Bio Isaac R. Zfaty, Zfaty | Burns Attorneys, Newport Beach, Ca
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Attorney | Principal
660 Newport Center Drive
Suite 470
Newport Beach CA 92660
T 949.398.8080
F 949.398.8081

Isaac R. Zfaty is a founding partner of Zfaty | Burns. He specializes in business litigation, trademark prosecution and litigation, partnership and corporate disputes, and general real estate matters. Isaac has achieved outstanding results as both a plaintiff and defense attorney, having handled hundreds of matters, with trials to verdict in over two dozen cases.

Prior to founding Zfaty | Burns, Isaac worked as a civil litigator in both large and small corporate law firms. He has tried cases throughout Southern California and provided legal counsel in numerous other states, Europe, and the People's Republic of China. Isaac also acts as general counsel for a number of small to mid-sized Orange County companies.

Some of Isaac's recent trials include
the following:

1. Trevino v. Estate of Labbe, Orange County Case No. 30-2014-00733640, Hon. Geoffrey T. Glass, presiding. Case Tried: 2016. In this matter, Mr. Zfaty and Mr. Prybylo tried the case to a jury. After three weeks, the jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of the Estate,
and also awarded the Estate $2.25 million for conversion, including $1 million in punitive damages.

2. Parallax Medical Systems and SCMI v. STAAR Surgical Company, Orange County Case No. 07CC10132, Hon. Glenda Sanders, presiding. Cases tried: 2009-2010. Jury verdict: $4.9 million. SCMI v. STAAR Surgical Company, Orange County Case No. 07CC10136, Hon. Andrew P. Banks, presiding. Jury verdict: $6.5 million.

In these companion business tort cases, Isaac R. Zfaty successfully represented two regional manufacturing representative companies in separate trials for interference with prospective economic advantage against STAAR Surgical Company (Nasdaq: STAA). In the two jury trials, Mr. Zfaty was able to procure multi-million dollar verdicts, including punitive damages against STAAR after the juries found that STAAR intentionally interfered with contractual arrangements that had been procured by SCMI and Parallax to sell intraocular lenses produced by
Bausch and Lomb. After the conclusion
of each of these jury trials, each of which lasted two months, the juries found that the plaintiffs had economic relationships, and that STAAR had intentionally interfered with them.

3. DiStefano v. Sage Equity, Inc., Orange County Case No. 30-2011 00451386, Hon. Francisco F. Firmat, presiding. Case tried: 2012.  Verdict: complete defense verdict. In this case, plaintiff sued his lenders for wrongful foreclosure. He also sued each of the trustees/foreclosing parties, and the party who purchased at trustee's sale. After a six week jury trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict (unanimous).

4. Shoreline Properties, LLC v. Union Bank, N.A., Orange County Case No. 30-2010-00377146, Hon. David T. McEachen, presiding. Case Tried: 2012.  Jury Verdict: Judgment for Plaintiff in the total amount of $377,422.34.

In this Commercial Code Section 3405 case against Union Bank, Plaintiff, Shoreline Properties, LLC, was represented by Isaac R. Zfaty and Ryan N. Burns. After a three week jury trial, the jury found unanimously that Union Bank improperly accepted for deposit 15 different third party checks. Messrs. Zfaty and Burns were able to procure for their client 100% of its damages incurred, including interest and costs.

5. Bane v. Martynec et al. Orange County Case No. 30-2008-00109915, Hon. Judge Gail A. Andler, presiding. Case tried: 2012. This partnership embezzlement matter involved five different defendants conspiring to defraud over the course of 6 years. Defendants' embezzlement scheme included falsification of critical corporate documents, and identity theft. After four years of litigation, Isaac was able to
obtain judgments for Plaintiff against the five defendants totaling in excess of
$12 million.


Bachelor of Arts, 1998
University of California, Santa Barbara
summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Juris Doctor, 2001
University of California
Hastings College of Law
Moot Court Honors


Metadata Discovery in California
and Federal Courts (2007)

Pretrial Considerations: Trial Preparation
and State Local Rules (2011)

Expert Witness Practice: To Dos, and Do
Nots of Expert Trial Testimony and Federal Courts (2012)

Forensic Expert Witness Association: Fundamental Principals for Expert Witnesses (2015)

Admitted to Practice:

2001 State of California
2001 U.S. District Court,
Central District of California
2001 U.S. District Court,
Southern District of California
2010 U.S. District Court,
Northern District of California

Areas of Concentration:

Complex Business Litigation
Partnership and Corporate Disputes
Real Estate Litigation

Professional Affiliations/
Community Involvement:

State Bar of California
American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Former board member,
El Sol Science and Art Academy
2011 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
2012 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
2013 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
2014 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
2015 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Star
2017 Super Lawyers, Rising Star

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