Jules Zeman

Partner at Dentons

Jules Zeman

Jules Zeman

Partner at Dentons

Biography

Experience

Jules Zeman is a Partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Los Angeles office. His practice concentrates on product liability and complex tort litigation, but he also has extensive experience in complex business litigation. He is a certified specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, he has handled and/or supervised more than 250 matters in the Court of Appeals, and regularly assists MLA trial teams and outside law firms with pre-trial and trial strategy, important law and motion activity, post-trial motions, and many other activities preliminary to an appeal.

In recent years, he has handled appellate matters for companies that include American International Group (AIG), Citibank West, FSB, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Terex Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Pep Boys, CertainTeed Corporation, Bombardier Recreational Products, Purolator Filtration Products, Liberty Mutual Group, Maxim Crane, Air Products & Chemical, Macerich, Coleman Company, Flowserve US, Edward Valve, Peoplesoft., Hyundai Motor America, Searles Valley Minerals, Grubb-Ellis, Jon Douglas Company, Procter & Gamble Company, 21st Century Insurance, HDI-Gerling America Insurance, Cannondale Bicycle, Glaxo Welcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), Aetna Insurance, General Security Indemnity Company, DHL Express (USA), Fireman's Fund Insurance, Golden Eagle Insurance, Big Lots Stores, and AB Ludwig Svensson.

Notable Engagements

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Hagberg v. California Federal Bank, FSB (2004) 32 Cal. 4th 350. Represented California Federal Bank, FSB (now Citibank (West), FSB) before the California Supreme Court and obtained affirmance of summary judgment, in a case holding that the privilege embodied within Civil Code Section 47(b) bars claims arising from an allegedly false report to the police regarding suspected criminal conduct

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Cortez v. Purolator (2000) 23 Cal.4th 163. Represented Purolator Filtration Systems before the California Supreme Court in a case which applied the Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code §17200 to a violation of the Labor Code regarding overtime wages for purposes of liability under Business & Professions Code Sections 17200 and 17500

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Poole v. Orange County Fire Authority (2013) 221 Cal. App. 4th 155, 2014 Cal. LEXIS 1124 (Cal., Feb. 13, 2014) Review granted, Depublished by Poole v. Orange County Fire Authority, 168 Cal. Rptr. 3d 195, 318 P.3d 858, 2014 Cal. LEXIS 1565 (Cal. 2014) (Awaiting Oral Argument before California Supreme Court) Representing Orange County Fire Authority in an effort to have the California Supreme Court reverse a Court of Appeal decision that applied a statute requiring Fire Agencies to show firefighters adverse written comments about them (and to allow them to comment) prior to entering them into their permanent personnel files to adverse comments written in informal notes at any time throughout the year, even if the comment(s) would never be included in any performance evaluation or have any ability to adversely affect his or her employment status.

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Lavie v. Procter & Gamble Co. (2003) 105 Cal. App. 4th 496. Obtained affirmance of defense verdict for Procter & Gamble, Hoffmann-La Roche and other defendants in a case holding that the reasonable consumer standard is to be applied in the determination of whether advertisements are likely to mislead the public for purposes of liability under California Business & Professions Code, sections 17200 and 17500.

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Wells Fargo Bank v. Baker (2012) 204 Cal. App. 4th 1063. Obtained a reversal of an erroneous superior court order that had vacated a judgment in favor of Wells Fargo Bank. The Iowa statute upon which the trial court relied, as applied to national banks, was shown to be preempted by the National Bank Act.

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Searles Valley Mineral Operation, Inc. v. Ralph M. Parsons Service Co. (2011) 191 Cal. App. 4th 1394. On behalf of global mineral company, obtained reversal of trial court's order dismissing its action to recover attorneys' fees payments it made on behalf of Kerr-McGee after indemnitor wrongfully refused.

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Sexton v. Chino Hills Fire Protection District, 7 Fed.Appx. 610, U.S. App. LEXIS 5354 (9th Cir 2001). Represented Fire Authority before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and obtained affirmance of summary judgment, thereby dismissing claims for violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 43 U.S.C.§ 1885(2), including violations of substantive and procedural due process rights, malicious prosecution and abuse of process. This was the last in a series of cases arising out of a government employee's claim that his lack of promotion to Fire Captain was based upon retaliation and other wrongful motives.

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Clarendon America Insurance Company v. General Security Indemnity Company of America (2011) 193 Cal. App. 4th 1311. Obtained affirmance of summary judgment upholding the plain meaning of an insurance company's "products-completed operations hazard coverage" provision and "faulty workmanship" exclusion.

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Golden Eagle Ins. Corp. vs. Cen-Fed, Ltd. (2007) 148 Cal. App. 4th 976. On behalf of insurer, obtained reversal of adverse judgment and instead compelled enforcement of its "Supplementary Payments Provision."

Notable Appellate Decisions

* Chaudhry v. City of Los Angeles, 751 F. 3d 1096 (9th Cir. 2014).
* Julius Castle Restaurant v. James Payne (2013) 216 Cal. App. 4th 1423.
* Dow Chemical Canada, ULC v. Superior Court (2011) 202 Cal. App. 4th 170.
* Steffel Levitt & Weiss v. Astor Holdings, 278 Fed. Appx. 718, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 165209 (9th Cir. 2007).
* Tang v. City of Westminster, 92 Fed. Appx. 424, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 1100 (9th Cir. 2003).
* Mora v. Hollywood Bed and Spring (2008) 164 Cal. App. 4th 1061.
* Schwab v. So. Cal. Gas Co. (2004) 114 Cal. App. 4th 1308.
* 20th Century Ins. Co, v. Schurtz (2002) 92 Cal. App. 4th 1188.
* Roulier v. Cannondale (2002) 101 Cal. App. 4th 1180.
* Truck Ins. Exch. v. Bennett (1997) 53 Cal. App. 4th 75.
* Tushinsky v. Arnold (1987) 195 Cal. App. 3d 666.

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Education
LL.M. in Tax
Class of 1982

Temple University Beasley School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty is dedicated to preparing students to enter and continue in the legal profession with the highest level of skill possible, with a firm commitment to principles of professional responsibility, and with a sense of personal obligation to lead and to serve the communities in which they live and practice. We are dedicated to our traditional ideal of making opportunities for legal education accessible to talented students who might otherwise not have the opportunity and those who might encounter barriers due to race, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic background, or other personal characteristics. The Law School seeks to maintain and strengthen our longstanding tradition of accessibility and diversity in order to pursue the goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law.

BBA in Accounting & Finance
Class of 1977

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT Opportunity. Engagement. Discovery. Temple University educates a vibrant student body and creates new knowledge through innovative teaching, research and other creative endeavors. Our urban setting provides transformative opportunities for engaged scholarship, experiential learning, and discovery of self, others and the world. We open our doors to a diverse community of learners and scholars who strive to make the possible real. We are committed to the ideals upon which Temple was founded: providing access to an excellent, affordable higher education that prepares students for careers, further learning and active citizenship. creating a collaborative community of outstanding faculty and staff who foster inclusion and encourage the aspirations of Temple students. promoting service and engagement throughout Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation and the world.

Career History
Partner
2021 - Current

Husch Blackwell LLP is a litigation and business services law firm with attorneys in offices in 17 cities, stretching from Washington, D.C. to Phoenix, Arizona and London. The firm was formed in 2008 as a combination of two regional law firms, Blackwell Sanders LLP and Husch & Eppenberger, LLC. The firm also merged with Welsh & Katz, Ltd., a Chicago law firm, in 2008, and with Brown McCarroll, LLC, a Texas law firm, in 2013.

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Current

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Partner
Prior

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is an international law firm. The firm represents clients in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, family wealth, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, public policy, real estate, and technology. The firm supports charitable organizations through pro bono legal services, volunteer and community service efforts, and the MLA Foundation.

Awards & Honors
Certified Appellate Specialist
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