Los Angeles Business Journal Special Feature (January 23, 2023): Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys
We are proud to announce that Miller Barondess partner Jason Tokoro and counsel Minh-Van Do have been named among Los Angeles Business Journal’s Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys. The Special Feature highlights the standout minority attorneys considered to be particularly impactful on the legal scene while serving as trusted advisors in the LA region.
Jason Tokoro is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant victories for both plaintiffs and defendants. He obtained a $120 million settlement on behalf of LA County against SoCalGas stemming from the Aliso Canyon gas leak. He also spear-headed LA County’s enforcement of Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 emergency health orders and defended lawsuits challenging these orders, including contact-tracing, stay-at-home, and indoor service restrictions. Tokoro secured TROs against the Cities of Norwalk and Bell Gardens for refusing to cooperate with Project Roomkey, Governor Newsom’s program enacted to book homeless individuals into hotels during the pandemic. He won a summary judgment on behalf of LA County in a FLSA class action lawsuit relating to the State’s IHSS program, in which plaintiffs sought nearly $50 million – which was named a Top Defense Verdict by the Daily Journal.
Minh-Van Do is a complex commercial litigator with trial and appellate experience in both state and federal court. She is an experienced white-collar defense attorney and has represented individuals and large institutions in government investigations; has substantial experience in banking and finance litigation; has represented companies and individuals in various business disputes; and has represented numerous global financial institutions in disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, and federal securities violations. Among Do’s successes, she represented Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills against Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Beverly Hills in a $50+ million trade secret theft case in which the hotly contested litigation against three law firms settled right before trial.
Tokoro and Do also defended LA County, the LA County Sheriff’s Department, and the LA County Fire Department in an 11-day federal jury trial involving photographs taken by County personnel following the tragic helicopter crash that killed nine individuals, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter.