Ronald S. Caswell, a founding partner of Caswell & Cannon, has successfully litigated cases in California state and federal courts since 1992. Mr. Caswell also has successfully litigated cases in Hawaii and Nevada. Mr. Caswell enjoys the highest (“AV”) Peer-Review Rating for professional excellence.
Mr. Caswell specializes in many types of litigation, including, but not limited to, business and commercial litigation, contract disputes, unfair competition claims, business fraud, defamation, intellectual property disputes, theft of trade secrets, corporate raiding, non-competition claims, construction defects, construction development, commercial and residential unlawful detainers, mechanic’s liens, real estate litigation and appellate work. Mr. Caswell also has significant experience representing individuals in wrongful death, personal injury and dog-bite claims.
Mr. Caswell’s clients have included international designers, manufacturers, national retailers, landowners, commercial property managers, real estate developers, regional construction companies ($30,000,000 annual revenue), family businesses, and individuals in high profile and complex commercial disputes. Mr. Caswell also enjoys a significant practice representing owners of thoroughbred race horses. Mr. Caswell also has served as general counsel for an adult-entertainment company ($100,000,000 annual revenue) that owns and operates gentleman’s clubs throughout the world, advising corporate management on a wide variety of issues, ranging from corporate management, acquisitions, defense of employment claims, breach of partnership claims, to First Amendment issues.
Mr. Caswell recently successfully represented one client in a bitterly contested partnership dissolution involving $40,000,000 of assets. He also obtained a judgment well in excess of $4,000,000 in a breach of contract/fraud dispute involving a large lease of commercial space in a mall located in Southern California and settled a matter against an internationally acclaimed haute couture designer for the sum of $1,000,000. Mr. Caswell took over a construction defect matter handled by other attorneys who had entertained settlement offers of $30,000 and ultimately settled the matter for $2,000,000 just before trial. In February 2009, the California Court of Appeal published a significant opinion in favor of a horse-racing client represented by Mr. Caswell.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York in Binghamton, Mr. Caswell took a Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology from Hollins College, in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1992, Mr. Caswell received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. While at Loyola Law School, Mr. Caswell received several academic awards, including an American Jurisprudence award for appellate advocacy, and, while working as an editor for the International & Comparative Law Journal, published a significant article in the journal entitled “A Comparison and Critique of Idea Protection in California, New York and Great Britain.”
Mr. Caswell prides himself on conducting litigation efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Mr. Caswell goes out of his way to avoid unnecessary discovery or law and motion disputes, which are costly to the client but ultimately do nothing towards reaching a successful resolution of a matter. Nevertheless, Mr. Caswell is an experienced trial attorney who actually enjoys the process and will always be prepared to take a matter to trial, should it be necessary to do so.