Mr. Sunkin, a former Litigation Partner of the national law firm of Arter & Hadden, LLP and former Counsel of First Interstate Bank of California, formed Law Offices of Neil M. Sunkin in 2003, after practicing in large law firms and corporate law departments for over 20 years. Mr. Sunkin has been practicing law and focused on complex civil litigation since 1985. He offers clients the experience and skill of a big firm litigator for a more manageable cost.
Mr. Sunkin’s practice focuses on the representation of clients in Business and Commercial litigation (including contract disputes, sales disputes, and a variety of business torts); Corporate Litigation and Shareholders rights and disputes (including corporate governance issues and internal disputes amongst shareholder and partners and director and officer liability); Creditor’s Rights; Banking and Financial Institutions litigation (including checks, banking operations, lender liability, and letters of credit); Employment litigation; Non-Compete Agreements; Trade Secrets; Defamation and Trade Libel; Privacy and Publicity Rights; Real Estate litigation (commercial landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosure, wrongful foreclosure, title disputes, deeds of trust); and Construction Defect and Construction Contracts Litigation.
Mr. Sunkin has extensive experience involving litigation with the FDIC, and is a contributing author to a leading treatise in the area, Banks and Thrifts: Government Enforcement and Receivership Law (Matthew Bender 1991). Mr. Sunkin has also published in other the areas of his practice, including, for example: Federal Court Decision Eases Factoring of Perishable Goods, American Cash Flow Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 10 (November, 2002).
Mr. Sunkin serves as a settlement officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court in Glendale.
Mr. Sunkin is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. Mr. Sunkin’s clients are often referred by attorneys in national and international law firms, who wish to provide their clients with the same quality of representation that such firms offer, but at a lower cost on particular matters. Mr. Sunkin also has been requested by other attorneys to represent them in litigation.
Mr. Sunkin has taught “Taking Depositions” as part of a Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) program.
Mr. Sunkin’s reported decisions are: Boulder Fruit Express, et al. vs. Transportation Factoring, Inc., 251 F.3d 1268 (9th Cir. 2001), cert. den’d., 534 U.S. 1133 (2002); F.D.I.C. vs. Selaiden Builders, Inc., 973 F.2d 1249 (5th Cir. 1992), cert. den’d., 507 U.S. 1051 (1993); Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. vs. Claycomb, 945 F.2d 853 (5th Cir. 1991), cert. den’d., 504 U.S. 955 (1992).
Mr. Sunkin practices in Federal and State Courts. He is admitted to practice in Texas (1985) and in California (1991) as well as the U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; and the U.S. District Court, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has also handled a significant number of appeals, and is admitted in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Sunkin received his B.A., Cum Laude with Honors in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1981 and his J.D. from Emory University in 1985.
Mr. Sunkin is or was a member of the following bars: State Bar of California (Member, Litigation Section); Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section); Texas Bar Association, and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Mr. Sunkin is a former Chairman, Grants Committee, 1987-1988; former Chairman, Scared Straight Project, 1988; former Vice-Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1989; Chairman, Aid To Homeless Committee, 1990 all of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Mr. Sunkin is a former Member of the Board of Directors and formerly Treasurer, The New West Symphony Association (and related entities), a non-profit business that presents the 5th largest symphony in California, including at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and the Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. Mr. Sunkin also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and served on the Executive Board and the Personnel Committee of The New West Symphony Association.