My practice areas include general civil litigation (trial through appeal), construction defects, insurance coverage and bad faith, legal malpractice, Probate/Trust, products liability and real estate including titles and commercial landlord and tenant. This includes jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, as well as an appellate practice.
I have over forty years of experience representing individuals, corporations and governmental entities in a wide array of litigation matters involving diverse and complex issues. These include product liability claims against automobile manufacturers; construction defect litigation on behalf of a city and of meat wholesaler; legal malpractice claims, both prosecuting and defending. This work has included numerous jury trials and a significant appellate practice.
During November 2006, I obtained an arbitration award in excess of $30,000,000 with regard to the negligent installation of a utility system. The matter settled for $7,000,000.
During November 2012, I obtained a substantial settlement in a matter involving the negligent installation and maintenance of a commercial refrigeration system which failed causing approximately $3,000,000 in damage.
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
Over the years, I have been involved in both the trial and appeal of insurance coverage and bad faith cases. For example, Borders v. Great Falls Insurance Company (1977) 72 Cal. App. 3d 86; Sequros La Provincial v. Frement Indemnity Company (1983) 138 Cal. App. 3d 923; National Automobile v. Frankel (1988) 203 Cal. App. 3d 830; and A.B.S. Clothing Collection v. The Home Insurance Company (1995) 34 Cal. App. 4th 1470.
For more than twenty-five years, I have represented clients and attorneys in malpractice litigation. To view representative cases, please download (at the bottom of this page) my detailed curriculum vitae. I have been successful in representing both sides of malpractice disputes, both at the trial and appellate level, as well as affecting substantial settlements. I have also acted as an expert witness in numerous attorney malpractice cases as detailed in my Curriculum Vitae.
I have the experience and ability to represent clients in complex trust litigation, including disputed accountings and am currently doing so.
During June 1990, I obtained a Plaintiff's verdict in the amount of $6,700,000 in a product liability case as against Toyota involving a rollover. Additionally, during the 1990s I settled two other cases with Toyota and one with Suzuki involving a rollover. Further, during 2012 and 2013 I litigated the alleged negligent design of a commercial refrigeration system. This matter was settled in my client's favor.
I currently handle and have concluded a variety of real estate related matters, including quiet title actions, foreclosures and commercial unlawful detainer actions. During November 2013, I successfully concluded a landlord tenant matter which involved two appeals.
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