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Musick Peeler PROFESSIONALS INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCED ACCESSIBLE
GEOFFREY C. BRETHEN
SENIOR COUNSEL

Experience

Geoffrey C. Brethen is a senior counsel in the firm's Costa Mesa office.  Mr. Brethen has represented clients in  commercial, labor and employment, trademark, financial, and real estate litigation matters. He is admitted to practice before all California state courts and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California.

Mr. Brethen is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and a member of the William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court.  Mr. Brethen was recently selected to the 2015 Southern California Rising Stars, an honor that is limited to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys within California.

During law school, Mr. Brethen was an Executive Member of the Moot Court Honors Board, and Chairman and Coordinator of the National Criminal Procedure Tournament.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Prepared winning motion for summary adjudication on behalf of hospital against plaintiff's claims for failure to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment, retaliation, including constructive termination, and punitive damages.
     
  • Prepared winning motion for summary judgment on behalf of developer against plaintiff's claim for premises liability.
     
  • Prepared winning motion for summary adjudication on a vendor's duty to defend and indemnify retailer of athletic/sports equipment against plaintiff's claims for damages.
     
  • Co-drafted winning motion for summary adjudication on behalf of hospital against plaintiff's claims for wrongful termination in violation of public policy and disability discrimination.

Education

  • University of Miami, B.A., 2004
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2008

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
Geoffrey C. Brethen
Office: Orange County
Phone: (714) 668-2426
Fax: (714) 668-2490
Email: Geoffrey C. Brethen
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