Biography

Companies facing high-stakes business disputes, particularly executive mobility, breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, and business divorce-related issues, turn to Carlos Becerra for his skill and creative solutions. An accomplished litigator and strategic advisor, Carlos is known among clients for his readiness to tackle and resolve complex challenges in courtrooms and boardrooms across California and the nation. Also, clients in the health care, entertainment, and financial services industries, and hedge funds and private equity firms, rely on Carlos to serve as their trusted advisor. He provides them with real-time actionable intelligence on regulatory, market, litigation developments, and divisive operational support for key assets.

Carlos brings a distinct business sensibility to his practice because of his work and achievements across many spectrums—as a real estate developer, health care business leader, former private equity executive, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropic leader.

As the National Co-Chair of Epstein Becker Green’s Minority Attorney Forum, Carlos promotes the talents and strengths of racial and ethnic minority attorneys at the firm. He often speaks at associations in Southern California on topics as diverse as health care, employee mobility, harassment, California’s Private Attorneys General Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Earlier in his career, Carlos worked in the private equity area as a Corporate Development Director. He also served as the Executive Director of Freedom Is Not Free, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aids wounded troops and their families. And Carlos is actively involved in philanthropic community organizations: He helped facilitate and support the turnaround of the Marine Mammal Care Center, a nonprofit animal hospital for stranded marine mammals in Los Angeles County. He was a charter member and founding officer of the now-thriving Ronald McDonald House’s Red Shoe Society, a nonprofit young professional group that supports the Ronald McDonald House (for which he received several public recognitions and an award).

Carlos and his superstar wife, Amber Becerra, Esq., who have two adventurous boys, have had their residential real estate development efforts (which Amber spearheads) featured on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovations and Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa.

Experience

  • Achieved a successful jury verdict in state court in favor of a financial services firm sued by a former commodities broker. Carlos disproved the broker’s claim that the financial services firm had misclassified him as an independent contractor.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of a Fortune 500 employer against a former employee. Carlos successfully demonstrated that there was not an actionable case made by the employees alleged disability discrimination-related claims arising from an inflexible leave of absence policy.
  • Successfully filed a motion on behalf of a high-tech employer for judgment in California against a competitor based in Massachusetts. Carlos’s motion invalidated a non-compete agreement entered into by and between the competitor and an executive for the high-tech employer.
  • Successfully appealed the California Employment Development Department’s tax and penalty assessment levied against a California nonprofit employer. The department had alleged that the employer misclassified certain independent contractors. As a result of Carlos’s efforts, the department reduced the overall assessment by 98 percent.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order in state court in favor of a California employer against a former employee and competitor who had misappropriated the California employer’s confidential customer contact information. The TRO prohibited the former employee and competitor from unlawfully competing. Carlos negotiated a favorable settlement shortly thereafter.
  • Settled a case favorably on behalf of a medical group where the primary issue was whether a physician’s obligation to comply with AMA § 7.03 trumped a medical group’s right to protect its trade secrets.
  • Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion brought by a former employee and competitor against a California employer asserting breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, misappropriation of trade secrets, and the violation of California's unfair competition laws against the same. Carlos then negotiated a favorable settlement for his client.
Education
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2010)
    • Emphasis in Civil Litigation
    • George Moscone Merit Scholar
  • University of California, San Diego (B.S., 2005)
Bar Admissions
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Memberships
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Southern California Region, Deputy Co-President,
  • Long Beach Young Professionals, Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Society, Board Member and Social Chair
Languages
  • Spanish
Recognition