Nima H. Mohebbi is a complex commercial trial lawyer.
Mr. Mohebbi has successfully represented clients on a variety of extremely high-stakes matters, including assisting with the prosecution and defense of large-scale commercial disputes involving billions of dollars in controversy. He 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 represents clients in professional accounting liability and regulatory investigations, including before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Mr. Mohebbi has been active in US Supreme Court practice. 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 featured in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CBS, among other news outlets, for his work on the matter.
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 is also actively engaged in legal scholarship. His work on legal history and procedure 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.
Mr. Mohebbi’s recent representations include:
- Representing 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.
- Obtaining a complete defense verdict as lead associate on a roughly three-week federal jury trial for Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, against trade secret and fraud claims seeking over US$1.6 billion in damages; verdict affirmed on appeal.
- Representing Time Warner Cable as lead associate in month-long federal jury trial involving patent infringement claims by Sprint seeking several hundred million in damages; defeated Sprint’s request for over US$300 million in treble damages.
- Representing entertainment trade association in a major, highly publicized entertainment dispute.
- Lead associate representing a large group of lenders in complex commercial action to recover over €1.8 billion in PIK debt against the world’s largest lead producer; obtained settlement on favorable terms.
- Representing a major entertainer in several confidential commercial disputes; obtained extremely favorable resolutions.
- Obtaining summary judgment for New York hedge fund as intervener in its capacity as lender to Native American gaming entity, where debt obligations exceeded US$250 million; affirmed on appeal.
- Representing Big Four accounting firm in multi-year intensive investigation before the PCAOB involving the firm’s application of estimates-based accounting utilized in multiple engagements; investigation closed with no action.
- Securing permanent injunctive relief for a Middle East-based energy venture company in a contract and misappropriation lawsuit regarding the use of oil fields in South America.
- Representing major real estate asset management firm in dispute against borrower in contested bankruptcy and separate federal court litigation against loan guarantors; obtained favorable settlement.
- Assisting multiple Big Four accounting firms and publicly traded corporations in conducting internal investigations, including before the SEC, PCAOB, and the DOJ.
- Counsel in 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.