PARTNER MARK T. QUIGLEY, A NATIONALLY RESPECTED TRIAL ATTORNEY, has spent the past three decades championing the rights of whistleblowers and workers who’ve been terminated or retaliated against due to unlawful employment practices. He has spent his career as an underdog trial lawyer willing to stand up to some of the nation’s largest entities and institutions.
Most recently, Mark obtained a $7 million dollar verdict at trial in a high profile, sexual harassment and wrongful termination case involving an employee-turned-whistleblower who exposed evidence of sexual abuse by celebrity yoga guru Bikram Choudhury. In another wrongful termination/whistleblower trial, Mark won a 7-figure verdict and a confidential settlement against City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute, with a finding of malice oppression and fraud.
Mark achieved a $10 million settlement in a whistleblower-retaliation case against The Regents of The University of California. His client, the former chief of orthopedic surgery at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, exposed evidence of corruption and cover-up at the highest levels of the medical institution. As lead attorney, Mark received a “Giant Slayer” award from The Recorder in 2015. He was also named Consumer Attorneys of California’s 2014 finalist for the Consumer Attorney of The Year Award.
Mark is well known for litigating cases against insurance companies for bad faith denial of disability benefits and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of doctors, lawyers and other business professionals.
Mark has extensive experience successfully challenging Unum Group, the insurance company that has gained much publicity for its denial of benefits to professionals suffering from various disabilities. His other significant success in the area of insurance bad faith include a verdict in Kieffer v. Unum Group in the amount of $4.3 million, including $3 million in punitive damages; and settlements of $6.75 million, $3 million and $2.9 million against various insurers who acted in bad faith.
In the special area of Lottery Ticket fraud cases, Mark has succeeded at conducting the thorough investigations these cases require and in bringing his clients’ cases to trial and to a successful result. He has obtained substantial jury verdicts, including a $7.982 million verdict in Farraj v. Circle K Store and a $12 million verdict in Chae v. Kim.
Mark has been responsible for winning a long list of seven-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. In the area of employment discrimination, he obtained a $3 million verdict in Kaufman v. Summit Health Ltd. and a $1 million verdict in Perry v. Hewlett Packard. In the area of premises liability, he obtained a $4.1 million verdict in Valdivia v. St. Jude’s Academy and a $1.854 million verdict in Williams vs. Mervyn’s. In personal injury cases, he obtained settlements of $10.7 million and $7.8 million, and a $9.6 million against Doe Law Firm for legal malpractice.
In 2004, Law & Politics published its inaugural issue of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine, which lists the top five-percent of lawyers practicing in Los Angeles and Orange Counties as nominated and voted upon by their peers. Mark enjoys the distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer” from 2004-2014. He has also consistently been named one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc. based on a survey of his peers.
His sustaining professional organization memberships include the Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and American Association for Justice. Mark also served on the board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers from 2010-2014 and was appointed Chair of the Association’s Technology Committee from 2013-2014.
Mark holds a B.A. in criminal justice and a B.A. in political science from Kings College (1976). He earned his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law (1985). His published cases include San Diego Trolley v. Superior Court (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 1083 and Elodie Irvine v. Regents of the University of California (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 994.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Law
- Whistleblower Retaliation
- Insurance Bad Faith
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
- J.D. – 1985
- Kings College
- B.A. – 1976
- Major: Criminal Justice
- Major: Political Science
- Standing of Parents to Sue for the Wrongful Death of Their Married Child, Forum Magazine, March/April, 2008
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter, Board of Governors
- American College of Trial lawyers
- Pedowitz v. Regents
- Kieffer v. Unum Group
- Bodden v. Bikram Choudhury
- Besartinia v. Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
- Valdivia v. St. Jude’s Academy
- Williams vs. Mervyn’s
- San Diego Trolley v. Superior Court, (2001), 87 Cal. App. 4th 1083
- Irvine v. Regents of the State of Calif. (2007), 149 Cal app 4th 994
- Bonni v St. Joseph’s Health System , 13 Cal App 5th 851
Honors and Awards
- Named by The Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Attorneys in California, 2017
- Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2007 – 2017
- Southern California Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2017
- “National Law Journal selected as “Elite Trial Lawyer” 2016
- Awarded Litigation Department of the Year, Giant Slayer – The Recorder, 2015
- Daily Journal Top 100 Lawyers in California
- One of the Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.
- Nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2014
- Finalist for Consumer Attorney of the Year – The Consumer Attorneys of California, 2014