Our Team

Legal Experts you can Trust.

When you need assistance with electronic payments litigation, you need to work with a team of legal professionals you can trust.

Based in San Diego, Global has specialized in electronic payments litigation, both locally and across the nation, since 2008.

Our skilled attorneys have established themselves as complex litigation experts representing ISOs, agents, processors, card brands, and in the realm of commercial collections. From contract formation to post-judgment enforcement, Global performs for you.

Our Attorneys

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Christopher Dryden

Founding and Managing Partner

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Chris Dryden is well-recognized as a leading payments industry attorney with expertise in many subfields therein that range from corporate governance and planning, contract drafting, transactions to mergers and acquisitions, federal and state regulatory compliance and overall business consulting. What sets Chris and Global Legal’s attorneys apart from other industry attorneys is their considerable litigation experience concerning all of those subject matters.

Chris is able to apply his knowledge base in the litigation arena and argues firsthand many of the key issues affecting a payment business’s daily operations. With this 360 degree view of his client’s overall legal needs and potential pitfalls Chris is consistently leaned upon by his clients to not only address legal fires that arise but also assist to shore up operational deficiencies to strategically avoid future unnecessary legal expenses that commonly plague small to medium sized businesses. As the payments system landscape has evolved with the insertion of myriad technological advances and applications, Chris and Global Legal have become actively involved in defending and prosecuting client’s claims that originate from add on services and products being marketed in the space including POS sales and financing, commercial lending, alternative financing such as merchant cash advance, and working with ISV’s to partner with payment providers. No matter the issue, Chris and Global Legal take pride on approaching client relationships from a perspective to build lasting and sustainable partnerships.

Education

LSU Paul M. Hebert School of Law
– Juris Doctor

University of California San Diego
– B.A.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Electronic Transactions Association
  • Western States Acquirers Association
  • Southeast Acquirers Association
  • Midwest Acquirers Association
  • Money 20/20

Bar Admissions

  • California
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James Huber

Partner

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James Huber, expert payments litigator, cryptocurrency consultant, husband and father of two, works heavily in the compliance field; helping electronic payment processing companies avoid getting fined, arrested, violate rules, or get sued from internal or external threats. Drawing on experience from white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation, and general business advise, including heavy litigation in the payments space, James successfully advises his clients how to avoid litigation.

But some clients contact Global when it’s too late to avoid litigation, and many clients have learned that litigation can also be used as a powerful sword, when you have the right attorneys.  James, therefore, litigates often. That includes defending and pursuing electronic payments companies. James is also well-versed in mergers and acquisitions, compliance, contract review, internal operations, regulatory defense including FTC, CFPB, DOJ, AG, Class-Actions, and all legal aspects that affect a business.

Education
Cal Western School of Law
– Juris Doctor

Montana State University
– B.A.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Electronic Transactions Association
  • Western States Acquirers Association
  • Southeast Acquirers Association
  • Midwest Acquirers Association
  • Money 20/20

Bar Admissions

  • California
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Michael Ghilezan

Partner

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Michael Ghilezan is an experienced business litigator with an emphasis on startups and franchise law. While based out of Los Angeles, Michael has represented clients all across California, from San Francisco to San Diego, and in Federal courts, both in-state and out-of-state. Having studied mediation at the Straus Institute’s prestigious LLM program (ranked the best Alternative Dispute Resolution program in the nation), Michael has applied his mediation skills in over 100 mediations. His ADR background allows him to always keep an open mind to best help his clients reach the right settlement.

And when that is not possible, Michael’s strong advocacy skills ensure that his clients will get the best result possible at trial. Michael has a strong international background, having lived in 7 countries and speaking 6 languages, which he uses to advise his international business clients. He has helped investors from France, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, China, Guatemala and Romania to achieve their American Dream by helping them setup their businesses in the US.

Education
Pepperdine University School of Law – L.L.M

University of San Diego School of Law – Juris Doctor

Boston University – B.A. Cum Laude with Distinction

Activities & Affiliations

  • California Lawyers
    Association- Business

Law Section

  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s
    Office-Dispute

Resolution Program

  • Electronic Transactions Association
  • Western States Acquirers Association
  • Southeast Acquirers Association
  • Midwest Acquirers Association
  • Money 20/20

Bar Admissions

  • California
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Josh Herndon

Senior Associate Attorney

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Mr. Herndon is an attorney at the Global Legal Law Firm, whose attorneys are well-recognized as top industry experts. Mr. Herndon works in the compliance field helping electronic payment processing companies avoid getting fined, arrested, violate rules, or get sued from internal or external threats. Mr. Herndon is also involved in litigation in the payments space, including defending and pursuing electronic payments companies.

Education
San Diego State University – B.A. in Political Science, California Western School of Law – J.D.

Activities & Affiliations

  • Active coach/volunteer in son’s little league, and with his travel baseball team

Bar Admissions

  • California

Michael Douglas

Senior Associate Attorney

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Michael Douglas is an experienced litigator and outside counsel for large, multi-national corporations. Michael specializes in payments, fintech and banking litigation and is on the cutting-edge of legal issues surrounding emerging markets in cryptocurrency, NFTs and gaming. He has also spent considerable time advocating for and advising clients in complex insurance coverage matters. Throughout his career, Michael has litigated complex civil matters in state and federal courts across the West Coast. He is counsel of record in favorable published decisions in the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit. Michael has successfully defended and prosecuted matters for his clients in complex, high-dollar-value litigation ascending up to and including the California Supreme Court. His approach to litigation, transactional matters and outside counsel services is personal and practicable. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, camping, and playing golf. He is also an avid NFL football fan. Outside of his professional career, Michael is actively involved with charities and organizations advocating for Cystic Fibrosis and mental health patients.

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara – B.A.

California Western School of Law – J.D. cum laude

Executive Director of Notes and Comments, California Western Law Review and International Law Journal

Activities & Affiliations

American Inns of Court, Wallace Division

Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)

San Diego County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • California

  • United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts

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Bryce Van De Moere

Associate Attorney

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Bryce began his legal career working in insurance defense with an emphasis on personal injury and premises liability. He then pivoted to Plaintiff’s work, handling cases involving personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice, for which he was responsible for from intake to resolution. He then went back to defense work, returning to insurance defense and now adding complex civil litigation to his repertoire, which has served him well at Global Legal, representing merchants, and payment processors in the payments sphere. Bryce lives in San Diego with his wife Allison, with whom he raises six children. He enjoys golfing, surfing and hiking.

Education

Creighton University
Undergrad

University of San Diego School of Law
Juris Doctor

Activities & Affiliations

Bar Admissions

  • California – All state courts

Bradley C. Crosley

Senior Associate Attorney

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Bradley Crosley is a seasoned attorney with a successful background of guiding clients through a wide array of transactional and courtroom challenges. In addition to litigating countless subject matters, including electronic payment processing and complex business disputes, Brad has served as general counsel for a nationally operating corporation in complex real estate financing and development projects including public private partnerships and infrastructure development ventures. These experiences allow him to see matters from the perspective of the client and create pragmatic solutions and strategies that are custom suited to the wants and needs of the individual client. Brad serves our clients in planning, compliance and transactions, as well as advocating on their behalf in litigated matters.

Education

University of San Diego School of Law
Juris Doctor

Activities & Affiliations

Bar Admissions

  • California

  • Indiana

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Our talented team of experienced lawyers can guide you through all facets of your electronic payment processing business to lead you to the other side stronger than before.