Payne & Fears LLP offers a full range of business and litigation services to its clients in three primary practice groups: Labor and Employment, Business Litigation, and Insurance Coverage. Across these practice areas, we represent all types of clients, from multi-national corporations to emerging tech startups to individual insurance policyholders.

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  • I hire Payne & Fears LLP because of certainty--certainty in my receipt of value, in its strategic approach to problem solving, in its integrity of billing, in its candor when evaluating my cases, in its creativity while searching for an economical and fair resolution and in its attorneys’ tenacity throughout the ensuing battle. In a world of unknowns, I value constancy in characteristics that matter most. Payne & Fears LLP delivers that constancy.

    - Chief Litigation Officer, Fortune 500 Company
  • Your support at Payne and Fears is top rate and it is such a pleasure to work with someone who understands business and offers a conservative, yet aggressive approach – not very easy but something that you seem to demonstrate well!  You are always my first choice of outside counsel.

    - Senior Vice President, Human Resources, International Consumer Goods Company
  • Payne & Fears LLP has represented me and my company for many years. It is an excellent law firm with the highest standards. I have worked with hundreds of attorneys in my career. I get results with Payne & Fears LLP.

    - Small Business Owner
  • The attorneys at Payne & Fears have the unique ability to size up complex matters and provide well-reasoned solutions. Their knowledge of the law and depth of experience, coupled with the responsive and personal service they provide, all contribute to a strong and valued relationship with our organization.

    - Vice-President of Labor, Publically Traded Silicon Valley Technology Company



Unlicensed Contractor Agrees to Drop Million Dollar Suit Against SpaceX

SpaceX hired Payne & Fears to defend a case brought by a former contractor seeking to collect on what it claimed were over $1 million in unpaid invoices. Payne & Fears asserted the contractor could not recover because it was unlicensed. The contractor tried avoid California’s strict licensing law, but the trial court rejected the plaintiff’s arguments.

In a published decision, the Court of Appeal affirmed that the contractor could not evade the licensing requirements. The appellate court did, however, permit the contractor to try to recover for items that did not require a license. Rather than pursue the case, the contractor walked away to avoid a cross-complaint by SpaceX seeking reimbursements for previous payments made for work requiring a license.

SpaceX was defended by Scott Luskin, Ben Nix, Bobby Matsuishi, and Erik Andersen (on appeal).

Practice areas: Business Litigation, Appellate Law (Business)

Attorneys: Benjamin A. Nix, Erik M. Andersen, Robert Tadashi Matsuishi, Scott O. Luskin


Payne & Fears LLP Granted Final Approval of $11.75 Million Class Settlement in TCPA Litigation

Payne & Fears LLP secured a victory on behalf of client Craftwood Lumber Company in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation in Illinois state court. The Lake County Circuit Court granted final approval of the $11.75 million class settlement that the Firm secured for recipients of faxes announcing price changes for Hardware Resources products. The court noted that none of the 26,000 class members had objected to the settlement, and only nine class members had opted out.

Practice areas: Business Litigation

Attorneys: C. Darryl Cordero, Leilani L. Jones, Matthew K. Brown, Philip K. Lem, Scott O. Luskin