Gabiriel Barenfeld

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As a partner in the firm, Gabriel Barenfeld focuses his practice on consumer class actions, securities litigation, FINRA Arbitrations and business litigation. He also has experience handling products liability cases ranging from automotive products to medical devices. Mr. Barenfeld has successfully argued appeals before the California Court of Appeal and has participated in trials in federal and state courts. Additionally, Mr. Barenfeld has represented clients in various arbitral forums.


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara 1997
  • Juris Doctorate, University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2002


  • California Bar


  • Dyer v. Childress, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC 334445. Successfully defeated an appeal by a major movie studio and other defendants of the trial court’s denial of an anti-SLAPP motion. The opinion is published at Dyer v. Childress (2007) 147 Cal.App.4th 1272.
  • Steele v. Rambus, Santa Clara Superior Court, Case No. 08-cv-113682. Successfully defeated a demurrer brought by the corporate issuer’s outside auditor in a stock option backdating case.
  • Represented claimant in an unauthorized trading case against a brokerage firm and two of its brokers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which result­ed in a substantial settlement.
  • Represented multiple clients in an unsuitability case against a brokerage firm before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), resulting in a substantial settlement.
  • Represented plaintiff in a bad faith insurance action, which resulted in a very favorable settlement while the jury was deliberating.
  • In a claim before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (American Arbitra­tion Association), represented a Panamanian title insurance agency against a large domestic title insurance company in a breach of contract dispute. The case was successfully resolved.
  • Orthopedic Systems, Inc. v. Schlein, Alameda Superior Court, Case No. RG-05-210781. Prepared appellate briefs in breach of contract/intellectual prop­erty lawsuit on behalf of a physician who was denied royalties by a company that licensed his orthopedic device. The jury verdict was affirmed by the Court of Appeal.


Compelling Discovery of Materials Claimed to be Trade Secret: The Rules of the Road, The Advocate, August 1, 2010.

How Did I End up in Federal Court? A Look at the Multi-party, Multi-forum Trial Juris­diction Act of 2002, The Advocate, September 1, 2007.


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