As a trial lawyer, I believe in a hard but fair fight. Building trust and civility in the courtroom, I help the jury make the right decision based on compelling themes and bottom-line messages rooted in evidence."
Experienced in more than 100 trials representing parties in high- value lawsuits, Vincent I. Parrett represents Silicon Valley executives, founders, companies and majority shareholders in sophisticated business litigation. He analyzes claims, protects rights, and tries cases related to breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and many other commercial disputes.
In one case at Bergeson, LLP, Vince won on behalf of an international litigation funder in Santa Clara County Superior Court in a six-week trial involving claims of rescission and fraud. In another recent trial, Vince was trial counsel for a Silicon Valley technology manufacturer bringing complex claims and cross-claims of fraud and breach of contract in a multi-million-dollar dispute. His clients won.
Vince's litigation experience covers the spectrum of business disputes, including
Trial Tested and Ardent Litigator
Vince has built a reputation for effectiveness before a jury and civility throughout the litigation process. He credits pretrial preparation and strong deposition skills for his ability to achieve clients' goals in mediation, arbitration, and at trial.
For instance, Vince successfully defended a global multifamily office for Mark Zuckerberg, in a case involving a dispute over the acquisition of real property in Palo Alto, by so impeaching the plaintiff’s expert witness during a deposition that the case settled for zero dollars on the eve of trial.
Vince began his career conducting trials as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Judge Advocate General Corps at Naval Station Norfolk, the U.S. Navy's largest base in the world. Following his military service, he honed his civilian trial skills at prominent plaintiffs' firms in Manhattan and South Carolina focused on mass tort liability claims, including the Sept. 11 consolidated litigation in SDNY, Big Tobacco and lead paint litigation representing several major California counties and cities.
Raising the Business Trial Bar
As part of his commitment to the legal profession, Vince is active in several legal organizations, including the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and The Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court. Vince will serve as the 2020 chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Civil Practice Committee. He provides pro bono services to the civil justice system including through his service in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He has also been honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer and as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the social-impact organization Public Justice.
Vince graduated Yale University, earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and attended the U.S. Naval Justice School. His out-of-the office interests include his family, skiing, rugby and serving on the board of directors of the Eichler Swim & Tennis Club in Palo Alto.