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Matthew L. Eanet

Matt is the Managing Shareholder at Eanet, PC  and manages a diverse case load that includes complex commercial litigation matters involving real estate, insurance, international arbitration, employment, trade secret, trademark and trade dress, and general business disputes. With a background that includes extensive trial experience, including tenure as a military prosecutor and significant private practice exposure with an established national firm, Matt applies a proven track record for securing successful outcomes to every phase of litigation, from pre-trial counseling to aggressive advocacy at trial.

Before forming Eanet, PC, Matt was an attorney at Reeder Lu LLP, a Los Angeles-based real estate litigation firm and a managing partner at Eanet McCreary, LLP. Prior to taking on that role, Matt served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, where he brought over 20 trials to verdict and was selected to serve in a highly selective City Attorney civil litigation program for troubled real property. Matt began his legal career with Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, the top-tier national law firm that recruited him out of law school.

Matt was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (Southern California) in 2013 and selected to Super Lawyers (Southern California) for the years 2015-2019. Matt was also honored by Pasadena Magazine as a "Top Attorney" in 2016.

From 2001 to 2014, Matt served in the U.S. Army Reserves–first as a Bridge Crewmember (Combat Engineer) and most recently as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). From 2008 to 2009, Matt was deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition to his criminal and civil litigation experience, Matt has handled numerous adverse administrative personnel actions and courts martial.  Matt serves as an Arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Attorney Client Fee Arbitration Service.

Matt obtained his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, where he served as an editor on the George Washington Law Review and graduated with honors.

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Representative Matters

  • Prevail on summary judgment on behalf of client (green energy fund) for over $700,000, on conversion and intentional interference with contract claims.

  • Won six figure jury verdict for client on fraud claims against former CEO, Board Chairman; upheld on appeal in published opinion (IIG Wireless, Inc. v. Yi (2018) 22 Cal.App.5th 630).

  • Defense jury verdict for an investment company against claims brought by a former investor.

  • Obtain substantial confidential settlement of fraud, conversion, and unfair competition claims against several of nation's largest insurance companies arising out of wrongful use of client's producer codes and account information.

  • Obtain dismissal of fraudulent transfer claims against several defendants accused of receiving millions in wrongfully-obtained funds from a third-party.

  • Defense of claims by purchaser against seller of restaurant alleging fraud and concealment, resulting in dismissal at demurrer stage.

  • Succeed on summary judgment for over $700,000 on behalf of secured lender, in connection with defendants' breach of secured loan and conversion of collateral.

  • Secure writ of attachment for over $545,000 on behalf of creative design firm, in connection with legal action commenced against electric car manufacturer Faraday & Future.

  • Awarded six-figure judgment against commercial office building subtenant for breach of sublease; successfully enforce judgment against subtenant.

  • Negotiated post-litigation settlement of multi-million dollar personal guaranty claims by lender against real estate developer.

  • Secure seven-figure settlement of lender liability claims by real estate developer against bank following one week of hearings before judicial referee and after defeating motion for summary judgment.

  • Obtain judgment for client renewing judgment outside of ten-year renewal period following defendant’s bankruptcy; upheld on appeal. (Hadaegh v. Khaligh, Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Seven, No. B286461, available here.)


Danielle G. Eanet

Danielle G. Eanet is an experienced labor and employment attorney who counsels and defends employers in California and Federal courts on a wide range of employment law matters, including:

  • Harassment

  • Discrimination

  • Retaliation

  • Disability issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)

  • Unfair competition

  • Misappropriation of trade secrets

  • Wrongful termination

  • Breach of contract

  • Wage and hour issues

Danielle has significant litigation experience including complex-designated litigation and arbitration and has a demonstrated record of obtaining success for employers before trial via law and motion, mediation, and settlement. She has also represented employers in wage and hour claims, termination appeal and disciplinary proceedings before state administrative agencies, arbitrators, and commissions. Among her notable successes, she successfully second chaired a disability discrimination trial in Los Angeles Superior Court where the jury issued a defense verdict.

Danielle also has extensive experience advising companies on a broad range of employment issues including recruiting, hiring, worker classification and management, discipline and termination, background checks, leaves, wage and hour compliance and employee safety as well as conducting employee investigations and employer trainings. She has also developed an expertise in building and implementing scalable, employment policies and programs that ensure legal compliance while mitigating risk.

Danielle also assists clients in responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and unfair labor practice charges, defends employers in unemployment insurance defense claims, and drafts and negotiates employment, commission, arbitration, separation, proprietary information, non-solicitation, independent contractor and settlement agreements.

Prior to joining Eanet, PC, Danielle was an attorney with the Los Angeles Office of Littler Mendelson P.C., the world’s largest employment law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment law matters.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Young Leaders Circle, Milken Institute

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles


  • J.D., Southwestern Law School

  • B.A., American University, cum laude

 Bar Admissions

  • California

  • District of Columbia

Publications & Press


Brian D. Lauter


Brian is a Shareholder at Eanet, PC.  Brian represents clients in all phases of litigation.  His problem-solving skills, tenacious advocacy, and dedication to understanding each client’s unique circumstances and goals lead to quality results for his clients.

Brian’s legal experience reflects the diversity of his clients, who have included Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, corporate officers and directors, shareholders, partners and joint venturers, investors, real estate developers, brokers, landlords, tenants, franchisors, employers, and employees.  Brian has represented clients in complex litigation involving business, real estate, labor and employment, trade secrets, trademark and trade dress, contract, fraud, corporate governance, fiduciary duty, negligence, unfair competition, RICO, lending, investing, shareholder and partnership, landlord/tenant, and insurance disputes.  Brian has also advised clients in government regulation, corporate governance, and labor and employment matters.

Before joining Eanet, PC, Brian worked in the Los Angeles office of Robins Kaplan LLP  He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law where he was an editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review and interned with the California Department of Justice.  Prior to law school, Brian earned his B.A. in Political Science, with High Distinction, from the University of California, San Diego and worked as an advisor to the President of the San Diego City Council. He is also a licensed California real estate broker (DRE License # 02014756).

Brian is dedicated to keeping apprised of legal and policy developments that may affect his clients’ interests.  He also devotes a significant amount of time to the Los Angeles community through pro bono work and other volunteer activities. He was appointed to the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 2018-2019 Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations.


Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2015, 2017-2019.

Top Attorney, Pasadena Magazine, 2016-2018.

Recent Articles

Updates and Analysis, Eanet, PC Notes (2016-Present). 

What Constitutes An Enforceable E-Signature?, Law360 (January 8, 2015).

4 Years, 2 Cases Later Martinez v. Combs Still Confusing, Law360 (November 6, 2014).

Calif.’s Arbitration Aversion Is Futile Post-Concepcion, Law360 (September 3, 2014).

The Judicial Misunderstanding of California Usury Law, Law360 (May 9, 2014).

Calif. Ruling Gives News Companies License To Discriminate, Law360 (January 6, 2014) (with Andrew Howard).

Calif. High Court Continues Trend In Evidence Of Fraud, Law360 (November 7, 2013) (with Andrew Howard).

Ask Before You Sign that Lender-Developer Side Agreement, Law360 (September 5, 2013).

Another Usury Exemption for California Lenders, Law360 (June 17, 2013) (with H. Mark Madnick).

Get the Latest Employment Updates — for Your Clients’ Sake, Law360 (April 22, 2013).

Equitable Principles Alive and Well in Calif., Law360 (January 9, 2012).

Arabia v. BAC – More Leverage For Calif. Loan Servicers, Law360 (November 9, 2012).

At Odds Over Junior Lienholder Rights In Calif., Law360 (July 6, 2012).

State Split: Transfer Restrictions In Commercial Leases, Law360 (April 4, 2012).

Investigatory Stops and the Fourth Amendment: Defending the Misdemeanor Per Se Rule, 11 CAL. CRIM. L.J. (Spring 2009).

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Laine Mervis

Laine is a Shareholder at Eanet, PC, and represents creative entrepreneurs, start-ups, businesses, investors and lenders. Laine’s integrative approach to law and business provides clients with counsel that is smart, sophisticated, and collaborative. Laine's clients span industries including real estate, design, artists, finance, green energy, entertainment, and technology.

On the litigation side, Laine has over a decade of experience obtaining favorable outcomes for clients in and out-of-court. Recently, Laine second-chaired a three week jury trial involving a business shareholder dispute and resulting in a six-figure verdict for the client which was upheld on appeal. Also recently, Laine obtained a six-figure judgment on behalf of an investment company on summary judgment.

On the transactional side, Laine works closely with clients to advance their unique brand and to achieve success as they define it. Laine is a consigliere to clients. He provides transactional services in a range of issues, including secured lending, asset and business acquisitions and sales, and solvency matters and restructuring. 

Previously, Laine practiced bankruptcy law at the Los Angeles offices of two nationally-renowned law firms. Laine has been named a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine (So. Cal. edition). Laine has contributed to writings presented to the American Law Institute–American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Financial Lawyer’s Conference, and appearing in the law school textbook Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy (3d ed. 2006). 

Laine graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2002, where he served as Executive Editor of the UCLA Law Review. In 1999, Laine graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Classics and Political Science with honors. In 2014, Laine received a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Laine has also worked as a law extern at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, and as a Finance Director to U.S. House campaigns.


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William J. Kay

William J. Kay is Of Counsel at Eanet, PC.  He is an experienced entertainment lawyer with more than 20 years of experience representing production companies, writers, producers, and other professionals in the Entertainment Industry.  He is also experienced in trusts and estates litigation and resolving disputes between school districts and children with special needs.

Prior to joining Eanet, PC, William was Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, and was responsible for managing its iconic intellectual property library. William worked to re-establish, re-release, and remake some of their classic children’s shows while also creating new properties for licensing to major TV Networks. In this capacity William helped restart the Company as a Television Production Company, honing his significant experience in TV production from inception to completion.  William has served as Production Legal Counsel for over 100 television episodes which have aired on traditional cable networks like Nickelodeon, and streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime. William represents a range of production companies and entertainment professionals with extensive experience negotiating deals that involve copyright and trademark issues.

William also has nearly a decade of experience in estate planning, probate, and trust and estates litigation, including the representation of heirs, beneficiaries and trustees. William is frequently retained to resolve complex and challenging disputes with complicated family dynamics. For example, William represented the beneficiary of a trust in a dispute with his sister and a trustee over the sale of the house in which William’s client grew up and still lived.  Although the litigation was well underway, William negotiated an equitable settlement, which saved the family from years of expensive litigation. William also speaks extensively to financial advisors and other professionals about the estate planning process.

William also represents families as an Educational Advocate against School Districts in Special Education from the Initial Assessment and throughout the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) process.   For example, William was retained by a family to represent them when the School District was failing to provide proper services to a disabled student to accommodate his unique needs.  William succeeded in obtaining a favorable IEP for the child and held the school district accountable when it failed to implement the same, ultimately forcing the district to pay for the child’s Non-Public School education.

William graduated from UCLA and obtained his J.D. from the Southwestern University School of Law. William is a member of the State Bar of California and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

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David Bismuth

David Bismuth is Of Counsel at Eanet, PC.  He represents and advises entrepreneurs and investors in a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, and entertainment.  David’s practice focuses on cross border and domestic corporate and commercial transactions for start-ups, small and mid-cap companies.  He has also served as outside general counsel for over fifty companies

David’s M&A experience includes providing strategic counsel to target companies and handling complex negotiations in buy out deals totaling in aggregate over $500 million.  He also advises private purchasers in negotiating cross border mergers and acquisitions of high-tech and media targets and represents both investors and start-ups in all founding rounds, including Seed Rounds, Series A and Series B financing. 

David’s experience in the entertainment industry includes advising and representing numerous entertainment industry players in acquisitions of production companies and apps, including augmented reality gaming and music apps, negotiating above the line talent contracts and iTunes licensing agreements.

With extensive international experience, David has negotiated deals in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Israel, Mexico, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Prior to joining Eanet, PC, David was an attorney in Paris, France, at Bayle & Hasbanian, a major boutique firm in the European Union focusing on transactional law.  David holds an L.LM. in General Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. as well as Master degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School in  Toronto and Université Aix-Marseille III in France.  David also received a post-graduate degree in Legal Management in International Business Organisations and worked at the Trade Department of the French Embassy in Washington D.C.

 David is admitted to practice in California, New York, and France, and resides in Los Angeles.

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