Published Opinions

Mendoza v. Western Medical Center Santa Ana (2014) 222 Cal.App.4th 1334

In re Marriage of Corona (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 1205

Brannon v. Superior Court (2004) 114 Cal.App.4th 1203

Johnson v. Superior Court (1995) 38 Cal.App.4th 463

Ronson v. Superior Court (Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton) (1994) 24 Cal.App.4th 94

Edmunds v. Superior Court (1994) 24 Cal.App.4th 221

Ann M. v. Pacific Plaza Shopping Center (1993) 6 Cal.4th 666

Troche v. Daley (1990) 217 Cal.App.3d 403


Business & Commercial Consulting & Litigation

With over fifty years of collective legal expertise, our partners have successfully defended and prosecuted a broad spectrum of business litigation matters, from the routine to the highly complex, through settlement, mediation, and trial in California and Federal Courts.  Our attorneys handle breach of contract, fraud, interference with business prospects, class actions, SLAPP motions, temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and numerous other forms of legal, equitable and provisional relief.  Vaughn & Vaughn has successfully tried and arbitrated hundreds of business disputes and dissolutions issues.


The Vaughn & Vaughn legal team specializes in creating business solutions for our clients from entity formation through the entire business growth cycle. Our depth of experience allows us to devise effective strategic plans for businesses to avoid future litigation and allow businesses to focus on their vision.   We consult and advise small businesses as well as emerging and operating companies, financial institutions, business executives and entrepreneurs on domestic and international transactions.

Arbitration & Mediation

Vaughn & Vaughn’s experienced trial attorneys have effectively handled numerous arbitration and mediation cases before a wide variety of private and government tribunals, including FINRA and the NASD.  Our depth of litigation and consulting experience provide the qualifications and expertise to arbitrate or mediate an extensive variety of legal matters.

Employment Law

Vaughn & Vaughn handles a wide variety of employment–related matters. We have extensive experience responding to investigations by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, lodging Complaints with the DFEH, litigating lawsuits brought under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), wage and hour cases, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, whistle blower actions, and advising on potential controversies before litigation is filed.

In January of 2014, the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal, Division Three, published Mendoza v. Western Medical Center in which Vaughn & Vaughn represented the employer who succeeded in overturning an improper jury verdict.

In an advisory capacity, our goal is to resolve employment matters before they enter the litigation arena. We assist our clients with a spectrum of employment matters–including counseling on wage and hour issues, workplace investigations and advising on pre and post termination issues for employers and executives.  Our trained legal team also conducts sexual harassment training required by California State law for managers, and non–managerial employees as well.

Family Law–Corporate & Business

When personal relationships go awry, the financial consequences for involved businesses can be serious. We protect the rights of third parties and entities owned by one or both of the domestic litigants. Our partners work in conjunction with a selected group of California’s finest domestic relations lawyers, and strive for cost–effective outcomes.  If a negotiated resolution cannot be achieved, we have the skills and experience to pursue and protect the rights of our valued third party clients.


The Law Office of Vaughn & Vaughn is known for our superior litigation expertise. Litigation is what we do best.  Our partners have over fifty years of combined trial experience.  Vaughn & Vaughn attorneys have conducted and defended hundreds of Depositions, Law and Motion matters, and Post–Trial proceedings.  Our extensive litigation background gives our client a decisive edge, both before, and especially during trial.

Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations

The partners of Vaughn & Vaughn have over twenty years of direct hands–on experience working with nonprofit and charitable organizations.  We believe that a 501(c)(3) Federal and State tax exempt Nonprofit Mutual Benefit corporation is a unique and adaptable vehicle which, when properly managed, can give back tremendous resources to the community.  Our legal team helps new and established nonprofits and charities maintain corporate compliance, prepare contracts, advise on employment matters, update bylaws, and assist with expansion needs.  We have a depth of experience in a multitude of areas–including governance, board development, financial guidance, strategic planning and other business related areas. We’ve walked the talk.

Personal Injury

From decades of experience handling cases arising from serious personal harm, and a science–oriented background, our firm understands the medical and other issues which arise in personal injury litigation. Whether it is a serious injury from a debilitating accident or intentional injury, a harmful medication, or a product defect, Vaughn & Vaughn has successfully handled a variety of cases with similar issues.

On the Plaintiff’s side, we have obtained settlements and verdicts with recovery in the multiple seven–figures. When insurance coverage disputes arise in personal injury litigation–we know how to solve them. Our legal team has thoroughly investigated, analyzed, and litigated numerous first party and third party insurance coverage disputes on behalf of our valued plaintiff, defense, and institutional clients.

Professional Liability

Vaughn & Vaughn has aggressively demonstrated success in analyzing and litigating professional liability matters on behalf of physicians, attorneys, and other business professionals. Whether it is medical malpractice, legal malpractice, or claimed breach of the duty of loyalty, our attorneys have confronted similar issues. As an accomplished litigator for over three decades in Southern California, Mr. Vaughn has prevailed in all aspects of litigation involving fiduciary relationships including, but not limited to, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership, and intra–corporate or partnership disputes.   Mr. Vaughn has numerous published legal opinions in this area.

Real Estate

Vaughn & Vaughn has represented property owners, developers, homeowners, and real estate professionals and understands the need for thorough evaluation of resolution options at an early stage of the proceedings. As attorneys who aggressively litigate real estate matters, we strive to structure deals to avoid the uncertainty which often leads to controversy. Our legal team has effectively negotiated numerous commercial and private real estate transactions for our clients. Whether it is a land deal gone bad, a piece of property with undisclosed defects, an overburdened easement, or the performance of a real estate professional which has caused a problem, Vaughn & Vaughn has the experience and expertise to bring these disputes to a successful conclusion.