A business litigator, Blake helps individuals and companies of all sizes resolve their commercial disputes, with a particular focus on complex commercial, employment, and shareholder litigation. He has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including breach of contract claims, securities fraud actions, trade secret disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, government investigations, enforcement actions, shareholder derivative suits, and wage and hour class actions.
He has worked with clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, retail, hardware, software, and clean energy industries. He regularly counsels companies regarding corporate governance, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, personnel decisions, employee raiding, protection of trade secrets, leave accommodations, and employee allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Blake represents clients in court, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, as well as before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other administrative agencies.
Prior to co-founding Koning Zollar LLP, Blake was an attorney at Cooley LLP, a leading international law firm.
education / awards
University of Notre Dame
JD, Magna Cum Laude, 2009
Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
University of Montana, Missoula
BA, with high honors, 2006
Phi Kappa Phi
Outstanding Service Award, Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. (2013)
Representative matters* (Clients in bold)
Beverly Emerson et al. v. The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Superior Court of California)
In re MannKind Corp. Securities Litigation (Central District of California)
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board v. Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (Dist. of Connecticut)
Anderson v. Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Central District of California)
City of Warren Police and Fire Ret. Sys. v. Natera et al. (Lightspeed Venture Partners, Claremont Creek Ventures) (Superior Court of California)
Human Longevity, Inc. v. Wamberg Genomic Advisors (Superior Court of California)
Blasdell vs. Space Exploration Technologies, Corp. (SpaceX) (Superior Court of California)
Rinh v. ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Southern District of California)
Larkin v. Pratik Shah (Auspex Pharmaceuticals) (Delaware Chancery Court)
Adams v. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) (Superior Court of California)
R.S. v. Pacificare Life and Health Insurance Co. (Superior Court of California)
Partner Investments, L.P. et al. v. Theranos et al. (Elizabeth Holmes) (Delaware Chancery Court)
Southwest Key Programs, Inc. v. City of Escondido (Southern District of California)
Mowry v. Tachyon Networks, Inc. (JAMS)
Memberships / Activities
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
San Diego County Bar Association