William L. Buus
Attorney | Founder
Address: 3070 Bristol Street, Suite 530, Costa Mesa, California 92626
Telephone: (949) 825-6140 | Facsimile: (949) 825-6141
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William is a trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of complex business and personal injury cases in state and federal court, as well as before various administrative agencies. He has also argued before federal and state courts of appeal. Among others, he has handled cases involving claims of trademark infringement, patent infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud and false claims, wrongful termination, disputes arising in the sales of businesses, securities law before FINRA, shareholder disputes, real estate disputes, and serious injury and wrongful death. His cases have been the subject of news media reports, including major newspapers and television.

William has recently become a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization that is highly respected throughout the legal community. ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In order to become a member, a lawyer must have conducted and completed a number of jury trials. William has also been rated by Martindale Hubbell as "AV - Preeminent."  Also, because of his litigation successes, William has been listed several times in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (a publication of Los Angeles Magazine), having been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in Southern California. He has also received the highest rating of "10" on AVVO since 2009, and has been recognized by OC Metro Magazine as one of Orange County's top lawyers. In fact, in OC Metro’s 2012 and 2013 publications, William was identified as one of the top ten litigators in Orange County.

Practice areas:

Litigation: Business, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition/Antitrust, Corporate Shareholder/Securities, Employment, Real Estate, Wrongful Death, and Serious Injury. 

Most recently, William has achieved these litigation results:

A $200,000 jury verdict in a case where a bus transportation company accused a ticket salesperson of failing to remit proceeds from ticket sales.

A finding of no damages following a jury trial in a case where a large real estate developer was accused of violating copyrights in certain sculptures.

A favorable judicial decree under California Corporations Code section 2000, establishing the value of a hostile shareholder's shares of corporate stock to be bought by the other shareholder.

A $750,000 jury verdict in a case where a large real estate lender alleged that a large internet business breached a settlement agreement relating to use of a trademarked name.

A $2.8 million judgment entered after a jury trial in a case where employee sued her previous employer for violating of the False Claims Act and for retaliatory termination of employment.

A defense jury verdict in a case where a renowned baker was accused by another restaurant/bakery of violating a covenant not to compete.

A defense judgment entered after a jury trial where an entrepreneur was accused of committing fraud in a telecommunications deal with a large Vietnamese telecommunications company.

A defense jury verdict in a case where an automobile wheel distributor was accused of failing to pay for product manufactured, but untimely delivered, by a Taiwanese company.

A $2.9 million judgment entered after a jury trial in a case wherean after-market automobile parts distributor sued a Taiwanese company for trademark infringement and breach of contract.

A defense jury verdict in a case where his clients were accused of destroying valuable machinery.

A $300,000 claimant award in an arbitration before the NASD, now known as FINRA.

Multi-million dollar judgments in three separate cases involving securities fraud.

William has served as a faculty member for ABOTA's trial school and has also authored several articles on law practice for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, including articles on proving damages as well as getting and keeping the jury's attention. He was also on the staff of Southwestern University School of Law's law review, and was invited to join Southwestern's moot court honors program. William also passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in 1991.


Southwestern Law School (J.D., with honors, 1995);

California State University, Long Beach (B.A., Accountancy, 1991)

Admitted to Practice

California State Bar;

United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California;

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals;

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals;

Pro Hac Vice admissions in several states, including New York, Texas, Washington, Nevada, and Delaware.

Hobbies and Interests

Piano and Tae Kwon Do.

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