William A. Markham

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Antitrust Litigation Attorney in San Diego, CA

Law Offices of William Markham, P.C.
 | 402 West Broadway, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-221-4400
Fax: 619-224-3974
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1988
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Antitrust Litigation (70%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • French
    Attorney Profile

    William Markham is a trial lawyer based in San Diego who litigates and tries antitrust matters and other complex commercial matters throughout California. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987, passed the California Bar Examination on his first attempt, and became a litigator in the antitrust group of a global firm (Coudert Bros., now dissolved), working in its San Francisco office. He established his own practice in 1990 so that he could begin to try cases in court early in his career. He proceeded to try many small commercial and real estate disputes and learned how to try cases the old-fashioned, time-tested way -- by preparing his cases for trial and going to court to try them! Over time, he began to receive more substantial engagements and tried a few of them, obtaining successful results in vigorously contested business disputes. In 2001, he moved his office to San Diego and has maintained his operations there ever since while continuing to litigate cases elsewhere in California and on occasion elsewhere in the United States.

    Since 2006, Mr. Markham has mostly specialized in antitrust work and other kinds of complex commercial matters. He has been the lead attorney in several national antitrust litigations and has also served as an antitrust advisor to various world-leading firms, including the world's largest manufacturer of LED products, a global manufacturer of automobiles, and one of the world's leading manufacturers of pulse oxymetry equipment. In court, he has won jury verdicts, bench trials, and important appellate victories, including two reversals on appeal, one of which he obtained in 2019 in the Ninth Circuit in a substantial antitrust matter. 

    Mr. Markham has also written a series of well-received articles on antitrust law, trial procedures, and various other legal topics (posted at www.markhamlawfirm.com.law-articles), and he has frequently given commentary on various legal issues in national and regional media, including The NY Times, Bloomberg TV, KNSD, Voice of San Diego, and Univision, among others. He also served on the standards-setting committee of the San Diego County Lawyer Referral Association, helping to author several of the new standards for its different attorney panels. 

    Mr. Markham relishes trying cases in court and prepares every case he accepts on the premise that he can obtain a better outome if he develops the case for trial from the outset. When possible, he tries to reach reasonable settlements, but if he appears in the case it means he is prepared to take it to trial. He accepts only a few engagements at a time so that he can devote sufficient attention to each case. You can read much more about Mr. Markham and his firm at www.marklawfirm.com. 

     

     

     
    Practice Areas
    • 70%Antitrust Litigation
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 10%Real Estate
    Focus Areas

    Antitrust & Trade Litigation, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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    About William Markham

    Admitted: 1988, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.markhamlawfirm.com/attorneys/william-markham/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Best Real Estate Litigator, 2010
    • Highest Possible Rating of 10.0, Avvo
    • Best Intellectual Property Litigator, 2015
    • “Super Lawyer” for antitrust law, SuperLawyers.com and Super Lawyers Magazine, since 2013
    • Best Real Estate Attorneys, San Diego Metro Magazine, 2011 and 2012
    • Semi-Finalist for “best business litigator”, The San Diego Daily Transcript, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Washington
    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • California
    • District of Columbia
    • San Diego County Bar Association

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Obtained victory for client at summary judgment, defending against claims brought by a global bank that sought to seize and sell valuable real estate to satisfy a large debt. Case Name: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Cho et al. (Cal. Sup. Ct., SD Cty., 37-2016-00045054-CU-OR-CTL)., 2018
    • Obtained reversal on appeal to Ninth Circuit of Court of Appeals, reinstating a significant antitrust case.   Case Name: Curtin Maritime Corp. v. Santa Catalina Island Co., 9th Cir., 2018, Appeal No. 18-55338), 2019
    • Innovation Ventures LLC v. Pittsburgh Wholesale Grocers, Inc., N.D. Cal., 2012
    • Curtin Maritime Corp. v. Santa Catalina Island Co., 9th Cir., 2018
    • Jensen Enterprises, Inc. v. Oldcastle Precast, Inc., N.D. Cal., 2006
    • Thompson v. 1-800 Contacts, Inc. (D. Utah, 2016)
    • Orchard Supply Hardware LLC v. Home Depot USA, Inc., N.D. Cal., 2012
    • Stillings v. 1-800 Contacts, Inc., N.D. Cal., 2016
    • Aya Healthcare Services, Inc. v. AMN Healthcare, Inc., S.D. Cal., 2017
    • SMRT LLC v. Resmed Corp., Cal. Sup. Ct., S.D. Cty., 2011

    Representative Clients:

    • Dan-Dee Corporation
    • Orchard Supply Hardware, LLC
    • Curtin Maritime Corporation
    • Aya Healthcare, Inc.
    • Izusu Motors, Ltd., 2015
    • Masimo Corporation
    • Nichia Corporation (Japan) 

    Educational Background:

    • University of California, Santa Barbara, Honors: With Highest Honors, 1984

    Industry Groups

    • Hardware Components
    • Healthcare
    • Medical Devices
    • Other Industries.
    • Retail Sales
    • Telecommunications Infrastructure and Other Infrastructure
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    Office Location for William A. Markham

    402 West Broadway, Suite 400
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Phone: 619-221-4400

    Fax: 619-224-3974

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    Last Updated: 12/22/2019

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