Peter L. Wucetich is a partner at Stuart Kane LLP, and practices in the Employment and Litigation groups.

Experience

Mr. Wucetich’s practice encompasses a wide variety of business litigation and employment litigation matters, with an emphasis on unfair business practices, trade secret misappropriation, fiduciary duties, wrongful termination, corporate control disputes, and contractual disputes.

Mr. Wucetich has first chaired and second chaired jury trials, court trials, and binding arbitrations in cases involving various types of fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, breaches of contract, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition.

In addition, he provides employment counseling to both employers and employees on issues relating to employee mobility, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and the protection and assignment of intellectual property rights developed during the course of employment.

Prior to becoming a partner at Stuart Kane LLP, Mr. Wucetich was a shareholder at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, and also worked as an associate at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP (now DLA Piper) and at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

Mr. Wucetich recently published an article “Using Social Media Policies to Protect Your Proprietary Customer Information” in the June 15, 2015 issue of the Orange County Business Journal. [Click here to read the article.]

Representative Matters

Plantiff’s Side:

  • Obtained a seven figure settlement for an employer who sued departing employees and their new employer for unfair competition.
  • Obtained a seven figure arbitration award for a hospital in a dispute with its supplier involving claims for breach of contract and unfair competition.
  • Represented an international supplier in a contract dispute. Shortly after obtaining a $2.7 million attachment order, the matter settled for a seven figure payment.
  • Obtained a seven figure judgment for an investor who was the victim of a Ponzi scheme.
  • After a two week trial, obtained a $846,089 judgement for an employer against a former employee.
  • Obtained a six figure settlement for a hostess who sued a local restaurant for sexual harassment.

Employment Defense:

  • Represented a manufacturer in an age discrimination arbitration brought by a long-time manager. Within days of filing a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the manufacturer, the manager settled for just $2,500.
  • Represented departing employees in trade secret misappropriation lawsuit brought by their former employer. After knocking out nearly all of the employer’s claims on summary judgment, the former employer settled for a walk away.
  • Represented an employer sued for wrongful termination. The case settled for a walk away shortly before trial.

Class and Representative Actions:

  • Obtained complete dismissal of putative nationwide class action against a leading scuba diving training organization after motion to dismiss was granted. Upheld on appeal. See Kauai Scuba Center, Inc. v. PADI Americas, Inc., 524 Fed. Appx. 344 (9th Cir. 2013).
  • Obtained complete dismissal of putative nationwide class action against a mortgage lender after motion for judgment on the pleadings was granted.
  • Represented a manufacturer in wage and hour PAGA action. Plaintiff began settlement negotiations seeking $6,000,000 but agreed to drop the PAGA claims and dismiss the entire action and an accompanying wrongful termination action for $20,000.
  • Represented a manufacturer in wage and hour putative class action. After using creative settlement strategy to reduce the size of the potential class, Plaintiff dropped the class claims and dismissed the entire action for $25,000.

Appellate Matters:

  • Successfully petitioned the California Supreme Court for review of the decision inWisdom v. AccentCare, Inc., 202 Cal. App. 4th 591 (2012). In light of the granting of review, the opinion was depublished and the case settled while review was pending.
  • Obtained complete reversal of trial court’s denial of an anti-SLAPP motion brought by our client against a former employee. As a result of the reversal, the lawsuit was dismissed and our client was awarded its attorney’s fees. See Putnam v. South Coast Emergency Vehicle Serv., 2012 WL 635432 (2012).