Panish Shea & Boyle LLP founding partner Brian Panish is recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in the country. He has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases, including a $4.9 billion verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, as well as over 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, and 6 verdicts in excess of $50 million. Mr. Panish's verdicts in brain injury cases include a $21 million verdict for an Iraq War veteran who was involved a car collision with a van, a $20 million verdict for a woman whose vehicle was struck by a transport truck that ran a red light at an intersection, and a $15 million verdict for a teenage boy who was a passenger in his mother’s car when it was struck by a Southern California Gas Company truck. Mr. Panish is a member and currently serving as Vice President of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates -- comprised of 100 of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ lawyers – and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Among his recent honors and accolades, Mr. Panish is a recipient of the 2019 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the area of Personal Injury, named a 2019 Plaintiffs' Lawyers Trailblazer by the National Law Journal and he continues to be recognized by numerous organizations and publications nationwide for his work in the legal profession and his commitment to civic and community engagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & Rowley, he
has dedicated the firm and its resources to the principle that justice for injured people is more
important than insurance company profits. CZR 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 $100 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.
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.
CZR is a law firm that mobilizes and shares its knowledge, resources, and experiences –
wins and challenges – so that all injured people can have justice.
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.
Education: Southwestern Law School
Doctor of Law (JD): 1989 – 1991
University of California, Los Angeles: 1985-1988
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
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.
Gary has held the record for the highest jury verdicts in numerous courthouses, including a record breaking $125 million dollar jury verdict in Ventura County in 2016.
Gary A. Dordick is a trial attorney in Beverly Hills specializing in plaintiff jury trials and has over 100 trials in his career. He is an Emeritus member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors. He won CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He has been nominated for CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented eleven times. He is CAOC’s (Consumer Attorneys of California) 2009 Trial Attorney of the Year. He was announced one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2017, as well as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2016. Mr. Dordick was named Jury Verdicts Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2016, he was awarded the Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award for his career achievements representing Plaintiffs. In 2015, he received the “Civil Advocate Award” from the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC). In 2003, Mr. Dordick received the University of West Los Angeles’s highest honor – The Bernard Jefferson Award.
Tom Girardi is the past president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (an organization limited to 500 lawyers in the country) and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates (an organization limited to 100 lawyers in the country). He was the past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal legal newspaper - one of four lawyers listed since the list started 16 years ago. He serves as a trustee appointed by the Senate for the Library of Congress. He was inducted into The American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame-2014. 2015 Super Lawyers - 65,000 California lawyers were polled…he was voted #1…the same in 2016, 2017, and 2018. President for the Litigation Council of America in 2016 and currently president of the National Trial Lawyers. Recently awarded "Best Lawyer" and "Man of the Year" as well as "Lawyer of the Decade" and "Business Innovator of the Year" and recently selected "Top Attorney of the Year" for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals.
Olivier Taillieu is 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. He is the chief trial attorney of The Dominguez Firm and handles complex and hard-fought cases.
Nick Rowley has won, through caring about his clients and justice, hundreds of millions of dollars in record setting verdicts and settlements for injury victims and their families.
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.
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.
Courtney Rowley is passionate about personal injury law. Courtney focuses her practice on serving people who have suffered permanent or serious injuries. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with extensive courtroom experience representing victims of serious injuries, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and medical malpractice.
Rahul Ravipudi is a partner at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and has spent his legal career handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial vehicles, pedestrians, industrial or construction accidents, utility negligence, dangerous conditions of public and private property as well as victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Licensed in California and Nevada, Mr. Ravipudi currently serves as Individual Plaintiffs Co-lead Counsel in the Southern California Fire cases litigation arising out of the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flows in Montecito, California as well as on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the California North Bay Fires litigation and on the Steering Committee in the Blythe bus crash litigation.
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.
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.
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.
Bobby Saadian, Esq. is the Founding President and Managing Attorney of Wilshire Law Firm. Possessing a sincere desire to help people who are in need, Mr. Saadian focuses his practice on representing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Catastrophic Injury victims and their families in complex Motor Vehicle, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Wrongful Death cases, as well as Employment Law and Class Action victims.
Utilizing an intricate network of highly-qualified medical and forensic experts, Mr. Saadian has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, including multiple eight-figure and countless 7 figure recoveries for his deserving clients. He puts his clients first, knowing that what Wilshire Law Firm fights for is not dollars and cents, but valuable human beings. A powerful advocate for the most vulnerable among us, Bobby supports childhood education, local communities, and more as an Executive Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC).
Mr. Saadian’s expertise in brain injury cases has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, including an invitation to the National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers Association. He also serves on several leadership boards, including the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors, the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Board of Directors, and the Dean’s Council of Pepperdine University School of Law.
Ibiere is a trial lawyer and principal attorney at Seck Law PC where her primary practice is catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and sexual abuse of minors. Ibiere Seck has been recognized by her peers as a zealous advocate former clients. Since 2010, she has been named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyer's Magazine and was featured as the 2018 magazine cover story. She was also the recipient of Consumer Attorneys Association of California’s Street Fighter of the Year award for 2016.
Ibiere is the Secretary of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest plaintiff trial lawyers association in the nation, and will lead the association as its President in 2024. She is the immediate past-president of the The National Black Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. When not advocating for her clients, Ibiere enjoys volunteering in underserved communities and spending time with her family.