Cases in the News
A San Diego jury today awarded more than $39 million to a doctor turned whistleblower who was fired by UCSD. The jury sided with Dr. Kevin Murphy in his civil wrongful termination and retaliation civil trial against the UC Regents and UC San Diego in San Diego Superior Court.
Donor Deception Involving UC San Diego's Misuse of Funds- GBW’s Mark Quigley Takes Whistleblower Retaliation Case to Trial
A civil trial in San Diego Superior Court exposes a disturbing pattern of deceptive behavior of misusing donor funds at UC San Diego. The case involves a $10 million gift to a former UCSD radiation oncologist, Dr. Kevin Murphy, M.D., who claims the gift was supposed to go to his research but instead was converted to the Moores Cancer Center. When he blew the whistle on this misconduct, he faced retaliation and eventual termination. "Because of Dr. Murphy challenging them, he angered some very powerful people at the university, and they turned this all around on him. Now you have the money, but now we're going to make sure you can't use it, and we're going to fire you and take the money back," Trial Attorney Mark Quigley told ABC10.
A Los Angeles jury has awarded $6.8 million in damages to a volunteer at the City of Los Angeles' North Central Animal Shelter, who suffered extensive injuries from a vicious attack by an owner-surrendered German Shepherd. The verdict holds the City of Los Angeles and LA Animal Services responsible for their failure to protect the plaintiff, Kelly Kaneko, and adequately communicate the history of the aggressive canine.
There are new developments in a civil lawsuit GBW attorneys filed on behalf of two UCLA students who sued the UC Regents over allegations of sexual abuse, forced nudity, and coercive alcohol consumption at Bruin Woods Summer Camp.
The GBW trial team secured a $12.2 million verdict for for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury after slipping and falling in her office.
The Los Angeles Times reported on a major appellate court victory for GBW’s Bruce Broillet and Scott Carr who secured the right to a new trial against the NCAA for their client, Todd McNair.
The GBW trial team secured a $12 million verdict for the wrongful death of a son at Bel-Air Bay Club.
Attorneys Bruce Broillet and Alan Van Gelder secured a $10 million settlement on behalf of young man who suffered life-changing injuries after his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer.
GBW’s Alan Van Gelder and Molly McKibben secured a $1.15 million verdict involving a limousine crash.
An Orange County jury found The UC Regents and the former Dean of the School of Medicine responsible for violating whistleblower protection laws against a neurosurgeon who filed a grievance through the UC Irvine Academic Senate against his supervisors.
Attorneys Geoff Wells and Christian Nickerson reached a $3.5 million settlement on behalf of a 61-year-old woman who suffered debilitating injuries after being struck by a school bus in a marked crosswalk.
As co-lead trial counsel, Christine Spagnoli obtained a $25.9 million jury verdict against Ford Motor Company and the First Baptist Church of New Port Richey for the wrongful death of a 44-year-old wife and mother of four.
GBW Secures $11.75M Settlement for Family of Cyclist Killed by Distracted Sheriff’s Deputy Patrol Car
The family of a cyclist struck and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy patrol car will be paid nearly $12 million by the county in a legal settlement announced this week.
A Sacramento jury found Ford Motor Company responsible to the victims of a rollover crash involving a Ford E350 15 passenger van that experienced a tread separation. The jury found that the 15 passenger vans were dangerously defective and susceptible to loss of control from a tread separation.
GBW attorneys Geoff Wells, Ivan Puchalt and Christian Nickerson secured a $36 million award for a young girl who was hit by a car while crossing the street at her bus stop. The jury found that the school bus driver and company knew the intersection was dangerous and failed to take corrective measures.
GBW attorneys Bruce Broillet and Alan Van Gelder secured a $15 million verdict against a property management company for the acts of an employee who drove intoxicated, resulting in a serious car accident.
GBW’s trial team, led by partners Bruce Broillet and Scott Carr, represented FOX Sports reporter and TV personality, Erin Andrews, in her case against a hotel for its misconduct, which led to a stalker secretly shooting video of Andrews in her hotel room in the nude.
Attorneys at GBW filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of Hope (formally known as Wilshire Bank), which is one of the largest and most respected financial institutions in the Los Angeles Korean community. The firm currently represents nearly two-dozen plaintiffs who accuse the bank of concealing and assisting a convicted embezzler who stole their life savings in a massive Ponzi scheme that involved $47 million.
GBW’s Christine Spagnoli represents the family members of two Los Angeles men killed in a fiery explosion of a gas tank in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee who are suing the auto giant, Fiat Chrysler, for wrongful death.
As co-lead counsel, GBW partner Mark Quigley was instrumental in obtaining a $7.3 million jury verdict in a sexual harassment/retaliation and wrongful termination case involving a whistleblower that sued celebrity yoga guru Bikram Choudhury.
Partner Geoff Wells testified at legislative hearings in support of SB 274, also known as “The Passenger Charter-Party Carriers’ Act,” which is now a law aimed at improving the safety and operating requirements on charter buses.
Partner Browne Greene is co-lead counsel in a high-profile dispute involving ownership of the woartnerrld’s largest emerald. After more than six years of litigation which involved two trials and multiple parties, including the country of Brazil, Browne Greene helped secure ownership of the world’s largest emerald for his clients.
Lead counsel Browne Greene transformed the trajectory of a contentious civil rights case against the City of San Diego that involved sexual misconduct by a San Diego Police officer. Within a matter of months, Mr. Greene negotiated a $5.9 million settlement for the plaintiff. Through litigation, Mr. Greene exposed cover-ups and corruption within the police department and instituted positive change in the way the department handles police misconduct.
Lead attorney Robert Jarchi, along with associates Molly McKibben and Christian Nickerson, obtained a $4.7 million verdict in Riverside Superior Court against Southern California Edison (SCE) for the wrongful death of a farm worker electrocuted while picking fruit in a grapefruit orchard, in a strongly disputed liability case.
After an 8-week trial, GBW’s Mark Quigley won a $10 million settlement in a whistleblower-retaliation lawsuit involving a contentious battle between the chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department and one of the state’s most powerful organizations, The Regents of The University of California.
Attorneys from Greene Broillet & Wheeler represented Targus in several malpractice cases against accounting giant KPMG, accusing it of failing to discover a three-year embezzlement scheme by the company’s CFO that caused $50 million in losses.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler obtained a $21 million jury verdict on behalf of a man who had to have his arms amputated after his aluminum avocado-picking pole touched a 12,000-volt power line.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler obtained a major victory on behalf of a woman who claimed her boss stole her winning $8 million SuperLotto ticket.
A Los Angeles jury awarded $8.15 million to the family of a pre-school teacher killed while saving a three-year-old from a runaway bus.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler obtained a $4.5 million jury verdict on behalf of a woman who was hit by a school bus while crossing at a pedestrian crossing lane on Ventura Boulevard.
Attorneys from Greene Broillet & Wheeler secured a $46.5 million verdict against the law firm of Jones, Day, Revis & Pogue in what was at the time the second-largest legal malpractice verdict in history.
Attorneys from Greene Broillet & Wheeler obtained a $33 million jury verdict on behalf of a Miami surgeon who was handcuffed so tightly by arresting officers that his ability to perform surgery was permanently damaged.
GBW attorneys are currently representing former UTLA political organizer Astine Suleimanyan in a groundbreaking sexual harassment and wrongful termination case against the union.
Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury firm in Los Angeles.
Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.
All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.
Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.
All 15 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.
Our attorneys were featured in TopVerdict for having one of the Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019, with $15 million won for the plaintiff in Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club.
Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.
Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."
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