Denis Rice was a founding director of Howard Rice and practices in a broad range of legal areas. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of California Business Law Section, an award given annually to an attorney who, over an extended period, has made significant contributions to the Section or to business law generally in California. Mr. Rice's experience includes corporate finance and securities matters, privacy, Internet and e-commerce law, intellectual property issues, financial institutions, complex litigation, alternative dispute resolution and international transactions. He has handled United States investments in India, China, Mexico and Europe. He handled the first public offering of a motion picture on the Internet in 2003. Mr. Rice has litigated complex cases in federal and state courts (including class actions) involving securities, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, proxy contests, antitrust, trademarks and trade secrets. He has served as special counsel to corporate boards and federal agencies. Mr. Rice is co-author of the book "Privacy Compliance and Litigation in California" (CEB 2011) and of the book "Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, Second Edition" (American Bar Association 2012).
Representative clients have included JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., General Motors Corp, H&Q Asia Pacific Ltd., Wells Fargo Bank, e-Companies Venture Group, S.F. Sentry Financial Group, Bank of Guam, Gensler, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Saint Francis Foundation, TriWorks Corp. and Granite Ventures LLC.
Mr. Rice serves as a Panel Arbitrator and mediator for both the American Arbitration Association and the World Intellectual Property Organization, and as mediator for the San Francisco and Marin Superior Courts.
Mr. Rice has lectured on privacy and security, securities, intellectual property, Internet law, electronic commerce and business litigation in Beijing, Amsterdam, Seoul, Berlin, Vancouver, Madrid, London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Montreal, Tokyo, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, Buenos Aires, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Durban (South Africa), Warsaw, Shanghai (by videoconference), Manila, Prague, Lisbon, as well as throughout the United States. He led a six-day training session in cyberlaw for the Supreme Court of Nepal in Kathmandu in October 2003.
His published cases include: Executive Risk Indemnity, Inc. v. Jones, 171 Cal. App. 4th 319 (2009); Imagistics International, Inc. v. Department of General Services (Sharp Electronics Corp.), 150 Cal. App. 4th 581 (2007);Terry v. Conlan, 331 Cal. App. 4th 1445 (2005); Stephenson v. Drever, 16 Cal. 4th 1167 (1997); Gottlieb v. Wiles, 150 F.R.D. 174 (D.Colo., 1993); Bank of the West v. Superior Court, 2. Cal. 4th 1254 (1992); Mullaly v. Wiles, 1991 WL 504866 (D.Colo., 1991); In re Pizza Time Theatre Securities Litigation, 113 F.R.D. 94 (N.D.Cal., 1986); Rothfarb v. Hambrecht, 641 F.Supp. 71 (N.D.Cal., 1986); Fidelity Financial Corp. v. Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, 589 F.Supp. 885 (N.D.Cal., 1983); In re Boise Cascade Sec. Litigation, 420 F.Supp. 99, 24 Fed.R.Serv.2d 705, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 95, 708 (W.D. Wash., 1976); M. Arthur Gensler, Jr., & Associates, Inc. v. Larry Barrett, Inc., 7 Cal.3d 695 (1972); Julen v. Larson, 25 Cal.App. 3d 325, 101 Cal.Rptr. 796 (1972); U.S. v. Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., 271 F.Supp. 561 (N.D.Cal., 1967); Mach-Tronics, Inc. v. Zirpoli, 316 F.2d 820 (9th Cir., 1963).
Business Litigation Representative Matters
- Successfully litigated multimillion dollar claim under professional liability policy issued to investment advisor.
- Established new rights of selling shareholders in California Supreme Court case.
- Handled merger of unique online retail and service provider into media company in triangular reorganization.
- Successfully prosecuted appeal in multi-million dollar complex probate litigation and secured favorable settlement.
- Obtained judgment and won appeal for international client establishing successful US$37 million bid in contract with state of California.
- Counseled major foreign real estate management and development company on marketing in the United States.
- Obtained dismissal of complex securities class actions and resolved companies' corporate derivative action.
Named in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013
Northern California Super Lawyers 2004-2009
Named a Top 100 Super Lawyer, 2004
Named to The Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years in the fields of Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Information Technology Law and Securities Law
Has been recognized by The Best of The U.S. (Corporate Work and Commercial Litigation)
Martindale-Hubbell, peer-awarded honor (AV)
Listed in Who's Who in the World since 1986
Listed in Who's Who in America since 1978