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Global Legal is a boutique law firm that squares off to litigate and negotiate against the big dogs. Neither afraid nor intimidated by the larger firms, Global Legal leverages its expertise to crush its opponents. Located in Southern California, partners Christopher Dryden and James Huber built their firm focusing on litigation, contracts, and business development for electronic payment businesses.

Global Legal’s attorneys’ practice and background dovetails into other areas of the law to service local businesses and individuals; as well as our clients’ employees for issues related to a diverse range of practice, including, civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, family law, property disputes, landlord/tenant, and all other legal issues.

Our History

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2008
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Dryden founds Global Legal Resources Law Firm

Global’s first office was in the Palomar Airport building that provided easy access to its clients and potential clients, who flew via private aircraft. GLR’s largest client was small but rapidly expanding ISO that GLR played the role of “outside, in-house counsel” covering every aspect of legal needs a growing business required. GLR facilitated and oversaw that ISO’s growth from 15 employees to 400 at five new offices nationwide that produced over 500 deals per month, at times, during a two-year period.

2009

GLR Transforms the Payments Industry

GLR diversifies its practice to serve local southern California businesses in all aspects. GLR further develops its knowledge of the rapidly expanding and changing payments landscape to offer a larger range of legal services to payments related companies. Many former sales agents of GLR’s ISO clients contact GLR for assistance in personal and business development matters in payments and beyond.

GLR also creates ISO specific contracts that recognize ISOs relationship as broker of merchant services and tie into the processing agreement to enhance protection and enforcement by the ISO. These documents transform the payments industry to recognize ISOs role in merchant acquisition as well as preserve its rights to merchants and its vendors.

2010

A New Hire…

GLR hired James Huber, who had a background in criminal defense. That practice overlapped into the work that electronic payments companies were facing. James and Chris found that their interests were aligned; provide top-tier legal services at a rate that disrupted those of its competitors and facilitated long-term and trusting relationships with its clients. While Chris continued to focus on the business development and relationship building needs for electronic payments companies, Huber defended and prosecuted lawsuits for multiple cases nationwide; running point for local attorneys to provide expert analysis and work product geared toward common legal issues surrounding electronic payment companies’ operations.

GLR continued and expanded its representation of electronic payments companies. With over 100 successful case resolutions that year and multiple ISOs pleased with the relationships and protection it had with their vendors, GLR’s reputation as dealmakers and fierce litigators, kept its referral basis constant.

2011

A Partnership.

James Huber and Chris Dryden find their interests are aligned, mutually beneficial, and invaluable to each other. They become partners at GLR, and continue to grow.

As word spreads about GLR’s vast experience defending ISOs and assisting in their growth and evolving business operations, ISOs conscript GLR’s attorneys to come to their respective offices to review, investigate, and audit their policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and local oversight agencies and the industry’s growing compliance requirements. As a result of GLR’s compliance initiatives such ISOs report growing operational efficiencies, substantial decreases in contingent liabilities and their and a dramatic spike in sales production.

2012

Relocated Across from Local Courthouse

Despite GLR’s focus being on nationwide litigation for its growing base of electronic payments companies, GLR moves to downtown San Diego to ease the commute to the downtown courthouse as its litigation calendar demanded daily appearances. Chris and James continued to travel to GLR’s clients’ businesses to “get a look under the hood” to reveal any potential liabilities and assist in refining operations to comply with the increased scrutiny and regulations by various agencies within the federal government.

2013

Class Action Busters

GLR provides its expertise in the payments industry to defeat or settle for less than full exposure four class-action cases against ISOs before the class-certification stage. That saved its clients likely hundreds of thousands of dollars in contingent liability. In all cases, the electronic payments company avoided the full potential of class liability and settled without any formal hearings.

2014

Industry Experts

GLR is invited to speak at payments industry’s national trade association, Electronic Transaction Association’s, national tradeshow in Las Vegas with Venable LLP on legal compliance programs focused on responding to new regulations resulting from the FTC’s Operation Chokepoint; GLR also invited to speak at Western States Acquiring Association’s annual convention. GLR’s recognition as one of the supreme electronic payments attorneys in the industry continues to grow.

2015

Litigation Overdrive and a New Name

Without disposing of its good reputation and brand, Huber and Dryden rename GLR to Global Legal Law Firm. The name better reflects the Firm’s fierce reputation as unyielding litigants and heavy-hitting negotiators.

Global Legal also continues to grow its base of clients and experience in other payments related issues affecting electronic payment companies. This includes the prosecution of class action offenses against processors involving assessment of unauthorized charges and failure to properly administer contractual obligations under the chargeback protocols established by the card associations. Additionally, Global Legal begins working with high volume CNP merchants in efforts to create a sustainable business model compliant with the card associations’ rules. All this while continuing to work on its clients’ contractual, compliance, and dispute resolution needs.

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Headquarters

We’re located in Carlsbad, California. If you’re in the neighborhood, please drop in and see us.

Testimonials

Any time one of my vendors or affiliates get sued, I contact Chris & James because I know that my valued relationships with those referrals are in good hands, and will survive the lawsuit.

Equipment Lessor,
Global Legal is the best group of attorneys that I have worked with after 40 years in the industry. They both protect and pursue my interests at a fair rate.

ISO Owner,