catastrophic injury/property damage


1013 N Pacific Ave

(415) 793-7871 (cell)


Madsen & Wolch (Walnut
Creek, CA)                                                                              2011-

Handling catastrophic
injury/property damage cases including construction defect litigation.

Gordon & Rees (San
  Francisco, CA)               

Partner/Practice Group leader for
Catastrophic Injury/property damage cases. 

Lyddan Law Group (San
  Francisco, CA)       

Principal handling complex
personal injury and property damage cases.

Carroll, Burdick &
McDonough LLP (San Francisco,

Partner and Senior Member of Product
Liability Litigation/Trial Group for Mercedes-Benz, AG

(Germany) and Panel Counsel for AIG/Chartis. 

Trial Experience

First Chair Trial Counsel for 14
catastrophic personal injury/property damage cases to verdict.  Highlights include:

Defense Verdict for Mercedes-Benz, AG in downtown
Los Angeles against 'celebrity' lawyer Herbert Hafif, including costs on CCP
§998 offer.

Defense Verdict in Reno, Nevada involving auto accident rendering
passenger quadriplegic.  Received case
file four days before start of trial.

Defense Verdict in Orange County involving auto accident with
insured’s beer truck rendering 26-year old female paraplegic. 

Seven month construction site
collapse trial against 18 plaintiffs in Compton, CA. Jury verdict allocated 15%
liability to my client DYK, Inc. and 75% to codefendants. 

Selected as AIG’s counsel in Los
Angeles Archdiocese Clergy Abuse cases, totaling  275 claimants including Northern California,
Sonoma and Kern Counties.

Multiple trials involving serious
personal injury/property cases including federal and state cases regarding
20,000 acre forest fire.   

Toyota Motor Sales (Los
Angeles, CA)       

Managing Counsel Product Liability
Group.  Oversaw fuel fire and light truck
rollover litigation.  Was first in-house
counsel in company history to try a case to verdict. 

Lillick, McHose &
Charles (Los Angeles, CA)         

Partner.  Represented Ford Motor Company in fuel fire
litigation for Pinto and all rear-wheel drive cars and light trucks.  Represented American Motors/Chrysler Corporation
in Jeep rollover cases.   


Loyola Law School, 1979 J.D., Law

Stanford University, 1976 B.A., With Distinction


Admitted to State Bars of
California, Oregon and Washington

  • Admitted to U.S.D.C. for Northern
    and Eastern Districts of California, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
    2010 and 2004
  • Member of American Bar and San
    Francisco Bar Associations
  • Member of Defense Research


  • ID#: 75890
  • Location: Anaheim, CA , 92806

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