Champ Car bosses won't be bullied
by Mark Cipolloni

 June 9, 2006

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Obviously Mr. Kalkhoven and his partners have retained a very distinguished attorney to represent them. Since they retained Mr. Sun long before the ‘Phoenix Issue’ it is a testament to their patience that they have not fully unleashed the ‘heavy guns’ in prior matters.  It is also just as clear they have zero intention of allowing anyone, irrespective of their wealth & influence, to obstruct them from marketing Champ Car in a fair and lawful manner and certainly not by unfair monopolistic business practices.

Brian Sun

Brian Sun is known in the legal world first and foremost for his results as a trial lawyer but he is also known as a “go to” lawyer for Fortune 300 Companies. After graduating from the University of Southern California (Phi Beta Kappa; B.A. Magna Cum Laude 1976; J.D. 1979) he clerked with Federal Judge Andrew Hauk and later became a federal prosecutor with the Justice Department.

As an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in Los Angeles from 1982-1986 Brian was Chief of the Financial Investigations Unit and testified before Congress helping to draft pioneering money laundering legislation while heading up a multi-agency task force that targeted very sophisticated money laundering operations in the U.S. and abroad.

Brian was then courted by the owners of a high profile ‘boutique’ law firm in Los Angeles that specialized in trial work and left government service to become a named partner in their practice which became O’Neill, Lysaght & Sun. In 2003, realizing they could not grow their firm fast enough to keep up with the clients that were seeking to retain them, Brian accepted a senior partnership at one of the world’s largest law firms, Jones Day, with more than 2200 attorneys on staff and which American Lawyer has rated among the best in the U.S.

Besides being one of the most powerful attorneys in the USA, Brian Sun is also a 3rd degree black belt in martial arts, and a long time Champ Car supporter and fan.  Mr. Sun is pictured here at the 2002 Long Beach GP.

The move has enhanced Brian’s extraordinary ability to not only select lawyers and staff with specialized skill sets to action teams but to manage those teams in a manner that produces work product that is so persuasive that he is able to settle many cases pre-trial and the ones that actually make it to trial his well recognized abilities in the court room give his clients the advantage tipping the scales to where the most probable outcome is that they prevail.

The larger firm and more diverse staff has allowed Brian to accept more clients with anti-trust, unfair competition law, corporate criminal investigations, business crime, and complex litigation while actually allowing him more time for trial work from other areas within the firm. In April of this year Jones Day was named ‘Global Business Crime Law Firm of the Year’ by the Who’s Who Legal Awards (Official Research Partner of the International Bar Association) where Brian Sun received special recognition. April also found Brian named to the Lawdragon 500 (A guide to the best in the courtroom when it comes to shaping corporate America) as one of the 500 leading litigators in America for his Trial Practice expertise. Brian is listed in the 2005-2006 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, and has been ranked twice as among the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Brian’s list of clients have included automobile manufacturers (American Honda among them), investment and accounting firms, other law firms, government officials as well as high net worth individuals (the Pritzker Family among many) in very confidential and sensitive matters. He has a solid reputation for prevailing for his clients in both State and Federal Courts in civil, criminal, and regulatory cases but specializes in complex corporate litigation.

His reputation inside the corridors of government is such that when government officials, particularly law enforcement and intelligence officials who are facing serious jeopardy, Brian Sun is at the top of the list of people they turn to for help. Some of the public cases that have been disclosed include a FBI counterintelligence official and Los Alamos nuclear scientist, Wen Ho Lee who was accused of spying for China. After Lee was held for nine months in virtual ‘incommunicado’ in solitary confinement Brian assisted in his criminal defense, which resulted in his release and last week won a multimillion dollar civil settlement (1.645 Million in compensation alone) and the strength of his arguments were such that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to entertain additional litigation in the matter.

Brian has lectured and written extensively on trial practice, ethics, white-collar crime, and corporate compliance with government regulations. He currently sits on the board of directors of Bet Tzedek and the board of trustees of Southwestern University School of Law.

Brian’s personal life is demonstrative of his commitment to integrity (he has taught trial advocacy for the U.S. Department of Justice and served as adjunct Professor of Law at Southwestern University), strength (he is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do) and humility (Pro Bono work for the less fortunate and past recipient of the American Jewish Congress Award for Pro Bono work). Brian is also a long time supporter, and fan, of Champ Car regularly attending his home Long Beach Grand Prix.

The author can be contacted at markc@autoracing1.com

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