Mr. Droste's litigation practice over 40 years encompasses a wide range of complex commercial and real estate matters.
Mr. Droste represents businesses, developers, borrowers, investors, lenders, manufacturers and public entities in all types of civil litigation. His cases have involved joint venture and partnership disputes, real estate matters including multi-tract and mixed-use developments, real property security, land use, ground lease arbitrations, contract disputes, unfair competition and other business torts. He has represented wireless telephone carriers on an array of matters, including disputes involving partners, competing carriers, consumer class actions, equipment manufacturers and transmission site lessors. He is experienced in class actions and unfair business practice litigation.
Mr. Droste's clients have included Fortune 100 companies such as Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, Boeing, Wells Fargo, Home Depot and Amerisource Bergen. Besides civil trials in state and federal courts, he is experienced with arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, and he frequently advises businesses with regard to avoiding liability and minimizing litigation risk.
After eight years with Drummy Garrett King & Harrison, in 1990 Mr. Droste became a founding partner of the Orange County office of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP). For several years he was the head of Pillsbury's Orange County Litigation Department.
After twelve years as a partner with the Pillsbury firm, Mr. Droste brings his expertise to complex matters without the large-firm overhead and expense.
Mr. Droste has lectured as a Continuing Education of the Bar panelist and as a guest speaker before the Orange County Bar Association on topics involving real property security and issues in real estate litigation.
United States Cellular Investment Company of Los Angeles, Inc. v. GTE Mobilnet, Inc., et al., 281 F.3d 929 (9th Cir. 2002), upholding summary judgment in favor of AirTouch Cellular and other wireless telecommunications companies against claims of breach of limited partnership agreement.
Golden West Baseball Company v. Talley, 232 Cal. App. 3d 1294 (1991), upholding summary judgment in favor of the city manager of the City of Anaheim in a lawsuit brought by the California Angels over a dispute regarding the leasing of the Anaheim Stadium parking lot to the Los Angeles Rams.
J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1982
B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois (Phi Beta Kappa), 1978
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State of California, SBN 105616
All state and federal courts in California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Phone: (949) 939-3484
Business and Commercial Litigation
Real Property/Real Property Security Litigation