Elias Dabaie focuses on complex commercial litigation and advises clients in a wide range of high-stakes disputes, with particular emphasis on claims involving breach of contract, business torts, consumer fraud and products liability. His clients span a diverse array of industries, including real estate finance, professional sports and multinational retail.
With expertise in all aspects of litigation–including serving as lead counsel in several trials and obtaining lucrative settlements–Mr. Dabaie's commitment to his clients’ success has earned him a reputation for fierce advocacy and imaginative litigation strategies.
Lead trial counsel for international real estate investment firm in breach of contract and fraud litigation: Obtained lucrative settlement from Plaintiff following two-week bench trial.
Lead counsel for famous sports figure in a wrongful death an breach of contract action: Successfully mediated the dispute on terms extremely favorable to client.
Counsel for leading national retailer in high-stakes products liability litigation: Devised and executed discovery strategy for ten cases in various state and federal jurisdictions, resulting in dismissals of several cases.
Counsel for plaintiff photovoltaic energy systems manufacturer in breach of contract litigation: Devised case strategy and obtained settlement on terms favorable to client.
Counsel for domestic bank and its foreign affiliate in anti-money laundering probe: Independently developed and implemented internal audit systems to ensure compliance with FDIC consent order, minimizing clients’ monetary penalties to federal and state regulatory agencies.
Counsel for defendant low voltage systems manufacturer in breach of contract and unlawful detainer action: Developed case theme and legal arguments, obtained settlement on terms favorable to client.
Honors & Awards
Pro Bono Associate of the Year, Akin Gump, 2015
Pro Bono Litigation Matter of the Year, Akin Gump, 2015
"The Effect of Arbitration Agreements on Class Actions," co-author, 47 Rev. of Sec. & Commodities Reg. 91, 98, 2014
“Reasonably Calculated to Proportional: 2015 Amendments to the F.R.C.P.,” Los Angeles, February 29, 2016
“Hindsight is 20/20: The Million Dollar Comma,” Los Angeles, May 30, 2014
Office of Los Angeles City Attorney, Volunteer Prosecutor, 2016