Andy LeGolvan is a senior associate in the Litigation practice group of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's San Diego office.
Mr. LeGolvan's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation; consumer class action defense (with a recent emphasis in the emerging online gaming and "social casino" class action litigation); and intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigation.
He is licensed to practice law in California, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona.
He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, an avid pro bono advocate, and in a former life was a competitive skateboarder.
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 400,000 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
Complex Commercial Litigation
Represented the developers of the a luxury San Francisco residential complex, Millennium Tower, against construction defect, fraud, and other tort claims relating to the alleged sinking and tilting of the Tower. The consolidated actions included a homeowner class action, individual homeowner claims (including claims asserted by Joe Montana), claims brought by the Tower's HOA, and cross-claims against owners of neighboring buildings (the Salesforce Tower and the Transbay Transit Center) and their contractors for indemnity and inverse condemnation. After engaging in discovery and securing several significant motion-practice victories, we obtained a favorable pretrial resolution of all claims.
Represented cryptocurrency company Cred Inc. against a former officer who attempted to usurp control over the company and purported to transfer voting shares to an unauthorized third party. Successfully secured preliminary injunctive relief against the former officer, thus preventing the former officer's unlawful scheme, and successfully opposed the former officer's preliminary injunction.
Represented a series of commercial lessors in state-by-state commercial evictions across the country (California, Florida, Georgia, Utah, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, and Colorado) and coordinating recovery of possession and damages from the defaulting commercial tenants, resulting in approximately $10 million in judgments for the client.
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, the company was able to obtain a favorable settlement of the remaining claims in both cases.
Represented a software company specializing in insurance-claim software 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.
Online Gaming and Consumer Class Actions
Representing Facebook in consolidated class actions alleging Facebook violated RICO and California and Kentucky gambling laws relating to so-called "social casino" games operated on the Facebook platform. The cases against Facebook are being coordinated along with multi-district litigation (MDLs) against Apple and Google based on similar class claims.
Representing Moon Active in a class action alleging Moon Active's game "Coin Master" constitutes unlawful gambling under New York law and is otherwise deceptive.
Represented Zynga in a class action alleging its online slot-themed games constitute gambling under California law. Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims.
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-wide settlement of all claims.
Represented Bagelcode USA, Inc. in a class action alleging slot-themed games operated by its parent company constitute gambling under Washington law. Obtained voluntary dismissal of all claims.
Represented Playtika in a class action alleging its online slot-themed games constitute gambling under Washington law.Obtained a favorable class-wide settlement of all claims.
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.
Represented a Las Vegas condominium resort property manager in a class action brought by various condominium owners alleging breach of contract and violations of common law and statutory obligations relating to collection of "resort fees" from guests. Obtained a favorable class settlement of all claims.
Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent, Trade Secret, Trademark, and Copyright
Representing Aeldra Financial, Inc., a start-up fintech company, and its CEO, which was accused of misappropriating a bank's trade secrets relating to technology for onboarding of non-resident aliens onto a banking app. Successfully compelled arbitration of the action and secured dissolution of a preliminary injunction issued prior to Paul Hastings' involvement in the case.
Representing Applied Materials, Intel, and Samsung in patent infringement actions relating to patents in the semiconductor reactor space. Successfully defeated a motion to dismiss challenging the N.D. Cal. court's jurisdiction and defeated a motion to dismiss a potentially dispositive patent license claim.
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.
Represented Canon in six-patent suit relating to Internet TV technology. Secured a favorable settlement after a favorable Markman ruling and key discovery victories.
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, resulting in dismissal of the district court infringement claims.
Represented a consumer electronics trade show producer, InfoComm, in a lawsuit brought by a product-licensing agent, HDMI Licensing, 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.
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
Currently serving as Class Counsel representing a combat veteran and his caregiver and approximately 400,000 similarly situated veterans and caregivers against the Department of Veterans Affairs to secure judicial review rights for benefits decisions made under the VA Caregiver Program. Argued before a three-panel judge on both the merits and class certification issues. Oral argument available athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EWCLqJVv1Q. 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 and subsequent judicial review.
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 with the City and County of San Francisco.
Represented the 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.