Browne George Ross

Keith Wesley

Keith Wesley
T 424.202.5577
F 310.275.5697

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2003

Keith J. Wesley is a partner with Browne George Ross LLP.  Mr. Wesley is a business trial lawyer and litigator.  His practice encompasses all facets of business litigation, and he has particular expertise in the areas of trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secrets, false advertising, and unfair competition.

Mr. Wesley graduated with high honors from the George Washington University Law School and was the Senior Projects Editor for the George Washington Law Review.  He graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Prior to joining Browne George Ross, Mr. Wesley served as an extern for the Honorable Patricia Hemann, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, a law clerk for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles.

Some of Mr. Wesley’s highlights include:

Trial

  • Trademark infringement case between two medical device manufacturers.  Verdict of $60 million for client.  Following remand for new trial, verdict of $30 million in second trial.
  • Trade dress infringement case between two apparel companies.  Verdict of $10.8 million for client.
  • Trade dress and copyright infringement case between two apparel companies.  Verdict of $8.0 million for client.
  • Copyright infringement case against watch distributor.  Verdict of $1 million for client.
  • First website trade dress infringement case to proceed through trial and to a verdict.  Verdict for client on the website trade dress claim and for client in defense of counter-claims of intentional interference with contractual relations and prospective economic advantage.

Pre-Trial

  • Summary judgment in favor of medical device manufacturer sued for trademark infringement.   Trademark held to be invalid and registration cancelled.
  • Denial of motion for preliminary injunction and dismissal of claims brought by national home security provider against client, a local home security company based in Bel-Air.
  • Denial of motion to compel arbitration filed against client, a former executive of a leading provider of LED screens and video equipment for concerts and live entertainment events.  Favorable settlement of claims against client following the denial.
  • Grant of preliminary injunction barring infringement of copyrights of client in apparel industry.

Post-Trial

  • Multiple fee awards in excess of $1 million to clients who succeeded on trademark and/or copyright claims.
  • Fee award under California Post-Mortem Right of Publicity Statute to client following successful defense of claim that it had violated the right of publicity of the deceased actress Bette Davis.
  • Complete denial of defendant’s motion for attorney’s fees against client, which retained BGR specifically to oppose fee motion after unsuccessful result at trial.
  • Obtained extensive permanent injunctive relief on behalf of multiple clients.

Appeal

  • Successful appellate results include Burdusis v. Superior Court, 133 Cal. App. 4th 88 (2005), Frye v. Tenderloin Housing Corp., 38 Cal. 4th 23 (2006), Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. Bucklesource, Inc., 2010 WL 4056847 (2010), and CMG Brands LLC v. Stop Staring! Designs, 2012 WL 3569709 (2012).

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trials
  • Appeals

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., High Honors, 2003
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000