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A Dynamic Duo - The two founders of Gavrilov & Brooks employ their different styles to connect with juries.
June 6, 2022
$1.25 Million Settlement
Attorney Michael Coleman obtains favorable verdict after jury deliberates for only 20 minutes.
Gavrilov & Brooks attorney Michael Coleman obtained an unanimous jury verdict for breach of contract in the matter of 4051 Ardmore, LLC v. Pacific Earth Connections et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. 20STCV39807. Following counsel’s closing arguments, the jury only deliberated for 20 minutes before returning a favorable verdict and awarding compensatory damages exceeding those plaintiff requested at trial. Gavrilov & Brooks subsequently defeated the defendants’ post-trial motions for a new trial and for judgment notwithstanding the verdict.
1 Million dollar bench trial verdict
Attorney Ognian Gavrilov obtained a $1 million bench trial verdict in a partnership dispute and breach of fiduciary duty case in Sacramento County. The case involved numerous claims and cross-claims, and the opposing party’s cross-claims were dismissed prior to trial. The opposing party’s high offer before judgment was $400,000.
Attorney Maryanne Martin wins a SLAPP motion
Ms. Martin has successfully defended strategic lawsuits against public participation, or "SLAPP" suits filed against clients because they exercised their rights under the First Amendment. Protecting the Constitution, including the rights to petition the government and speak freely, is central to the firm's core values. Through the use of anti-SLAPP motions, Ms. Martin has fended off entire lawsuits and recovered attorney's fees on behalf of clients who were wrongfully sued for speaking out. She has a proven track record of protecting online consumer speech in superior and appellate courts.
Attorney Bradley Jewett successfully defends a class action suit.
November 11, 2021
Gavrilov & Brooks attorney Bradley Jewett obtained a dismissal of all defendants in the class action lawsuit Surratt, et al., v. Cirrus Asset Management, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 21STCV23809, based only on his meet and confer negotiations with the plaintiffs’ counsel. Mr. Jewett achieved this unusual result without filing a single motion in the action.
Attorneys Bradley Jewett and Michael Coleman achieved a trial victory for their client.
After a 6-day bench trial in Gregory Smith v. Jean Claude Guillosson, et al., LASC Case No. 19STCV33506, Gavrilov & Brooks attorneys Bradley Jewett and Michael Coleman recently achieved a complete victory on behalf of their client, Gregory Smith. The final judgment includes a six-figure compensatory damages award, and injunctive relief requiring the defendants to remove multiple illegal encroachments they built across a shared property line. The Court also granted judgment in favor of Mr. Smith on all cross-claims the defendants asserted against him. The results of trial were memorialized by a 30-page Statement of Decision, and Mr. Smith is now pursuing his prevailing party attorneys’ fees.
$39 Million jury trial verdict
September 1, 2021
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and John Garner obtained a $39 million jury trial verdict on a defamation per se case in Glenn County - $31 million against Edward Jones and $8M against an individual defendant. Mr. Gavrilov was retained as lead trial counsel two month prior to trial. At the time of Mr. Gavrilov’s retention defendant’s high offer was $150K.
Bradley Jewett's successful appeal reversal
May 6, 2021
On December 21, 2017, Gavrilov & Brooks attorney Bradley Jewett prevailed at trial by defensing all claims against his client, Roger Van Wert, in Rick L. Hamilton, et al. v. Aline Marie Iden, et al., Madera County Superior Court Case No. MCV073141. The Trial Court later denied Mr. Van Wert’s motion for prevailing party attorneys’ fees. Mr. Jewett appealed the trial court’s order denying attorneys’ fees in Roger Van Wert, et al., v. Rick L. Hamilton, et al., California Fifth Appellate District Case No. F078345. On May 6, 2021, the Court of Appeal reversed and remanded the matter, instructing the Trial Court to calculate the attorneys’ fees Mr. Van Wert was entitled to recover. The favorable results at trial and on appeal led to a six-figure settlement and payment to Mr. Van Wert.
Ognian Gavrilov - Advocate of the Year
Mr. Gavrilov is the 2020 Advocate of the Year by CCTLA (Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association). Congratulations Mr. Gavrilov!
1 Million dollar judgement
Mr. Gavrilov obtained a $1,000,000 judgement on a microdiscectomy case.
Bradley Jewett - Partner
We are excited to announce our new Partner, Bradley Jewett. Bradley brings nearly two decades of complex civil litigation in the areas of general commercial litigation, real estate law, healthcare law and more. Welcome!
Settlement of $900,000 (remaining policy limits) on a single-level fusion MVA case.
PI/work comp crossover matter with a single level surgery performed through worker's comp.
Settlement of $1,360,000 with only $30,000 in special damages on a rear-end MVA case, caught on video, with 11 mph vehicle speed. Surgical recommendation, but no surgery performed.
Bench Trial in Placer County
Elder financial abuse/Probate matter, resulting in settlement during trial for the pre-trial demanded amount.
Settlement of $1,000,000 on a 5 mph collision involving elderly lady leading to single level fusion.
Arbitration Victory Against State Farm
Arbitration victory against State Farm with an award 10 times better than Defense’s best offer.
Arbitration Victory Against Allstate
$139,000 award on a $100,000 Underinsured Motorist Policy, against a top offer of less than $20,000.
Published Appellate Decision
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Eliezer Cohen successfully defended and dismissed a case at the start of trial on a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. The Plaintiff appealed the dismissal, and attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Eliezer Cohen attended and presented argument to the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court upheld the dismissal in a published decision regarding the litigation privilege on September 3, 2019.
Double Defense's Best Offer
Attorney Ognian Gavrilov was 2nd chair along side attorney Kirill Tarasenko in a Sacramento County Jury trial. Jury rendered a $476,000 verdict to the personal injury client which almost doubled the defense's best offer.
Successful Back to Back Arbitrations
Attorney Ognian Gavrilov won back to back arbitrations. He achieved a $122,000 award on a $15,000 offer and a $85,000 award on $0 offer.
Successful Wage Jury Trial
Attorney Ognian Gavrilov achieved a successful result in a 2 week gender discrimination / wage and hour jury trial in Sacramento County. Plaintiff’s verdict was $2,500 despite requesting over $1million.
Successful Corporate Governance Trial
September 5, 2018
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov, Vince McLaughlin and Michael Coleman achieved a successful result for a publicly traded company following a federal court trial. The actions of shareholders and directors in terminating the CEO were vindicated and a permanent injunction issued against the former CEO.
Insurance Bad Faith Settlement
by Ognian Gavrilov
July 25, 2018
Mr. Gavrilov settled an insurance bad faith claim against State Farm. The case was venued in the Eastern District of California and stemmed from an allegation that State Farm delayed paying a $100,000 underinsured motorist bodily injury policy in an attempt to settle the case for a lesser amount.
$1.7 Million jury trial verdict
July 2, 2018
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Daniel Del Rio obtained a $1.7M jury trial verdict in Sacramento County. Mr. Gavrilov was retained as trial counsel a month prior to trial. At the time of Mr. Gavrilov’s retention defendant’s high offer was $650K.
Multi-million dollar settlement
May 1, 2018
Attorney Ognian Gavrilov settled a multi-million dollar plaintiff's case.
Attorney Michael Coleman, successful disposition
April 27, 2018
Attorney Michael Coleman successfully disposed of a lawsuit by way of an anti-SLAPP motion where the Plaintiff sought more than $500,000.00 for, among other things, business disparagement and fraudulent misrepresentation.
Trade Secrets Defense
April 20, 2018
Attorney Vince McLaughlin defeated an ex parte application for preliminary injunction seeking to enforce disputed trade secrets and enjoin legitimate business activities. The successful result ensures the continuing operations of an emerging business.
Attorney Michael Coleman, successful defense
March 28, 2018
Attorney Michael Coleman successfully defended a lawsuit on behalf of several corporate lenders in which the lenders were accused of unfair business practices and engaging in a predatory lending scheme.
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Eliezer Cohen win jury trial
February 1, 2018
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Eliezer Cohen won a jury trial in Contra Costa County where they more than doubled Defendants' best offer.
Corporate Takeover Defense
February 26, 2018
Representing an entrepreneur in a corporate governance dispute, Attorneys Vince McLaughlin and Aaron McKinney defeated an ex parte application for preliminary injunction seeking to freeze bank accounts and restrict transactions, thereby preventing a business closure and loss of jobs.
Affirmation of Intellectual Property Rights
December 28, 2017
Representing a Sacramento technology company with a national presence, Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Vince McLaughlin secured a preliminary injunction against an internet squatter infringing upon intellectual property and stealing customers. The litigation resolved on the same day the injunction issued with the termination of the competing business.
September 5, 2017
Attorney Michael Coleman successfully defended at trial a home owner's insurance claim for negligence and battery in which the Plaintiff sought more than $10,000,000.00 in damages.
Successful seven-figure dispute
September 1, 2017
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Vince McLaughlin were successful at resolving a seven-figure corporate governance dispute.
Attorney Michael Coleman- successful disposition
July 17, 2017
Attorney Michael Coleman successfully disposed of a commercial real estate dispute by way of summary judgment where the Plaintiff claimed more than $1,500,000.00 in compensatory and punitive damages. The Plaintiff asserted causes of action for, among other things, breach of contract and fraud.
New ownership at 58 Degrees & Holding Co.
July 1, 2017
Ognian Gavrilov, Managing Partner, J. Edward Brooks, Partner and Hayk Galachyan, Vice President of Operations have taken ownership of the bistro and wine bar located in midtown Sacramento. Congratulations you guys for this great new adventure! Read full article here featured in Sacramento Business Journal.
Restraining order against former CEO
June 1, 2017
Attorneys Ognian Gavrilov and Vince McLaughlin were successful at receiving a temporary restraining order against a former CEO of a publicly traded company in a corporate governance dispute.
Successful commercial real estate dispute
March 22, 2017
Attorney Michael Coleman successfully defended at trial a commercial real estate dispute where the Plaintiff claimed more than $300,000.00 in compensatory damages, and more than $1,000,000.00 in punitive damages.
Justice Abroad - Ognian Gavrilov, Managing Partner
November 27, 2016
Our managing partner, Ognian Gavrilov, won the annual Justice Abroad award by the Sofia Lawyers Association in Bulgaria.
Best of the Bar - Ognian Gavrilov, Managing Partner
July 15, 2016
Congratulations to our managing partner Ognian Garvrilov for receiving the Best of the Bar 2016.
2015 Highlights of our managing partner, Ognian Gavrilov
July 1, 2015
Obtained a judgment in an eight figure mining dispute (Plumas County Court)
A $577,000 jury trial award in a personal injury case (Orange County Court)
Selected to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar list for 2015
Selected to the 2015 Top Lawyers list for Sacramento Magazine
Facilitated a resolution through the California State Senate
One of five finalists for Advocate of the Year by the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA)