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Litigation

Experience
The partners of the Practice Group have diverse and substantial trial experience in complex litigation matters. Members belong to various professional organizations such as the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Association of Defense Counsel. Several partners are also panel arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. This level of experience naturally lends itself to the complex litigation where experience and large scale resources are at a premium. When client conflicts cannot be resolved, our attorneys have trial expertise in a wide variety of complex litigation practice areas, including:

  • Agriculture and Water Law
  • Antitrust and other business practices including violations of California’s Business & Professions Code
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Automobile
  • Banking and lender liability
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Business torts, including unfair competition, fraud and interference with contracts and economic advantage
  • Business, partnership and corporate dissolutions
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial and residential unlawful detainer actions
  • Commercial creditors’ remedies, debtors’ rights and debt collection
  • Complex personal injury
  • Constitutional law
  • Construction accident
  • Construction defect
  • Contractual disputes
  • Defamation
  • Distributorship, franchising and licensing litigation
  • Environmental
  • ERISA litigation
  • Escrow and title insurance litigation
  • Food safety
  • Governmental liability
  • Health care litigation
  • Intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets litigation
  • Medical and legal malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Premises security
  • Products liability
  • Propane gas
  • Real property, land use and condemnation litigation
  • Securities and RICO litigation
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic tort
  • Trucking litigation
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist arbitration
  • Wrongful Death

 

Representative Clients
Our clients include major national and international corporations, owners of small to mid-size businesses, construction companies, contractors, commercial landlords, financial institutions, high technology companies, liability and title insurance companies, real estate developers, chemical and petroleum companies, public entities, farming companies and packing houses and individuals who need to initiate or be defended in litigation matters. Clients include California State Automobile Association; American International Group (AIG); Zurich American; Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Co.; Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.; Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co.; Industrial Indemnity; Insurance Company of the West; Kemper Insurance Group; Northland Insurance Co.; Oregon Mutual Insurance Co.; Republic Insurance Co.; The Travelers Insurance Co.; County of Fresno; U-Haul International Corporation; Save Mart Supermarkets, Inc.; Mercury Insurance Co.; National American Insurance Company of California (NAICC); GEICO; Great West Casualty; 21st Century Ins Co.; Sequoia Insurance; LMI/Highlands Insurance; McDonald’s Corp.; American Building Maintenance; Genuine Auto Parts; Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; Acceptance Insurance Co.; Southland Corporation; California Dairies, Inc.; Fresno Unified School District; Clovis Unified School District; and, Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC).

Geographic Reach
The Practice Group has an active federal and state practice. Complex personal injury litigation has been a primary staple of the Group’s work in venues including the Counties of Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Stanislaus. Fresno’s prime Central California location has allowed the Group to effectively and economically practice within a geographic reach extending to Kern County to the south, to San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties to the west, Mono and Inyo Counties to the east and San Joaquin County, Tuolumne County and Sacramento County to the north. We handle matters in the United States District Court in Fresno and Sacramento, as well as in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, the Practice Group has represented clients in appeals in the Court of Appeals in various state venues and in the Supreme Court of the State of California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Practice Group includes those admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Last Updated Friday, October 20, 2017 - 03:24 PM.
 

MEET OUR ATTORNEYS

 
Daniel Aquino
Daniel I. Aquino - Partner

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Michael Ball
Michael F. Ball - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Victoria Bernhardt
Victoria R. Bernhardt - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Timothy Buchanan
Timothy J. Buchanan - Practice Group Chair - Litigation

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Deborah Byron
Deborah A. Byron - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Cornelius Callahan
Cornelius J. Callahan - Of Counsel

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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Jonathan Carlson
Jonathan W. Carlson - Partner

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Jerry Casheros
Jerry D. Casheros - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Jill Chase
Jill M. Chase - Of Counsel

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Vanessa Cohn
Vanessa M. Cohn - Associate

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Niki Cunningham
Niki E. Cunningham - Partner

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Anthony DeMaria
Anthony N. DeMaria - Practice Group Chair - Denver

999 18th Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202

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John Dunn
John M. Dunn - Of Counsel

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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D. Greg Durbin
D. Greg Durbin - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
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James L. Ellison
James L. Ellison - Associate

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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David Emerzian
David L. Emerzian - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
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Matthew Fletcher
Matthew E. Fletcher - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Lee Gorlin
Lee H. Gorlin - Associate

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Christopher Hall
Christopher S. Hall - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Matthew Hawkins
Matthew K. Hawkins - Partner

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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Jason Howard
Jason O. Howard - Associate

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Gary Hunt
Gary A. Hunt - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Scott Ivy
Scott J. Ivy - Of Counsel

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Mandy Jeffcoach
Mandy L. Jeffcoach - Partner

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Benjamin Johnson
Benjamin M. Johnson - Associate

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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Betty Julian
Betty L. Julian - Partner

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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Kelley Lowe
Kelley B. Lowe - Associate

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Ryan Marshall
Ryan Marshall - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Kristi Marshall
Kristi D. Marshall - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Gregory Mason
Gregory S. Mason - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Renee Maxfield
Renee Maxfield - Partner

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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David McNamara
David R. McNamara - Partner

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Devon McTeer
Devon R. McTeer - Of Counsel

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Michael Merritt
Michael R. Merritt - Partner

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Kelley Moran
Kelley N. Moran - Practice Group Chair - Modesto Office

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

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Alexander Newsum
Alexander N. Newsum - Associate

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Benjamin Nicholson
Benjamin T. Nicholson - Partner

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Mart Oller, IV
Mart B. Oller, IV - Partner

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Anil Pai
Anil Pai - Partner

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Hilton Ryder
Hilton A. Ryder - Of Counsel

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Shane Smith
Shane G. Smith - Of Counsel

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Timothy Thompson
Timothy L. Thompson - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Christina Tillman
Christina C. Tillman - Practice Group Chair - Labor & Employment Law Group

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Dylan Todd
Dylan P. Todd - Partner

8337 W. Sunset Road, Suite 350
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Daniel Wainwright
Daniel L. Wainwright - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Chester Walls
Chester E. Walls - Associate

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Fresno, CA 93720

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Lawrence Wayte
Lawrence E. Wayte - Of Counsel

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Marshall Whitney
Marshall C. Whitney - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Laura Wolfe
Laura A. Wolfe - Partner

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Michael Woods
Michael G. Woods - Of Counsel

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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Stephanie Wu
Stephanie Y. Wu - Partner

1125 I Street, Suite 1
Modesto, CA 95354

(209) 524-1100 main
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Todd A. Wynkoop
Todd A. Wynkoop - Of Counsel

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

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