Daniel F. Lula concentrates on business and employment litigation, focusing on contract, corporate governance, trade secret, and unfair competition disputes and on defending businesses against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. Daniel also has extensive experience advising and representing nonprofit entities, including churches and community organizations, in business, property and employment matters.
Daniel has successfully represented businesses and nonprofits in a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals, including the following reported cases: Iglesia Evangelica Latina, Inc. v. Southern Pac. Latin Am. Dist. , 173 Cal. App. 4th 420, 93 Cal. Rptr. 3d 75 (2009); Fisher Tool Co. v. Gillet Outillage, 530 F. 3d 1063 (9th Cir. 2008); Better TV, Inc. v. Public Service Board, 42 Fed. Appx. 498 (2d Cir. 2002); and Fisher Tool Co. v. Gillet Outillage, No. 04-7550, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38908 (C.D. Cal. June 7, 2006).
Daniel's victories include an appellate decision in favor of a Los Angeles church in a corporate governance dispute (2009); a Ninth Circuit opinion affirming judgment in favor of a client sued for malicious prosecution, antitrust and Lanham Act violations (2008); an arbitration award of over $1.1 million in favor of a printing supplies company on its counterclaim for unpaid royalties (2007); settlement of a suit against a treatment center for abused children in which the plaintiff, its former president, dismissed his claims and paid damages of over $200,000 (2007); summary judgment for a major newspaper in two separate federal suits alleging racial discrimination and retaliation (2005 & 2006); summary judgment for a Fortune 100 consumer goods company in a federal suit alleging racial harassment (2004); and an arbitration award in favor of an adoption agency on a former employee's claims of racial discrimination (2004).
Daniel is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and is BV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is active in his community and is currently the treasurer of the Orange County Young Republicans. Daniel previously served as chairman of the stewardship committee at St. Mary of the Angels in Hollywood (2004-2005), and on the vestry of Church of the Advent, Boston, Massachusetts (2002-2003).
Before joining Payne & Fears LLP in 2003, Daniel was an associate with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP (now Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP) in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts.