Mr. Blank specializes in all forms of commercial litigation, employment litigation and contracts, sports law, all forms of real estate law, and alternative dispute resolution.
Litigation. As a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Blank specializes in class actions and complex litigation matters. He has extensive experience dealing with various federal and state acts, including the Truth In Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), and the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration Regulations applicable to manufacturers of electronic cigarette products, including e-liquids.
Sports Law. A renowned sports law expert, Mr. Blank spearheads the firm’s Sports Law Practice Group. As a certified baseball agent and sports attorney, Mr. Blank has represented baseball players in baseball arbitration cases and has handled arbitration work for other baseball agents for their clients. Mr. Blank also represents agents and sports agencies in various matters, including the drafting of employment agreements and the handling of grievances. He also has handled a multitude of other sports-law related matters for clients, including an assortment of litigation matters, California Interscholastic Federation (“CIF”) appeals, family law matters, and estate planning. Mr. Blank serves as an adjunct professor in Sports Law, most recently teaching the class at UC Irvine School of Law.
Real Estate. Mr. Blank, a licensed real estate broker, is also a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. He has wide-ranging experience dealing with complex real estate matters, including the negotiation of commercial lease agreements and litigation surrounding real estate projects and transactions, including cases involving construction defects, adverse possession, and eminent domain/condemnation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Blank has developed an expertise in mediation, due to his extensive negotiation experience and belief that alternative dispute resolution should be explored in each litigation matter. He earned a certificate under the California Dispute Resolutions Programs Act from the Loyola Law School Center For Conflict Resolution and completed an intensive “Mediating the Litigated Case” course at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. As a member of the firm’s Mediation Practice Group, Mr. Blank helps parties resolve matters before they file a lawsuit and helps other lawyers resolve pending litigation matters for their clients.
Prior Experience. Before joining the firm, Mr. Blank worked as an attorney at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, one of the top law firms in the country, for over six years. Mr. Blank was a member of the firm's Business Trial practice group and the Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group. Mr. Blank also served on the Recruiting Committee for the Orange County office. Additionally, Mr. Blank was in charge of mentoring and handling assignment coordination for the summer associates in the Orange County office. Mr. Blank was elected by his peers to serve on the firm's Associate Issues Committee.