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CaseS & Legal Experience

My law firm, Law Offices of Mark A. Kompa, emphasizes the practice of commercial law, unlawful detainer, and landlord-tenant disputes. I also assist clients near Irvine, California, with bankruptcy and lease transactions. Some of my recent litigation cases and published cases can be reviewed below.

Recent Litigation

Moussavieh v. Eurostar, Inc.
Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant
Date: Apr 08, 2016
Outcome: Settled a $1.4 million breach of lease case for $326,000.
Description: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC-581551: Represented the Defendant-Tenant, Eurostar, Inc., against the Plaintiff-Landlord's attorney, Rosoff Schiffres & Barta, in a $1.4 million breach of lease civil action which I settled on April 8, 2016 for $326,000.

Penn Account v. Ricardo Beverly Hills, Inc.
Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant
Date: Dec. 10, 2015
Outcome: Obtained insurance coverage to pay settlement.
Description: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. VC-064243: Represented the Defendant-Former-Tenant of warehouse and office space in a $211,511 unlawful detainer and breach of lease action for holdover and restoration damages which I settled with the Plaintiff-Landlord Penn Account on December 10, 2015 for $125,000, but thereafter recouped in significant part from Ricardo's insurer ($118,639) and Ricardo's licensee ($25,000) so that its out-of-pocket loss was limited to only $25,137 in "new money."

Harch et al. v. Dansk, Etc. et al.
Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant
Date: Oct. 19, 2015
Outcome: Settled a $500,000 case for $50,000.
Description: Ventura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2014-00447060: Represented the purchaser of an aircraft hangar at Camarillo Airport who was defrauded by the broker against the original owner's counsel, Theodora Oringher, in a $500,000-plus unlawful detainer and ejectment action that I settled on October 19, 2015 for $50,000 from my client, Dansk.

Shakibkoo v. Eurostar, Inc. & Eric Alon
Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant
Date: Jun. 15, 2015
Outcome: Defensed $2.4 million breach of lease case across-the-board after five-day trial.
Description: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC-526010: Represented the Defendant-Tenant Eurostar, Inc. and its personal guarantor, Eric Alon, against the Plaintiff-Landlord's counsel, Greenberg Glusker, in a $2.4 million breach of lease civil action which I won across-the-board after a five-day non-jury trial before Referee Dzintra Janavs on June 15, 2015. The court awarded Eurostar and Alon over $300,000 in attorneys' fees.

In re EZL-1 Investments et al. v. Does 1 - 3
Practice Area: Litigation
Date: Sep. 03, 2013
Outcome: Defensed $494,370 claim for attorneys' fees after half-day arbitration; panel awarded law firm only $36,988.
Description: Los Angeles County Bar Association, Case No. M-299: Represented former clients against one of the five largest law firms in the United States (as of 2016) where the law firm claimed it was owed unpaid attorneys' fees totaling $494,370, which I won after a half-day arbitration proceeding before a three-arbitrator panel based on the panel's September 3, 2013 award of attorneys' fees to the law firm in the significantly reduced amount of $36,988.

The Irvine Co. v. Grand American, Etc.
Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant
Date: Jun. 27, 2011
Outcome: Awarded all past due rent ($104,562) plus attorney's fees.
Description: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. SC-112379: Represented the Plaintiff-Landlord The Irvine Company in a commercial unlawful detainer action, which I prevailed upon after a half-day non-jury trial before Judge Allan J. Goodman on June 27, 2011. The trial court awarded The Irvine Company all past due rent totaling $104,562 (before offsetting the Defendant-Tenant Grand American Food, Inc.'s $65,000 cash security deposit), plus its attorneys' fees and costs of court. Grand American, as Plaintiff, thereafter filed a separate civil action for breach of lease against The Irvine Company, as Defendant, to which Judge Jacqueline A. Connor granted The Irvine Company's anti-SLAPP motion to the unfair business practices cause of action of its complaint on October 18, 2011.

O'Keefe v. Kompa
Practice Area: Litigation
Date: Oct. 12, 2000
Outcome: I won the case across-the-board in both the trial court and on appeal. The Court of Appeal affirmed a Judgment of Dismissal in attorney Kompa's favor, holding his enforcement of the money judgment he had won for his client was privileged.
Description: 84 Cal.App.4th 130 (Civil Code Section 47 litigation privilege)

Published Cases

In re McCombs Properties VIII, Ltd.
Practice Area: Litigation
Date: Aug. 11, 1988
Outcome: Attorney Kompa defeated the Debtor's Plan of Reorganization to pay his client, the Lender, a significantly lower interest rate than what was fair and equitable under the Bankruptcy Code.
Description: 91 B.R. 907 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 1988) (cram-down)

In re Zerodec
Practice Area: Litigation
Date: Nov. 14, 1985
Outcome: Attorney Kompa prevailed in a Bankruptcy Court trial to recover the sale price for column covers his client, the Debtor Zerodec, sold and delivered to the Defendant.
Description: 54 B.R. 814 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 1985) (sale of goods)

In re Victor Dye Works, Inc.
Practice Area: Bankruptcy and Debt
Date: May 23, 1985
Outcome: Attorney Kompa defeated the Motion to Dismiss of the Debtor's officer whom his client, the Receiver, had sued for fraud.
Description: 48 B.R. 943 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 1985) (Bankruptcy Court jurisdiction)

In re Oxford Royal Mushroom, Etc.
Practice Area: Litigation
Date: Apr. 25, 1986
Outcome: After forcing a creditor to stipulate to a $121,784.41 offset against its original $188,282.21 pre-petition claim (thereby significantly reducing the claim to $66,497.80) and Attorney Kompa's client, the trustee, had obtained a money judgment against the creditor in Bankruptcy Court that the creditor failed to satisfy, the Bankruptcy Court then sustained Attorney Kompa's objection to the creditor's remaining claim and disallowed the creditor's claim in its entirety under Section 502(d) of the Bankruptcy Code because the creditor never satisfied the judgment that the trustee had won against the creditor.
Description: 59 B.R. 926 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 1986) (reconsideration of claims)