Senior Associate Jessica Villegas recognized as a “Rising Star” by ASCDC

The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel recently listed a select number of attorneys with less than ten years’ experience as “Rising Stars” in the defense community. Jessica was recognized as an outstanding medical malpractice defense lawyer and will be formerly recognized at the Association’s “Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner” event on June 13th…

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Robert L. McKenna, III and Michael R. Pittman win medical negligence jury trial, alleging failure to timely diagnose and treat a deep tissue infection in the right ankle. 12-0 Defense Verdict.

Plaintiff contended that she was misdiagnosed with a heel fracture and cellulitis, and that she was sent home without adequate antibiotic treatment from an ER visit with a nurse practitioner. Eight days later, plaintiff presented to another hospital with sepsis and osteomyelitis of the right ankle that required surgery and a lengthy skilled nursing facility…

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Anastasia Olano obtains defense verdict in Dental Malpractice trial

Plaintiff claimed that fillings were improperly placed by the defendant dentist, causing pain and requiring subsequent treatment. The plaintiff initiated a small claims matter against the defendant dentist and initially prevailed. Anastasia Olano represented the defendant dentist on appeal in a trial de novo and obtained a judgment for the defendant and against the plaintiff.

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Defense arb awards: Edison v. USC

Pat Stockalper obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in Los Angeles County where he successfully defended a local hospital and their nursing staff. The case involved claims of medical malpractice relative to an alleged fall during a patient’s transfer to her bedside commode.

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Defense verdicts: Roe v. Doe

Robert McKenna and Danielle Velazquez obtained a defense award at arbitration defending an urgent care physician at a major Southern California medical center. The plaintiffs alleged the physician failed to diagnose Group A strep pneumonia in a woman who passed away several days after being seen in the urgent care. Mr. McKenna and Ms. Velazquez…

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Jim Kjar Wins Legal Malpractice Jury Trial Where Plaintiff Claimed Malpractice and Inappropriate Relationship Against Her Former Lawyer.

Plaintiff retained the Defendant attorney to handle a significant personal injury claim against a large restaurant chain. Plaintiff lost at trial and claimed this was due to the attorney’s mishandling of her case and failure to retain appropriate experts. Plaintiff also claimed that through phone calls and email exchanges, the attorney allowed her to have…

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Jim Kjar Defenses Legal Malpractice Jury Trial Requesting $12 Million in Damages.

Plaintiff is a Dermatologist who hired the Defendant to prosecute a medical malpractice case against her treating eye doctor. She claimed the doctor misdiagnosed a serious eye infection which has permanently disabled her, and limited her practice in Dermatology. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $12 Million. Plaintiff claimed that the attorney failed to designate…

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