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GBW Partner Chris Spagnoli Awarded for Lifetime Legal Achievement


Chris Spagnoli with Bernie and Jane Sanders and musician Jackson Browne.The Los Angeles attorney, respected by her peers and feared by negligent corporations, was honored alongside Bernie and Jane Sanders and musician Jackson Browne.

Earlier this month, the national advocacy group Consumer Watchdog held its Rage for Justice Awards to honor the heroes and heroines of the public interest. Christine Spagnoli, a partner at Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, received the group’s Lifetime Legal Achievement Award for her ongoing work on behalf of injury victims and consumers.

Spagnoli is the first woman to win this award, and she joins fellow GB&W partners Bruce Broillet and Browne Greene on the roster of recipients.

Other honorees at this year’s Rage Awards included Bernie and Jane Sanders, who were named Public Servants of the Year for grassroots organizing and consumer advocacy. Jackson Browne was given the Phillip Burton Public Service Award for his ongoing activism behind the microphone and in the streets.

A Dedication to Civil Justice

Julie Kane, president of the American Association for Justice, presented the Lifetime Legal Achievement Award. “All of us in this room rage for justice for our clients,” she said, “but there is no one I know – NO ONE – who has fought harder, raged harder for justice, than my good friend Christine Spagnoli.”

Spagnoli’s tireless work on behalf of consumers includes:

  • Serving as co-counsel in a $4.9 billion verdict against GM for severe burn injuries to two adults and four children caused by a defective fuel tank – the largest personal injury verdict in California
  • Obtaining a $58 million verdict for a man injured at work because of a defective O-ring

But her job doesn’t stop there. In addition to helping clients during some of their most difficult times, she’s proud to make the world a little safer for consumers – one case at a time.

 “Many times, it’s the people bringing the lawsuits – and lawyers like myself, who are taking these cases to court – that have exposed the secret defects that consumers weren’t aware of, ” Spagnoli said. “And that has led to recalls and design changes so that they make the vehicles and tires safer.”

“She has a passion for her cases. She has a passion for her clients and, frankly, she has a passion for consumers that overcomes and overpowers everything she does,” Kane said.