One v Monument Mortgage, 6th Dist. No. H009875 (1992)
 

Publications

Judicially Created Uncertainty: The Past, Present, and Future of the California Writ of Administrative Mandamus, University of California Davis Law Review Vol. 24, p. 783


Forum Shopping for Stale Claims: Statutes of Limitations and Conflict of Laws, Akron Law Review Vol. 23, p. 19

About Me