Highrise Networks | R. Alexander Pilmer

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R. Alexander Pilmer 




During his more than 25 years of practice, Alex Pilmer has litigated a broad range of complex cases, trying more than a dozen to verdict. His substantial experience includes complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, as well securities and shareholder disputes involving allegations of financial fraud, mortgage-origination and securitization, and shareholder rights. He has also represented clients as first chair in patent litigations in District Courts across the country, and in matters before the ITC.


A candid and aggressive advocate for his clients, Alex was recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in Financial Services: Litigation.


Alex is a regular instructor and judge of the Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy (KITA), where he teaches techniques to make the best use of depositions, cross-examine witnesses effectively, and deliver powerful closing arguments.


Representative Securities and Shareholder Disputes

Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Actions

  • Lead counsel for affiliates of the Royal Bank of Scotland in multiple actions brought by purchasers of billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities. (Cases pending in California, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin).

Darlene Investments LLC v. The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

  • Represented The DIRECTV Group, Inc. in suits brought by minority investor seeking to halt various transactions involving DIRECTV Latin America, LLC and seeking substantial monetary damages. Argued summary judgment motion resulting in Federal Court's dismissal of more than $1 billion in damages claims. Dismissal reported in Wall Street Journal on September 29, 2006. See The DIRECTV Group v. Darlene Investments, LLC, 2006 WL 2773024 (S.D.N.Y. 2006). Arbitration of remaining claims resolved on eve of trial. (Southern District of New York and Miami, Florida).

City of Pontiac General Employees' Retirement Fund v. DIRECTV

  • Lead counsel for DIRECTV in putative class action shareholder derivative suit seeking to enjoin multi-billion merger transaction. (Los Angeles County Superior Court)​​


Representative Commercial Litigations

Hua Nan Commercial Bank, et al v. HSBC

  • Lead trial counsel for six Taiwanese financial institutions with investments in PEM Group, in suit against HSBC for fraud and aiding and abetting fraud by PEM Group. Defeated HSBC's motions to dismiss and change venue to the British Virgin Islands, at which point the case settled on very favorable terms. (Central District of California).

Nelson v. NASA, et al. 

  • Represented California Institute of Technology in suit challenging constitutionality of NASA ordered background check and badge program implemented at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. All claims against client dismissed by District Court. See Nelson v. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, et al., 530 F.3d 865 (9th Cir. 2008); Nelson v. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, et al., 506 F.3d 713 (9th Cir. 2007). (Central District of California).

Platino v. Univision Music LLC. 

  • Defended Univision Music in suit alleging damage suffered in connection with supposed payola scheme. All claims dismissed on summary judgment and affirmed on appeal. (Los Angeles Superior Court).

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative v. DIRECTV, et al.

  • Defended DIRECTV, Inc. in multiple lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Several pretrial victories resulted in published decisions. SeePegasus Satellite Televisions, Inc. v. DIRECTV, 318 F. Supp. 2d 968 (C.D. Cal. 2003); NRTC v. DIRECTV, 319 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (C.D. Cal. 2003); NRTC v. DIRECTV,319 F. Supp. 2d 1059 (C.D. Cal. 2003); and NRTC v. DIRECTV, 2004 WL 1166674 (9th Cir. 2004). Cases settled on the eve of trial without any monetary payment from DIRECTV. (Central District of California).

    • Matter reported in Wall Street Journal August 12, 2003.

Gasoducto Bajanorte v. North Baja Pipeline LLC

  • Defended client against claims seeking an injunction which would have halted a $1.7 billion transaction involving international LNG pipelines. All injunctive relief requests were denied. (San Diego County Superior Court).

Kilroy Realty v. Hughes Electronics

  • Represented Hughes Electronics at trial in equitable action to enforce terms of a multi-million dollar lease extension. Total vindication for client at trial. (Los Angeles County Superior Court).


Representative Bankruptcy Litigations

In re American Business Financial Products, Inc.: George Miller, Trustee v. Greenwich Capital Financial Products, Inc.

  • Lead trial counsel for main defendant in suit by bankruptcy trustee alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and aiding and abetting liability, while seeking to recover more than $100 million in damages relating to a failed sub-prime mortgage originator. Summary judgment granted in favor of client on all counts. See In re Am. Bus. Fin. Svcs., 361 B.R. 747 (Bankr. D. Del. 2007).  (Delaware). 

In re Southbay Expressway

  • Lead trial counsel for debtor in dispute regarding priority of purported senior lien in excess of $150 million asserted by contractor of a toll road; judgment entered in favor of client after trial. See In re South Bay Expressway, L.P., 434 B.R. 589 (Bankr. S.D. Cal. 2010); also In re South Bay Expressway, L.P., 2010 W.L. 4688213 (Nov. 10, 2010 Bankr. S.D. Cal.).

In re People's Choice Home Loans

  • Represents former executive of subprime mortgage originator in suit by bankruptcy trustee alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. (California)

In re Reed Slatkin

  • Served as Special Litigation Counsel to the Liquidating Trust of the Bankruptcy Estate of Reed Slatkin, former ordained minister of the Church of Scientology. Led litigators seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of one of the largest reported Ponzi schemes. Ground-breaking case established new precedent regarding litigation over failed Ponzi schemes. See In re Slatkin, 310 B.R. 740 (C.D. Cal. 2004); also In re Slatkin, 222 Fed. Appx. 545 (9th Cir. 2007).

Lead trial counsel in suit against three financial institutions for fraud and aiding and abetting the Ponzi scheme, which resulted in one published decision (See Neilson v. Union Bank of California, 290 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (C.D. Cal. 2003)), and ultimately a $26.5 million settlement.

  • For media references quoting Alex regarding these cases, see

  • "Scientology groups to pay back $3.5 million," Los Angeles Times, 11/8/2006

  • "Bankers for Slatkin Agree to Settle Suit," Los Angeles Times, 9/14/2004

  • "You Won, Now Give it Back," Los Angeles Times, 5/20/2004

  • "Bryan Cave Pays Swindler-Client's Bankruptcy Estate," Daily Journal Extra, 10/6/2003

  • "Law Firm in Slatkin Case Agrees to Pay $650,000," Los Angeles Times, 9/17/2003

  • "Defrauded Investors Have Stories to Tell," Los Angeles Times, 9/2/2003

  • "Victims of Scam Target Church," Los Angeles Times, 3/26/2003

  • "Ruling Gives Boost to Slatkin Investors' Suit," Los Angeles Times, 1/18/2003

In re Pegasus Satellite Television Bankruptcy

  • Defended DIRECTV in litigations initiated by debtor against client alleging that DIRECTV caused debtor's bankruptcy (and several hundred million dollars in damages). Successfully defeated multiple injunctive relief requests. (Bankruptcy Court, District of Maine).

In re Space Systems/Loral Bankruptcy

  • Represented DIRECTV in an emergency matter defending against efforts by a competitor to acquire a DIRECTV satellite under construction by a Bankruptcy debtor-in-possession. Successfully defeated competitor's challenge. (Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York).


Representative IP Litigations

Northpoint Technology Ltd. v. DIRECTV, et al

  • Defended DIRECTV in patent suit infringement suit relating to switching technology involving multiple satellite-transmitted data streams. Summary judgment of invalidity granted and upheld on appeal. (Western District of Texas).

Rembrandt Data Technology L.P. v. DIRECTV, et al.

  • Lead trial counsel in patent infringement suit relating to modern technology with satellite-television set-top boxes. Summary judgment of non-infringement awarded by trial court. (Eastern District of Virginia).

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