Bruce Broillet's intelligent and committed approach to the law has earned him national recognition and respect among his peers in the legal community and has led to his induction into the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles “Hall of Fame.” Mr. Broillet is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group composed of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America. As a trial lawyer, he has obtained numerous seven and eight-figure results. He represents plaintiffs in such areas as business litigation, products liability, professional malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death. His diverse achievements include a $3.3 billion settlement against Big Tobacco on behalf of the County of Los Angeles, a $45.6 million verdict in a legal malpractice case (which is the largest of its kind in California’s history), one of California’s largest pre-trial injury settlements in the amount of $32.5 million, a $14.5 million verdict against a major health club concerning failure to perform proper resuscitation, a $12 million dollar injury verdict against a major property management company, an $11.75 million dollar settlement against the County of Los Angeles for distracted driving leading to a wrongful death, and a $10.35 million award in a business fraud case against a major financial corporation.
Bruce tried and won a $55 million jury verdict for sports and television personality Erin Andrews against the Nashville Marriott relating to video secretly taken of her while she was in a state of undress in her hotel room. The case was covered nationally and internationally by all major media outlets and sparked a national conversation about security, safety and privacy for hotel guests. This verdict led to Bruce being named Consumer Attorney of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Bruce has been named one of the “Top Ten Southern California Superlawyers” fourteen times. He was also named “top point-getter” by Superlawyers in 2008. He is also named in “Best Lawyers in America” and has been honored as its “Lawyer of the Year” in personal injury for Los Angeles.
California Lawyer Magazine named Bruce “One of California’s Most Respected Plaintiff’s Lawyers” and the Los Angeles Daily Journal has repeatedly named him as one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California.” He has been named by Lawdragon to its list of “The 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” and its list of “The 500 Leading Litigators in America” on five occasions. He has also repeatedly been named one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Attorneys in California by The Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Bruce is from El Paso, Texas. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1971) and his J.D. from the University of Texas (1974).
He is admitted to the State Bar of California. He is married to Norah and they have a son, Dalton.
Mr. Breiter was nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2020 & 2019 by CAALA (Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles) for his numerous 7 figure verdicts over the past few years. He is a Lifetime Fellow of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) and has been named to National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Mr. Breiter has been named 9 consecutive years by Southern California and South Florida SuperLawyers. Brian Breiter is a civil trial lawyer practicing since 1995 in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. With over 100 Million dollars in settlements and verdicts, Mr. Breiter has dedicated his practice to helping consumers during their most difficult times. Mr. Breiter is licensed in California and Florida. Mr. Breiter represents clients throughout the entire state of California and Florida and speaks fluent Spanish.
Brian is also a former adjunct professor at the Pepperdine Law School where he taught “Improvisational Mediation” to fellow lawyers, mediators and judges. He also taught at the University of Calgary School of Law. He uses his skills as a professional actor for 30 years in the courtroom and depositions like no other in his field.
The office concentrates on wrongful death, brain injury, serious orthopedic injuries, automobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, trucking accidents, dog bites, and slip and fall cases in both California and Florida.
Arash Homampour is a trial attorney that represents individuals in catastrophic injury/wrongful death, employment and insurance bad faith matters throughout the State. He was naed one of the top 30 Plaintiff attorneys in 2016 and 2018 in the State by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He was named CAALA’s 2010 trial attorney of the year and has been nominated as trial attorney of the year every year since 2004. In 2017, he was named the Ventura County Trial Lawyer’s Association as Trial Attorney of the Year. In 2018, he was named the Orange County Trial Lawyer’s Association as it’s product liability Trial Attorney of the Year. In 2007, he was named one of the Top 20 Attorneys Under the Age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. From 2005 through the present, he has earned the distinction of being a "Super Lawyer", with the additional recognition since 2010 as one of the top 100 Southern California Attorneys. He also handles appellate work, including successfully briefing and arguing before the California Supreme Court. He also appears as a legal analyst on television.
The founder and lead trial counsel at the Dolan Law Firm, Chris Dolan has successfully tried over 45 cases and settled hundreds of lawsuits. Chris' unparalleled success in civil litigation includes the largest verdict - $61 million - ever in U.S. history for individuals subjected to racial discrimination and harassment in violation of their civil rights. Under Chris' leadership, Dolan Law Firm PC has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlement and become one of California's premier plaintiffs' firms serving clients injured due to the fault of another or were discriminated against or treated unfairly in the workplace.
Chris has been recognized by numerous California and national publications as one of the foremost trial lawyers and skilled negotiators in California. The Daily Journal selected Chris twice as one of California's Top 25 Plaintiffs' Lawyers. Chris has served as President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Both the CAOC and SFTLA have honored Chris with their trial lawyer of the year awards.
Carl E. Douglas is the former Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr, best known for his work as the Coordinator of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense team. His work as a member of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense “Dream Team” was prominently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30, Academy Award winning documentary, O.J.: Made In America.
While at The Cochran Firm, Mr. Douglas tried dozens of cases to verdict, in a wide array of personal injury, civil rights, and criminal law matters. After going out on his own in 1996, he broadened his list of accomplishments. Mr. Douglas was the attorney for the lead plaintiff in Patricia Anderson v. General Motors Corporation, a product liability trial where the jury returned a $4.9 billion dollar verdict, which was then the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in United States. As lead counsel in a seven-week trial against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, concerning the police death of an unarmed African-American man, Mr. Douglas helped the victim’s family obtain a verdict of $8,000,000.00.
In 1994 and again in 1999, Mr. Douglas was honored as the “Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year” by the John M. Langston Bar Association. He became the second attorney in the more than 85-year history of that Association, to be awarded that coveted honor more than once. In 2006, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States, named Mr. Douglas its Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Prior to joining Mr. Cochran’s office, Mr. Douglas was employed from 1981 through 1987 as a trial attorney at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Los Angeles, where he represented indigent defendants charged with various federal crimes including bank robbery, drug possession, and white-collar fraud. He began his legal career in 1980 working at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. analyzing tariff changes filed by various satellite companies in the Commission’s Common Carrier Bureau. A frequent lecturer and motivational speaker and a legal commentator on various radio and television programs throughout the nation, Mr. Douglas earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his law degree at the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California, Berkeley.
Boris is a founding partner of Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP where he represents individuals and businesses in complex litigation matters, catastrophic personal injury cases and insurance bad faith. Mr. Treyzon has had a considerable amount of multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. He has also successfully defended several cases involving business and contractual disputes. Prior to helping found Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP, he was a founding partner of Treyzon & Associates. He began his legal career in 1998, as a founding partner at Treyzon & Blank.
Mr. Treyzon is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), American Association for Justice (AAJ), as well as Public Justice.
Mr. Treyzon received his Juris Doctor in 1997 from University of La Verne School of Law and is admitted to practice in State Courts of the State of California, as well as US District Court. Boris Treyzon has over 20 years of experience working as an attorney.
Bisnar | Chase is a nine attorney AV-rated national law firm founded in 1977 in Newport Beach, California. Brian Chase is managing partner and senior trial attorney that heads up the litigation department of the firm. The firm specializes in automotive defect cases, catastrophic personal injury cases, mass torts (pharmaceutical and medical devices), automotive defect, employment, and consumer class actions. Mr. Chase was the 2015 President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the 2007 President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of ABOTA. In 2014 and 2004 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2012, Chase was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of California and a Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee by the Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles. He’s been listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2007. He’s also been listed as the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of distinguished Counsel. In 2009, Mr. Chase published a book - "Still Unsafe at Any Speed" - dealing with litigating automotive defects and catastrophic injuries. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on the CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, CBS Special Reports, CNN, World News Tonight, and Fox 11 News. He was lead attorney on four important, precedent-setting appellate opinions: Martinez-Mazon v. Ford Motor Company (dealing with forum non-conveniens); Romine v. Johnson Controls (dealing with using the consumer expectations test exclusively to prove an auto defect); Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (dealing with the scope of non-retained expert testimony); and Hernandez v. State of California (dealing with design immunity). http://www.BestAttorney.com
For over 25 years, John C. Carpenter has helped attorneys achieve unprecedented results in complex, high-value cases. And, as a founding partner of Carpenter & Zuckerman, he has dedicated the firm and its resources to the principle that justice for injured people is more important than insurance company profits. CZ is one of the largest plaintiffs firms in California dedicated solely to personal injury cases, consistently achieving outstanding and record-setting results for its clients.
John began his legal career handling and trying cases that other law firms rejected. He prides himself on trying tough but meritorious cases. He is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. As a trial lawyer, John has won over $300 million in verdicts and settlements for individuals and their families. In addition to trial work, he has an active appellate practice and has had two petitions reviewed by the Supreme Court of California.
John is also the founder of Truth Love Justice, an organization which promotes the importance of truth and love as guiding principles in the pursuit of justice. For each of his cases, John seeks the Truth of our common experiences, applies Love so that both sides can see each other, and then finds Justice. In 2021, this method led to the record breaking $1.1 Billion settlement from USC for sexual abuse by their employee, for which John and his team represented 72 of the 702 plaintiffs. Truth Love Justice secured an average of $1.2 million for each of John’s clients.
In 2017, John was nominated for trial lawyer of the year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). He considers the nomination to be one of the highlights of his career. John has also been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and has been recognized by VerdictSearch and by numerous other legal organizations in Los Angeles and across the nation.
In his free time, John is an avid surfer, sailor, and ocean enthusiast. He always cherishes time spent with his wife and two children, Charlotte and Jack.
You can follow Carpenter & Zuckerman and John on Instagram @cz.law and @truthlovejustice
Southwestern Law School, JD 1989 – 1991
University of California, Los Angeles, BA 1985-1988
Steve Vartazarian is a trial lawyer involved in trying major catastrophic injury cases with numerous 7 and 8 digits jury verdicts in the past 10 years. His verdicts have accomplished the re-writing of policies and procedures for the County of Los Angeles, other governmental municipalities and several major hospitals in an effort to keep consumers safe. He is a member of ABOTA, is on the board of CAALA, and on the executive committee of LATLC. His most recent recognition was the trial lawyer of the year of CAALA for 2019.
Minh T. Nguyen is a trial lawyer for people. He is the principal lawyer at Nguyen Lawyers, A Law Corporation, a boutique five person law firm that specializes in representing people with personal injuries. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”) and will be its President in 2023. He will be the first Asian-American president of CAALA. He earned his B.S. in Economics with a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA and his J.D. from UC Hastings. Minh began his legal career at Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates. He has gone on to recover over $120 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Minh is a Past President of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities, a nonprofit that raises money from lawyers and gives back to the community. Through his leadership, LATLC has given back over $3 million to the community through programs such scholarships to high school seniors, sponsorships of youth sports, and the building of special tricycles for children with disabilities. Minh also serves on the Board of Directors of LINC Housing, a nonprofit which develops affordable homes for low wage earners, veterans, and people with disabilities. He believes in justice for every man, woman, and child regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Mrs. Odjaghian specializes in catastrophic injury workers compensation litigation with an emphasis on brain injury. She has secured over 150 million dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of catastrophically injured workers with over 30 seven-figure settlements and awards just in the last few years alone. Her trial work has resulted in many published and even notable decisions in the workers compensation arena which have helped injured workers gain access to care industry wide.
Mrs. Odjaghian was recently installed as a board member to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences. She also sits on the Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association where she serves on their Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Mrs. Odjaghian serves in an advisory capacity to several other governing boards in the brain injury community. Mrs. Odjaghian is a certified course instructor licensed by the California Department of Insurance. She speaks to colleagues, doctors, and nurses on various continuing education panels regarding complex issues surrounding brain injury litigation.
Mrs. Odjaghian was honoured to be named a Super Lawyer in Los Angeles Magazine’s list of Southern California Super Lawyers for the fifth consecutive year in 2019.
Mike Arias is the founding and managing partner of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP. He is the 2019 President of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Immediate Past-President of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). In September of 2019, the Daily Journal named Mr. Arias one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California. Earlier in 2019, the Daily Journal named him one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Attorneys in California for the second year in a row. Mr. Arias is also a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
During his nearly 35+ year career, he has litigated and tried matters throughout the United States, in both state and federal court. He has served as lead, co-lead or liaison counsel in well over 100 class and mass tort/plaintiff actions, including class actions against some of the largest corporations and institutions in the nation.
He is currently co-liaison counsel for the plaintiffs in the University of Southern California/Dr. George Tyndall litigation on behalf of over 750 women who allege they were sexually abused and assaulted and illicitly photographed by the disgraced USC OB/GYN.
His trial experience is as diverse as the firm’s practice. His last ten trials have included serious personal injury, wrongful death, employment, consumer class actions and mass wage and hour claims. He has recently resolved several class actions and mass plaintiff matters involving antitrust, toxic torts, consumer, wage and hour, environmental issues and product liability. During his career, he has resolved hundreds of matters, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recovery for the firm’s clients.
Christopher T. Aumais specializes in the areas of product liability, toxic torts, premises liability, breach of contract, commercial torts, intellectual property, personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Aumais' resolve and integrity have helped him pursue justice for his clients, including many who have suffered enormous physical and traumatic injuries. His sincerity and even-handedness have allowed him to reach verdicts for victims of financial fraud and negligence in excess of several millions of dollars. Mr. Aumais represented Brian Stow against the Dodgers, as well as leading the case against the NFL concerning former players who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. He was part of the G|K team that settled a $400 million dollar case against a major oil company. This past year he has tried 6 cases which have resulted in 7 figure jury verdicts, helping injured clients regain their quality of life. Mr. Aumais has travelled the world and studied Law in four countries. He is bilingual in both French and English. His unique experiences and background have given Mr. Aumais an inimitable point of view and a greater understanding of people in general.
Tom Feher is founder and personal injury and product liability trial lawyer with the Feher Law . In 2018, he obtained $39 million in verdicts. He’s worked on hundreds of injury cases with a focus on spine, brain, and catastrophic injuries. At just 36 years old, he’s tried 40 cases and been honored with 2018 CAALA’s Rising Star, 2017 OCTLA’s Young Gun, and 2016 CAOC’s Street Fighter awards. He has given lectures, presentations, and workshops on trying cases throughout the country and on behalf of CAALA, OCTLA, and CASD. He is a board member of CAOC and the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity where he volunteers his time in the community. He is a 2013 graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and a 2010 graduate of Pepperdine Law School with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Philosophy, and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dr. Ida Babakhanyan is a neuropsychologist who is highly experienced at conducting comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for patients with complex medical conditions and presenting concerns. She is currently practicing neuropsychology with the Department of Defense at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, where she is an expert in traumatic brain injury (TBI) assessment and provides research, clinical, and process improvement support for a large multidisciplinary team at a center of excellence for TBI. Dr. Babakhanyan conducts TBI research with the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, with a focus on cognitive outcomes following brain injury, the impact of repetitive sub-concussive events and cognitive rehabilitation. As a subject matter expert in TBI, Dr. Babakhanyan has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences on assessment and cognition.
Dr. Babakhanyan earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She also holds two Master’s degrees in Psychology, from Loma Linda University and Pepperdine University. She completed an APA accredited internship in Neuropsychology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Babakhanyan completed a Fellowship in neuropsychological research at the University of California, San Diego, where she investigated the effect of cognitive impairment on everyday functioning and psychological assessment tools.
Olivier Taillieu is a Partner of BD&J, PC, and a distinguished and respected trial attorney. He has tried and won multiple jury trials in his prolific career, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Mr. Taillieu has been recognized by his peers as an outstanding advocate for his clients. He was one of five finalists for the prestigious CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2017, received the coveted nomination again in 2018, and was selected once again as one of the five finalists in 2019. Advocate Magazine has featured multiple articles authored by him on traumatic brain injuries and various trial skills.
Olivier Taillieu’s expertise and case results for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are nationally recognized. He is regularly invited to speak on the subject to audiences of his legal peers and medical experts. Among the most prominent were at CAALA’s Las Vegas conferences in 2018 and 2019 and the Brain Society of California Med Legal Conference in 2019. In 2020, he was a guest speaker at the TBI Med Legal Webinar sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of California. He routinely serves as faculty in the ABOTA trial skills program and gives lectures and CLE (Continuing Legal Education) presentations in the field of TBI, trial skills, and other related matters to his fellow attorneys.
Mr. Taillieu serves on the CAALA Board of Governors and on the board of the Consumers Attorneys of California (CAOC). He was also nominated for the Leaders in Law award by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Olivier has been selected six times to the Southern California Super Lawyers list. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, the Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Beta Kapa, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Taillieu is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; a rare achievement awarded only to the most accomplished trial attorneys in the nation.
In his free time, Mr. Taillieu enjoys cycling (where he previously competed and medaled in UCI sanctioned masters sprinting competitions, both at the state and national levels) and skiing, regularly volunteering as a ski instructor for persons with disabilities with the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra organization.
Olivier Taillieu graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and graduated first in his class from George Washington University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1999. There he was Managing Editor of the George Washington Law Review. He was bestowed the prestigious Order of the Coif.
Taillieu, who is fluent in French and proficient in conversational Spanish, began his career clerking for the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and then for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then practiced as a litigator in the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP.
Attorney Taillieu’s litigation expertise makes him a sought-after guest on high-profile national and international television shows, including Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC Nightly News, The O’Reilly Factor, and many others.
The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., focuses exclusively on personal injury law. Attorney Mauro Fiore, Jr,. is the founder, president and head attorney in charge. The firm is comprised of a staff of experienced, courteous and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys, paralegals, investigators and supporting managerial and secretarial assistants to better service the clientele. Each and every employee at the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Attorney Mauro Fiore, Jr., has been a practicing member of the California State Bar since 1998. He has a proud record of over forty $40 million in personal injury cases resolved. He is an active member of the Eastern Bar Association of Los Angeles County, American Association for Justice, the California Applicant Attorney Association, and both the California and Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys associations. Attorney Fiore, Jr., is well-known and highly regarded as a personal injury attorney throughout Los Angeles County. He and his experienced staff work closely together with leading medical doctors and technical experts on cases that require the assistance of expert testimony.
Spencer Lucas is a trial lawyer and partner at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP specializing in litigating complex catastrophic personal injury, products liability, wrongful death, and sexual abuse cases. A member of the firm since 2007, he has extensive experience in cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations. Mr. Lucas has successfully recovered over $500 million for his clients, including numerous eight-figure verdicts and settlements. He prides himself on not only helping survivors of trauma and their families recover from tragic situations, but by implementing institutional safeguards for the community.
Ranked among the Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers in 2022, Mr. Lucas is recognized as a leading trial lawyer in California trying cases in venues across the state resulting in eight-figure verdicts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work in the courtroom including nominations as Consumer Attorney of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). Mr. Lucas is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) with an elevated rank of Associate due to the number of lengthy trials to verdict he has completed and is annually recognized as a Best Lawyer in America®.
Mr. Lucas oversees the firm’s sexual abuse practice and is a leader in sexual abuse advocacy representing hundreds of sexual abuse clients in cases against religious institutions, school districts, and youth organizations. He currently serves in a leadership role in California representing survivors of sexual abuse as Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel in the Southern California Clergy matters.
Outside the courtroom, Mr. Lucas is a frequent speaker on various issues, including traumatic brain, spinal cord injuries, and sexual abuse, and actively publishes articles in trade publications on a wide range of legal topics. He also spends much of his time dedicated to assisting his clients recovering from trauma obtain the best medical treatment available.
In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, Mr. Lucas is a member of the Pepperdine School of Law Dean’s Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) which funds many local charity groups focusing on education, survivors of abuse, children, and the homeless.
Originally from Seattle, Washington Mr. Lucas graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration. During his undergraduate work, he completed an International Business program with honors from the University of Sevilla in 1999. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004, where he was the co-founder of the Pepperdine International Human Rights Program.
Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Lucas works with many of the firm’s Spanish-speaking clients and is frequently asked to give legal commentary on national Spanish television and radio programs. He has lived in Havana, Cuba, and throughout Mexico, where he spent his summers in college building homes for the homeless in Ciudad Juarez.
Tobin Lanzetta has devoted his career to fighting for public safety. His $100+ million in case victories have demanded accountability from corporate and governmental wrongdoers. Tobin was named a 2016 California Consumer Attorney of the Year along with his colleagues Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr and Molly McKibben for their Erin Andrews v. Marriott $55 million trial result.
Tobin’s trial areas include catastrophic injury, wrongful death, brain injury, product liability, heavy machinery/trucking, train incidents, and government liability. Recently, a Ventura County Superior Court jury awarded nearly $3.5 million to Tobin’s clients after a catastrophic forklift injury where the defendants took no responsibility.
In one of the defining cases of his career, Tobin played an instrumental role in the high-profile Santa Monica Farmers Market cases. After an elderly man mowed down victims at the weekly farmers’ market, the City of Santa Monica and other defendants paid $21 million to settle the lawsuits. Importantly, these cases led to the installation of protective barriers which ensures that the weekly farmers’ market will be a safer environment for every person who visits.
Tobin is a partner and has been named a “Super Lawyer” 2014-2021. He was also honored as a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2005 and 2007-2013.
Tobin graduated from Santa Clara University, after originally attending Swarthmore College. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego.
Before Tobin attended law school he played baseball for the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.
Sahm Manouchehri was raised in Los Angeles from the time he was six months old. During his junior year, while working on a pre-med degree at UCLA, Sahm decided to switch gears and instead pursue a law degree after realizing his medical understanding could be of benefit to those in personal injury legal matters. After completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA, Sahm attended USC School of Law where he took courses on litigation and injury law with the intention of becoming a prominent personal injury attorney.
After graduating from USC, Sahm joined Tharpe & Howell LLP as an associate attorney. Sahm specialized in defending the interests of insurance companies against victims with injuries caused by truck and auto accidents through no fault of their own. Following this role, Sahm took an associate position at Wilson, Kenna & Borys LLP where he represented business establishments that had been sued by persons injured while on their property, continuing to represent insurance companies.
The years Sahm spent at both of these law firms gave him invaluable insights into the inner workings of personal injury litigation and the self-interests of insurance organizations. This experience was crucial to providing Sahm with the perspective needed to represent CPLG’s injured clients’ claims against the type of insurance companies that he once represented.
In 2006, Sahm left Wilson, Kenna & Borys, LLP to start his own personal injury law practice. In 2013, Sahm co-founded Century Park Law Group with the exclusive goal of representing injured clients.
Dr. Selina L. Mangassarian, Psy.D., CBIS is a licensed clinical psychologist in California (PSY 30847) and New Mexico (PSY 1515), with extensive expertise conducting clinical and forensic neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Mangassarian is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and operates a private practice, Clinical & Forensic Neuropsychological Associates (CFNA) with multiple locations throughout Southern California.
Dr. Mangassarian is retained as an expert witness by plaintiff and defense attorneys for her impartial, evidence-based evaluations, and/or consultation. She has a well-established reputation for her proficiency in evaluating TBIs across the lifespan, as well as neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurological diseases in adult, geriatric, and juvenile populations. Her specialties in med-legal neuropsychological evaluations include expert witness qualification for TBI related injuries, personal injury claims, fitness for duty evaluations, worker’s compensation, and wrongful termination/ discrimination claims. Dr. Mangassarian also specializes as an expert witness in criminal forensic neuropsychological evaluations regarding competency to stand trial, amenability to treatment, risk assessment, specific intent, and insanity defense referrals. With CFNA’s main location in Burbank, CA, at the center of multiple production studios, Dr. Mangassarian is often consulted by producers, writers, and actors to provide psychoeducation about the nature of certain mental health diagnoses to ensure accurate storylines and character development.
Dr. Mangassarian earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She also upholds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. Prior to her doctoral level education and training, Dr. Mangassarian earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in News, Media, and Society, from the University of Southern California.
After completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System, Dr. Mangassarian completed a two-year clinical and forensic neuropsychological fellowship at the Neuropsychological Services of New Mexico (NSNM), in conjunction with the University of New Mexico and Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. This fellowship was modeled on training guidelines that meet qualifications for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), Clinical Neuropsychology certification. Her prior neuropsychological position appointments include roles at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Office of Students with Disabilities, LA Valley College Services for Students with Disabilities office, Huntington Hospital Department of Epilepsy and Brain Mapping, and the Children, Youth, and Family Services Consortium.
Denisse O. Gastélum is the founder and principal trial attorney at Gastélum Law, where her practice focuses primarily on civil rights, sexual abuse, wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, representing plaintiffs in state and federal courts throughout the State of California. She previously worked as a defense attorney, where she specialized in public entity defense. This experience provides her with the unique ability to analyze a case from both a defense and plaintiff’s perspective.
She was born in East Los Angeles into an immigrant family from Chihuahua and Sinaloa, Mexico. Having come from humble beginnings, her commitment to advocating on behalf of those harmed by civil rights violations comes naturally.
Denisse completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science and Education. She then embarked upon her legal studies at Loyola Law School, where she served as a mentor for the Academic Support Program, a debate coach for the Johnnie Cochran Middle School Debate Program, a member of the review team for For People of Color, Inc., and a law clerk for The Cochran Firm.
In 2021, Denisse was recognized by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) with the prestigious Top Lawyers Under 40 Award. After a rigorous review process, the HNBA Awards Committee selected Denisse from a large pool of highly qualified candidates from across the country for her outstanding professional achievements combined with an exceptional commitment to service. In 2020, Denisse was recognized as being Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, a recognition that is extended solely to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Denisse has also received the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyers recognition by the National Trial Lawyers.
Denisse currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), the California La Raza Lawyers Association (CLRLA), the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). She is actively involved in police reform through her legislative work with the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) Bane Act Reform Committee and the CAOC Civil Rights and Police Reform Committee. Over the years, Denisse has been a speaker on various panels regarding the practice of law and career advice.
DeWitt M. Lacy is the attorney who leads all litigation matters in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. He has been practicing civil rights law for over a decade and is licensed to practice in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern District Courts of California and all Superior Courts of California. Mr. Lacy joined the Law Office of John L. Burris in 2011. He handles all aspects of litigation and has significant experience in the areas of Section 1983 Civil Rights litigation, employment discrimination, and personal injury.
Mr. Lacy has successfully prosecuted wrongful death actions and civil rights violations against San Francisco, Vallejo, Santa Clara, Waste Management, Inc., and Hayward. Currently, Mr. Lacy is working to assure several families receive justice for the wrongful death of their family members at the hands of the Torrance Police Department, Montebello Police Department, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, and the Anaheim Police Department.
He has successfully lead a trial team that secured a verdict of $1,766,875.95 for clients from the city of Santa Clara in a police misconduct action. He has also secured settlements of $1,600,000.00 and $950,000.00 against the City of Antioch and the County of Alameda, respectively for police misconduct actions. His legalprowess has earned him recognition as one of the top 40 under 40 by the National Black Lawyers in 2016. In addition, he was named to Super Lawyers Magazine’a Rising Star’s List in 2017 and 2018.
Mr. Lacy received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2005. Before his legal practice Mr. Lacy was very active in local and federal political scene, and secured the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee’s endorsement for his local supervisorial campaign in 2010. Mr. Lacy is an avid Laker fan, and during his time away from his practice he enjoys playing /watching basketball and spending time with his family in their home in Los Angeles
A Senior Trial Attorney and team leader at the Dolan Law Firm, Lourdes De Armas represents plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, sexual abuse, and wrongful death cases. Lourdes is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), where she serves as an Instructor at the Los Angeles ABOTA Jack Daniels Trial School and will serve on the 2020 Executive Committee.
Lourdes’ passion is advocating for her clients in the courtroom. Just in the last couple of years, Lourdes has had multiple trials resulting in several 7 figure jury verdicts. Most notably, Lourdes obtained back to back jury verdicts that were 4x the defendant’s insurance policy with minimal offers going into trial. Dedication to her injured clients and love of the law are what make Lourdes an invaluable member of the team at Dolan Law Firm.
Prior to joining Dolan Law Firm, Lourdes represented clients in a variety of cases from contractual disputes, class actions, amusement park injury, wrongful death litigation, catastrophic personal injury, insurance bad faith, and educational fraud. Most notably, Lourdes represented over 800 inmates of the California Department of Corrections in cases involving inadequate medical care and treatment. She also represented over 22 named plaintiffs and a certified class of former students alleging that the post-secondary school violated the California’s Education Code and consumer protection laws by falsely claiming that school was accredited. The case culminated in a multi-million dollar settlement. Lourdes also represented a client in an amusement park injury case that resulted in a design change in the ride. The case resulted in a confidential settlement.
Lourdes’ work does not end at the courtroom steps. She proudly fights to bring awareness and hopefully change to the issue of sexual assault or harassment by empowering women. She is one of the founding members of the BHBA’s Committee on Empowering Women and serves as an executive member. The Committee was awarded the 2018 Board of Governors Award for the BHBA for their dedication to supporting the professional and personal growth of women through networking, educational programs and mentorship.
Lourdes’ family is originally from Cuba and she is fluent in Spanish.
Candice Klein is a founding partner of Chang | Klein LLP. She has over 20 years of experience fighting and championing causes for plaintiffs, specializing in wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse cases. Candice works on every case with an unshakable devotion to help those who have suffered permanent and serious physical or emotional injuries. She understands that these injuries not only affect the victims, but their family members as well. She has recovered millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients.
Candice knew she wanted to be an attorney since she was 6 years old. Due to circumstances in her own life, she felt the need to help others and to be the voice for those who could not stand up for themselves. Immediately after being sworn in as a new lawyer, she was handed a file and told to go try it. Upon entering the courtroom, Candice knew that she was where she was meant to be, and that first trial solidified her passion for litigation and advocacy. Standing up and speaking for her clients is something that comes naturally because she sees her clients as an extension of her own family. She takes pride in building personal relationships with each one of her clients and their loved ones, and they know that she is someone whom they can trust and confide in during the ups and downs of litigation.
Candice was a trial attorney with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP for seven years, and prior to that, she was a partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley LLP, where she exclusively represented injured people. She has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict and has a proven track record of winning difficult cases.
Having completed UCLA’s esteemed Gross Anatomy Program for Litigators, a science-based program designed to teach enrolled attorneys human anatomy, Candice is particularly effective at explaining her clients’ medical damages to juries. With detailed lectures followed by actual laboratory time dissecting human cadavers, the course materials closely tracked the basic human anatomy class that every first year medical student must pass. She is also a graduate of Gerry Spence’s prestigious Trial Lawyers College at the Ranch in Wyoming, and received her law degree from Southwestern Law School.
Candice has been named a Super Lawyer in Southern California since 2018 and recognized among the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. She has served as a speaker at numerous seminars involving civil litigation, from pre-litigation through trial, for entities such as the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA), the San Diego County Bar Association, as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Women in Law Committee for CAALA, Candice is an active member who is dedicated to women’s and children’s rights. She was recently elected to the CAALA Board of Governors and is a Board Member Emeritus of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC), which provides financial assistance to the homeless, hungry, disabled, survivors of abuse, veterans, and children’s education.
Danny Abir is one of the founding partners of ACTS Law and currently serves as its managing partner. He is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the firm. Equally as important, Danny leads the strategic planning of clients’ cases in the areas of property damage claims, insurance bad faith, catastrophic personal injuries, and products liability. This strategic planning includes creating and implementing the most effective legal strategies to maximize what the firm’s clients can recover from alleged wrongdoers.
Danny has a passion for helping those who cannot help themselves. His extensive law career has fulfilled that passion by allowing him to be an advocate for the underdog and the underserved. “I always rooted for David versus Goliath. Becoming a consumer attorney allows me to protect the legal rights of consumers and citizens against big corporations. I love helping people by protecting their legal rights. That is the best part about being an attorney.”
Deborah Chang, one of the founding members of Athea Trial Lawyers, has won record-breaking verdicts and settlements in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases across the country. As if this wasn’t enough, she’s also a partner at Los Angeles firm Chang | Klein LLP. As a trusted advocate at two powerhouse firms, Deborah has made a name for herself as an attorney capable of fighting complex and high-profile cases.
At Athea Trial Lawyers, Deborah has been involved in some of our most significant trials. As the first legal team to address certain issues, our work has been essential in setting precedents and informing policy. Deborah started her legal career representing plaintiffs and defendants in suits involving products liability, commercial litigation, professional liability securities fraud, and complex torts. She has served counsel at the local and national levels for a variety of large corporations and insurers including AIG and Ford. This experience has contributed to her legal success: With an insider’s knowledge of how insurers analyze and prepare cases, Deborah can help her clients prepare for some of the challenges their claims may face.
Deborah has also sought to develop her experience by participating in jury research and focus group programs. In 2000, she helped create and launch one of the first companies to facilitate online focus groups. Multiple trial lawyers and insurers used the service to test their arguments for prominent cases; the National Law Journal recognized its value as a tool for lawyers. Though she only served as CEO and General Counsel for just over a year, Deborah brings with her the invaluable knowledge gathered from everyday Americans during that time.
Dr. Leon Barkodar graduated with his Bachelors degree from Yeshiva University, Magna Cum Laude. He went on to finish medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. His Internship was completed at Maimonides Medical Center and his Residency in Neurology was done at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Some of the hospitals where he has trained include LA County Public Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation and Keck Hospital.
Dr. Barkodar speaks English and Farsi fluently and is conversational in Spanish. His professional memberships include American Academy of Neurology and American Medical Association. He currently practices at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center.
As a child, Ammar Ahmed Chaudhry, M.D., watched his parents struggle with complex medical conditions. He admired the doctors who treated them.
“Seeing the direct impact health care providers have on their patients’ lives and well-being gravitated me towards the field,” he says.
A super-achiever from the start, the much-honored Dr. Chaudhry double-majored in college and graduated summa cum laude, received his medical degree with honors from University of South Florida, and completed residency at Stony Brook University Hospital (including service as chief resident, co-director of Radiology Clerkship, and member of the Dean’s Executive Committee). He successfully completed his fellowship training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he stayed on as faculty before joining City of Hope.
Dr. Chaudhry says his goal is to expand the options for noninvasive diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. Much of his research – hundreds of published articles, presentations and abstracts – takes that direction. Dr. Chaudhry is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed scientific journals. In addition to being a physician scientist, Dr. Chaudhry is an excellent teacher, having received several teaching awards, and has given several CME lectures at national/international scientific conventions. Dr. Chaudhry is faculty advisor and one of the editors for the prestigious USMLERX and USMLE First Aid series.
Dr. Chaudhry calls City of Hope a “perfect fit” because it matches his own commitment to “transforming patient care through research and precision imaging.” Dr. Chaudhry is the founder and director of the Precision Imaging Lab at City of Hope and his translational research is centered on applications of advanced imaging (fMRI, PET-MRI, PWI, hyperpolarized MRI) in oncology, metabolic disorders and inflammation. Dr. Chaudhry’s work has been well-received at City of Hope, recently earning him the Young Investigator Award at City of Hope in September 2017.
Dr. Elizabeth Cisneros is a clinical neuropsychologist licensed in California, Hawaii, and Tennessee. She is the clinical director of the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychology at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, a center for excellence in traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury. At Casa Colina, Dr. Cisneros evaluates and treats patients across the continuum of care from the acute hospital to the acute rehabilitation to outpatient follow-up many years post-injury and is the primary neuropsychologist for the Mild TBI clinic and the Senior Evaluation Program. Dr. Cisneros works with a wide variety of patients with neurological and psychological disorders but has a particular focus on traumatic brain injury and the cognitive, psychological, and behavioral issues associated with it. She also has a private practice in which she conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and provides medical-legal consultation. Dr. Cisneros is also a qualified medical evaluator (QME) for the Division of Worker’s Compensation for the state of California.
Dr. Biesman specializes in assessing and treating children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and learning differences and associated social-emotional and educational challenges. She works closely with families and specifically conducts comprehensive child, adolescent and adult neuropsychological and forensic evaluations. Additionally, she offers neurodevelopmental assessments and works extensively with parents in formulating treatment plans and early intervention programs for children ages 0-5. She supervises post-docs who treat youth 18-25 and those with digital addictions.
Dr. Biesman offers comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, with a specialty in pediatric neuropsychology, but also serving adults, forensic cases, and academic related evaluations. She also co-created CyberSense Power Up (CPU), a brief psychoeducation and intervention program for internet addictions spearheaded by her postdoctoral supervisee.
Dr. Biesman provides expert testimony and has been involved in complex legal cases for those who have suffered a birth injury, traumatic brain injury, and/or concussion as examples. She has served as a Qualified Medical Expert for the Social Security Administration and has conducted Independent Medical Evaluations for adults seeking disability benefits.
Aslin Tutuyan is a Partner and Trial Lawyer at Mandell Trial Lawyers, where she has been a passionate advocate for the injured since 2008. With more than 15 years of experience in the personal injury arena, Aslin has both trial and arbitration experience, as well as extensive experience settling cases through mediation. She focuses her practice primarily on auto and bicycle accidents, medical malpractice claims and premises liability cases. She is the Lead Attorney at Mandell Trial Lawyers representing over 250 Plaintiffs in the Porter Ranch Gas Leak matter against SoCal Gas.
Upon graduating from USC, Aslin attended Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Honors Program. She competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition in Lubbock, Texas and was named Outstanding Oralist. While in law school, she trained at the Civil Liability division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Preliminary Hearings division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduation from law school, Aslin joined a firm specializing in medical malpractice defense. After practicing on the defense side for 2 years, Aslin was certain she wanted to be on the other side, representing the injured and fighting for those who can’t fight alone. Aslin prides herself on representing her clients with passion and integrity, and holding her clients’ hands through some of their darkest days. Her colleagues call her “tiger girl” and her clients call her their friend. She loves nothing more than standing up for the "little guy" and making sure their voices are heard, both in and out of the courtroom.
Aslin is committed to her community and is a dedicated member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the Armenian Bar Association. She also serves as the chair of the Alumni Committee at her alma mater and enjoys mentoring young future lawyers. She is a multiple-time “Rising Star” and “Super Lawyer” honoree.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Ms. Tutuyan is multilingual, speaking English, Armenian, and Turkish. Her greatest and most proud accomplishment is being Mommy to her two children. Outside of the courtroom, you will find Ms. Tutuyan in a gym, on a running track or teaching indoor cycling classes. She is a loyal "Pelotoner" and loves riding with her fellow Law Mamas. Aslin has recently also become a fur mommy to Teddy, who she describes as the littlest love of her life.
Being no stranger to the court room, Deaconson has 13 jury trials under his belt, acting as a trial technician and consultant. In his career at DK, Alex has consulted on over 500 cases resulting in hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. He has consulted on some matters involving major corporations, such as FedEx, Nestle, US Airways, Honda, Ford, Toyota, Sears, and many other national and international entities. Alex has also consulted on matters involving numerous medical device product defects, medical malpractice suits, wrongful death matters and pretty much everything personal injury related. Deaconson has also consulted on the recent Takata Airbag lawsuits where presentations were produced to assist the attorneys in securing over 10 million dollars in awards for three of their clients.
Dr. Brenda Eagan-Johnson, CBIST specializes in the current and future cognitive, learning, socio-emotional, physical, & behavioral aspects of all types & severities of pediatric brain injury, with over two decades of experience. Dr. Eagan-Johnson focuses on identifying the strengths & deficit areas of clinical & functional skills in children, teens, & young adults through college-age after brain injury.
Dr. Eagan-Johnson directs the nationally recognized BrainSTEPS Child & Adolescent Brain Injury School Consulting Program for the state of Pennsylvania, which she helped create in 2007. The Colorado Department of Education adopted the BrainSTEPS model in 2016. Dr. Eagan-Johnson focuses on translational research, program development, the fidelity of implementation, & the consultation & training of hundreds of brain injury education expert consultants serving on 30 BrainSTEPS teams across the state.
In her work, she also connects families to medical & rehabilitation professionals to ensure children, teens, & young adults after brain injury receive the needed community-based support & services if home and/or school-based learning or behavior are impacted.
Ricardo Echeverria is a trial attorney with Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP handling insurance bad faith and catastrophic personal injury cases. Mr. Echeverria is a past-president of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) the nation’s largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys. He was recognized as one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers in California in 2018 and 2019 and was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California in 2017 and 2018 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. In 2019, he was honored with the Lifetime Legal Achievement Award from Consumer Watchdog.
Azadeh Farin, M.D. is a fellowship-trained and board-certified neurosurgeon with experience in a wide range of neurosurgical procedures. She is proud to be among only 200 female neurosurgeons in the US. After graduating as high school valedictorian from her class of 700 students, Dr. Farin attended Yale University, where she double-majored in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Economics. She served as Chair of the Yale Political Union’s Independent Party and graduated from Yale with Honors after three years. Azadeh then won the title of Miss Greater Los Angeles USA and was a Finalist at the Miss California USA Pageant.
Azadeh then worked at McKinsey & Co., an international management consulting firm, travelling worldwide to develop corporate strategy for CEOs. She earned her MD from UCSD, where she won the Whipple Memorial Endowed Scholarship and presented her research nationally. Her research continued at Columbia University where she investigated brain tumor growth patterns and established a model for testing anti-tumor drugs. Her research has earned her lead authorship for several manuscripts published in prominent medical journals. She completed her internship in General Surgery and residency in Neurosurgery at USC. She was the first woman in over 25 years to graduate from USC Neurosurgery. She served as Clinical Instructor of Neurosurgery at Keck School of Medicine at USC and LA County-USC Medical Center.
Dr. Farin completed a fellowship in complex spine surgery and spinal deformity/tumors at UCSF, receiving the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Spine Research Award, granted to only one fellow in the US. In 2010, Dr. Farin won the Avicenna Award of Excellence. She has guest reviewed for the journal Neurosurgery and consulted for Grey’s Anatomy. She was recently granted a full patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for her spinal device invention.
Dr. Farin has published several dozen manuscripts, articles, and book chapters and is on staff at the Spine Centerat the MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. Outside the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband, James, a prominent litigation attorney in Los Angeles, and their three children all under age 3.
I’ve spent my entire career going toe-to-toe with armies of ruthless corporate attorneys. I’ve learned to go for the throat by being better prepared, better focused, and fully prepared to stand firmly on the fair and just side of every argument.
I know the corporate lawyers I go up against are juggling dozens of cases from angry customers their companies have let down because I started as a corporate attorney. I know the ins and outs of their arguments and I know how to exploit their weaknesses.
As founder and lead attorney of The Law Offices Of Scott Glovsky, I’m not just the face of the firm, I am the primary force behind the firm. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned my law degree at Cornell Law School.
Like most other attorneys, I went to law school with grand dreams of fighting the good fight for the right causes. Then I went to work at large corporate law firms where I was encouraged to defend corporate clients, right or wrong, good or bad on a mind-numbing treadmill that paid exceptionally well and delivered zero levels of personal fulfillment and self-respect.
That’s why you’re here, looking at my somewhat non-threatening picture and wondering if any successful attorney can really be this honest, yet tough enough to handle your case.
Maybe this will help you decide. Read my achievements tab for a few of the things I’ve accomplished while going up against the goliaths of the world.
• Board Certified Neurocritical Care through United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)
• Board Certified in Headache Medicine through United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS)
• Board Certified in Headache Medicine through American Board of Headache Medicine (ABHM)
• Board Certified in Internal Medicine through American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
• Board Certified in Anesthesiology through American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
• Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP)
• Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME) through American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME)
Dr. Hoover is an award winning clinical psychologist who specializes in neuropsychology. She graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She holds a leadership position with the Rehabilitation Psychology Board and is also the exam coordinator for the Board of Directors. Dr. Hoover is on staff at the nationally recognized Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho). She holds an administrative position on the Medical Executive Committee and is the Continuing Medical Education Director at Rancho. She is a clinical supervisor for psychology students and postdoctoral training candidates. She has extensive experience with brain injury and has evaluated thousands of brain injury patients over the course of her career. She has been actively involved in consultation, worker's compensation evaluations, personal injury, expert testimony and capacity evaluations since 2008.
Dr. Jeremiah Johnson is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA specializing in the surgical and endovascular treatment of complex brain and spinal cord vascular conditions including, brain aneurysms, brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs), cavernous malformations, spinal vascular malformations, carotid stenosis, intracranial stenosis, and moyamoya disease including intracranial bypass surgery. He is one of the rare dual-trained neurosurgeons who can offer the highest level minimally invasive endovascular and microsurgical solutions to cerebrovascular brain vessel disorders.
In addition to his expertise in cerebrovascular neurosurgery, Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized leader in organized national neurosurgery, recently serving as the elected national chair of the Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He has notably served as reviewer and editorial board member for the Journal of Neurosurgery and founded and hosts several notable national neurosurgery educational efforts including, the YNC-NREF Webinar series and Neurosurgeon’s Journey Podcast.
To date, Dr. Johnson has authored over 100 combined publications, editorials and book chapters on cerebrovascular neurosurgical topics and has participated in NIH funded research focused on neuro-endovascular device innovation and investigated endovascularly delivered neuro-oncology treatments in the laboratory and translational setting.
Dr. Johnson joined UCLA from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Department of Neurosurgery where he was Assistant Professor and Co-director of the BCM Neuro-innovations Laboratory. Dr. Johnson completed his neurosurgery residency training as well as a minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery fellowship training at the University of Miami. He underwent an additional year of post-graduate fellowship training focused on cerebrovascular microsurgery at Stanford University under the tutelage of Dr. Gary Steinberg. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He was awarded the Joe Niekro Brain Aneurysm Foundation Patient Choice award for outstanding patient care and has been honored as a "Top Doctor" in multiple publications.
Lyn Gaudet Kiehl is an attorney with a forensic psychology and behavioral neuroscience background. She is the founding Director of MINDSET. MINDSET has has been hired in 200+ cases since 2013 and developed a network of over 60 medical and mental health experts, all with a shared commitment to the responsible use of science in the courtroom. Lyn is the former Research Director for the Center for Law, Science & Innovation (LSI) at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science. Her research focus while at the Center was the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies, including neuroscience and genetics, as well as the use of neuroimaging in capital criminal cases. Her present research is in the translation of scientific research into effective legal practice and policy, with a particular focus on neuroethics as it relates to legal applications of neuroimaging, both in the United States and abroad.
For more than 20 years, Dr. David Patterson has devoted his career to advancing the specialty field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. He holds subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine from the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, elevating Casa Colina to offer higher levels of care for patients with brain injury and serving to advance brain injury research being done at the Casa Colina Research Institute. He is currently the Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, Clinical Director of the Casa Colina Transitional Living Center, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Western University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Patterson is committed to ensuring that patients receive the highest level of medical and rehabilitative care available. Throughout his career, he has given numerous lectures to professional and community groups on such topics as rehabilitation education, concussion, stroke prevention, traumatic brain injury, metabolic joint disease, and the acute management of spinal cord injury. Dr. Patterson has been recognized as a leader in Casa Colina Hospital’s groundbreaking work to rehabilitate soldiers with TBI, and he has also worked as a sports medicine specialist with retired NFL players through the Retired NFL Players Counsel, the LA County Sheriff's Department football team, the Matt Leinart Foundation, and more.
He graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine in 1994. The following year, he pursued his residency at the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he was designated Chief Resident in 1997.
Dr. Patterson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, and the American Brain Injury Association.
Ms. Roughan is a rehabilitation nurse specialist who functions in the capacity of case manager, life care planner and expert witness. Her company, Roughan & Associates at LINC, Inc., is nationally recognized and provides both Case Management and Medical/Legal Consulting service. It has been in existence since 1987, providing coordination of patient care; construction of Life Care Plans; and, consultative services to both the defense and plaintiff bar on simple and complex cases….ranging from infancy to the senior population. Diagnoses with which Roughan & Associates nurse specialists work, include, but are not limited to Neurological Injuries (Brain and Spinal Cord Injury); Burns; Orthopedic Injures; Amputation; Chronic Pain; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; etc.
Megan E. Klein provides Nguyen Lawyers, ALC with a broad spectrum of experience. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Political Economics of Industrial Societies, Megan was a coxswain on the men's lightweight crew team. Her leadership abilities resulted in two Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships and two Pacific Coast Rowing championships. She has adapted that drive and performance as a tough advocate at Nguyen Lawyers, ALC. Megan has second chair multiple trials and successfully argued countless motions before the court. She has obtained several six-figure and seven-figure settlements and judgments for her clients.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities, a notable nonprofit that makes an important contribution in the lives of needy people and groups within the greater Los Angeles area. It provides financial assistance and focuses on issues related to education, children, battered women, persons with disabilities and homelessness.
Megan is a southern California native from La Habra Heights, California. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer and being an auntie to her six nieces and nephews.
Robert J. Mandell is the lead trial attorney for the Mandell Trial Lawyers personal injury law firm. For the past 30-plus years, he has been a steadfast advocate for the victims of personal injury resulting from auto collisions, bicycle and motorcycle crashes, defective products, and other accidents, with special emphasis on brain and spinal cord injuries, serious orthopedic injuries, and other catastrophic harms. He has championed the rights of injury victims going up against some of the largest companies in the world, including Ford, GM, AIG, and many others.
Rob has handled many high profile matters with million-dollar-plus awards in the areas of severe auto collisions, pedestrian accidents, construction site injuries and defective products. He was one of the personal injury lawyers responsible for helping victims of toxic chemical exposures from the Exide Plant east of Los Angeles, and he has several victories before the California Court of Appeals. He is a nine-time “Super Lawyer” honoree by Los Angeles Magazine and is an associate of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. Well respected by his peers, Rob also bears an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale – Hubbell.
When he is not advocating for his clients, Rob is usually writing fiction or playing blues harp in local nightclubs. He also enjoys mountain biking, hiking and just hanging out with his family and his Golden Retriever, Bella. Rob’s areas of focus include brain and spinal cord injuries, serious orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and other catastrophic harms.
Dr. Jayme Neiman-Kimel, Ph.D. is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist and leading specialist in neuropsychological assessment for children and adults. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Neiman-Kimel has built a practice that has provided service to hundreds of clients, schools and expert witness testimony.
Dr. Neiman-Kimel also maintains a private clinical practice providing therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. Dr. Neiman-Kimel is a Board Certified Pediatric Neuropsychologist and has been licensed in the state of California since 1992. In 2000, Dr. Neiman-Kimel earned her post-doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology with an emphasis in pediatrics. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine in 1989.
Dr. Neiman-Kimel’s practice focuses on providing developmental, behavioral, and cognitive assessments. Her approach is to develop a fully integrated plan incorporating leading specialists in the field to provide a comprehensive approach to clearly understanding and supporting the developmental and cognitive needs of the child.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Neiman Kimel is the primary developer for Thrively, an e-based strengths-based assessment used in school districts across the country; acts as a supervisor to clinicians and learning specialists in the community; and is a founding board member of the Child Success Foundation. Dr. Neiman-Kimel is also involved in numerous charitable organizations including Camp Ronald McDonald.
Professional memberships include American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology (AAPdN), National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) and California Psychological Association (CPA). Affiliate memberships include American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).
Ashkahn Mohamadi is a top-rated award winning trial lawyer with Sweet James and is a litigation partner based in the California office. He was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2019 – 2020 and works on the firm’s significant matters.
Ashkahn’s areas of focus include personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, mass torts, class actions, employment, fraud, toxic torts, and commercial torts. Ashkahn is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, where he played varsity basketball. Later, Ashkahn graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, Ashkahn participated in the UCDC program, which allowed him to spend time in Washington, D.C. as an intern with the Federal Public Defender’s Office.
Ashkahn then went on to graduate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. While at Loyola, he was President of the Iranian Law Student Association, and also completed the Hobbs Program, during which he externed with the District Attorney’s office in Compton, California. Ashkahn is also an active member of many legal organizations including the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Ashkahn has had remarkable success as a trial attorney in his career, recovering over $60 million dollars for his clients. In 2016, Ashkahn obtained a verdict of in the matter of Bedford-Oppong v. Hereu. This verdict was ranked as #40 on the annual list of Top Verdicts in California.
Dr. Levon Margolin (California Psychologist License# PSY24890) is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified in medical psychology. Dr. Margolin received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and his master’s degree in general psychology from Walden University. Dr. Margolin also received a post-doctoral master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology (MSCP) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. Dr. Margolin is board certified in medical psychology by the American Board of Medical Psychology (ABMP). Additionally, Dr. Margolin is a qualified medical evaluator (QME) in the state of California.
Dr. Margolin serves as the director of psychological services at Healthpointe. Dr. Margolin is also the clinical director of Healthpointe’s Functional Restoration Program for patients struggling with chronic pain. Additionally, Dr. Margolin is the clinical director of Healthpointe’s COVID Recovery Program for patients struggling with post COVID-19 conditions.
Dr. Margolin provides workers compensation injury evaluations, work stress claim evaluations, AOE/COE evaluations, QME evaluation, AME Evaluations, IME evaluations, presurgical psychological evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, personal injury evaluations, neurocognitive evaluations, and private patient psychological consultations.
Dr. Margolin and his team provide efficient psychotherapy that is integrated into the patient's medical treatment and supports timely re-entry into the workplace. Dr. Margolin and his team provide effective, evidence based treatments that include cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, psychotherapy, and cognitive rehabilitation therapy.
Shawn McCann is a partner at BD&J, specializing in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. Prior to joining BD&J, Shawn represented injured people at another well-respected litigation firm. He has recovered over $500 million on behalf of his clients. Shawn currently serves as the President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He is also an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has extensive experience trying cases.
Throughout his career, Shawn has received awards and recognition for his client advocacy skills and dedication to excellence by several attorney organizations. In 2011, Shawn received the F. Scott Baldwin Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division. He was also awarded the Presidential Award by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in 2011. Each year from 2005 to 2013, Shawn was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. Shawn was recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Shawn most recently has been recognized for the Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs award for 2018.
Since 2011, Shawn has served on the state-wide level as a member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California. At a national level, Shawn is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates National Board and also served as a State Delegate to the American Association for Justice. Locally, Shawn serves on the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a position he has held since 2010. As a member of the ABOTA Executive Committee, Shawn created ABOTA SideBar, a program designed to foster diversity and educate young trial attorneys on the importance of civility among lawyers. Shawn has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles for over 15 years and served as the CAALA President in 2019.
Shawn is also a trustee of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national legal “think tank” focusing on issues affecting the U.S. Civil Justice System. He has published articles and is regularly invited to speak at seminars and provide instruction for attorneys in the areas of trial skills, civil procedure, and effective litigation practices.
Ibiere Seck is the Founder of Seck Law, P.C. and its Principal Trial Lawyer where her trial practice focuses on cases involving complex catastrophic injury, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, civil rights and sexual abuse of minors. Ibiere exclusively represents plaintiffs and prides herself in being a zealous advocate on an endless pursuit for justice on behalf of people who have been wronged, harmed or injured. Ibiere has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars and Super Lawyers list since 2010 and was featured as one of the Daily Journals Top 40 Under 40. Ibiere has been recognized by her peers as a champion of the voiceless, underserved, and underrepresented. She is a recent recipient of Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) Street Fighter of the Year award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’s (CAALA) Rising Star award, and the National Bar Association’s Nation’s Best Advocates award. Ibiere serves on the board of numerous professional and non-profit organizations including American Association for Justice, Los Angeles County Bar Association, National Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Trial Lawyer’s Charities, Inner City Law Center and Allies for Every Child. Ibiere is a CAALA Officer and will lead the organization as President in 2024.
I am passionate about providing the highest quality assessment services for children and adults. My expertise has been cultivated through my assessment research studies, training, and treatment of disabilities and psychological conditions. My assessment services include neuropsychological, psycho-educational, and psychological testing. I also conduct med-legal, immigration, adoption, and forensic examinations. Treatment includes parenting support and ADHD/LD treatment. I guide individuals in building functional skills to cope with challenges that interfere with effective functioning. ADHD therapy provides support, structure, feedback, and the development of skills to increase self-awareness, independence, improve concentration, time-management, planning and organization skills.
The type of testing depends on the referral question and the individual's needs. The process is collaborative and includes feedback about results. I consult with attorneys, schools and treating professionals during the evaluation and treatment planning stages. Assessment results and needed accommodations can be discussed with the parties involved.