Manuel F. Cachán

An experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Manuel Cachán has served as trial counsel in various significant and high-profile matters, including:

Manuel has been recognized by The American Lawyer, which named him “Litigator of the Week”; the Los Angeles Daily Journal, which included him in its list of “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers; Benchmark Litigation, which has designated him a “Local Litigation Star” for Los Angeles; Law360, which named him to its list of “Top Lawyers Under 40 in the Nation”; and Minority Corporate Counsel magazine, which listed him as one of twelve diverse “Rising Star” attorneys nationwide.

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In the last several years, Manuel has represented Fortune 500 companies before federal and state courts around the country in breach-of-contract litigations, securities and banking actions, product liability lawsuits, professional malpractice cases, and suits brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law.  Examples include:

  • representing Johnson & Johnson as trial counsel in a bellwether wrongful-death product liability action alleging that Tylenol causes severe liver injury;
  • representing Wells Fargo in two lawsuits brought by the cities of Los Angeles and Oakland, respectively, alleging disparate-impact race discrimination in connection with mortgage lending; 
  • representing Wells Fargo in a class action brought by the City of Los Angeles alleging the bank engaged in unlawful sales practices;
  • representing Wells Fargo in several suits alleging the mismanagement of investments made on behalf of various pension funds; and 
  • representing NBCUniversal in an arbitration involving the profits from a series of popular made-for-television movies.

Manuel has for many years taken an active role in the legal community.  He has previously served as a member of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) of the State Bar of California, which evaluates all candidates under consideration for a judicial appointment by the Governor. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) in Los Angeles and is an Honorary Trustee of the Mexican-American Bar Foundation, a charitable organization that provides scholarships to Latino law students.  He is an elected member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Chancery Club of Los Angeles.  Manuel has also served as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s “Mexico Project,” traveling to Mexico to teach trial skills to judges, public defenders and prosecutors.

Manuel is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  He was a Fulbright Fellow in Spain before enrolling in law school.  Prior to beginning private practice, Manuel served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the first Latino appointed to that court.

Manuel is the son of Cuban exiles and is fluent in Spanish.


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