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Jury Awards Whistleblower Doctor More than $39 Million Against UC San Diego   

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.

GBW Attorneys Attain $6.8 million Verdict for LA Shelter Volunteer Mauled by Surrendered Dog

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.

A Step Towards Accountability and Change: Operations Suspended at Bruin Woods Family Camp

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.

Greene Broillet & Wheeler Attorneys Achieve $12.2 Million Verdict in Workplace Slip & Fall Trial

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.

Todd McNair Granted New Trial in Lawsuit Against NCAA

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.

GBW Attorneys Attain $12M Verdict Against Bel-Air Bay Club for Wrongful Death of Philanthropist

The GBW trial team secured a $12 million verdict for the wrongful death of a son at Bel-Air Bay Club.

Bruce Broillet and Alan Van Gelder Secured a $10 Million Settlement in Tractor Trailor Accident

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 Trial Team Obtained $1.15 Million Jury Verdict Against Limousine Company

GBW’s Alan Van Gelder and Molly McKibben secured a $1.15 million verdict involving a limousine crash.

$2 Million Verdict Against UC Regents for Whistleblower Retaliation

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.

GBW Secured $3.5M Settlement for Pedestrian Struck by School Bus

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.

Christine Spagnoli Obtains $25.9 Million Verdict in Deadly Church Van Rollover Trial

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.

Mauro v. Ford Motor Company Verdict: $73 Million

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 Obtains $36M for Girl Injured at Dangerous Bus Stop

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 Obtains $15 Million Verdict for Man Injured in DUI Accident

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 Secures $55 Million Verdict in Andrews v. Marriott Case

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.

Greene Broillet & Wheeler Sues ‘Bank of Hope’ for Fraud

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 Sues Fiat Chrysler for Wrongful Death Involving Dangerous Gas Tanks

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.

Bikram Yoga Sexual Harassment Case

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.

GBW Fights for Better Bus Safety Regulations

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.

GBW Successfully Battles for Ownership of the Bahia Emerald

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.

In the News: Jane Doe vs. City of San Diego

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.

GBW Obtains $4.7 Million Verdict Against Power Company for Electrocution

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.

GBW Wins Pedowitz $10 Million Whistleblower Settlement Against UC Regents

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.

GBW Obtains Court Order Against KPMG for Serious Discovery Abuses

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.

GBW Obtains $21 Million Verdict Against Edison for Power Line Negligence

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.

GBW Obtains $8 Million Verdict for Stolen Lottery Ticket

Greene Broillet & Wheeler obtained a major victory on behalf of a woman who claimed her boss stole her winning $8 million SuperLotto ticket.

GBW Obtains $8 Million Verdict for Wrongful Death of Heroic Teacher

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.

GBW Obtains $4.5 Million Verdict Against Laidlaw Transit for Collision Between Bus and Pedestrian

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.

GBW Obtains Settlement for Clients in Legal Malpractice Action Following $45.6 Million Verdict

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.

GBW Obtains $33 Million Verdict for Physician Injured by the LAPD and Budget Rent a-Car

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 Represents Former Political Organizer for United Teachers Los Angeles in Sexual Harassment Case

GBW attorneys are currently representing former UTLA political organizer Astine Suleimanyan in a groundbreaking sexual harassment and wrongful termination case against the union.

Awards & Associations

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury firm in Los Angeles.
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    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.
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    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.
  • Best Lawyers
    All 15 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.
  • Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019
    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.
  • Super Lawyers®
    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."
    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019
    After winning $2.6 million for the plaintiff’s side in a head-on collision case, our victory was named in the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019 by TopVerdict.
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    Recipients of this recognition are held up to the same standards as for The Best Lawyers in America, but only legal professionals in the first ten years of their careers qualify. Four attorneys at GBW have been recognized with this award in 2021.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.
  • Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019
    Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, was featured by TopVerdict in the Top 100 Settlements across all practice areas in California for 2019.
  • International Society of Barristers
    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

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