Dale C. Campbell

Shareholder


Experience

Dale is a senior shareholder in the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property groups. Dale has a broad range of litigation experience in all areas of business, intellectual property and real estate litigation. He has tried over forty jury trials to conclusion and has had numerous court trials and binding arbitrations since his admission to practice law in 1981.

Dale’s practice focuses on litigation involving emerging and technology related companies, including cases involving copyright and trademark infringement, patent rights, securities litigation, technology licensing rights, statutory unfair business practices, minority shareholder claims, stock option disputes and distributorship disputes.

Dale’s general business trial and litigation experience has included cases involving breach of contract, fraud, accountant liability, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, securities litigation, franchisor/franchisee disputes, anti-trust, shareholder derivative actions, partnership dissolutions and accountings, termination of distributorships, wrongful termination and performance bond claims.

Dale also developed extensive experience in all areas of real estate disputes, including land sale contracts, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, boundary and easement disputes, real estate investment fraud and environmental and hazardous waste litigation.

Dale’s extensive business trial, arbitration, and litigation experience includes:

    • Numerous jury trials and binding arbitrations representing plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving corporate and partnership issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of assets and opportunity, mismanagement, minority shareholder disputes, and dissolution and accounting;
    • Tried and arbitrated numerous breach of contract disputes;
    • Prosecuted claims of commercial bribery, anti-trust and RICO on behalf of food processor against competitors;
    • Successfully arbitrated multi-million dollar earn-out payment on behalf of the selling shareholders of software company;
    • Represented businesses involving employee embezzlement and misappropriation of trade secrets;
    • Prosecuted breaches of distributorship contracts against non-complying and wayward distributors.
    • Obtained early dismissal with prejudice on behalf of publicly-traded company in securities class action lawsuit;
    • Successfully defended transit operator and bus manufacturer against claims alleging negligent maintenance of motor vehicle fleets and design defects;
    • Represented business in administrative proceedings challenging state and local public contract bid procedures and awards.

Dale’s focus on intellectual property and technology issues has covered the following areas:

  • Obtained jury verdict in copyright case involving computer software resulting in substantial monetary judgment for client;
  • Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of software and electronic device manufacturer against distributor related to trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and unfair business practices;
  • Enforced and defended against claims challenging enforceability of non-competition agreements;
  • Prosecuted and defended numerous actions for trade secret violations, breach of contract, interference with prospective economic advantage, and unjust enrichment;
  • Successfully arbitrated against claims concerning corporate mismanagement and ownership of trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights;
  • Co-chaired defense of patent infringement cases;
  • Defended against competitor claims of wrongfully-obtained trade secrets;
  • Successfully obtained insurance coverage and defended various nonprofit organizations against claims that clients’ marketing materials violated other charities’ trademarks or confidential business information.

Real estate litigation is another area of law in which Dale has accrued extensive experience, including:

  • Successfully enforced land sale contract in jury trial;
  • Prevailed in jury trial involving commercial landlord/tenant disputes resulting in substantial verdict for landlord;
  • Tried and arbitrated limited partnership disputes, including breaches of fiduciary duty, dissolution, expulsion, and accounting;
  • Boundary and easement disputes;
  • Real estate investment fraud;
  • Environmental and hazardous waste litigation.

 

State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections
Member

State Bar of California, Litigation
Former Executive Committee Member

Sacramento County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
Member

Golden Empire Council Boy Scouts of America
Member of Board of Directors

Meritas, Sacramento
Member

Awards

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015 – Antitrust Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015-2017 – Business Litigation

Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2017 – Litigation-Commercial, Trade Secrets

Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015 & 2017

Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers, 2013-2015 & 2017

The Best Lawyers in America ®, 2009-2020

Sacramento Business Journal‘s Best of the Bar 2014 – 2017, 2019

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004, 2007 – 2019

award

J.D., University of California, Davis, 1981

B.A., with highest honors, California State University, Chico, 1978

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