Cases and Notable Settlements

Supreme Court of California

Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois v. Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc., et al.
2006 Cal. LEXIS 3548 (unpublished opinion) – successful in obtaining denial of review of successful appellate opinion as set forth in 134 Cal. App. 4th 1477

California Court of Appeals

Westworth Housing Group, et al. v. Kevin Johnson, et al.; The Buck Center for Research in Aging, Respondent – 2004 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1000 – successful in dismissing appeal

L.E. Wentz Co. v. Superior Court of the County of San Mateo (David Chan, Real Party in Interest) Writ, February, 2003 – First Appellate District Case No. A101115 – successfully obtained filed Statement of Non-Opposition from Plaintiff’s counsel

Trials to Verdict

Westworth, et al. v. Buck Center for Research in Aging, et al., 2002 – assisted in trifurcated, consolidated complex civil litigation construction defects trial to first phase jury verdict; issues including soils movement and geotechnical issues along with complex construction issues involving several developments and several phases over time (related successful appeal, above)

Kevin Beadles, et al. v. Persicon Company, Inc., et al. – trial to jury verdict defensed all intentional torts claims and obtained jury verdict amounting to 15% of Plaintiffs’ original demand

Haderer v. Modern Manufactured Housing, et al. – trial to jury verdict and defensed intentional torts and obtained jury verdict less than Plaintiff’s settlement demand

Significant Settlements

California Lake Pointe HOA v. Tyco Fire (NV) – (Defense Construction Defect) Mid-litigation demands to client exceeded $100,000.00. Settlement reached for less than 5% of demands; Alameda County, California

Garcia v. Anning Johnson Co. – (Defense Personal Injury) Successful Motion for Summary Judgment against Plaintiff (work place injury/premises liability); San Mateo County, California

Carilli v. Drake, et al. – (Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Contract) settled day of trial after various motions in limine were filed and granted; Contra Costa County, California

Fischer and Thiel, Inc. v. Blake Hunt Ventures, LLC (Plaintiff’s Mechanic’s Lien); mechanic’s lien action settled for more than client’s minimum acceptable settlement sum; San Mateo County, California

Gultekin v. Long (Plaintiff’s Dissolution); successfully obtained all demands made by Plaintiff; San Mateo County, California

Kreiss v. Ligara Farms: (Defense Personal Injury) Successfully defended horse jumping instructor and settled for 5% of Plaintiff’s original demand during pendency of Motion for Summary Judgment on sports injury liability; Santa Clara County, California

Aegis Fire Systems Inc. v. Sugar Bowl Bakery (Mechanic’s Lien); successful prosecution of mechanic’s lien action resulting in settlement total recovery of sums owed to contractor; Alameda County, California

Aegis Fire Systems Inc. v. Cold Storage (LA Produce) (Mechanic’s Lien); successful prosecution of mechanic’s lien action resulting in settlement total recovery of sums owed to contractor; San Bernadino County, California

Baz v. Leland Stanford University; successful representation of client whose international competition horse died as a result of negligent attention during trial period prior to sale; Santa Clara County, California

Confidential Settlement (Plaintiff’s Personal Injury – Uninsured Motorist); successful representation of victims of uninsured motorist accident for six figure settlement; Alameda County, California

Confidential Settlement (Plaintiff’s Personal Injury); successful representation of motor vehicle accident victim against negligent motorist for six figure policy limit settlement; Alameda County, California

Confidential Settlement (Plaintiff’s Personal Injury); successful representation of victim of drunk driver for policy limit settlement; Alameda County, California

Confidential Settlement (Spousal Support); successful representation of client for back spousal support amounting to approximately $50,000.00; San Mateo County, California

In RE Dagnino Road (Mechanic’s Lien); successful removal of incomplete, voidable, and unenforceable lien from title on real property; Alameda County, California

Andrus v. City of Redwood City (Personal Injury); successful prosecution of permanent injury resulting from trip-and-fall on public property, amounting to settlement of $199,000.00; San Mateo County, California

Representative Clients, Past And Present:

Aegis Fire Systems, Inc. ● American Insurance Adjustment Agency ● Anning Johnson Co. Diamond Hills Equestrian Center ● Fischer and Thiel Plastering, Inc. ● First Mercury Insurance Genesis Insurance ● Harrell Remodeling, Inc. ● L.E. Wentz Company ● Ligara Farms
North American Risk Services ● Quick Response Fire Systems, Inc.
Rovatti Horsemanship at Cypress Ridge Ranch ● United National Insurance Company
United States Volunteers, Inc. (non-profit) ● Yeguada las Gemelas, LLC