Germain D. Labat


Germain Labat is an experienced trial lawyer who advises and represents companies and their executives in all manner of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.  

His national litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, commercial real estate litigation, residential foreclosure litigation, corporate governance and control disputes, suits involving non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duties, intellectual property litigation, misappropriation of trade secrets, and franchise disputes. 

His wide-ranging list of clients includes both public and privately held companies across various sectors, including financial services, cosmetics, healthcare, food and beverage, commercial real estate, energy, retail, and technology.

Germain is a seasoned advocate in the courtroom, having tried numerous jury and bench trials of complex and lengthy matters, including one of the longest bench trials in California history that spanned nearly 300 trial days. While Germain typically serves as defense counsel, he also has experience representing plaintiffs, having successfully obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts for his clients.

He is also experienced in conducting internal investigations, acting as counsel to special litigation committees in response to both external and internal allegations of impropriety, and counseling clients and their boards of directors on pre-litigation strategy and planning.


  • 2019–2020, “500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles,” listed in the Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2015, Securities – Litigation, listed in The Legal 500 United States


Professional Activities

Germain has previously served as a member of the board of governors of L.A. Works, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.



  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California


  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, with honors
  • Boston College Law School, JD, cum laude