Jean-Paul Menard

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Owner, Law Office of Jean-Paul Menard (2008-2019); Owner, Menard Mediation, Inc. (2008-present); Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP (now Dentons US) (1997-2008), LA Litigation Team Leader and Hiring Partner; Partner, Stephens, Berg & Lasater (1986-1997); Associate, Munns, Kofford, Hoffman, Hunt & Throckmorton (1984-1986).

Education and Honors

Loyola Law School (J.D., 1984); Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Comments Editor (1983-1984); Scott Honors Moot Court; California State University, Northridge (B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, 1981); Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.

Professional Associations
State Bar of California’s Litigation Section; Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Litigation Section; Southern California Mediation Association, Professional Member; Mediation Panelist, American Arbitration Association; Mediation Panelist, United States District Court, Central District; Mediation Panelist, California Association of Realtors.

Bar Admissions
California (1984); United States District Court, Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; United States District Court, Western District of Michigan; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Community Affiliations and Activities
Toberman Neighborhood Center, Inc., San Pedro, California, Board of Trustees (2009-2019), Board Chair (2012-2016), Executive Committee (2011-2019), Volunteer of the Year Award (2018); VA Hospital, Long Beach, California, Classic Rock Band Performances for Veterans (2015-present); Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Basketball Coach, Bogdanovich Park (2002-2008).

Representative matters for Mr. Menard include:

Commercial Contract and Business Disputes
  • Representing global banana producer/distributor in action against storage facility to recover damages due to negligent storage of bananas.
  • Representing over 90 current and former residents of mobilehome park against park management for violations of Mobilehome Residency Law, Rent Stabilization Ordinance Violations and other claims.
  • Defending mortgage broker in action for alleged breach of contract and fiduciary duties, and professional negligence relating to loan transaction.
  • Defended food manufacturer in action with natural gas supplier over the termination of a natural gas contract; and action filed by factor of shipping transporter to recover accounts receivable.
  • Defended automobile manufacturer and related entities in a breach of contract action arising from a racing supply agreement; a fraud action stemming from an alleged “bait and switch” advertisement by one of its dealers; and an antitrust, false advertising and unfair competition action asserted by distributor of replacement parts.
  • Defended roof product manufacturer in breach of contract action filed by natural gas supplier over the termination of a natural gas contract.
  • Represented construction and engineering contractor regarding claims asserted in Enron bankruptcy, and issues involving right to arbitrate pursuant to gas supply agreement.
  • Defended food-supply company in breach of contract action for alleged failure to pay for deficient software program.
  • Represented employment training services company in numerous matters to recover monies due for employment development and training services.
  • Represented wireless telecommunications company in action for breach of asset purchase agreement, breach of employment agreements and related claims.
  • Represented developer and distributor of iPod accessory products in action for breach of agreement against former partner; and action for conversion, business interference and other claims.
  • Defended owner of weight loss business in breach of contract action for alleged non-payment for construction services.
Real Estate Disputes
  • Defended clients in action for alleged fraudulent transfer of real property.
  • Represented real estate developer in three separate actions arising from a proposed redevelopment of a superfund site.
  • Defended clients in action for alleged breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties relating to the maintenance and sale of 587 acres of land.
  • Represented company in foreclosure, receiver and accounting action arising from defendant’s default under deed of trust.
  • Defended tenants in action for alleged breach of lease involving commercial office space.
  • Defended company in action for alleged breach of lease involving industrial property.
  • Defended seller of residential property concerning alleged nondisclosure of material facts relating to condition of property.
  • Represented owner of real property relating to various Homeowners’ Association disputes.
Trade Secret Litigation
  • Defended clients engaged in the distribution of automobile vinyl products in former employer’s action for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Defended trade show exhibit company and employee in action for alleged misappropriation of proprietary and confidential information, including art designs and customer lists.
  • Represented parking lot operator in action against former employee and new company for misappropriation of trade secrets, including customer lists and customer related information.
  • Defended key employee and electronics components distributor in former employer’s action for alleged fraud and conversion of corporate assets.
Trademark and Copyright Infringement Litigation
  • Represented developer and distributor of iPod accessory products in trademark infringement and Lanham Act violation action.
  • Defended software distributor in action for alleged copyright and trademark infringement of computer software products.
  • Defended giftware importer in action for alleged copyright infringement of giftware items.
  • Defended publishing company in action for alleged copyright infringement arising from the publication of law enforcement training manuals.
  • Defended insurer’s subrogation claim for monies paid in settlement of infringement claim asserted by owner of copyright in giftware items.
Government Contract Related Matters
  • Represented government subcontractor in action against prime contractor for wrongfully withholding funds for food and other services provided to United States troops in Afghanistan.
  • Defended government subcontractor in supplier’s action for alleged unpaid costs relating to the supply of propulsion systems for amphibious United States Army vehicles.
  • Defended refuse contractor in two false claim actions filed under the California False Claims Act, including representation on appeal.
  • Represented government contractor in claims against the United States Air Force for additional job costs and other damages incurred with respect to the installation of underground oil/water separator tanks at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
Environmental Matters
  • Defended company in RCRA and CERCLA action to recover costs associated with soil contamination at client’s plating facility.
  • Represented buyer in environmental indemnity action against seller of numerous can-manufacturing facilities throughout the county due to soil and groundwater contamination at various sites.
  • Represented real property owner in action against remediation contractor for contractor’s failure to properly design and construct a vapor extraction system for the removal of VOCs at former manufacturing site.
Miscellaneous Representation
  • Represented former employees against marketing firm in action for wrongful termination; violations of Government 12940 for disparate impact, disparate treatment and hostile work environment; violation of California Fair Pay Act; and violation of the California Family Rights Act.
  • Provide clients with general legal representation and counseling regarding commercial, business and employment matters; assist clients in minimizing potential legal exposure; negotiate and prepare various business and commercial agreements.
  • Represented shareholders of debtor in bankruptcy litigation, including successful transfer of venue of action from Minnesota.
  • Represented defense contractors in successfully opposing motion for class certification in action for alleged exposure to toxic.
  • Defended manufacturer of agricultural products in action arising from special employee’s severe personal injury sustained while operating fertilizer blender.
  • Represented pesticide manufacturers in the prosecution of consolidated state court cases against state agency for the unlawful use of clients’ pesticide health and safety data to support applications for generic pesticide products submitted by other companies.
Mediation Practice

Mr. Menard began his mediation practice in 2008. Since then, Mr. Menard has mediated hundreds of cases involving business, commercial, real estate, employment, partnership, unfair competition, infringement and personal injury matters. In addition to his private mediation practice, Mr. Menard offers his services as a panelist for the California Association of Realtors and the United States District Court, Central District of California.


Mr. Menard is certified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association to conduct mediations and is a former panelist of the now defunct Los Angeles Superior Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Mr. Menard is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), and has participated in numerous mediation training courses and seminars, including the basic and advanced mediation training programs offered by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and programs presented by the SCMA, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, the USC Gould School of Law, and the United States District Court.


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