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Craig Bessenger focuses on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. His clients include Fortune 200 companies, entertainment companies, healthcare providers, and financial institutions. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts. Craig has litigated business, partnership, and contractual disputes, professional liability, banking and mortgage cases, and intellectual property matters. His white-collar experience spans various areas, including securities, antitrust, healthcare, and environmental violations, complex fraud and money laundering schemes, and internal investigations.

Credentials

J.D., University of California Hastings College of Law, magna cum laude

A.B., Brown University

California

District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Judicial Clerk, Hon. A. Howard Matz, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

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In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the movie studio, directors, and producer involved in the creation of a multibillion-dollar movie franchise in a copyright infringement case.

Successfully defended a major movie studio against claims relating to the collection of foreign revenue, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion brought against a major media company, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

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Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the movie studio, directors, and producer involved in the creation of a multibillion-dollar movie franchise in a copyright infringement case.

Successfully defended a major movie studio against claims relating to the collection of foreign revenue, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion brought against a major media company, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

Achieved a multimillion-dollar settlement in a professional liability action brought on behalf of a closely held corporation.

Represented publicly-traded healthcare company in numerous class actions.

Represented a foreign national in a federal criminal investigation into an allegedly fraudulent scheme to circumvent state and federal environmental regulations.

Represented bank directors in civil enforcement actions brought by federal regulatory authorities.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in an investigation by state regulatory authorities.

Represented a producer of high-quality automotive images in a copyright infringement action against an online tech company arising from the unauthorized use of its photographs. A confidential settlement agreement was reached on the eve of trial.

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

View all

Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the movie studio, directors, and producer involved in the creation of a multibillion-dollar movie franchise in a copyright infringement case.

Successfully defended a major movie studio against claims relating to the collection of foreign revenue, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion brought against a major media company, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

See more
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Matters

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the movie studio, directors, and producer involved in the creation of a multibillion-dollar movie franchise in a copyright infringement case.

Successfully defended a major movie studio against claims relating to the collection of foreign revenue, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion brought against a major media company, and obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s ruling on appeal.

Achieved a multimillion-dollar settlement in a professional liability action brought on behalf of a closely held corporation.

Represented publicly-traded healthcare company in numerous class actions.

Represented a foreign national in a federal criminal investigation into an allegedly fraudulent scheme to circumvent state and federal environmental regulations.

Represented bank directors in civil enforcement actions brought by federal regulatory authorities.

Represented a medical device manufacturer in an investigation by state regulatory authorities.

Represented a producer of high-quality automotive images in a copyright infringement action against an online tech company arising from the unauthorized use of its photographs. A confidential settlement agreement was reached on the eve of trial.

News

In the News · Source: Law360, Bloomberg Law, Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Reuters, The Global Legal Post, The Lawyer, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Lawyer, Reuters, Commercial Dispute Resolution, GAR and Leaders League

April 23, 2020
A 13-partner team joins the firm's trial and investigations practices in Los Angeles and San Francisco

View all

Credentials

J.D., University of California Hastings College of Law, magna cum laude

A.B., Brown University

California

District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Judicial Clerk, Hon. A. Howard Matz, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California