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Lauded as one of the “brightest litigators across the US” by Benchmark Litigation, Allison Libeu provides creative, practical, and strategic counsel to help her clients resolve complex commercial disputes and protect their business interests. A global quick-service restaurant general counsel noted that “she provides extraordinarily effective lawyering, counsel, and strategic business advice.”
In the seven years since becoming a partner, Ms. Libeu has been instrumental as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in securing recent victories in high-profile arbitrations and trials, including a complete victory for Monster Beverage Company — winning “the largest-ever U.S. trademark award” (Reuters) in an arbitration against VPX, the maker of Bang energy drinks, for breach of contract and trademark infringement relating to VPX’s use of Orange Bang’s “Bang” marks. The award came after Ms. Libeu cross-examined VPX’s damages expert and obtained critical admissions about his methodology that undercut his opinions, which resulted in the arbitrator rejecting his disgorgement and royalty theories as a “post-litigation contrivance.” In addition, Ms. Libeu secured a recent victory in a trademark dispute on behalf of Hello Bello, a baby care company co-founded by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard; resolved a major international arbitration for a Fortune 200 company against a former executive accused of misappropriating trade secrets before departing to join a competitor; and won a complete defense victory on behalf of Amazon.com, Inc., against eBay, Inc., a lawsuit that eBay publicly promoted as an international racketeering and fraud conspiracy to unlawfully recruit eBay sellers to Amazon (“Amazon Wins Legal Fight against eBay over Alleged Seller Poaching,” CNN; “eBay Accuses Amazon Managers of Conspiring to Poach Its Sellers,” The New York Times; “eBay Accuses Amazon of Illegally Poaching Sellers,” The Wall Street Journal).
Currently, Ms. Libeu is representing Monster Energy in a Lanham Act case against Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (VPX), maker of Bang energy drinks, and its founder, Jack H. Owoc. Monster Energy has sued VPX and Mr. Owoc for, among other things, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, and intentional interference with contract.
Ms. Libeu litigates high-stakes business disputes across a variety of areas, including business torts, contracts, trademarks, and trade secrets. She has developed unique knowledge in the area of “corporate divorce,” which typically involves disputes between the founders/owners of a business. She also has successfully prosecuted and defended matters involving the termination of C-suite executives and claims that frequently arise in such cases, including breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, and violation of nondisclosure, noncompete, and nonsolicitation agreements. Her national practice includes litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both federal and state courts, in addition to U.S.-based and international arbitration.
Ms. Libeu has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 40 and Under” and “Top Women Lawyers,” included on the nationwide “40 & Under List” and recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, and named to the Super Lawyers list since 2017.
Updated Aug 2022