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Umberg Zipser LLP is a premier business litigation boutique.  Drawing on decades of experience in some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms, as well as national and state government service, Umberg Zipser provides clients with unparalleled legal services.

The firm’s lawyers are recognized as among the very best in their practice areas.  They are consistently named as Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®.  Last year, for example, founding partner Dean Zipser was named by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company litigation in Orange County.

We pursue our clients’ objectives strategically and with maximum efficiency and flexibility across a wide array of practice areas, including intellectual property, class actions, unfair competition, environmental, real estate, and other complex business litigation, as well as white collar criminal defense.



Zipser Praises New OC Bar President

U/Z’s Dean Zipser, a former president of the Orange County Bar Association who has remained

February 1, 2016 󰀄
Zipser to Speak at ABA Midyear Meeting

U/Z’s Dean Zipser will be a panelist at the Metropolitan Bar Caucus workshop on the

January 28, 2016 󰀄
U/Z Again Named to Best Law Firms List for 2016 as First Tier for Litigation in Orange County

“U.S.Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has once again been named “Tier One” in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for the Orange County metropolitan area. The firm received a Tier One ranking in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation for the second year in a row, and this year also received a Tier One ranking for Real Estate Litigation. The firm also was recognized for its excellence in Banking & Finance Litigation.

According to one U/Z client who has provided input for the “Best Law Firms” process: “Simply put, these are some of the best lawyers in the state. They are effective, honest and hardworking. Having been involved in the legal field for more than thirty years, I can state without any equivocation Umberg Zipser would be my go to firm within their areas of practice. They represent everything good about the legal profession.”

December 1, 2015 󰀄
U/Z’s Garner and Smith Presented “Navigating the Attorney/Client Privilege” on Dec. 15

Scott-Garner_Todd-SmithScott Garner and Todd Smith gave a legal ethics MCLE presentation entitled “Navigating the Attorney/Client Privilege” as part of the Orange County Bar Association’s Specialty Credit Night on December 15. A significant part of their practices focuses on professional liability disputes and ethics counseling. They have represented a number of large and mid-size law firms, along with individual lawyers, in pre-litigation and litigation disputes concerning claims of legal malpractice, ethical violations, and securities fraud arising from their litigation, transactional, and IP practices.

November 24, 2015 󰀄
Scott Garner and Todd Smith Join Umberg Zipser

Scott-Garner_Todd-SmithUmberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that partner Scott B. Garner and associate Todd W. Smith have joined the firm. Scott and Todd were previously with Morgan Lewis in Orange County.

“The addition of Scott and Todd deepens our litigation bench with the addition of two talented lawyers. I have worked closely with Scott for more than 15 years on bar-related matters here in Orange County and it’s very exciting to have him bring his practice to the firm,” said Dean Zipser. “As a stand-out litigator and contributor to the local legal community, Scott is a fabulous addition,” added Tom Umberg.

“After practicing for many years at larger firms, joining Umberg Zipser gives me the opportunity to build my practice in a small firm environment with some of the top lawyers in Orange County,” said Scott. “The way I see it we can offer clients the best of both worlds – the proven firepower to take on bet-the-company cases from an efficient, tightly-integrated small firm platform.” Scott added, “I am particularly happy that I was able to move here with Todd. We have practiced together for over a decade and he is a great lawyer.”

Click to download Scott Garner’s and Todd Smith’s vCard.

October 21, 2015 󰀄

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