Priya Sopori

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In high-stakes commercial trials and white-collar criminal defense, Priya Sopori’s legal savvy and deep courtroom experience—both as a veteran federal prosecutor and in substantial private practice—enable her to provide clients the skilled representation they need.

“Litigators are not necessarily trial lawyers and vice versa,” says Priya. “It takes significant experience in the courtroom to feel comfortable there, and to know what you're doing. There's a big difference between making an argument to a judge and communicating with a jury of twelve laypersons. A good trial lawyer is not only competent but conveys compassion, because the jury is going to make a judgment in the very beginning, ‘Can I trust this person?’”

A trusted advocate

Priya’s track record suggests that juries believe her when people’s lives and livelihoods are on the line. In private practice she has won numerous defense verdicts, including a multimillion-dollar employment discrimination suit against a major insurer, and in suits against a successful developer, a noted Hollywood studio, and other high-profile clients. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California she indicted some 45 cases, tried numerous multi-week jury trials, and successfully prosecuted federal drug, white collar, fraud, and immigration crimes, obtaining convictions. It was a job she took to heart, determined to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks.

The daughter of Indian immigrants and at that time in private practice, she vowed to give back to the country that had welcomed her family and nurtured her. “It became a priority for me, as it did for a lot of people,” says Priya. “As much as I might like to be a warrior, I saw that I could best serve my country by representing it. As a federal prosecutor I served at the pleasure of the President and the Attorney General, and I took that obligation very seriously.”

Unbiased, analytical focus on client issues

Juries trust Priya, and so do her clients. It’s critical to the client-attorney relationship, she says. “Clients deserve counsel that is completely trustworthy, who's always going to be looking out for them and advocating for their best interests. I'm not the kind of attorney who sugarcoats things for my clients. I think that's a disservice. I will always tell it the way it is, even if it's something they might not want to hear.”

While being a straight shooter with her clients, Priya also strives to maintain a clear, unbiased, analytical focus on their issues.

“I don't like to make decisions based on emotion or any sort of personal preference. Instead, clients tell me what the scenario is and I weigh their options for them.  The better I assess risks for them, the better I'm doing my job. Ultimately the client has to make a business decision, and I respect that decision,” says Priya.

That analytical approach, as well as her comfort in the courtroom, derives in part from her love of and early experience in formal debate. She participated on debate teams in middle school, high school, and college—experience that drove her toward the law. “It was the need to put all of that advocacy training to use in my profession,” says Priya. “Becoming a lawyer seemed like the best combination of what I enjoyed and what I do well.”

A new generation attorney

In addition, her success as a trial lawyer has come, in part, she says, because the legal profession has changed. She represents a new generation of attorneys with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and perspectives that can help their clients prevail at trial.

“I tell my clients that the face of America is changing, the face of corporate America is changing, the face of consumers is changing, and the face of jurors is changing. Companies must consider the benefits of hiring lawyers who reflect that change, who reflect the jury pool. One of my clients actually said to me, ‘You're the face of what I would like people to think of my company.’”

​Her extensive business litigation experience includes matters involving intellectual property, copyright and trade-secret protection, licensing agreements for music and internet/television rights, international film financing and distribution, employer discrimination and sexual harassment, securities litigation, entertainment litigation, wrongful death, and white-collar crime.

Representative Matters

Representative Current Clients

  • Anonymous Seeking Alpha blogger “Aurelius” against BofI (Bank of the Internet) in federal court disputes to determine Aurelius’ true identity.  

  • High-profile celebrity in connection with family matters, media relations, and government investigations.

  • Celebrity-owned television network in multiple litigation matters.

  • Financial services company in employment-related litigation.    

  • Private Medical Clinics in connection with United States’ government investigation.

  • Financial investment company in connection with business litigation.

 

Representative Lead Trial Lawyer Experience

  • Multi-week jury trial in downtown Los Angeles involving employment discrimination and other claims against a major insurance company. Defense verdict obtained.

  • Multi-week jury trial involving 900+ victims in a nation-wide Ponzi scheme with multiple defendants. Convictions obtained.

  • Multi-week jury trial involving prison assault at maximum security federal prison facility in California. Conviction obtained.

  • Multi-week jury trial involving interference with flight crew on international flight landing at LAX. Conviction obtained.

  • Multi-week jury in Federal Court involving alleged trademark and copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • Multi-week jury trial in Superior Court on behalf of major retailer involving breach of contract for multiple properties.

  • Multi-week jury trial in Superior Court on behalf of individual defendants involving breach of contract in real estate case. Obtained directed verdict on all international torts.

 

Representative Lead Counsel Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of major development company on trade dress and breach of contract claims, in which plaintiffs claimed defendant stole their design.

  • Obtained summary judgment on contract claims brought against a major studio. Appellate Court affirmed grant of summary judgment.

  • Demurred and obtained dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff's tort claims brought against a major production company.

Media & Publications

Rob Kardashian May Have Broken A Revenge-Porn Law With His Explicit Blac Chyna Posts, BuzzFeed News, July 5, 2017
Battling the Bachelor in Paradise Contract: Would a Lawsuit from Corinne Olympios Stand a Chance?, Yahoo, June 22, 2017
'Bachelorette' Contestant Says Race Played a Factor in 'Bachelor in Paradise' Controversy, The Hollywood Reporter, June 22, 2017
Battling the Bachelor in Paradise Contract- Would a Lawsuit from Corinne Olympios Stand a Chance?, People, June 22, 2017
Mid-Year Compliance Check-Up!, June 21, 2017
Booze, Sex and Legal Drama: How the 'Bachelor' Scandal Could Reshape Reality TV, The Hollywood Reporter, June 21, 2017
Reality Life with Kate Casey Ep - 42 - Robyn Dixon from Real Housewives of Potomac- PODCAST, Stitcher, June 16, 2017
Judicial Usurpation? , The Contemplative Thinker, June 16, 2017
Bill Cosby Trial: What to Watch for Next, Variety, June 15, 2017
Why is the Bill Cosby jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberation?, USA Today, June 14, 2017
Reading the (Bathroom) Signs, March 1, 2017
From Parker to Gibson, Hollywood's sliding scale of justice, Associated Press, February 17, 2017
New I-9 Forms Available for Immediate Use!, February 1, 2017
Ban the Box: Breaking Down the “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” Ordinance, December 22, 2016
Legislative Developments Affecting California Employers in 2017 and Beyond, November 7, 2016
BIA Ruling May Have Pushed 'Moral Turpitude' Too Far, Law 360, October 3, 2016
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Priya Sopori Joins Greenberg Glusker, September 19, 2016