Experienced Trial Lawyers Kent B. Goss and Valerie M. Goo Join Crowell & Moring’s Litigation Group (Los Angeles)

Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of partners Kent B. Goss and Valerie M. Goo to the firm’s Litigation Group. Goss and Goo are recognized trial lawyers who have a distinguished record in representing clients in commercial litigation and intellectual property matters, including eight- and nine-figure disputes. Their arrival expands on the litigation capabilities of Crowell & Moring’s nationally recognized group to serve clients in California and across the United States.

Both lawyers join the firm from Orrick. Goss most recently served as head of Orrick’s Litigation Group in its Los Angeles office. With 30 years of experience, Goss has established a national practice that focuses on trademark, copyright, and trade secret disputes. His commercial litigation practice includes the prosecution and defense of contract, real property, and shareholder disputes; fiduciary duty claims; terminations of distributors and sales representatives; and acting as outside counsel in government investigations.

Goo offers more than 20 years of experience. She has significant trial and arbitration experience in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. Her practice includes handling trademark, trade secret, and copyright cases, as well as complex commercial litigation, unfair competition, false advertising, and class action disputes.

Both lawyers have developed a strong reputation in IP litigation, including trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, defamation, licensing, misappropriation of trade secrets, and right of publicity claims. Their arrival adds to the firm’s California litigation and trial capabilities in representing plaintiffs and defendants in the courtroom.

“Kent and Valerie are highly respected trial lawyers and are a tremendous addition to the firm,” said Angela Styles, chair of Crowell & Moring. “They have successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict and their combined experience, including on soft IP matters, will further strengthen our litigation capabilities on the West Coast.”

“Kent and Valerie add significant weight to our litigation bench in California,” said Jennifer Romano, co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. “They will strengthen the Group’s capabilities to defend companies against unfair competition claims and consumer class actions. Kent and Valerie also will counsel clients navigating the false advertising law under the Lanham Act, the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and the Defend Trade Secrets Act, among others.”

Goss’ clients have included Fortune 100 and 500 companies, equity funds, consumer electronics companies, professional athletes, actors, entertainment companies, toy companies, clothing companies and department stores, start-up companies, technology-based companies, manufacturing concerns, and homeowners’ associations. Goss represented NFL star Tom Brady for violations of his right of publicity resulting in multiple settlements before an answer was filed. He also represented Royce Gracie, one of the most renowned fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, in a dispute between fight promoters.

“We are excited to join Crowell & Moring’s Litigation Group and to be a part of the firm’s emerging presence in California,” Goss said. “The firm has exceptional lawyers and offers a great platform for our clients.”

Goss received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.S., cum laude, from Occidental College. Goo earned her J.D. and her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to her law practice, Goo serves as Treasurer of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers for the Los Angeles Chapter. Goss and Goo have been recognized by the World Trademark Review in its 1000 Leading Trademark Professionals list since its inception in 2013.

In the managed healthcare and insurance fields, Mr. Struve has litigated numerous fraud and other class actions in addition to individual unfair business practices suits, bad faith actions and rescission litigations. Mr. Struve has performed these services for Dignity Health, Kindred Healthcare, Sun Healthcare Group Inc., HealthSouth, Blue Shield of California, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Assurant Health, Community Dental Services, The Boeing Company and others.