M. Blank, Esq., Partner
UCLA School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Licensed Real Estate Broker, Realtor ®
Gift 35 Award Recipient
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
UCLA, B.A., Communication Studies, cum laude
Jeffrey primarily represents
corporate clients and individuals of high net worth in
civil litigation, business disputes, family law, and
- For over 10 years, Jeffrey has handled
a wide variety of complex litigation and transactional matters,
including numerous class actions. From the inception of a
case through settlement, trial, or arbitration, Jeffrey has
extensive experience in aggressively fighting for the best
result for his clients at every phase of the case.
- For over six years, Jeffrey worked
as an attorney at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton,
LLP, one of the top law firms in the country, where he was
a member of the firm's (1) Business Trial practice group
and (2) Real Estate and Land Use Litigation practice group.
Jeffrey served on the Recruiting Committee for the Orange
County office. Additionally, Jeff was in charge of mentoring
and handling assignment coordination for the summer associates
in the Orange County office. Jeff was elected by his peers
to serve on the firm's Associate Issues Committee.
- Jeffrey has extensive experience
dealing with a wide variety of federal and state acts, including
the Truth In Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting
Act (FCRA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
Act (RICO), the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized
Persons Act (RLUIPA), Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA),
and California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL).
- Jeffrey has wide-ranging experience
dealing with negotiations and litigation concerning real
estate purchase agreements, lease agreements, disclosure
requirements, eminent domain, adverse possession, short sale
transactions, and construction defects.
- Jeffrey has handled hundreds of
cases involving general areas of civil law, including breach
of contract, fraud, unfair competition, interference with
contractual relations, interference with prospective economic
advantage, and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Throughout his career, Jeffrey has
regularly represented his clients in key contract negotiations,
with millions of dollars at stake at each transaction. For
example, in 2008, Jeffrey obtained a salary of over $7 million
for Colorado Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins through
the baseball arbitration process.
- In a matter of first impression
in California state courts, Jeffrey successfully argued that
rescission under the federal Truth-In-Lending Act is not
suitable for class action treatment. In this case, Jeffrey’s
team exceeded client expectations, which practice constitutes
Jeffrey’s, as well as Blank & Dahl, LLP’s
standard operating procedure.
- In a high-profile land use case,
Jeffrey crafted critical briefs that enabled his client to
obtain a preliminary injunction that prevented a city from
using the power of eminent domain to take his client’s
- Jeffrey argued key motions and took
depositions in the highly publicized case, City of Anaheim
v. Los Angeles of Anaheim, in which the name of the MLB team
was in dispute.
- An avid sports fan, Jeffrey, while
an undergraduate student at UCLA, served as the Sports Information
Director for the UCLA Baseball Team, in which he actively
managed media relations and marketing for the team, and served
as the team's play by play radio announcer. Jeffrey's 1997
media guide received national recognition. ARTICLE
ON JEFFREY'S TENURE AS BASEBALL SID
- During the summer of 2011, Jeffrey
traveled to Prague and served as the bench coach for Team
UCLA-USA in an international baseball tournament.
- Jeffrey represents the best
interests of his clients throughout every phase of the
litigation process with great dedication, and balances
this with an approachable attitude that ensures that the
cases he handles are resolved in a smooth and efficient