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Troy L. Martin

Troy L. Martin

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Troy Martin is an astute litigator who resolves clients’ complex Trusts, Estates & Probate matters and Business disputes. His focused yet kind demeanor brings clients peace-of-mind during highly-contentious situations. Applying experience gained from handling a wide range of matters in federal and state courts, mediation and arbitration, Mr. Martin carefully reviews the merits of a case to establish a strategy, discussing the benefits of alternative approaches with his client.

Mr. Martin offers clients extensive experience resolving trust and estate disputes and probate litigation, and has achieved successful outcomes in matters ranging from $300,000 to $100 million. His noteworthy cases include taking advantage of favorable estate tax laws in late 2012, prior to the Fiscal Cliff, to negotiate settlements with an aggregate value exceeding $60 million. Upon exploring deficiencies in the conservatorship laws in representing Peter Falk’s and  Casey Kasem’s daughters, Mr. Martin drafted and lobbied for legislation to ensure a child’s right to visit with an ailing parent.  As a result of his efforts, he recently provided expert testimony before theCalifornia State Assembly Committee on Judiciary; has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NBC Los Angeles; and, has appeared on CNN, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Nancy Grace,  Gurvey’s Law (KABC 790AM), and The Tim Conway, Jr. Show (KFI AM 640).

Mr. Martin’s recent successes resolving business disputes include a verdict in client’s favor after a month-long jury trial over the misappropriation of intellectual property and breach of employment contract for a manufacturer of tactical gear for the military and law enforcement. In a breach of contract case involving a real estate agreement entered in 1924 regarding the establishment of a local cemetery, he achieved a judgment in favor of clients for the total amount of requested damages. Other noteworthy cases involved construction of the Metro Red Line, manufacturing of fire extinguishers for the engine bay of FA-18 fighter jets, and the manufacturer of French fry vending machines.

A frequent speaker on the duties of trustees and conservators, Mr. Martin has presented to Continuing Education and the Bar (CEB), the South Bay Estate Planning Council, the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council, the Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Professional Advisory Committee.

Education

  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1996, cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court (Central District, CA)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Cir., 3rd Cir.)

Honors & Awards 

  •  Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2006-2008

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • South Bay Estate Planning Council: Board Member, 2009 to Present; President, 2010-2011
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center Professional Advisory Committee
  • ProVisors
  • Bruin Professionals
  • Leadership Torrance: Co-Director 2010; Member 2009

 

Troy Martin's Representative Matters by Practice Area

Appeals

  • Following a jury verdict in client’s favor, made a post-trial motion for attorney’s fees for willful and malicious misappropriation of trade secrets under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA).  After the trial court denied our motion, the Court of Appeal overturned the trial court’s decision based on our demonstration that the trial court had applied the wrong burden of proof at trial.

  • Successfully defended Tasty Fries, Inc., in district court and on appeal, against Silver Leaf, LLC regarding a $100 million master sales and marketing agreement.  Silver Leaf filed the lawsuit to prevent Tasty Fries from terminating the agreement and moved for a preliminary injunction, which was denied by the district court

Business Litigation

  • Successfully represented an insurance brokerage in prosecuting claims of breach of fiduciary duty relating to employee embezzlement and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Employee had stolen  confidential client information.  After two-month jury trial, jury rendered $1.1 million verdict in favor of client.  Obtained judgment against the employee as well as her new employer for misappropriation of trade secrets.  

  • After one-month jury trial, achieved a verdict in client’s favor for claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against a former employee.  Client manufactures military tactical gear under government contracts, creating complex issues of ownership of goods.  Former employee had stolen confidential information and used it to open a competing manufacturer.  Following the jury’s verdict, the court issued a permanent injunction against former employee.  

  • On the eve of trial, negotiated a favorable settlement for the manufacturer of fire extinguishers used in the engine bays of FA-18 E/F fighter jets in breach of contract claims against a government contractor.  By understanding complicated chemical and electrical reactions, successfully demonstrated that the alleged failure of client’s product was caused by unspecified conditions in the aircraft, not by faulty design.

  • Successfully defended Tasty Fries, Inc., in district court and on appeal, against Silver Leaf, LLC regarding a $100 million master sales and marketing agreement.  Silver Leaf filed the lawsuit to prevent Tasty Fries from terminating the agreement and moved for a preliminary injunction, which was denied by the district court

  • Prevailed in a jury trial representing subcontractor on the Metro Red Line project, achieving enforcement of an oral settlement agreement with prime contractor-defendant over a contractual dispute. Defendant had reneged on the oral settlement agreement achieved at deposition by counsel. Tried declaratory relief action to a jury after judge was openly dubious that the oral settlement agreement was authorized and enforceable.  At trial, impeached the credibility of defendant’s CEO, who claimed he never authorized the oral settlement agreement, and persuaded jurors to answer every question of lengthy special verdict form in plaintiff’s favor. Also obtained award of 100% of client’s attorney’s fees.

Employment Litigation

  • Successfully represented an insurance brokerage in prosecuting claims of breach of fiduciary duty relating to employee embezzlement and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Employee had stolen  confidential client information.  After two-month jury trial, jury rendered $1.1 million verdict in favor of client.  Obtained judgment against the employee as well as her new employer for misappropriation of trade secrets.  

Intellectual Property Disputes

  • Successfully represented an insurance brokerage in prosecuting claims of breach of fiduciary duty relating to employee embezzlement and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Employee had stolen  confidential client information.  After two-month jury trial, jury rendered $1.1 million verdict in favor of client.  Obtained judgment against the employee as well as her new employer for misappropriation of trade secrets.  

  • After one-month jury trial, achieved a verdict in client’s favor for claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against a former employee.  Client manufactures military tactical gear under government contracts, creating complex issues of ownership of goods.  Former employee had stolen confidential information and used it to open a competing manufacturer.  Following the jury’s verdict, the court issued a permanent injunction against former employee.  

  • Successfully defended a manufacturer of French fry vending machines against claims of misappropriation of trade secrets  in a $100 million lawsuit  brought by a competitor.  By demonstrating the technological differences between product designs, convinced plaintiff to dismiss the case against client for no payment of money.  

Real Estate Litigation

  • Prevailing over one of the largest law firms in California, successfully defended property owner against claim for breach of contract relating to a failed agreement to sell 40 acres of land.  After a three month jury trial, the jury rendered verdict in client’s favor on ground that the sales contract was procured through fraud in the inducement.  

  • Successfully represented three clients in breach of agreement claims against a cemetery corporation regarding an agreement entered in 1924.  After one-month bench trial, during which we thoroughly discredited defendant’s complex financial models as inaccurate and inconsistent, court issued judgment in favor of clients for the full amount of requested damages.  

  • After convincing the court to conduct a one-day bench trial on the defense of “sham guaranty,” obtained a ruling by the court that the client was not liable to pay on a guaranty of a $24 million loan on a commercial property in Beverly Hills’ “Golden Triangle” because the guaranty was subject to California’s anti-deficiency statutes.  

Trust, Estate & Probate Litigation

  • Successfully represented the daughter of Columbo star Peter Falk in a highly-contested conservatorship proceeding to secure visitation rights.  Conservatorship was granted and visitation was ordered by the Court, despite the fact that the law does not specifically grant the Court such power. 

  • Successfully represented beneficiaries in an elder abuse and trust administration dispute against their aunt’s caregivers for exerting undue influence in inducing the elderly lady to amend her trust.   Negotiated a settlement in beneficiaries’ favor.  Caregivers acknowledged that the amended trust was invalid and relinquished all remaining trust assets to clients.  

  • After an elderly man was induced to modify his will to leave his house to his gardener, defended the trustee against claims of elder abuse asserted by the gardener and prosecuted cross-claims for elder abuse and undue influence against gardener.  Successfully settled the entire matter before trial.  

  • In a heated family battle over the care and control of Casey Kasem, successfully represented his daughter, Kerri Kasem, in obtaining a judge’s order for the temporary conservatorship of Kasem.  

  • In trust administration litigation between two siblings/co-trustees, successfully represented client/co-trustee in his claim that his co-trustee/sister had unduly influenced their surviving parent to include her as a joint account holder on all bank accounts and subsequently looted the accounts before the death of their parent/trustee.  The Court found that respondent/co-trustee had wrongfully taken $253,930, entering an order holding the respondent liable for twice the value of the property wrongfully taken in bad faith and awarding our client his full attorney’s fees.  

  • Represented the adult children of a supermarket founder in a trust contest against their stepmother.  Clients alleged stepmother importuned their father to substantially disinherit them, claiming lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence and coercion. The case settled on confidential terms after two lengthy mediation sessions.

  • After a son abducted his mother, successfully obtained conservatorship of the mother and prosecuted an action for elder abuse against the son.  The son was ordered to return his mother to her home.  The judgment for elder abuse was granted and the son was disinherited as a result of the financial elder abuse.  

  • Negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement for plaintiff in a breach of trust claim relating to mismanagement of a $40 million estate.  Strategically used the threat of the “Fiscal Cliff” to negotiate lifetime gifts to achieve settlement

  • Negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement in a highly-contentious breach of trust and elder abuse case relating to management of a $20 million trust.  Settlement was achieved by demonstrating the tax advantages of an immediate lifetime gift of real estate and the certainty of agreeing to future after-death gifts.  

  • “I originally met Steve Hogan when we were opposing counsel.  We developed a trusting relationship and I confidently refer clients with trusts and estate disputes to Steve.” -Peter Cathcart, Esq., Magana Cathcart & McCarthy
  • “The Hogan team were dedicated, informed, all the while encouraging positive forward thinking to ensure the best outcome on my behalf.  Steve offered up his associate attorney to work closely with us while also keeping our litigation fees to a minimum.   The entire firm treated me as I were family.” -Clarice Altadonna Waldecker
  • “Extremely valuable real estate divided our family after my father passed away.  I needed the best attorney in town, and fortunately was referred to Troy Martin.  Troy took a personal interest in my case and patiently pursued a successful settlement strategy rather than high-billing litigation.” -Michael Anderson
  • “Steve Hogan is my go-to choice when a client needs a Trusts and Estates litigator.  He does a tremendous job representing clients and keeps me informed throughout the process.” -David Altshuler, Esq.
  • “When I need co-counsel in California, I call Kurt Schmalz.  He is smart, knowledgeable and very experienced trying cases in the local courts, which is of great value to me and my clients.  Kurt takes the time to understand a case and provides insightful input during every step of the process.” -AmLaw 100 Lawyer, Washington, D.C.
  • “I quickly gained confidence in Troy Martin.  He listens carefully, is rational in his approach, and thoughtfully explains the calculations behind his communications with the opposing side.  Troy achieved our desired outcome by patiently negotiating a settlement, saving us a lot of money in the long run.” -Russell Steinberg
  • “I gained a lot of confidence in Troy Martin from co-litigating a case with him.  He is easy to work with and has a great demeanor for handling trust, estate and probate litigation.” -Matthew Yu, Esq.
  • “I experienced a surprisingly positive outcome from very a complex estate situation.    All my concerns were addressed.    Resolving our communication challenges were accomplished while navigating a California case from my home in New Mexico.” -Clarice Altadonna Waldecker
  • “Troy Martin is a very diligent attorney.   Probate litigation is a complicated process and Troy does a good job of explaining things to my clients, making it much easier for me.” -Kazuaki Uemura, Esq.
  • “I have spent a lot of time working side-by-side with Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s attorneys as an expert witness for their cases.   They are fantastic litigators, hardworking and fun to be around.” -Coral M. Hansen, CPA/CFF, CFE, CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.
  • “Whenever my firm has a conflict, I confidently refer clients to Steve Hogan because he cares as much about them as I do.  He is very tenacious and gets great results.   Practicing law is not just a job for Steve, it is his passion.” -Partner, AmLaw 100 Law Firm
  • “Kurt Schmalz is a wonderful lawyer.  He is meticulous in his legal work and applied his outstanding abilities to win our civil case, write the appeal and then give an extraordinary argument before the court.” -Susan Rhoades
  • “It is important for us to work with down-to-earth, honest, respectful attorneys.  The attorneys at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are all of those things and more.” -Client
  • “The partners and associates at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are amazing attorneys and very down-to-earth.   They patiently kept me informed of my options in fighting an employee’s wrongful termination case, and we got a great outcome.” -Steve Blumenfeld, First Class Closets
  • “Troy Martin has successfully resolved real estate and trust litigation for my clients.  He is very responsive and strategically considers potential outcomes versus potential costs when planning the best path to pursue.” -Stephanie Bezner, Esq., Doan Bezner
  • “When my trust and estate planning clients need a litigator, I refer them Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin.  The attorneys are experienced, focused and personable, and reduce my clients’ stress levels.  Also, the staff is polite and the environment is highly professional.” -Lawrence Davis, Esq.
  • “I call Kurt Schmalz when one of my clients is facing litigation in California.  Since he tries a lot of cases, he knows the judges, unique characteristics of various jurisdictions, and the art of picking a jury.  He leverages these skills to settle cases when possible, and always is prepared to go to trial if needed.” -AmLaw 100 Lawyer, Washington, D.C.
  • "The Hogan-Holcomb team of Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin, A.P.C.  stuck with me through a hard-fought 3-year case involving a very complicated estate with a myriad of twists and turns unimaginable!   They got it to a settlement where my Life Concerns were more-than met enabling me a future lifetime of security and prosperity.   The many twists and turns were met with their immediate knowledge, instinct and creativity resulting in a true success!   They stuck with me through thick and thin and I'd recommend them to anyone dealing with an estate matter where winning matters!   I was up against a very well-manned team and I called-in the BEST!   Needless to say using Steve Hogan and Damien Holcomb was one of the wisest choices in my life!" -Daniel Brown
  • “I was unsure about pursuing litigation to resolve a long-standing dispute with family members over property.  Steve Hogan made me comfortable with the decision to move forward, and we won our case.  Steve is very personable and was in-tune with the many issues I was facing throughout the process.” -Client
  • “Kurt Schmalz is one of the best litigators in Southern California.  He is intelligent, careful, results-oriented, and practical in his approach.  Kurt is a phenomenal choice for any client.” -Robert Weinberg, Esq.
  • “Resolving a complex trust and estate litigation in California from our home in London was challenging.  Retaining Steve Hogan to represent us based on a friend’s strong recommendation turned out to be the right decision.” -Robert Johnson
  • "Truth be told I had concerns about using a $695 / hour power attorney for a relatively smaller probate issue.  However I am so pleased to see Mr. Hogan achieve the best possible outcome for us without breaking the bank.  Mr. Hogan skillfully stayed in command while empowering a younger but very capable attorney Mr. Magana to do much of the work for us.  In the end, the court of appeal’s opinion virtually tracked our briefs. Order (00620669) Thank you for a job well done!" -Oliver Omidvar, Currency Corp.
  • “Steve Hogan and I have shared a nice reciprocal relationship for over 10 years.  He is everything you want in a litigator – innovative, smart, personable and relentless.” -Gil Ostrick, CPA
  • “When a trusted employee embezzled from me and stole trade secrets, Troy Martin kept me sane.  He is patient, kind and very knowledgeable.  Troy’s exceptionally clear lawsuit was so easy for the jury to follow that we won the case with a seven figure verdict.” -Nancy Collinge, NHC Insurance Services
  • “Over the years, I’ve used a lot of lawyers for different matters.  I like Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s high quality service.  They are quick and professional and provide excellent value for their rates. -Michael Mackel
  • “I confidently refer Trust and Estate litigation matters to Steve Hogan for his specific experience in this area.  He skillfully pursues the desired outcome, overcoming the challenge of difficult opponents, is timely, and a great communicator.” -Partner & General Counsel, Global Law Firm
  • “I seriously like Steve Hogan and refer clients who have Trust and Estate litigation issues to him.  Steve gets great results and has a reasonable approach to meeting with clients and billing.” -Fred Mashian, Esq.
  • Victoria Tsylina was lead counsel on my Estate, Trust, Probate and Employment Litigation during an exceptionally trying time in my life. Her unwavering support, her perseverance and sensitivity saved my sanity. Her skillful ability to decipher and argue complex legal concepts, along with her expertise to analyze and balance delicate family matters, produced a positive outcome. Victoria executed my case expeditiously and fairly. I would highly recommend her professional services and of her team's at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin. Kudos to Victoria and many thanks to Steve Hogan for your interaction.

    -Anita Lorber
  • “Thank you Kurt and Victoria!  Your resolve and creativity steered this case straight to victory.  Your steady hand on the wheel kept me sane in a matter of enormous personal and financial consequence.  Litigation is never fun but winning sure is.  Calling you was an inspired moment.”  Raymond J. Tittmann, Esq. (Continental Casualty Co. v. Tittmann, et al, LASC Case No. 18STCV04963). -Raymond J. Tittmann, Esq.

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Daniel Martin Zepeda

Obituary of Daniel Martin Zepeda

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Daniel Martin Zepeda, age 79, of Meadows Place, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Daniel was born February 4, 1942.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arnold John Zepeda, Rebecca Salazar Zepeda and sister Diana Mitsakis. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Coy, three children, Daniel Jr. (Regina), Jennifer Scully (John) and Jeffrey (Chandra). Dan had 8 wonderful grandchildren, Madalyn, Daniel III, Jessica, Samantha, Maya, Jared, Logan, Miranda and two great granddaughters Keeleigh and Amberly in addition to several loving nephews, nieces and cousins.

Dan attended Roy Miller High School before joining the Air Force in 1959. After he was discharged from the Air Force and moved back to Corpus Christi he attended Del Mar College. Dan worked as an Engineering Designer with several engineering firms in Corpus Christi, Houston and Dallas for over 55 years until he retired from Bechtel Corporation in Houston. Dan loved playing golf, watching all the Astros games, going on cruises, poker night with the guys and traveling.

Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital (stjude.org) and the Parkinson’s Foundation (Parkinson.org).

A visitation for Daniel will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Brookside Funeral Home - Champions, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A celebration of life will occur Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A reception will occur Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A committal service will occur Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038. A burial will occur at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77038-1502.

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  • Luis Garza, Pallbearer
  • John Mitsakis, Pallbearer
  • Anthony Perales, Pallbearer
  • John Scully, Pallbearer
  • Jared Scully, Pallbearer
  • Logan Zepeda, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Martin Zepeda III, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Garza, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Reception

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Daniel Martin Zepeda

Sours: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/houston-tx/daniel-zepeda-10110014
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Central Washington University Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) professor AndreaGroup photos of two students and their professor Eklund and student designers Emily Martin and Maria Zepeda prove that two designers are better than one.

Two of their faculty-student co-designs were accepted into the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) blind peer design competition and one of the designs won Best in Show.

“To have two designs accepted shows the skills our students gain in the program and the high-quality work they produce,” Eklund said.

Both CWU designs were black full-length formal gowns.

The Eklund-Zepeda design has exposed shoulders, a bare midriff with ornate appliqué on the bodice, and flowing ruffles down the train.

The winning garment was a collaboration between Eklund and Martin, a recent ATM graduate. Their long-sleeved semi-transparent top with intentionally-positioned lace appliqué beat out approximately 35 designs at the competition from across the nation.

This is the third year in a row one of CWU’s accepted designs has won the best in show award. Eklund won last year for her versatile functional maternity coat and the prior year for a bridal inspired gown.

“I am proud to co-design the garments with the students, it keeps me relevant and allows me to mentor them one-on-one so they learn an abundance of new techniques,” Eklund said.

Martin and Zepeda both earned their bachelor of science in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising and minors in Apparel Design. Martin graduated this past summer, Zepeda in the summer of 2017. 

During Eklund’s tenure, she has won numerous design awards—both national and international. As a professor she brings her talents into her teaching. The ATM program has a strong industry connection with the robust apparel industry in the Pacific Northwest which has many apparel corporate headquarters located between Everett and Portland. Seattle is the seventh largest apparel manufacturing center in the United States and the fourth largest in fashion design jobs.

Visit the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising web page to learn more about this creative and diverse program.

Pictured above (l-r): Maria Zepeda, Andrea Eklund, and Emily Martin

Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, [email protected]

Sours: https://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/cwu-wins-best-show-design-third-consecutive-year
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