John L. Lin is a 1994 graduate of Duke University and a 1997 graduate of the School of Law.  At UCLA School of Law, he served as the Articles Editor of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy as well as an editor of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology.

John has worked at one of the premier international law firms, Latham & Watkins, after beginning his career at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, LLP.  While at McCutchen and at Latham, he received high-level training and experience in all aspects of civil litigation, from initial discovery through arguing substantive motions including demurrers and motions for summary judgment.  

Since Latham, John transferred his practice to boutique settings.  Mr. Lin has more than 15 years of experience as a civil litigator, and has litigated in the areas of employment litigation, intellectual property, trade secrets, entertainment, securities, environmental compliance, professional liability, title insurance and general commercial litigation.  

Mr. Lin has also provided consultation to entity clients on workplace policy, professional liability and risk management issues.  He has conducted independent investigations of workplace discrimination and harassment matters on behalf of a municipal client.  He has also assisted firms in designing and implementing policies to minimize the risk of engaging in any activities that would potential run afoul of regulatory provisions

He is a highly skilled brief writer, and has drafted winning appellate briefs upholding lower court judgments, as well as numerous dispositive motions including anti-SLAPP motions that have resolved cases without the need for trial and saving his clients from needless and expensive litigation costs. He has substantial deposition and discovery experience and is skilled at oral argument.
John’s extensive litigation experience includes the following:

Preparing a successful anti-SLAPP motion that effectively ended a whistleblower retaliation claim that had exposed the client to potential multi-million dollar liability and negative media exposure;

Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of a foreclosure trustee and escrow holder in a complex claim for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence that had exposed the trustee and escrow holder to a potential multi-million dollar liability;

Preparing the respondent’s appellate brief on behalf of an accounting firm that had prevailed on summary judgment in a professional malpractice matter, the arguments of which were adopted by the appellate court in its opinion in denying the appeal;

As substitute counsel for a national corporate client, overseeing the review and production of documents from a database containing five years of e-mails in order to redress prior court sanctions as well as preparing supplemental briefings for the court explaining the highly technical issues in production to prevent further sanctions.