Hollywood Troubleshooter Pierce O’Donnell Honored as California Lawyer “Attorneys of the Year”

March 16, 2016Article
California Lawyer Magazine - Press Release

LOS ANGELES – March 16, 2016 – Greenberg Glusker’s Pierce O’Donnell has been named a recipient of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award. The award for the litigation category, presented by California Lawyer magazine and the Daily Journal, honors attorneys who have made a significant impact on the law in California in 2015.

Mr. O’Donnell was recognized for his precedent-setting victory in Sterling v. Stiviano, which made waves throughout California as O’Donnell succeeded in forcing Donald Sterling’s mistress to return $2.6 million in property and cash to the Sterling Family Trust.

"Since joining our firm in 2014, Pierce has proven time and again why he is regarded as one of the most influential and accomplished trial lawyers in the country,” said Bob Baradaran, managing partner of Greenberg Glusker. “We appreciate the legal community's recognition of his work, and congratulate him on being selected for this prestigious award.”

O’Donnell’s recent cases have included the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers for the record-setting $2 billion following a landmark trial removing Donald Sterling, who was banned for life by the NBA, as a trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, and the Stiviano case, in which he set new precedent for married couples and community property.

“This achievement was the collective, creative effort of a team of terrific lawyers at Greenberg Glusker, where thinking outside of the box is a hallmark of our trial lawyers,” O’Donnell observed.  “I am proud to call Greenberg Glusker my home.”

O’Donnell has previously been recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal, “The Billion Dollar Litigator” by Variety, and “California Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Daily Journal. Having handled more than 40 trials and arbitrations and argued more than 24 appeals in federal and state courts around the country, Pierce O’Donnell is the “Hollywood Troubleshooter” currently representing Manuela Herzer in her battle to be reinstated as Sumner Redstone’s health care agent, challenging Mr. Redstone’s competency to remove her in favor of Viacom Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman.

About Greenberg Glusker

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About the CLAY awards

The CLAY award honors attorneys in private practice, prosecutors, as well as public-interest attorneys. The CLAY awards were presented at a ceremony in mid-March, and the recipients will be featured in the March 2016 issue of California Lawyer.