Craig J. Mariam is an experienced trial and litigation partner at Gordon & Rees. He is licensed in numerous jurisdictions (California, Nevada, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, and Colorado) and regularly assists clients regarding their needs nationwide. With a substantial and unblemished federal and state jury and bench trial record under his belt and educational achievements and awards in science and mathematics, Mr. Mariam's unique expertise contributes to his ability to effectively strategize and prepare an advanced, rational, winning theory in each case, as well as to convey the sometimes difficult language of expert witnesses for the benefit of his clients and the jury.
Mr. Mariam graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in economics and an underlying tract in mathematics and computer engineering. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is an active, practicing member in state and federal courts and professional organizations throughout the country.
His areas of expertise include:
Commercial and Technology Litigation
(Intellectual property, Cyber Liability, Data Breach, Software, and VoIP)
Mr. Mariam has tried to verdict cases involving or related to the prosecution and defense of copyrights, trademarks, domain disputes, privacy rights and defamation actions. He has litigated to a successful conclusion a number of software breach and misappropriation claims and is at the forefront in terms of the legal aspects of emerging technology given his proficiency in mathematics and computer systems and his active litigation practice during a period of evolving and changing privacy and security risks in cyberspace including potentially insecure mobile devices, cloud computing, virtualization and other information technologies.
Professional Liability Defense
Mr. Mariam regularly defends a dedicated group of accountants, lawyers, and various professional agents and brokers relative to purported malpractice events and also relative to investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. On the accountant liability side, Mr. Mariam counsels clients in terms of being responsible for or avoiding the risks of fraud or misstatements and to be knowledgeable and to employ all applicable accounting standards. Failed audits, financial statement reviews and tax advice claims are common. On the lawyers side, defense issues vary widely from case to case depending on the underlying factual scenario but common exemplars include failure to conduct proper and adequate discovery, failure to communicate or document findings, opinions or work product, or failure to retain proper experts resulting in adverse jury findings.
Employment Related Practices
Generally part and parcel to the defense of the claims mentioned herein, Mr. Mariam regularly defends employees and employers involving claims for anti-competition, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment. He has defended many individuals and companies in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) misclassification cases, including hybrid claims under federal and state law.
Directors & Officers and Securities Claims
Mr. Mariam actively and successfully defends individual directors and officers – and corporate entities - in shareholder derivative and direct actions for alleged breach of fiduciary duties and related claims. Many of these claims involve alleged securities violations on both a state and federal level. Mr. Mariam has been involved in and has helped secure imaginative and creative resolutions on behalf of – and to the benefit of – corporate clients through “outside the box” negotiation skills and mediation efforts.
Class Action Defense Including Consumer Protection Statutes
Mr. Mariam is heavily involved in class action litigation including, for example, nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and false advertising or unfair competition statutes, including, as just some examples, the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).
Colorado (Federal only)