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PETE E. ALMEIDA was admitted to the California bar
in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Chapman
University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in
Mr. Almeida began his career specializing in premises liability,
automobile accidents, insurance bad faith, attorney malpractice,
property and third party subrogation. His reputation in the legal
community led to his speaking extensively throughout Southern
California about third party subrogation.
In 1997, Mr. Almeida joined the firm of Tobin & Louie. Mr. Almeida
was made a partner within six months and upon Mr. Tobin’s departure in
2000, the firm was renamed to Louie, Almeida & Stettler. In 2000,
Mr. Almeida was named the managing partner. The firm grew from 10
attorneys in 2000 to 29 attorneys and 3 offices by 2004.
Mr. Almeida’s focus throughout his career has been to separate cases
into those that should be taken to trial and those that should be
pushed to a successful, early resolution. He is comfortable with
complex medical and legal issues having handled cases involving
hematological, neurological (including massive brain trauma),
orthopedic and psychiatric/psychological issues. As a result of Mr.
Almeida’s expertise he has been able to confront opposing counsel with
hard facts while refuting grossly inflated injury claims resulting in
fair reasonable settlements or “take nothings” from the WCAB. Mr.
Almeida has successfully settled workers’ compensation matters that
included a resolution of the employees other civil claim resulting in
untold savings to the employer.
PETER CROSSIN brings a unique and practical
perspective to his practice of law with a considerable background in
litigating civil matters on both sides of the Plaintiffs’ and Defense
Bar. A New Jersey native, Peter earned his BA degree in Political
Science from the University of South Carolina and his JD from the
Whittier College School of Law. Prior to entering law school Mr.
Crossin worked several years trading municipal bonds on Wall Street at
the brokerage firm Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.
Mr. Crossin has held lead positions on the Plaintiffs’ Steering
Committees for the California In Re Intraocular Lens and Latex Glove
coordinated litigations and has represented defendants in the In Re
Welding Rod coordinated litigation. Mr. Crossin has prosecuted and
defended a myriad of cases involving toxic torts, catastrophic injury,
warranty claims, product liability, premises liability (with a
particular emphasis in premises security litigation), construction
defect, and contract disputes. He has arbitrated and mediated hundreds
of cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. Crossin has extensive brief and law and motion writing and oral
argument experience. He has had articles published in legal periodicals
and seminar and convention syllabuses. Along with his trial court oral
argument experience, he has argued cases successfully before the
California Court of Appeal.
CYRIL CZAJKOWSKYJ joined Veatch Carlson in 2001,
bringing his extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation. He
was a principal with Knapp, Peterson & Clark, for more than 16
years, specializing in insurance defense, products liability,
professional malpractice, employment termination, business litigation,
libel, insurance bad faith and civil rights litigation.
Mr. Czajkowskyj's experience includes jury and bench trials and
appellate litigation. Reported appellate opinions include Reid v. State
Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. (1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 557 [218
Cal.Rptr. 913], National Metal & Steel Corp. v. Colby Crane &
Manufacturing Co. (1988) 200 Cal.App.3d 1111 [246 Cal.Rptr. 435],
Robertson v. Chen (1996) 44 Cal.App.4th 1290 [52 Cal.Rptr.2d 264], and
Melikian v. Aquila, Ltd. (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 1364 [74 Cal.Rptr.2d
He joined the California State Bar in 1978. He is also admitted to
practice in the United States District Court, Central and Northern
Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. After
obtaining his B.A. from Northwestern University, he earned his M.A.
degree from the University of Chicago, and his J.D. from the University
of San Francisco.
JAMES C. GALLOWAY, JR. was admitted to the
California Bar in 1970 and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. He
received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 from the University of
Southern California and his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern
University in 1969. He has served as the Firm's Managing Partner, and
currently is a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Galloway maintains an extremely active litigation and trial
calendar specializing in the defense of professional liability matters
including dental, medical and real estate, multi-party construction
defect matters, product liability, auto and governmental tort actions.
His keen sense of the issues and incisive analysis has earned him the
reputation as an aggressive no-nonsense litigator.
Upon entering the legal profession, Mr. Galloway served with house
counsel at Farmers Insurance Group before joining the Firm. Since 1980
he has volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem on the Los Angeles Municipal
Court and is active as an Arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court
Arbitration Panel. Additionally, he is a member of the National Panel
of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and a Diplomat
of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Galloway has
participated as a member in the Los Angeles County and American Bar
Associations, the American Judicature Society and the Association of
Southern California Defense Counsel. He has been admitted to practice
before the U.S. Supreme Court since 1977.
WILLIAM J GLAZER received his B.A. in history and
theater arts from U.C.L.A. In 1972. After graduating with honors from
Loyola University School of Law in 1975, Mr. Glazer went to work as a
Deputy Attorney General for four years handling all types of civil
liability and condemnation matters for the State of California, its
agencies and employees. He was a member of two Attorney General Task
Forces regarding tort reform and governmental liability, both of which
proposed and implemented legislation. He subsequently took a position
with an insurance company as senior trial counsel where he handled all
manner of large exposure cases. It was there that Mr. Glazer first
became involved in the development of a program specifically aimed at
the deterrence of fraudulent claims.
Mr. Glazer joined a larger, well-known west side defense firm in 1982
and became a partner in 1985. He was one of the two senior partners in
charge of the casualty coverage and litigation unit. He handled myriad
insurance and defense matters, including first and third party
coverage, auto and trucking cases, declaratory relief actions, suspect
and fraudulent claims (property and casualty), multiparty, serious
injury and high exposure cases, premises liability and products
liability from inception through trial and appeal.
Mr. Glazer subsequently opted to work in a smaller firm environment and
specialized in product liability and toxic tort defense with two firms
before reuniting with Mr. Weinstein, with whom he attended law school
and served in the Attorney General’s Office, at Veatch Carlson.
Mr. Glazer is a member of the California state and federal bars and was
admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980. He
currently serves as a Special Master for the Los Angeles County
Superior Court, is a member of the Defense Research Institute (serving
on the Product Liability Committee), the Los Angeles County Bar
Association and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
and a former member of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance
Practice Section. He lives in Calabasas with his wife, Rea, and has two
KEVIN R. LUSSIER was admitted to the
California bar in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with
High Honors) in Political Science from the California State University,
Fullerton in 1986, and a Juris Doctor from the University of
California, Davis in 1989.
Mr. Lussier is the Director of
the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department. A civil litigator with
deep experience across all categories of business disputes, his
practice primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation,
including trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition,
false advertising, misappropriation of trade secrets, and commercial
disparagement. Mr. Lussier also has represented Fortune 500 companies
in many types of complex litigation, including employment, antitrust,
product liability, environmental, and contractual disputes. In addition
to representing clients in trial courts, Mr. Lussier is an experienced
appellate lawyer, having obtained victories for clients in the
California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Lussier joined Veatch Carlson
in 2014. He spent the first 10 years of his career in the litigation
department of the international firm of Jones Day. Subsequently, Mr.
Lussier became a name principal in the Los Angeles boutique litigation
firm of Berry & Lussier, APC, where he practiced all manner of
business litigation for 14 years.
Mr. Lussier resides in South
Pasadena with his wife Andrea and has two daughters. In addition to
being involved in community activities, Mr. Lussier serves as a Trustee
of the Pasadena Methodist Foundation.
MARK M. RUDY received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
History from the University of Santa Clara where he was a four-year
member of the University Honors Program. He received his Juris
Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in
May 1986. He served as Associate Articles Editor of the Hastings
International and Comparative Law Review in 1985 - 1986. He is a member
of the American Bar Association; the Association of Southern California
Defense Counsel; and the Southern California Association of Healthcare
He joined Veatch Carlson after admission to the Bar in December of
1986. Since that time, Mark has practiced primarily in the area of
medical and dental malpractice defense. During his tenure with the
firm, Mark has tenaciously litigated a multitude of complex matters in
the medical malpractice arena.
Mr. Rudy has tried cases to verdict involving claims of death, birth
injury, and permanent neurological damage in matters alleging medical
malpractice. Favorable trial results have been achieved for insureds of
various insurance companies including Truck Insurance Exchange, Shand
Morahan & Co., Caliber One Indemnity Co. and Southern California
Physicians Insurance Exchange. Mr. Rudy has also handled cases
involving allegations of sexual harassment/battery against healthcare
providers. He has additional trial experience in the areas of premises
liability and motor vehicle accidents. Mr. Rudy has presented lectures
on the medical-legal aspects of nursing at several Los Angeles-area
BRUCE L. SCHECHTER having joined the firm in 2010,
has over 25 years of trial experience, and is a proud member of the
American Board of Trial Advocates. He has established himself as a
trusted defense attorney with litigation cases ranging from wrongful
death to product liability and personal injury. Mr. Schechter has a
track record of successes which make him the lawyer of choice for
clients requiring an aggressive defense for catastrophic injury claims.
His success rate in effectively defending clients in jury trials, where
damages sought exceeded eight figure sums, has earned him the
prestigious AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest
that can be achieved. Mr. Schechter’s ability to consistently win
defense verdicts has saved his clients well over $1 billion in damage
claims. Many corporations, insurance carriers and business owners turn
to this expert defense counselor when faced with high expense cases.
His proven method of detailed preparation and tenacious defense gives
him an advantage when protecting his client’s rights.
In addition to the courtroom, Mr. Schechter also uses his specialized
skills in the classroom. Since 2008, he has been helping to expand the
horizons of countless young law students as an Adjunct Professor of Law
at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California.
Mr. Schechter graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors
of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business
Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from the California Western
School of Law. He has been a member of the State Bar of California
since 1981 and a member of the State Bar of Utah for almost 25 years.
MARK A. WEINSTEIN received his Bachelor's degree
(cum laude) at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972 and
his Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Loyola Marymount University School
of Law in 1975. After remaining on the Dean's List throughout law
school and earning entry into the Saint Thomas Moore Law Society, he
was admitted to the California Bar in 1975. A member of the Los Angeles
County Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates
(ABOTA), Mr. Weinstein serves as an Arbitrator for the Los Angeles
County Superior Court in the field of personal injury.
Mr. Weinstein came to the firm in 1986 from the Office of the
California Attorney General. During nine years of practice he was
promoted to the highest rank of Deputy Attorney General IV. Mr.
Weinstein practiced in the Tort and Condemnation section, representing
various state agencies such as the Department of Corrections,
California Highway Patrol, Department of Mental Health, Department of
Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Insurance. He had full
responsibility for multi-party complex litigation including Newman v.
Stringfellow, where over 5,000 plaintiffs sued the State and others for
damages allegedly resulting from toxic materials deposited at the
Stringfellow disposal site in Riverside County; and Sinaloa Homeowners
Association v. State of California, an inverse condemnation action
filed in Federal Court because of the Department of Water Resources
decision to breach a privately owned dam causing property damage to 40
His most recent high-profile civil rights trial, a federal police
misconduct action, was successful on appeal--and that is no surprise.
In Allen v. Singer, Mark defended before the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals the CHP officer who pulled over Rodney King's white Hyundai on
the night of his arrest. This case represented a successful conclusion
to the civil rights challenges of King and his passengers.
Over the years, Mr. Weinstein has established himself as a preeminent
authority in public entity defense with an array of government tort
cases, resulting in over 20 published appeals that have, in some
circumstances, virtually redefined the scope of public entity liability.
In addition to Allen v. Singer, et al., Mr. Weinstein has to his credit
published opinions such as Clemente v. State of California; Chevlin v.
Los Angeles Community College District; Kuykendall v. State; State of
California v. Meyer; Truong v. James; Guess v. State of California; and
Leader v. State, in which Mr. Weinstein persuaded the Court of Appeals
to revise the law of collateral estoppel. Mark's meticulous handling of
the Leader case at trial laid the groundwork for appeal, furnishing the
appellate court with a sound legal and factual basis for changing the
Mr. Weinstein’s trial and appellate work in another case, Hacker v.
City of Glendale, was instrumental in focusing the development of the
defense of primary assumption of the risk. Mr. Weinstein's ability to
litigate complex and sensitive tort cases has also earned him a
reputation in the areas of negligent security, foster care liability,
harassment, discrimination, and other similar high-exposure cases. As
one of the Firm's primary trial attorneys, his practice also includes
medical malpractice defense, truck accidents, construction disputes,
products liability, and intellectual property. Mr. Weinstein also heads
the Firm's appellate practice group.
Recently Mr. Weinstein served as co-instructor of several courses
including C.E.B.'s "How to Handle a Government Tort Liability Claim,"
and a series of classes presented by Veatch Carlson on basic
investigation and litigation techniques.
D. ASHLEY was
admitted to the California bar in 2007. She received a Bachelor of
Science degree (with Honors) in Business Administration with an option
in Finance from the California State University, Northridge, which she
attended as a Presidential Scholar. She received her Juris Doctor from
the University of California, Davis in 2007.
Ms. Ashley is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Department.
She has experience representing businesses, entertainers and other
individuals in actions for copyright and trademark infringement, patent
actions, breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and media
torts, including defamation and invasion of privacy. Ms. Ashley has
broad experience in all phases of civil litigation, from pre-trial
factual investigation and discovery, through trial, to post-trial and
Ms. Ashley joined Veatch Carlson in 2014. Prior to joining Veatch
Carlson, Ms. Ashley spent seven years practicing intellectual property,
business litigation, and entertainment law at a boutique firm in
Ms. Ashley is a Los Angeles native who enjoys running and hiking in her
DAVID A. AUSTIN was admitted to the State Bar of
California in 2009. He attended law school at McGeorge School of Law,
receiving a Juris Doctorate degree in 2009. He attended the University
of California Riverside where he received a bachelor’s degree in
History/Business Administration in 2004.
While in law school Mr. Austin participated in several internships,
including internships with the McGeorge immigration clinic, the
Stanislaus County Public Defender’s Office, and the California
Department of Insurance. After law school Mr. Austin began practicing
insurance defense at a small sized firm in the Inland Empire before
making the move to Veatch Carlson in 2011. He currently practices in
the law and motion department.
BERNHARD E. BIHR is a 1969 graduate of California
State, Los Angeles, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola Law School.
Since his admittance to the California Bar, Mr. Bihr has specialized in
insurance defense law, focusing primarily in the areas of construction
defect litigation, toxic torts, products liability, real estate errors
and omissions and legal malpractice. Mr. Bihr has tried well over
twenty Superior Court jury trials and has been a court appointed
arbitrator having heard over 200 cases.
He has served as the managing attorney for the Los Angeles staff
counsel office of The Home Insurance Company. While in that capacity,
Mr. Bihr was actively involved in law firm audits throughout the
Western United States.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bihr's focus in defense litigation has been
the successful, early resolution of matters in an effort to achieve
favorable results for his clients in the most expeditious and economic
ROSE L. CARTER graduated from Western State
University of Law in 1997. Ms. Carter is admitted to practice before
all the California Courts and the United States District Court, Central
District of California.
Ms Carter brings a unique background to the firm. Before entering the
practice of law, she graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College of
Nursing. Ms. Carter worked in primarily teaching hospitals for many
years, in a variety of settings including Emergency Room, Pediatrics,
After graduating from law school, Ms. Carter brought her nursing
background to a well known Los Angeles area medical malpractice defense
firm, where she worked for 10 years handling the defense of physicians
and public entity hospitals.
Ms. Carter’s practice emphasis at Veatch Carlson is general civil
defense litigation, with an emphasis on public transit defense.
DEAN L. CHALAMIDAS graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in English Literature from California State University, at
Long Beach. After graduation, he operated several large legal support
companies. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Western State
University College of Law in December of 1998.
Mr. Chalamidas has practiced insurance defense litigation, emphasizing
in Special Investigation Unit claims for several large insurance
carriers. Mr. Chalamidas also specialized in handling Examinations
Under Oath for fraudulent claims against insurance carriers as well as
Small Claim Appeals. He has acted as Corporate Counsel for large
homeowner’s associations and practiced Real Estate Law and
transactional law. He has experience in debtor-creditor law wherein he
has obtained numerous large judgments against debtors. He is licensed
to practice before all courts in the State of California, as well as
the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Mr. Chalamidas has ten years experience in all phases of litigation,
including personal injury, motor vehicle negligence, premises
liability, construction defect and general liability claims. He has
considerable courtroom and deposition skills and ADR experience,
including jury trials and bench trials. He has successfully arbitrated
and mediated hundreds of civil cases on behalf of defendants.
MAURICE L. CHENIER
received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology, and a minor
in Government from the University of San Francisco, in 1989. He
received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Santa Clara
School of Law in 1992. During law school, he was the Comment and Note
of the Environmental and International Law Journal. After graduation,
Mr. Chenier served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Aguilar,
United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of
California. Upon completion of his clerkship, Mr. Chenier was admitted
to practice law in California in 1993.
Mr. Chenier worked for several defense firms prior to joining Veatch
Carlson, where he worked primarily on civil litigation, trial and
appellate matters. Mr. Chenier, specializes in civil litigation and
His areas of practice include municipal litigation, employment
litigation, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters,
light and heavy rail litigation, municipal entity defense, real estate
litigation, products liability litigation and appellate matters. Mr.
Chenier has over 19 years experience representing municipal entities.
Mr. Chenier has tried cases involving claims of employment
discrimination and harassment, products liability, construction defect
and real estate fraud, breach of contract, lemon law, personal injury
and municipal liability. Mr. Chenier is a member of the Ninth Circuit
Pro Bono Appellate Counsel panel.
Over the years Mr. Chenier has provided quality representation to
numerous clients. Representative clients include: the Los Angeles
County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Amtrak/Metrolink,
the State of California (California Science Center), the City of Los
Angeles Department of Airports, the County of Los Angeles, the City of
Lynwood Planning Commission, the City of Lynwood Redevelopment Agency,
the City of Lynwood, the Lynwood Unified School District, the City of
Compton, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD),
General Motors Corporation, Toyota Corporation, Adolf Coors
Corporation, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Denny's Corporation, State
Farm Insurance Co., Motorola Inc., and Spelling Entertainment.
DAVID DEMSHKI obtained a bachelor ‘s degree with
majors in political science and economics from Claremont Mckenna
College (cum laude) in 1982. After a varied career in government that
included positions as a Scholar at the Hoover Institute studying anti
terrorism and several positions with the California State Senate and
Assembly, where he was among other things the Senate’s Principal
Consultant regarding Workers’ Compensation legislation, Mr. Demshki
found himself graduating from Hastings College of the Law in 1994.
Mr. Demshki has practiced Workers Compensation law exclusively since
2002. He was an associate with the firm of Gray and Prouty until 2007.
After a period as house counsel for Liberty Mutual, he came to Veatch
Carlson in 2010. In his career he has developed a reputation for
effective evaluation of medical issues and cross examination of
physicians. He also has a high rate of success in appellate practice
before both the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the California
Court of Appeal.
BRETT C. DROUET received his Bachelor of Arts from
Cal State University of Los Angeles in 1994 and his Juris Doctor in
1997 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Mr. Drouet’s
focus throughout his career has been to separate cases into those that
should be taken to trial and those that should be pushed to a
successful, early resolution. His knowledge and skills with complex
medical and legal issues have proved invaluable in handling cases from
catastrophic injuries to the mundane.
Brett’s focus is defending claims for catastrophic injuries and
wrongful death actions arising from product liability, automobile
negligence, motorcycle and pedestrian negligence, slip and falls,
premise liability, and assault and battery. From personal injury, to
product liability, he has either won decisive verdicts in his client's
favor, or negotiated settlements at small fractions of the original
He has worked as a trial attorney for over 15 years. In addition, he
has successfully arbitrated and mediated hundreds of civil cases. He is
admitted to practice in U.S. Central District Court and all of the
California state courts.
GREGG A. FOWLER graduated from the Colorado State
University of Fort Collins in 1996, received multiple degrees and
thereafter completed his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of
Quinnipiac, in 1999.
He began his practice litigating serious personal injury cases on
behalf of plaintiffs and criminal cases on behalf of defendants, in
both State and Federal Courts. He holds licenses in New York and
California. He has worked as a litigation attorney for the defense law
firm of Early, Maslach & Rudnicki, where he handled high exposure
cases. In addition, he has successfully arbitrated and mediated
hundreds of civil cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
His current focus is litigation in the following areas: worker’s
compensation, labor law and civil litigation. He has handled cases
which have included, worker’s compensation, automobile negligence,
motorcycle and pedestrian negligence, slip and falls, premise
liability, employment, products liability, assault and battery,
malpractice, civil rights, fraud, libel/slander, property loss,
landlord tenant, employment and wrongful death.
GINA GENATEMPO was admitted to the California bar in
2000. She received her Juris Doctorate degree cum laude in 2000 from
Chapman University School of Law where she was honored as a member of
the law review, and received multiple honors for top academic
achievements in contracts, torts, criminal procedure, and bankruptcy.
She has a 1989 B.A. in Journalism from Pepperdine University where she
was a news editor for the award-winning school newspaper, and
contributed to the university’s 50th Anniversary publication.
Having worked with reputable plaintiffs’ litigation firms in other
roles prior to law school, including for a former Orange County
Superior Court judge, Ms. Genatempo applied her research and litigation
skills to practicing law on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in
all facets of civil litigation, including personal injury, business
litigation, contractual disputes, and risk management. Her appellate
work includes an appellate decision which precipitated a change to the
procedure for statutory offers to compromise in Bias v. Wright (2002).
In 2003, Ms. Genatempo focused on bad faith insurance defense when she
joined the firm of Hollins Schechter and defended insurance carriers
including Farmers Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange. Her
successful law and motion work resulted in another appellate decision
to defeat claims on multiple insurance policies, Davis v. Farmers
Insurance Group (2005).
Genatempo joined Veatch Carlson in 2009 as an associate specializing in
law and motion. Her work continues to assist trial attorneys to
strategically position complex cases for resolution and trial.
ROBERT T. MACKEY graduated from the State
University of New York in 1996 and thereafter completed his Juris
Doctorate degree at the University of Quinnipiac, formerly the
Bridgeport Connecticut School of Law, in 1999.
While in Law School, he argued misdemeanor trials while interning with
the Connecticut District Attorney’s office in New Haven. In addition,
he captained his Mock Trial Team, which competed on a national level.
He began his practice, litigating serious personal injury cases on
behalf of plaintiffs and criminal cases on behalf of defendants, in
both State and Federal Courts. He holds licenses in New York,
Connecticut and California. He has worked as a trial attorney for the
defense law firm of Early, Maslach & Rudnicki, where he tried over
20 jury trials, procuring 18 consecutive defense verdicts. In addition,
he has successfully arbitrated and mediated hundreds of civil cases on
behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
His current focus is jury trials and his cases have included automobile
negligence, motorcycle and pedestrian negligence, slip and falls,
premise liability, employment, products liability, assault and battery,
malpractice, civil rights, fraud, libel/slander, property loss,
landlord tenant, employment and wrongful death.
SCOTT S. MIZEN graduated from the University of
Illinois in 1987 and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Pepperdine
University School of Law in 1990. Mr. Mizen is admitted to practice
before all the California Courts and the United States District Court,
Southern District of California. He is also a member of the Southern
California Association of Defense Counsel and the Orange County Bar
Mr. Mizen has practiced general civil defense litigation, emphasizing
construction defect and personal injury matters for more than a decade.
His primary specialty at Veatch Carlson is personal injury and property
damage defense. He is a seasoned litigator with numerous trials to his
ROBERT J. RICE is a 1984 graduate of University of
Utah and 1987 graduate of McGeorge School of Law, University of the
Pacific. Mr. Rice is admitted to practice before all California State
Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and all districts of the
United States Federal Courts in California.
Mr. Rice has substantial trial experience as a defense attorney
including all phases of civil litigation in representation of surety
companies, contractors, builders, home owner associations, landlords,
and business owners. Mr. Rice has extensive arbitration, mediation, and
trial experience in complex litigation throughout California
STEVE C. ROBINSON has demonstrated professional and
unyielding representation of his clients for over 20 years. In case
after case, he has consistently shown his ability to find the heart of
a matter and bring unassailable defense arguments to bear in order to
assert his client's rights.
Mr. Robinson has successfully represented clients in a wide cross
section of defense issues. From personal injury, to product liability,
to employer defense and employment discrimination, he has either won
decisive verdicts in his client's favor, or negotiated settlements at
small fractions of the original damage claimed. Even in cases involving
claims of wrongful death or grievous bodily harm, Mr. Robinson is
always able to make sure that the facts of a case, and not the
emotional color of the claim, remain the criteria by which the jury's
conscientious deliberation is conducted. Outside of the courtroom, Mr.
Robinson has proven himself to be one of the most articulate litigators
Mr. Robinson graduated from California Southern School of Law in
Riverside, California where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and
Juris Doctor degrees.
DAVID H. RYAN received a B.A. in political science
from UCLA in 1974, and his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in
1977. While in law school, he published a Note in the Hastings
Constitutional Law Quarterly concerning Freedom of Speech. He was
admitted to the California State Bar in 1977. He practiced law as a
deputy district attorney for two and a half years, and has practiced
civil defense since.
Although he has handled files for about one-half of his legal career,
Mr. Ryan prefers legal research and writing. Over the years, he has
prepared numerous successful demurrers and motions for summary
judgment, leading him to conclude that a successful demurrer or a
motion for summary judgment brings the same satisfaction as a trial
victory. While never hesitant to bring a necessary motion on any issue,
Mr. Ryan has found that many legal disputes can be successfully
resolved amongst the parties through good faith meet and confer efforts
prior to resort to costly and time consuming court intervention.
Mr. Ryan joined Veatch Carlson in early 2012, and is happily a member
of its law and motion team.
DAVID SCOTT is an experienced litigator who has
focused his career primarily within the realms of
defense of large exposure general liability and profession (medical and
legal) malpractice cases.
Mr. Scott is a National Merit Scholar and McKenna Scholar who received
his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Claremont McKenna College
He received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1992 and
has been in continual practice within California’s state and federal
courts since his admission to the California bar in December, 1992.
DEBRA J. TAUGER’s interest in a legal career was
piqued by a class on Sex Discrimination
and Constitutional Law taught in the Socratic method by two women
lawyers at UCLA where she received her B.A. in History in 1981. During
and after college, Ms. Tauger worked as a paralegal helping victims of
domestic violence obtain restraining orders. Also during college, she
spent one year working as a congressional intern in Washington
Ms. Tauger attended Suffolk University School of Law in Boston,
Massachusetts, where she interned for the Attorney
General of Massachusetts and Governor Dukakis’ Legal Counsel Office,
conducting research for his proposed drunk driving law.
Ms. Tauger became a member of the Massachusetts
Bar in 1988. The following year, she passed the California Bar.
Ms. Tauger has twenty-five years experience in
legal research and writing at the trial and appellate court
LYN WOODWARD is an experienced litgator and
She practices in both state and federal court.
Ms. Woodward graduated from Loyola Law School in 1990 and is admitted
to the California State Bar, the U. S. Supreme Court, and various
federal district courts.
Her background includes personal injury defense, government torts,
family law and criminal law. She is an accomplished writer and
oral advocate, and has argued numerous cases before the California
appellate courts, including a recent search issue in the California
Supreme Court involving privacy rights of electronic data.