Jeff Makoff is a trial and appellate lawyer who handles commercial litigation and business control disputes. He is admitted in all California federal and state courts, in Washington, D.C. and Ohio. He arbitrates before AAA, JAMS and other panels and has been co-lead counsel in Delaware and Texas cases.
Mr. Makoff handles plaintiff and defense cases, and mediator, receiver and trustee assignments. He is experienced in jury trials, court trials, arbitrations and federal and state appeals and writs. His broad motion experience includes dismissals, summary judgments, anti-SLAPP (First Amendment) and trial motions. In business control disputes, he advises clients on management, control, governance and employment in high technology, finance, media and other industries, and negotiates buyouts and management agreements for corporations/LLCs, partnerships, proprietorships, estates and their stakeholders. He handles many contested corporate and LLC dissolutions and owner disputes (called "business divorce"), as well as contested consent solicitations, proxy contests and involuntary buyout disputes.
In an advisory capacity, Mr. Makoff handles family dispute resolution, fiduciary issues, Marvin ("palimony") issues, crisis management, business stabilization, complex asset management, division and disposition, compensation (including stock options/units and carried interests), asset-secured settlements, shareholder agreements, strategic legal and succession planning, internal and external communications and risk management. Mr. Makoff frequently assists family law professionals with business fraud investigations, complex fiduciary duty issues, business valuations, characterization of business interests, community/separate property apportionment, tort and injury claims that arise from intimate relationships, and with the discovery and analysis of electronically stored business information (ESI). He negotiates complex property agreements between unmarried intimate partners/cohabitants with respect to property rights, business management and control, termination, estate-related claims, resolution of disputes and other matters.
Mr. Makoff is the author of a chapter in CEB's 2016 Practice Guide on "Understanding Fiduciary Duties in Business Entities" on the subject of "Fiduciary Duties in Family Businesses and Transactions." He served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Business Litigation of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar and is a Trustee of the UC Hastings Law School Foundation. Mr. Makoff was trained at the leading international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom under nationally-renowned trial lawyers Frank Rothman, Bill Masterson, Michael Diamond and James Lyons. He worked on many of the major West Coast corporate control battles of the 1980s. Valle Makoff partners Jeff Valle and Tim Miller were litigation/IP partners at Skadden, Arps.
Valle Makoff LLP provides business litigation and related transactional advice to corporate, fiduciary and individual clients in federal and state courts, arbitrations and in S.E.C. proceedings. The firm's clients include technology companies and investors, domestic and international private equity firms, media companies, venture capitalists, live event promoters, high technology engineers and managers, artists and entertainers, real estate developers, business executives, law firms and other professional firms, and stakeholders in private trusts, estates, partnerships and other commercial enterprises. Please contact us for more information.
Super Lawyers: 2005, 2012 - 2017
To: Jeffrey T. Makoff
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Admitted 1985, California
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