Profile

Trevor specializes in complex litigation and white collar defense. He represents defendants and plaintiffs in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration.

Trevor has litigated complex cases, including numerous class actions, from both the plaintiff and defense sides. He has experience doing everything from drafting a class action complaint to litigating appeals. Trevor is also a stand-up trial lawyer who has argued motions in federal and state courts and examined a key witness in a multimillion-dollar trial.

Trevor is actively involved in pro bono work and civic organizations. He has worked with both law enforcement and reform organizations to advance criminal justice policy and has represented indigent clients in a variety of civil and administrative proceedings. Trevor published a case study on police practices as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance Executive Session on Police Leadership and co-authored a study of prison visitation policies with the support of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

His essays have appeared in the New York Times and the Boston Review, and his scholarship has been published in the Environmental Law Reporter and the Yale Law & Policy Review.

Experience

Trevor's recent experience includes:

  • Represented a leading technology company in a putative nationwide class action. The team persuaded a federal court to dismiss the action and compel arbitration, successfully arguing that our client’s arbitration provision was enforceable and distinguishable from a competitor’s provision that had been found unconscionable
  • Represented a large consumer-goods company accused of numerous labor and employment violations. After the federal district court granted his client’s motion and dismissed certain claims, the case was remanded to state court. Trevor took the lead in drafting an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in order to keep the remaining claims in federal court. Adopting the arguments made in the brief, the appellate court overturned the remand order and sent the case back to the federal district court.
  • In a putative class action, defended a large insurance subrogation company against allegations that the company’s practices violated state law. Trevor drafted a motion to dismiss, which analyzed the statutory history and scheme, after which the plaintiffs quickly settled the case
  • Represented a healthcare company in a putative class action alleging that the company violated California privacy laws. In arbitration, Trevor picked apart the statutory framework and drafted a successful motion to dismiss the claims, ending the entire litigation in his client’s favor
  • Represented the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department in filing an amicus brief in support of a class of plaintiffs who were seeking to have their voting rights restored in opposition to the California Secretary of State’s interpretation of California’s criminal justice Realignment Act. Shortly thereafter, the Secretary of State withdrew the appeal and effectively restored voting rights to tens of thousands of Californians
  • Successfully defended, pro bono, two unlawful detainers filed by a landlord against a disabled tenant whose only source of income was disability payments. Uncharacteristically for an unlawful detainer, the litigation lasted eight months, and the landlord was ultimately forced to dismiss her case after Trevor prevailed first on a motion to strike the majority of the complaint and then won a critical discovery motion and won sanctions against the landlord

Publications & Presentations

Co-author, “Prison Visitation Policies: A Fifty State Survey,” 32 YALE L. & POL’Y REV. 149, 2013 (with Chesa Boudin and Aaron Littman)

Co-author, “Sink or Swim: Abrogating the Nile Treaties While Upholding the Rule of Law,” 43 ENVTL. L. REP. 10786, 2013 (with Alice Shih)

Education

  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, International Relations

Admissions

Bars

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit

Awards and Associations

Appointed Southern California Regional Representative, Yale Law School Alumni Executive Committee (2016–2019)

Elected Member, Pacific Council on International Policy

Featured as Inner City Law Center’s Pro Bono Spotlight Attorney (December 2015)

Associate Board Member, Teach For America – Los Angeles

Board Member, Worksite Wellness Los Angeles

Raphael Lemkin Prize for writing on human rights, Yale Law School (2012)

Chubb Prize for legal draftsmanship, Yale Law School (2011)

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Clerkships

  • Hon. Richard A. Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit