Brian S. Cousin

Brian S. Cousin is leader of Dentons’ legacy global Employment and Labor practice, with more than 450 lawyers, as well as the leader of the Firm’s legacy Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Benefits Litigation practice and a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation group. He focuses on employment litigation and counseling, ERISA and benefits litigation, commercial and financial litigation, executive contract negotiations and international arbitration.

Brian has extensive experience in class action and complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, close corporation and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, workouts and arbitration matters throughout the country. These matters have involved such claims as theft of trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, defamation, violation of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants, unfair competition, discrimination and retaliation and securities law violations, as well as violations of ERISA, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act statutes and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Brian advises US and multinational companies and executives on all aspects of employment, labor and corporate compliance, including drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements, corporate restructurings and reductions in force, corporate transactions, internal corporate investigations, handbooks and policy manuals, sexual harassment and other sensitivity training, protecting against employee raiding and theft of trade secrets and other confidential information, and compliance with all federal, state and local discrimination laws. Brian has successfully litigated just about every type of employment-related case possible, including cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and state leave laws, the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, state discrimination and retaliation statutes, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws.

Brian is also an experienced ERISA and benefits litigator, having successfully handled numerous class action and single plaintiff cases over the last 28 years. Brian’s ERISA litigation experience includes class action cases involving claims for breaches of fiduciary duty related to excessive fees and precipitous stock drops, as well as many cases in the health care industry. Brian has also represented a number of ERISA plan fiduciaries and trustees in connection with ERISA- and benefits-related investigations conducted by the US Department of Labor.

Brian has extensive experience advising both corporations and executives with respect to rights of indemnification and advancement of legal fees and costs.

With respect to alternative dispute resolution, Brian regularly represents clients in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), JAMS and FINRA, and in mediations before the AAA, JAMS, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the courts.

Firm Overview:

Challenging the status quo to serve clients better

Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge.

Now the world’s largest law firm, Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in 175 locations serving 78 countries.

Mark J. Geragos

As the Principal with the internationally known trial lawyer firm of Geragos & Geragos, Mark Geragos cemented his national reputation as a trial lawyer a dozen years ago with back-to-back State and Federal Court jury trial acquittals for renowned Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, later securing a presidential pardon for Ms. McDougal for a conviction sustained prior to his representation of her.

During the last decade, Geragos has won two consecutive dismissals of murder charges against clients by proving flawed eyewitness identification. One of those clients later won a $1.7 million settlement when the Geragos firm sued the City of Glendale for their false arrest of that client. In another twelve-week murder trial where the victim was the defendant’s four-year-old daughter, Geragos was the lead lawyer where the jury did not convict his client. He was the attorney who successfully represented Chris Brown last year.

Geragos won dismissal of prostitution charges against James Bond movie director Lee Tamahori; dismissal of all felony charges – including kidnapping and torture – for Hung Bao Zhong, the recognized exiled leader of China’s shadow government with an estimated 38 million followers worldwide; dismissal of murder charges for the third time for a USC co-ed charged with murder in the death of her fetus; and dismissal of a decades-old murder charge against Japanese national Kazuyoshi Miura, a case christened the “Japanese O.J. Case” by Japanese media.

Geragos was one of the lead lawyers in a pair of groundbreaking Federal Class Action Lawsuits against New York Life Insurance and AXA Corporation for insurance policies issued in the early 20th century during the genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turk Regime, eventually settling these two cases for more than $37.5 million. He is currently suing the Government of Turkey for reparations arising out of the Armenian Genocide.

Geragos is the only lawyer besides Johnnie Cochran ever named “Lawyer of the Year” in both Criminal and Civil arenas. California Law Business Magazine named Geragos “One of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” three years in a row, and Geragos has repeatedly been voted by his peers as one of Los Angeles’ SuperLawyers. His $59 million jury verdict in a trade secrets case against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Corporation was voted both “Top Ten Verdicts in 2008 in California” by the Daily Journal, as well as “Top Fifty Verdicts in the United States” by the National Law Journal.

Mark Geragos has represented some of the most prominent figures in the world. His client list has included former Congressman Gary Condit, former first brother Roger Clinton, Academy Award-nominated actress Winona Ryder, pop star Michael Jackson, Nicole Ritchie, singer Chris Brown, hip hop stars Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale and Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka Puff Daddy), international arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian, and the Sarkisyan family, whose seventeen-year-old daughter died when Cigna Corporation refused to authorize a liver transplant. For the last several years, Geragos has represented Barry Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, in his matter relating to the Federal Investigation into steroid use in Professional Sports.

Geragos has regularly appeared as both guest and legal commentator on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Dateline NBC,” “Larry King Live,” “Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record,” “60 minutes,” and “48 hours,” and has lectured extensively and authored numerous articles and Law Review publications on the subject of Media and the Law.

Mark Geragos attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, and later earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He was born in Los Angeles.

Ina Cook

Ina Cook graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1993 with a B.A. in Social Welfare, with an emphasis in Business Administration and a minor in Public Policy. She attended Emory Law School and graduated in 1996. The Law Firm of Ina Johnson Cook, PC has specialized in adoption law for the past almost 21 years. She teaches several courses regarding adoption law and child advocacy for the Department of Family and Children Services and several metro Atlanta adoption agencies. She has educated medical and legal professionals as well as social workers in adoption matters for the National Council for Adoption. She has also served on the Legislative committee of the Georgia Association of Licensed adoption Agencies, where she helped draft important changes to the adoption code for the State of Georgia. Every year she is hand picked by the Director of the Department of Family and Children Services and Judges of Fulton County Juvenile Court to participate in National Adoption Day. On that day, over 50 adoption cases are finalized every year. She was featured in the Georgia Bar Journal for her work for National Adoption Day. Ina Cook has also been personally chosen by several Judges to conduct independent investigations for adoptions and to review the work of other attorneys. She is also a court appointed special advocate for children in the Foster Care system and enjoys being a child advocate.

Ina Cook is an adoptive mother and has been married for over 21 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and is involved in many charitable organizations. She has been acknowledged by “Our House”, the United Methodist Children Homes and the Department of Family and Children Services for her volunteer work.

Graham Bosworth

Graham Bosworth began his law career in 2005 at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Graham handled a variety of criminal cases including trials, appeals, post conviction applications, and on federal habeas corpus petitions. He also prepared and presented briefs and oral argument in the civil employment discrimination suit, Decorte v. Jordan, 497 F.3d 433 (5th Cir. 2007), before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Graham has handled trials ranging from misdemeanor possession drug cases to murder. Graham also has extensive experience handling criminal appeals in Louisiana, and has prepared and presented numerous briefs and oral arguments before Louisiana Circuit Courts, as well as the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Graham also has handled multiple federal habeas corpus applications and has written numerous briefs and argued before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Graham was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a degree in History and Anthropology. After spending a year traveling in South America, he attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA, where he was named the Best Oral Advocate in his first year advocacy class. He was also the first Suffolk student to be offered the opportunity to enroll at Lund University’s Juridicum in Lund, Sweden, where he was named a Distinguished Student.

Graham is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts, as well as the Eastern District of Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of several professional associations and also serves on the Amicus Committee of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Firm Overview:

Operating as separate firms and legal entities, the Law Offices of Graham Bosworth, LLC & Autumn Town, LLC are full service criminal defense firms providing representation in simple matters like traffic (DUI/DWI) and municipal misdemeanors, to complex state and federal cases involving felonies such as murder, drug, and conspiracy charges. The Law Offices handle all types of representation, including pretrial motions, trials, and appeals. Our practices also provide representation in certain civil areas.

A large percentage of the practices also is devoted to the specialized areas of state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

You can expect professional representation, and that your matter will be treated with absolute discretion and sensitivity. Our goal is to provide expert and aggressive legal defense, and the commitment to safeguarding your rights is reflected in the relationships established with our clients.

There can be a nominal fee for a consultation.

Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant created The Serhant Team which consists of more than 60 experienced agents and marketing support staff and has sold over $1.6B worth of real estate in the last two years alone. In 2017, Ryan’s team completed $838M in closed sales between Brooklyn and Manhattan—roughly $500M more than the #2 ranked team in New York. Ryan and his agents specialize in high-end residential condo and co-op sales and leasing, multi- and single-family homes, site acquisitions, and investment sales. The Serhant Team New Development group is also a prominent force in new construction sales, with more than $16B and 50 projects across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Miami, and Los Angeles to its name. Ryan counts some of the world’s most influential people as clients, and has set price-per-square-foot records across the city.

The Serhant Team maintains a diverse inventory of exclusive listings and has built relationships with thousands of agents around the world. Combining these tools with an intimate knowledge of the market, Ryan and his team are able to accomplish their goal of matching the right buyer with the right seller with remarkable success—their lifetime list-to-sale ratio is 94.5%.

Ryan is a frequent guest on the real estate segments of 20/20, CNN, CNBC, The Today Show, The Insider, Bloomberg TV, and is often quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wall Street Journal China. He is also an official contributor to Forbes, regularly writing columns on real estate, sales, and branding.

Film & Television:

Ryan is best known as the star of Bravo’s Emmy-nominated “Million Dollar Listing New York” Since Season 1 of Million Dollar Listing, Ryan and his team (The Serhant Team) have sold billions of dollars in real estate on national television.

In 2018, Ryan started his own entertainment and media company, Serhant Media Group (SMG), as an in-house marketing arm to both his real estate and television endeavors. Their first project was the launch of Ryan’s VLOG on YouTube, which now has over 300,000 subscribers and has become an integral marketing tool for Ryan’s listings. Their most recent property tour was viewed almost 8M times. Named “the most influential broker in the world with the most exposure,” Ryan combines traditional market reach with a prolific social media presence that amounts to 2M followers across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. He leverages both outlets to deliver unparalleled publicity and coverage for all of his clients.

Jason Oppenheim

As President and Founder of The Oppenheim Group, Jason leads a team responsible for representing buyers and sellers of distinguished properties throughout Los Angeles. He received his law degree and undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and first in his class. While at UC Berkeley, Jason held a position as an instructor in the Political Science and Legal Studies Departments.

After law school, Jason joined the Los Angeles office of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers where he represented a broad range of corporate clients including the former CEO of Enron Corporation in a multi-billion dollar civil class action as well as the widely publicized Enron criminal trial. He later represented Advanced Micro Devices in a worldwide monopolization suit against IntelCorporation. Jason’s trial work, along with others’, has been featured prominently in The American Lawyer, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other major publications.

Following a successful career in law, including a prominent victory at the United States Supreme Court, Jason left his legal practice to follow five generations of family real estate tradition that began in 1889 when his great-great grandfather started one of the City’s first real estate companies.

Jason initially joined Coldwell Banker and quickly established himself as one of the Nation’s leading realtors – their team was recognized as the #1 Real Estate Team on the West Coast. After only three years in the business, Jason founded The Oppenheim Group brokerage at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Sunset Plaza Dr., where he and his team currently sell more than 100 properties a year, including many record-breaking transactions. He closed several of the highest priced sales on the Sunset Strip including the largest sale ever recorded and the highest priced sale per sq. ft., the largest Beverly Hills land sale, the highest priced commercial sale per sq. ft. in Beverly Hills and the highest priced sale in Outpost Estates. He currently has more than $300 million in active listings including one of the largest listings in Los Angeles at $100 million.

Jason receives significant attention within the real estate community and beyond; as a selling agent on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, host of ABC’s Beautiful Homes & Great Estates, a listing agent on HGTV’s Selling L.A, identified as a Top 25 Agent in Los Angeles by The Hollywood Reporter 2015-2018, often featured in prestigious magazines including, Los Angeles Confidential, Angeleno, Beverly Hills Lifestyle, and on the front page of the Daily Journal. His properties have also been featured in many of the world’s most prestigious real estate magazines, periodicals, websites.

Throughout his career, Jason has traveled to more than seventy-five countries on five continents identifying select properties and leading numerous multi-million dollar real estate transactions. He is also constantly dedicated to enriching the profession, where he has been hired to teach Real Estate Practice at the University of California, Los Angeles and has been retained to provide expert testimony in real estate litigation cases.

Firm Overview:

The Oppenheim Group is a professional real estate brokerage serving buyers and sellers of luxury property in Los Angeles. The brokerage is comprised of a close group of talented realtors, led by the firm’s President and Founder, Jason Oppenheim. With more than $1B+ in total sales and $300 million in active listings, the firm closes over one hundred deals annually and has brokered many of the City’s largest residential sales, including numerous record-breaking transactions. Located on the prestigious corner of Sunset Blvd. and Sunset Plaza Dr., With unrivaled experience and market knowledge, The Oppenheim Group is the dominant brokerage in the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Strip, while doing tremendous business throughout Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Bel Air, Malibu, and beyond.