Moreno's guy is George Stephan, who heads the Los Angeles headquarters of Stephan Oringher Richman & Theodora. Stephan first worked as Moreno's lawyer a decade ago, representing Outdoor Systems, the billboard company Moreno co-owned until selling it in 1999 to what's now Viacom Inc. Stephan worked on the sale and later landed Viacom as a client.
He's a litigation guy, having handled contract and employment disputes as well as product liability cases.
Guilford, who argued for the city in February when Judge Peter Polos denied the Angels' bid to throw out part of the city's lawsuit, also is a business litigator.
The two lawyers have butted heads a couple of times already in the legal fight between the city and the Angels.
Earlier this month, the California Court of Appeals ordered Angels Baseball to show why an injunction against the name change shouldn't be granted. Stephan is set to respond this week, a few days before the start of baseball's regular season.
The city is appealing Polos' rejections of preliminary and temporary injunctions sought by Anaheim to change the name back to Anaheim Angels.
The legal fight also has a second front: a separate lawsuit filed by the city against the team. In the suit, the city charges the name change violates the team's 1996 lease at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, which was struck with prior owner Walt Disney Co. Moreno bought the Angels for $184 million in 2003.
*Orange County Business Journal reporter Chris Cziborr contributed to this column. Staff reporter Amanda Bronstad can be reached at (323) 549-5225, ext. 225, or at email@example.com .
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