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Samira F. Torshizi

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Samira Torshizi is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She focuses her practice on the representation and defense of general contractors, subcontractors, and developers in many construction-related matters involving time extensions, delay damages, defective specifications, constructive changes, payment disputes arising from government and private construction projects. She also has experience with federal government contracts issues under the Federal Acquisition Regulations, False Claims Act, and other relevant statutes. Ms. Torshizi has done significant work representing clients in state and federal courts, mediation and arbitration. She has also consulted on professional licensing requirements as well as contract interpretation and disputes for general and specialty contractors in California.

Ms. Torshizi has broad litigation experience in many aspects of discovery and trial. Her experience includes research and investigation, managing e-Discovery matters and complex document collections and productions, and preparing witnesses for and conducting fact witness depositions. She also has substantial experience drafting successful discovery and pre-trial dispositive motions and briefs.

Ms. Torshizi is also an active member of the firm’s pro bono group. As part of her pro bono practice, Ms. Torshizi has counseled several revenge porn victims through the firm’s cyber civil rights legal project, which provides legal services to victims of revenge porn when their sexually explicit images are distributed and displayed without their consent. She has also represented individuals in child custody and guardianship issues through the children’s rights project.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Torshizi worked on corporate matters before the Delaware Court of Chancery. She has particular experience representing corporations in complex commercial and corporate litigation matters involving fiduciary duties, direct and derivatives issues, estate and trust litigation, and contract disputes under the laws of California, Delaware, and other states’ presentations.

Additional Information

  • Fiduciary Duties Owed by Board of Directors to Both Solvent and Insolvent Companies, Delaware Court of Chancery Practice Alert, Alerts/Updates, December 2015
  • Delaware Courts Continue to Clarify Creditor Standing With Respect to Insolvent Companies, Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Alert, Alerts/Updates, 26 May 2015
  • Delaware Court of Chancery Confirms: There is no such thing as Delaware Local Counsel, Delaware Court of Chancery Practice Alert, Alerts/Updates, 2 January 2015
  • Operation Delaware Shield: The Corporate Veil is Alive and Well, JD Supra Business Advisors, Delaware Court of Chancery Practice Alert, Alerts/Updates, 20 June 2014
  • Moving a Trust to Delaware? Follow the Trail of Peierls, JD Supra Business Advisors, Delaware Court of Chancery Practice Alert, Alerts/Updates, 22 April, 2014
  • Assisted victims of revenge porn in sending cease and desist letters, copyright assignments, and takedowns requests.
  • Represented a victim of revenge porn in federal court in a civil litigation lawsuit and secured a $6.4M judgment for her copyright infringement and emotional distress claim, ranking the second largest award in a noncelebrity revenge porn case.
  • Successfully survived dismissal under the Contract Disputes Act of a contractor’s claims in the United States Court of Federal Claims.
  • Successfully obtained a decision from the court granting clients’ motion to dismiss and enforcing an arbitration provision designating Hawaii as the forum to resolve the parties’ disputes.
  • Successfully obtained ruling from Delaware Court that assignees in assignments for the benefit of creditors may assert claims in arbitration originally held by assignor under an agreement with a third party.
  • Defended Delaware Corporation in a books and records Section 220 action and successfully resolves dispute with shareholders without need for a hearing.