Currently performing mediations in Los Angeles County and in Ventura County both privately and as a Mediator with the Ventura County Superior Court. As either a mediator or an attorney representing litigants, I have participated in hundreds of mediations. In addition, I am currently performing mediations in various departments of the Los Angeles County Superior Court by way of association with the California Academy of Mediation Professionals (CAMP).
Practitioner with extensive experience in plaintiff personal injury, business and defense litigation on behalf of individuals and insurance companies, private employers, public agencies, self-insured employers, and administrative school districts. Litigation experience includes civil injury litigation cases for plaintiffs and for the defense, plaintiff medical malpractice cases, and civil claims involving subrogation. I have successfully litigated various and complex issues in the Superior Courts of California, Appellate Courts, and the United States District Court. Responsible for advising clients and litigating issues dealing with anti-discrimination law such as the ADA, California FEHA, California Unruh Act, and other laws dealing with discrimination restrictions, including age, disabilities and employment issues, including advising public entities regarding age and disability retirement issues and representing public entities at administrative hearings. For both plaintiff and defense clients the value of claims often in excess of one million dollars including catastrophic injuries and death. Recent plaintiff settlements of $6,000,000 and medical malpractice of $750,000.
Senior trial attorney: (Non-equity partner). Responsible for defending, advising and litigation of matters on behalf of public entities and private sector companies and the prosecution, defense, trial and attendant litigation of major civil liability cases and claims involving injury, premises, construction, and products liability as well as business litigation involving corporate clients and subrogation matters. Also responsible for advising clients and litigating issues dealing with anti-discrimination law such as the ADA, California FEHA, Unruh Act, and other laws dealing with age discrimination, seniority, MOU’s (Union contract issues), disabilities and employment issues. I have also given informational seminars and Continuing Education classes dealing with ADA issues. Part of my responsibility was to supervise and train less senior attorneys in litigation matters, legal research and computer system resource analysis.
Representative clients included individuals, self insureds, school districts, municipalities, insurance carriers, and corporate clients. Exposure of claims to defendants was usually in excess of one million dollars.
Senior litigation partner in firm engaged in the prosecution of personal injury, medical malpractice, and business litigation. Functions included supervising and training other attorneys in litigation and preparation of cases for trial; instruction and reviewing all legal research and writing, briefs, pleadings, and trial presentation, and performance of all litigation functions with regard to major cases, including, major injury trials, preparation of trial briefs and pleadings, appellate briefs and petitions to appellate courts, for both state and Federal Courts. In addition, I functioned as “in house” counsel to several corporations with respect to business transactions, contracts, taxation, and intellectual property issues. These activities included advising the client directly regarding these issues as well as acting as liaison with outside counsel.
Complex litigation included Dalkon Shield litigation (both state and Federal Courts), Jalisco Cheese litigation, business litigation, construction litigation, product liability, uninsured and underinsured motorist practice, bad-faith litigation, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. I was also responsible for the firm’s administration, including analysis and acquisition of computer support systems and facilities.
Sole practitioner with extensive experience in civil, business, and injury litigation, including all aspects of legal research and writing, trial and hearings. Caseload included unusual tax and business cases, and included trialsand appeals, and presenting appellate briefs and petitions to the state appellate courts. I also served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Santa Monica (then Municipal) Court. In the years with this firm and a previous firm, I handled over 50 trials in both municipal and superior courts all over Southern California. Case responsibility included all aspects of litigation, including discovery, investigation, trial, and law & motion.
California State Bar
United States District Court - Northern, Southern, and Central Districts
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
United States Supreme Court Bar
Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
Graduated Juris Doctor: Tulane Law Review, Asst. Editor