Adrian J. Webber, Partner
Adrian Webber represents large national companies, regional businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals in a large variety of disputes. Adrian’s litigation practice focuses on real estate, business, and food/agriculture, though he also has many years of experience handling complex construction matters and defending products liability cases.
Adrian has a proven track record of success throughout the pre-litigation and litigation process, including dispute avoidance, dispute resolution, discovery, pre-trial, trial, and appeal. Adrian’s thoughtful, strategic, creative, and efficient planning obtains positive results in high-stakes matters that often impact business operations for years to come.
In the real estate world, Adrian routinely litigates landlord-tenant disputes, lease enforcement and collection matters, as well as high-stakes matters involving disputed property rights. Recently, Adrian successfully first-chaired a two-week trial involving claims by a rancher for fraud and trespass against one of the largest renewable energy developers in the world. Adrian was responsible for the matter from its filing through trial. The final judgment in the matter included a large award of attorneys’ fees and exceeded 1.8 million dollars, finding that the developer not only trespassed but also engaged in fraud and acted in bad faith.
In the business realm, Adrian has vast experience litigating everything from simple contract disputes to complex matters involving fraud, trade secret misappropriation, trade libel, and antitrust issues. Adrian also has significant experience representing businesses and individuals in shareholder and partnership disputes. Adrian has obtained favorable trial results for his business clients and numerous settlements, where appropriate.
Adrian also has significant experience litigating matters involving food and agriculture issues. Most commonly, these matters involve disputes relating to land use, crop damage, or other contract issues. Adrian has a deep understanding of the rules and regulations governing the application of pesticides and herbicides and vast experience litigating crop damage claims relating to pesticide and herbicide misapplication and drift. Recently, Adrian was a critical part of a team that obtained a complete and unqualified victory in a crop-damage claim related to herbicide drift onto an organic crop. Adrian was responsible for the vast majority of the depositions in that matter, setting the groundwork for a long and hard-fought trial that resulted in a judgment exceeding one-million dollars and an award of all attorneys’ fees incurred by the client.
Finally, Adrian has detailed experience defending products liability cases throughout the state. Early in his career, he represented a manufacturer of an alcoholic beverage that also contained caffeine in two cases in different jurisdictions. Each of the cases alleged several million dollars in damages. In one of the cases, Adrian obtained a favorable ruling on a demurrer denying plaintiff’s request for leave to amend the complaint that resulted in a complete dismissal. Adrian negotiated a favorable settlement in the remaining matter. In another matter, Adrian defended a fertilizer manufacturer against a products liability claim alleging significant crop damage and obtained a favorable pre-verdict settlement during trial.
Prior to joining Reynolds Tilbury Woodward LLP, Adrian was a partner at Sacramento’s largest law firm, Downey Brand LLP. Adrian routinely practices in federal and state court, and is well versed in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and arbitration. Adrian efficiently and effectively handles all phases of the litigation process.