Benjamin A. Nix is a partner at Payne & Fears LLP and Chair of the Business Litigation Group. Ben has extensive experience litigating complex business disputes, including trade secrets, non-competition agreements, unfair competition, class actions, trade dress and trade mark, copyright, and fiduciary duty . He also counsels clients on a variety of pre-litigation matters, particularly on issues related to trade secrets, non-competition agreements and unfair competition.
Ben heads up a team which handles trade secrets matters and disputes over non-competition agreements. He and the team have successfully defended numerous claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, including defeating applications for emergency relief and preliminary injunctions. In addition, Ben and the team has successfully prosecuted trade secret claims and related matters, including obtaining temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and permanent injunctions on behalf of the firm’s clients. Ben's recent successes for his clients include multiple millions of dollars in awards and settlements, as well as recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs.
Ben has been named to the roster of Southern California Super Lawyers by a vote among attorneys consistently since 2004. He also has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Orange County in 2005 and again in 2006. He is the past Chair of the Business Litigation Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and is currently a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee.
Before joining Payne & Fears LLP, Ben was an associate in the litigation department at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Prior to that, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Stanley Mosk, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.