Andy LeGolvan is an associate in the Litigation practice group of Paul Hastings and based in the firm's San Diego office.
Mr. LeGolvan's practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation, consumer class action defense, and intellectual property litigation. He is licensed to practice law in California, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona.
Mr. LeGolvan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Accolades and Recognitions
Recognized as a runner up for American Lawyer 's "Litigators of the Week" award for successfully briefing and arguing a class action petition before a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The court granted the petition, certified the proposed class, and ordered that veterans and caregivers denied benefits under the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers over the last decade are now eligible to get review at the Board of Veterans' Appeals-a win that could impact as many as 10,000 veterans and their caregivers.
Recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer by the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Mr. LeGolvan earned this recognition through his successful pro bono representation of a former San Francisco jail inmate in a civil rights case against the City and County of San Francisco. The former inmate suffered systemic abuse, harassment, and mistreatment at the hands of sheriff deputies, in violation of his constitutional rights. Mr. LeGolvan secured a favorable pre-trial settlement between his client and the City and County of San Francisco.
Recognized by Public Counsel's Center for Veteran's Advancement as part of the firm's Veterans' Caregiver Litigation team awarded with the 2019 Public Counsel Pro Bono Award for the substantial work the team performed in furthering the rights of veterans' caregivers throughout the nation.
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2013
University of La Verne, B.S., 2009
Clearing Up CAFA Post-Removal Amendments At 9th Circ., Law360, June 2017
Ninth Circuit Ruling: An Exclusive Licensing Agent Has Standing to Bring an Infringement Action under the Copyright Act, The Licensing Journal - Vol. 35, No. 9, October 2015
Consumer Class Action and Commercial Litigation
Wilson v. Playtika Ltd (W.D. Wash.): Represented an online social gaming company that operates free-to-play online slot-themed games in a class action alleging violation of Washington gambling laws. Obtained a favorable class settlement of all claims.
Van Fleet v. Trion Worlds, Inc. (San Mateo County Super. Ct.): Represented the publisher of a massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG), ArcheAge, in a class action alleging violation of California gambling laws relating to the game's "loot boxes" and misrepresentation claims relating to discounts available within the game-resulting in a favorable class settlement of all claims.
Lehman v. Transbay Joint Powers Authority (Millennium Tower Litigation) (S.F. Super. Crt.): Represented the developers of the Millennium Tower (a luxury San Francisco residential complex) against construction defect claims relating to the alleged sinking and tilting of the Tower, which included a homeowner class action, individual homeowner claims, HOA claims, and cross-claims against neighboring landowners and their contractors for indemnity and inverse condemnation. After securing several significant motion-practice victories, we obtained a favorable pretrial resolution of all claims.
Connectus LLC v. Ampush Media, Inc. (M.D. Fla.): Represented a social media advertising company in two separate lawsuits involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and various other statutory and common law claims with respect to the acquisition and use of consumer lead data. After obtaining dismissal of most claims on the pleadings and successfully arguing for pre-trial enforcement of the limitation-of-liability provision in the parties' contract, which significantly capped the plaintiff's damages, Ampush was able to obtain a favorable settlement of the remaining claims in both cases.
Invenger Technologies, Inc. v. Enservio, Inc. (C.D. Cal.): Represented a software company specializing in insurance in a lawsuit brought by a competitor alleging claims for contract interference and defamation. Obtained a favorable settlement after vigorously prosecuting business tort counterclaims against the competitor and related third parties, including claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and contract interference.
DeLeon v. Elite Self Storage Mgmt., LLC (E.D. Cal.): Represented a self-storage management company and the owners and managers of several self-storage facilities in a class action brought by a former storage tenant alleging violations of the California Insurance Code with respect to the sale of self-storage insurance. After impleading third parties for indemnity and defeating the plaintiff's request for preliminary injunction and motion for remand to state court, the clients were able to obtain a favorable settlement.
Sinanyan v. Luxury Suites Int'l, LLC (D. Nev.): Represented a Las Vegas condominium resort property manager in a class action brought by various condominium owners alleging breach of contract and various violations of common law and statutory obligations relating to collection of "resort fees" from guests at the resort. Obtained a favorable class settlement of all claims.
Intellectual Property Litigation
BlackBerry Limited v. Snap Inc. (C.D. Cal.): Represented Snap in patent litigation brought by BlackBerry. Secured summary judgment that invalidated four key patents, resulting in eventual dismissal with prejudice of remaining patents. The Federal Circuit issued an opinion affirming invalidation of all patents.
Canon Inc. v. TCL Electronics (E.D. Tex.): Represented Canon in six-patent suit relating to Internet TV technology. Secured a favorable settlement after a favorable Markman ruling and key discovery victories.
SecurityProfiling v. Trend Micro (Fed. Cir.): Represented Trend Micro in patent infringement litigation. Following a favorable decision from the PTAB on the invalidity of SecurityProfiling's patent, we successfully secured an affirmance from the Federal Circuit, which resulting in dismissal of the district court infringement claims.
HDMI Licensing, LLC v. International Communications Industries Association, Inc. (InfoComm) (D. Nev.): Represented a consumer electronics trade show producer in a lawsuit brought by a product licensing agent alleging claims for contributory trademark infringement, dilution, and counterfeiting. Obtained a favorable settlement after vigorously prosecuting counterclaims for cancellation of the registered trademarks at issue and business tort claims.
Candle Manufacturer: Represented a New York-based candle manufacturer in response to threats of copyright, trademark, and trade dress claims made by a candle competitor relating to the design of certain candle. Obtained a favorable pre-suit resolution, which included a release of all claims and no monetary payment.
Pro Bono Litigation
Beaudette v. McDonough (U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims): Represented a disabled combat veteran and his caregiver against the Department of Veterans Affairs in a class action seeking to secure judicial review rights for benefits decisions made under the VA Caregiver Program. After extensive briefing and oral argument before the three-judge panel (oral argument available athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EWCLqJVv1Q), the Court ruled decisively in our favor: (1) ordering that review at the Board of Veterans' Appeals and subsequent judicial review must be made available for all Caregiver Program decisions, (2) enjoining the VA from prohibiting such review going forward, (3) certifying a class of past claimants and appointing Mr. LeGolvan as class counsel, and (4) requiring the VA to notify each class member (going back potentially 10 years) of their restored appeal rights.
Lewis v. City and County of San Francisco (N.D. Cal.): Represented a former inmate of the San Francisco County jail in a civil rights case against the City and County of San Francisco. The former inmate suffered systemic abuse, harassment, and mistreatment at the hands of sheriff deputies, in violation of his constitutional rights. Secured a favorable pre-trial settlement between his client and the City and County of San Francisco.
Jennings v. Rodriguez (U.S. Supreme Court): Represented American Bar Association by preparing and submitting two amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of an automatic bond hearing for certain immigrants facing prolonged detention.