Nick Rozansky leverages his extensive litigation and business experience to serve as outside general counsel to businesses large and small. His goal is always to provide efficient and cost-effective strategies for his clients no matter the issue. His practice primarily focuses on corporate and intellectual property law, with a concentration in consumer products and apparel, and financial industries such as factoring and asset based lending. He cost effectively represents large institutional clients in matters worth tens of millions of dollars, and small businesses and individuals in everyday business matters that require prompt and potent legal attention. He is well versed in preventative strategies, which can save his clients time and money. When necessary, he can forcefully undertake “bet the company” cases, knowing what is on the line.
Nick employs every tool that the civil courts and rules of civil procedure make available to successfully represent plaintiffs and defendants in all types of litigation. He is proficient in seeking writs of attachment, writs of possession and/or injunctions, and employs alternative dispute resolution and mediation to quickly resolve cases. On the defense side, he obtains favorable results for clients by utilizing law and motion to dismiss flimsy claims that would otherwise be expensive to defend.
In addition, Nick has been actively involved with a number of various legal and charitable organizations. From 2016-2017 he served as President of the Professionals Club, a professional group comprised of professionals servicing a wide range of businesses, including ones in the apparel industry, and was a member from 2013-2017. Nick is currently on the Board of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and will be honored by the National Jewish Hospital in 2019. Nick also served on the Board of Directors for the IBD Support Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization, and was its honoree in 2014 for Outstanding Commitment to the Community. Nick is also involved with the City of Hope Fashion and Retail Council.
He has been named among “The Best Lawyers in America” in the practice area of Commercial Litigation every year since 2016, a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters every year since 2015, and was named a “Southern California Rising Star” from 2005-2007 and 2010-2011.
- University of San Francisco, School of Law (J.D., 2001)
- University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., Political Science and History, 1996)
- State Bar of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Successfully prosecuted an international RICO and fraud matter against a group of individuals and a business that defrauded an investor. The investor, who was presented with due diligence, a prospectus, and significant false documentation backing up the business, was led to believe that he was investing in an internet start-up venture. Within a short period of time, the defendants had $3.6 million of the investor’s money and, unbeknownst to the investor, the funds were used to operate an international operation wherein “escorts” were transported to European and Middle-East Countries, and the defendants collected commissions from the escorts.
- Successfully defended and cross-complained in a federal case against the former partner of an apparel company who made claims that he owned the company’s trademark and proceeded to enter into an exclusive agreement with a national retail chain. After a decision granting a preliminary injunction against the plaintiff/cross-defendant, the case immediately settled on extremely favorable terms for Nick’s client.
- Successfully closed a deal on behalf of an overseas company which purchased an international soft goods company based in New York, including transfers of intellectual property, customer relationships and other assets and involved the formation of a new corporate entity. The deal closed in approximately one month.
- Successfully represented a multi-billion dollar beverage company in a real estate dispute.
- Successfully represented a multi-billion dollar beverage company in a legal malpractice case.
- Obtained multiple judgments, including treble damages and attorneys’ fees, on behalf of independent, wholesale sales representatives.
- Successfully represented a Fortune 100 company in multi-million dollar litigation against a distributor in breach of its preferred distribution agreement.
- Successfully prosecuted a multi-state civil RICO matter.
- Successfully represents factors in all types of matters, including factor fraud and third party complaints to assert superior rights under security documents.
- Achieved a defense judgment to alter ego claims made against owners of a closely held corporation.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a regional bank against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) after successfully opposing its motion to dismiss under federal preemption rules.
- Obtained favorable settlements for the owners of an employment placement firm sued by their former employer for stealing trade secrets.
- Successfully tried a case for a fabric importer, whose goods were held by a manufacturer (without payment) demanding that the importer pay for storage fees in a cross-complaint.
- Tried a case for a homeowner to void a purported height restriction on his home. At trial the Court ruled for the homeowner finding that a 1976 covenant did not restrict the homeowner’s ability to build. The Second Appellate District unanimously upheld the decision on appeal, and a Petition by the Defendant to the Supreme Court was denied.
- Represented a British Formula 1™ racing team against a model company that had fraudulently filed for, and obtained, a U.S. trademark. The Federal Court entered a Permanent Injunction, and the model company transferred the trademark back to the racing team. The model company was subsequently held in contempt of a Federal Court order by failing to abide by the Permanent Injunction. The model company is now subject to fines each time it violates the injunction, including $25,000 per violation, and $25,000 per day in violation.
- Successful prosecution and defense of partnership disputes, corporate dissolutions, distributor disputes, disputes between wholesalers and sales representatives, and disputes involving the ownership and control of intellectual property.
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Board Member Los Angeles Chapter, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
- Trustee, National Jewish Health
- President, The Professionals Club (2016-2017)
- Member, The Professionals Club (2013-2017)
- Honoree for Outstanding Commitment to the Community, Former Board Member, IBD Support Foundation (2014)
- Humanitarian Award, 2019 National Jewish Health
- “Best Lawyers in America” (2016-Present)
- Top 100 2018 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
- Top 100 2019 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
- Thomson Reuters Southern California “Super Lawyers” (2015-Present)
- Thomson Reuters Southern California “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” (2005-2007, 2010-2011, 2013)
- Interview, “From Weinstein to Trump: What Happens When We Torch NDAs,” TheWrap (March 20, 2018)
- Quote, “Uber Wants Court Stamp on Arbitration Win as Hint to Drivers,” Bloomberg (Jan. 23, 2017)
- Co-Author, “Industry Voices: Avoiding A Writ of Attachment: A Buyer’s Guide to Rejecting Non-conforming Goods,” California Apparel News (Aug. 11, 2016)
- Co-Author, “808s And Wiretapping: The Legal Implications Of Kanye West And Taylor Swift’s Phone Call,” Forbes (July 18, 2016)
- Author, “Nike Converse’s ITC strategy a mixed bag,” IP Watchdog (July 7, 2016)
- Co-Author, “‘So Sue Me’: The Kanye West Guide To Using Celebrity Images In Your Music Video,” Forbes (June 28, 2016)
- Author, Article On CA AB 2365 (Yelp! Bill), Daily Journal (May 2014)