Erica L.Reilley

Partner

Los Angeles + 1.213.243.2394

Erica Reilley has more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and governments across the country to defend their trial victories and reverse erroneous judgments on appeal. She is the leading issues and appeals partner in Jones Day's Southern California offices and is one of the "Top Women Lawyers" in the area of appellate law, as recognized by the Daily Journal.

Reflective of the breadth and depth of her practice, Erica has secured landmark appellate decisions in constitutional law (Courthouse News Service v. Planet, Nos. 16-55977, 16-56714 (9th Cir. 2020) (published); Sturgeon v. County of Los Angeles, 242 Cal. App. 4th 1437 (2015)); tax law (In re Transient Occupancy Tax Cases, 2 Cal. 5th 131 (2016)); securities law (Busse v. United PanAm Financial, 222 Cal. App. 4th 1028 (2014)); and election law (Owens v. County of Los Angeles, 220 Cal. App. 4th 107 (2013)). She also often leads trial court litigation and recently secured summary judgment for the Superior Court of California in connection with challenges to certain criminal records management practices.

Erica is committed to public service and regularly supervises pro bono federal court appeals and frequently partners with the Family Violence Appellate Project.

Erica has been an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law and Loyola Law School. She is an appointed member of the LACBA State Appellate Judicial Evaluations Committee and an active member of several bar associations. Erica serves as the loss prevention partner for the Los Angeles Office.

Experience

  • Qualcomm defeats series of appellate writs by Apple in trade secret litigationJones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. at the California Court of Appeal's Fourth District in opposing a series of three petitions for writ of mandate or prohibition brought by Apple Inc.
  • Qualcomm pursues trade secret and contract claims asserting Apple's misuse of Qualcomm's trade secret software and source codeJones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. in a lawsuit asserting trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims against Apple Inc.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire prevail before Hawaii Supreme Court resulting in tax refund in excess of $130 millionJones Day secured a tax refund in excess of $130 million for clients Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, L.P. and Hotwire, Inc. by prevailing in the Hawaii Supreme Court on the issue of whether online travel companies are liable for Hawaii's transient accommodations tax ("TAT") and general excise tax ("GET").
  • GreatCall wins affirmance of IP defense verdict in trade secret and patent telecom disputeJones Day won in binding arbitration and on appeal for GreatCall, Inc. in IP litigation brought by the company's founders.
  • Los Angeles County defeats third constitutional challenge to judicial benefitsJones Day represented Los Angeles County ("County") in a closely watched case challenging the constitutionality of the County's payment of so-called "local judicial benefits" to Los Angeles Superior Court judges.
  • Current and former outside directors of American Apparel defend violation of Section 14(a) allegationsJones Day represented the current and former outside directors of American Apparel in allegations that American Apparel's proxy statement was materially misleading, in violation of Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Delaware law, because it failed to disclose that the company's founder and chief executive officer would be removed from those roles by the board of directors following the annual meeting.
  • LA Metro wins appeal establishing that contractor violated California False Claim Act on subway tunnel construction projectJones Day client Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation successfully obtained affirmation of a jury verdict finding that a contractor had violated the California False Claim Act ("FCA") in connection with a change order on a subway construction project.
  • California Court of Appeal Justice prevails in landmark appeal confirming judges' and justices' right to accept public employment immediately after leaving the benchOn June 27, 2014, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, unanimously ruled in favor of Jones Day client and Presiding Justice of California's Second Appellate District, Arthur Gilbert, finding the California Constitution does not ban judges or justices from accepting public employment after they leave the bench.
  • Pro bono client prevails in parentage rights caseOn March 11, the California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order denying the petition of Jones Day pro bono Client KH seeking to establish her legal parentage of an eight-year-old little girl who our client had raised since the child's birth.
  • United PanAm Financial defends minority shareholders' "bump-up" actionJones Day client United PanAm Financial Corp. ("UPFC") obtained dismissal of a minority shareholders' "bump-up" action seeking to challenge UPFC's public merger, based on the exclusivity of an appraisal remedy under California law.
  • Expedia prevails in overturning City of Los Angeles' $30 million transient occupancy tax assessmentInternet travel company Expedia, Inc. completed a clean sweep on April 18, 2013 when it prevailed against the City of Los Angeles in an administrative mandamus proceeding challenging a $30 million transient occupancy tax ("TOT") assessment against Expedia, Inc.; Hotels.com; and Hotwire LP (the "Expedia Entities").
  • Chinese medical device distributor pursues exclusive rights to distribute cardiac diagnostics in U.S. dispute and Chinese litigationJones Day represented a Chinese medical device distributor in a multi-jurisdictional dispute before the American Arbitration Associate (AAA) and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and coordinated with Chinese counsel in a litigation in the Beijing Peoples' District Court, involving a dispute with a multinational medical device manufacturer and its Chinese subsidiary over the exclusive rights to distribute cardiac diagnostics products in China.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire secure series of victories in connection with occupancy tax in CaliforniaJones Day secured a series of victories on behalf of online travel companies Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com, and Hotwire LP (the "Expedia Entities") in connection with their ongoing transient occupancy tax ("TOT") litigation with various cities in California.
  • Los Angeles County obtained favorable judgment in taxpayer class action challenging County's utility use taxJones Day successfully defended Los Angeles County against a potential $200 million loss in two related taxpayer class actions—Oronoz v. County of Los Angeles and Owens v. County of Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles County prevails in taxpayer class action challenging County's utility user taxJones Day successfully defended Los Angeles County against a potential $200 million loss in two related taxpayer class actions—Oronoz v. County of Los Angeles and Owens v. County of Los Angeles.
  • Expedia obtains ruling overturning City of San Diego's transient occupancy tax assessmentOn September 6, 2011, Expedia, Inc.; Hotels.com; and Hotwire, Inc. won an important victory when the Los Angeles Superior Court overturned an administrative hearing officer ruling and held that the Expedia Entities were wrongfully assessed transient occupancy tax ("TOT") by the City of San Diego.
  • Expedia obtains ruling overturning City of Anaheim's transient occupancy tax assessmentOn February 1, 2010, Jones Day won an important victory on behalf of its clients Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire ("Expedia Entities") when the Los Angeles Superior Court overturned an administrative hearing officer ruling and held that the Expedia Entities were wrongfully assessed transient occupancy tax ("TOT") by the City of Anaheim.
  • Online travel companies prevail in challenge to improperly assessed transient occupancy taxJones Day handled the appeal on behalf of Expedia, Inc.
  • Los Angeles County settles lawsuit relating to Glendale Metrolink derailmentJones Day was successful in obtaining partial summary judgment on behalf of Los Angeles County and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department in a declaratory relief action relating to the Glendale Metrolink derailment.
  • Ricoh files antitrust counterclaim in copier toner bottle patent infringement litigationJones Day represented Ricoh Corporation in connection with antitrust counterclaims filed in a patent infringement lawsuit related to the sale of toner bottles for copiers.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • February 9, 2018
      Appealing a Tax Case: The Important Distinctions Between Trial & Appellate Strategies, ABA Tax Section Midyear Meeting
    • January 31, 2018
      Navigating the Attorney-Client Privilege Around the Globe, Jones Day MCLE University
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