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Exceptional client service . . . delivered efficiently

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.



U/Z’s Garner and Smith Present “Navigating the Attorney/Client Privilege” on Dec. 15

Scott Garner and Todd Smith will be making a legal ethics MCLE presentation entitled “Navigating

November 24, 2015 󰀄
U/Z Named to Best Law Firms List for 2016 as First Tier for Litigation in Orange County in Three Categories

Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has once again been named

November 2, 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 󰀄
DJ Profiles the “Long History” of U/Z Partners as a Litigation Team

The Daily Journal published an article on September 25, 2015 entitled “Long History” that highlights the litigation experience and expertise of the team at Umberg Zipser.

September 30, 2015 󰀄
Three U/Z Partners Once Again Selected for Inclusion in “Best Lawyers in America”

Best Lawyers in AmericaOrange County’s Umberg Zipser LLP is pleased to announce that partners Carole Reagan, Tom Umberg and Dean Zipser have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (c) 2016.

August 17, 2015 󰀄

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