Creative Representation | Expert Litigation

Clients First

Bartko, established over 45 years ago, is a boutique law firm specializing in national and international complex litigation and investigations, labor and employment law, as well as real estate and franchising transactions. We are a 45+ lawyer firm dedicated to strategic cutting-edge representation of clients in California, nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ business goals, which drives our strategies and tactics in the important matters we handle. We litigate not just to win our clients’ cases but to further their business objectives, which we come to know intimately. Our practice areas include:

  • Complex Business Litigation
    • Antitrust and Competition Claims
    • Shareholder and Investor Disputes
    • Trusts and Estates Litigation
  • Transactional Real Estate
  • Labor and Employment
    • Labor Negotiations
    • Employment Litigation
    • Investigation, Mediation, and Arbitration
    • Labor & Employment Counseling
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Trade Secret and Claims
    • Copyright and Brand Protection
    • Technology License Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Enforcement and Data Privacy Litigation
  • Franchise and Distribution Litigation
  • White Collar Defense
  • International and Internal Investigations

Our Business Litigation group takes pride in solving sophisticated business disputes in the global economy, putting our clients’ over-arching business goals first. Though litigation is a last resort, we have a trial record of winning large difficult cases. We are an industry leader in partnering with clients on alternative fee arrangements. Our Transactional Real Estate group has a nationally-prominent general office, retail and industrial leasing practice second to none in the country, closing hundreds of major leases per year.

Bartko’s top-tier labor and employment practice group (“L&E Group”) is spearheaded by co-chairs Louise Ann Fernandez and Karen E. Pointer who, along with An Nguyen Ruda, represent a diverse group of clients, including healthcare providers, technology companies, media companies, and small business owners. Ms. Fernandez, Ms. Pointer, and Ms. Ruda and their team, including Sr. Counsel Kelly Ann Coleman, and Associates Elizabeth Ferguson, Ronnie Shou, and Josiah Jenkins, both complement and bolster Bartko’s complex litigation and real estate practices by providing additional vital services for corporate clients.

Our Intellectual Property group prosecutes and defends cases involving patent, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, trademark and licensing issues for high-technology and biotech companies. Our Privacy group has successfully defeated large privacy and data security claims. Our Franchise and Distribution group represents franchisors and distributors in litigation matters throughout the United States, as well as in implementing legal compliance and strategic plans for domestic and international franchise expansion, distribution and licensing. Our Real Estate Litigation group represents public entities and private companies in real estate and secured transaction matters nationally. And our white collar practice is growing and integrated with the firm’s core expertise.

In times of opportunity or crisis, today’s businesses must be selective. Clients do not simply need lawyers; clients need experienced and visionary crisis managers who take the time to understand the client’s business and key objectives. Bartko is such a law firm. We provide broad experience in delivering innovative creative solutions to business disputes as well as comprehensive advice on negotiating, structuring and closing transactions.