Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

Timothy Moppin

Senior Counsel

Timothy Moppin has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, including commercial, construction, contracts, and trade secrets disputes . He has represented clients in litigation in state and federal courts, and before public and administrative agencies.  Over the past 33 years, Mr. Moppin has developed a reputation for the representation of clients in high exposure claims and litigation.

Although the vast majority of the litigation has been resolved through settlement or dispositive motions, Mr. Moppin has successfully tried to verdict or judgment numerous cases. He has also represented clients in appeals before the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals. Over the years, Mr. Moppin has gained substantial experience in the use of alternative dispute resolution, including various forms of arbitration and mediation. Indeed,  Mr. Moppin has served as a mediator for the San Francisco Superior Court's Early Settlement Program.

Mr. Moppin is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before all California State courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.



  • Speaker, When Your Office Is All-A-Twitter: Real Life Risks To Companies And Employees In Using/Misusing Social Media, California Minority Counsel Program 24th Annual Business Conference (Los Angeles, September 2013)
  • Speaker, A Rose by Any Other Name... :Post-Dukes, Is Multi-Plaintiff Litigation the New Class Action?, National Bar Association Mid-Year Conference (Dana Point, California, April 2013)
  • Speaker, Myspace or Your Space: Defining the Metes and Bounds of the Interconnected Workplace, National Bar Association Annual Conference: Corporate Leadership Conference (Los Angeles, California, 2011)
  • Speaker, Tailoring Non-Compete Agreements To Enhance Their Enforceability, Minority Corporate Counsel Association 7th Annual CLE EXPO Conference, Chicago, Illinois (2008)
  • Speaker, New 2008 California Labor Laws, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley, California (2008)
  • Speaker, Issues of Bias and Diversity in Mediation and Arbitration, Bar Association of San Francisco Seminar, San Francisco, California (2004)
  • Speaker, Perchlorate: Is it Really a Grain of Salt?, Seminar, Environmental Law Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco (2003)
  • Panelist, What Clients Want - and Professional Responsibility," Multi­ Jurisdictional Practice and Environmental Lawyers: Here, There, and Everywhere?, Seminar, Environmental Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, San  Francisco,  California (2003)
  • Host, Information Technology Litigation: Representing Your Client in Software Performance & System Failure Claims, California/New York  Live  Practising Law  Institute Videocast (2002)

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