Nima H. Mohebbi, a complex commercial trial lawyer, represents clients in a variety of high-stakes matters, including the prosecution and defense of large-scale commercial disputes involving billions of dollars in controversy.
Mr. Mohebbi has helped clients secure successful results at all stages of federal and state court litigation, including in several highly publicized jury trials and appeals.
Mr. Mohebbi also regularly represents clients in the entertainment and technology space, with a particular focus on counseling clients on novel issues of cloud infrastructure, blockchain management, and digital assets, as well as the growing intersection between entertainment content development and technology. Of note, Mr. Mohebbi has one of the only practices in the world dedicated to representing clients who specialize in visual effects (VFX) and animation.
Mr. Mohebbi also regularly represents professional accounting firms, including in matters before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mohebbi served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Jerome A. Holmes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Judge Robert C. Chambers of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Mr. Mohebbi has been active in pro bono and community impact litigation, including before the US Supreme Court. Of note, he led a high-profile criminal appeal regarding the legality of applying common police interrogation tactics under Miranda v. Arizona to children, which prompted sea-change legislative changes mandating the provision of counsel for minor children in custodial interrogation settings. Mr. Mohebbi was interviewed by the Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and CBS, among other media outlets, for his work on the matter.
Mr. Mohebbi is also actively engaged in legal scholarship. His work has been published in The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, The Tax Lawyer, The Federal Courts Law Review, The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, and the Bureau of National Affairs, among others.
Complex Commercial Litigation and Trials
Mr. Mohebbi’s experience includes representing:
- A major media and entertainment company in high-stakes confidential arbitration over more than US$200 million in commercial assets; obtained complete victory and attorney’s fees award for client
- Simon Property Group and The Macerich Company in a major breach of contract dispute with the City of Carson over a half-billion dollar redevelopment project
- A producer of plant-based meat substitutes in a trade secret dispute with its former co-manufacturer
- Cofounders of a major online shoe fashion brand in a six-week jury trial in LA Superior Court, against another cofounder, on causes of action for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, conversion, constructive trust, and breach of contract — the 12-person jury awarded Latham’s clients US$36.6 million in compensatory and punitive damages and resolved key and heavily contested ownership and control disputes in favor of the clients
- Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, against trade secret and fraud claims seeking more than US$1.6 billion in damages; obtained a complete defense verdict as lead associate on a roughly three-week federal jury trial; verdict affirmed on appeal
- Time Warner Cable as lead associate in a month-long federal jury trial involving patent infringement claims by Sprint seeking several hundred million in damages; defeated Sprint’s request for more than US$300 million in treble damages
- Entertainment trade association in a major, highly publicized entertainment dispute
- A large group of lenders in complex commercial action to recover more than €1.8 billion in PIK debt against the world’s largest lead producer; obtained settlement on favorable terms
- Several major celebrity entertainers in confidential commercial disputes; obtained extremely favorable resolutions
- New York hedge fund as intervener in its capacity as lender to Native American gaming entity, where debt obligations exceeded US$250 million; obtained summary judgment; affirmed on appeal
- A Middle East-based energy venture company in a contract and misappropriation lawsuit regarding the use of oil fields in South America; secured permanent injunctive relief
- A major real estate asset management firm in dispute against a borrower in contested bankruptcy and separate federal court litigation against loan guarantors; obtained favorable settlement
- Numerous appeals and writs of certiorari to the US Supreme Court for criminal and civil rights matters, including participation as amicus in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colo. Civil Rights Commission, 16-111
Professional Liability and Accounting
Mr. Mohebbi regularly advises and represents the Big Four accounting firms, including in:
- A multi-year intensive proceeding before the PCAOB involving the firm’s application of estimates-based accounting utilized in multiple engagements; matter closed with no action
- Dozens of regulatory proceedings before the SEC, PCAOB, and the DOJ
- A number of commercial litigation matters
Entertainment, Technology, and Digital Content
Mr. Mohebbi regularly provides outside counsel and transactional advice to companies in the entertainment, visual effects (VFX), and digital technology space, including recently:
- Atomic Fiction VFX in a sell-side M&A transaction
- Netflix in its digital and visual effects production
- RodeoFX in digital and content creation work
- A major 3D VFX company in several intellectual property matters
- A well-known e-commerce beauty company on multiple intellectual property, distribution, and internet privacy matters
- Conductor Technologies in providing cloud-rendering and digital asset advice
- One of the largest virtual private network (VPN) companies in the world in regulatory and dispute advice