Sasha Frid Honored Among “Leading Commercial Litigators” by Daily Journal

Sasha Frid, a founding partner of Miller Barondess, LLP, has been recognized by the Daily Journal on its list of “Leading Commercial Litigators 2024” (login credentials required). “The annual supplement honors the best attorneys working within the broad scope of commercial and bet-the-company litigation across the country.”

As reported by the Daily Journal, Sasha is an accomplished litigator and trial lawyer who has achieved significant victories for both plaintiffs and defendants. He represents prominent corporate, entertainment, and public entities on their most high-stakes matters, advising clients on strategic considerations at every stage, often under intense media scrutiny.

Sasha recently won a federal jury defense verdict representing Motown legend William “Smokey” Robinson. Former manager Eric Podwall sued the singer/songwriter for breach of contract, claiming he was owed a 10% commission on Smokey’s concerts and touring. The jury rejected the plaintiff’s entire claim worth over $2 million. Smokey testified during the trial, recounting his illustrious career and explaining why the plaintiff was not entitled to any of the commissions despite a written management agreement.

In another hotly contested lawsuit, Sasha represented the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills against the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Beverly Hills in a $50+ million trade secret theft case. Peninsula’s lawsuit alleged that Waldorf’s managing director solicited Peninsula’s employee while he was still employed at Peninsula and used him to obtain Peninsula’s trade secrets, including customer lists and guest preferences—and then rewarded him with a job at Waldorf afterward. The litigation against three law firms settled right before trial.