GB&W is honored to have received an award for its volunteer work with middle school students who are learning about the civil justice system. Team Prime Time, an after school program in Los Angeles recognized four attorneys with the firm who provided valuable insight, leadership and guidance to youngsters who spent more than two months preparing for a mock trial. Attorneys Tim Wheeler , Geoff Wells, Christian Nickerson and Molly McKibben contributed the most pro bono hours of any law firm by giving 6th -8th graders advice on the order of witnesses, direct and cross examination, closing arguments and the evidence code. For the past eight years, Team Prime Time has offered a 10-week after school course to students at Palms and Emerson Middle Schools to give kids a better understanding of civil law and the process of a jury trial.
The Los Angeles youth program, Team Prime Time, presented Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP with an award on Tuesday for its volunteer work with middle school students. Four attorneys with the firm provided valuable insight, leadership and guidance to youngsters who are learning about the civil justice system.
For the past eight years, Team Prime Time has offered a 10-week after school course to 6th , 7th and 8th grade students at Palms and Emerson Middle Schools to give the kids a better understanding of civil law and the process of a jury trial. The students prepared for a mock trial with the help of a law student from Loyola Law School. The law student wrote a fictional case and helped the students prepare to take the case to trial.
Local attorneys offered guidance on the order of witnesses, direct and cross examination, closing arguments and the evidence code. The program concluded yesterday in the “Final Trial” which was held in a Loyola law school courtroom and presided over by the Honorable Suzanne H. Segal, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Central District of California. Palms won this year’s mock trial, obtaining its fourth victory. Each school has won three times before.
“The goal is to help teach the next generation about the importance of our judicial system and the role it plays as an equalizer in our society,” said GB&W attorney Christian Nickerson. Attorneys Tim Wheeler, Geoff Wells and Molly McKibben also volunteered their time. “When I see their excitement, it reinforces why I love the law,” said McKibben who has participated in the program for the past three years. “It’s really fun to see the kids’ curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about things we as practicing lawyers often take for granted,” added
Attorneys from about a dozen local law firms donate their time to work with the students. GB&W contributed more pro bono hours than any other firm, and was recognized with an award. “It’s a great honor for our firm to receive this recognition. It really reflects how we feel about our community and wanting to give back,” said Nickerson.
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After nearly a year at the helm of the Legal Staff Support Group for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), veteran GB&W legal assistant Sheri Dempsey is reflecting on the growth her team has achieved. “We definitely exceeded our goals,” said Dempsey who credits the successful seminars for the increase in interest. The group tripled its attendance at the annual CAALA Vegas Convention from 50 participants in years past to 150 attendants in 2018.
The four-person team, which Dempsey chairs, is responsible for organizing four local seminars a year. The discussion on ‘how to prepare a minor’s compromise petition’ had the most interest and drew the biggest crowd. “Anytime an attorney settles a case on behalf of a minor it’s a complicated and costly application process,” said Dempsey. “It requires specific expertise because the courts can easily reject the application if there’s a simple mistake.”
Paralegals and support staff are the backbone of every thriving law firm and need to have the most updated information on procedures and processes to assist attorneys in meeting filing deadlines. According to Dempsey, one of the most pressing issues that support staffers will face in the upcoming year is mandatory e-filing. While submitting documents online means less paperwork, there are more pitfalls if you don’t know your way around the program. The team has already lined up the Los Angeles Superior Court e-filing Supervising Clerk as a guest speaker at an upcoming event in March.
The informational gatherings are a supportive environment for staffers to ask questions, get advice and vent frustrations. “Many attorneys have expressed interest in attending these seminars, but we want to keep these groups exclusive to support staff, so they have a safe space to learn new information,” Dempsey said. One of the topics that she wants to address in the upcoming year is workplace sexual harassment. Like all industries confronting this problem in the post #MeToo era, law firms are not immune to harassment and gender discrimination.
Dempsey says the biggest challenge for the group is finding compelling topics that appeal to a wide range of experience levels for staffers at different types of law firms. “Some plaintiff firms only focus on pre-litigation work and for others, all they do is go to trial,” explained Dempsey who is busy planning the agenda for the final year of her two-year leadership tenure.
The key to keeping attendance growing is to have dynamic topics at the seminars and encourage more law firms to send their support staff members to the annual CAALA Convention. “There’s always something new to learn whether you’re a first-year paralegal or long-time legal assistant.” Dempsey says the best part of getting involved is the networking and socializing which makes learning more fun. “This experience has been very rewarding, I’m always learning something new”.
GB&W’s former clients share their story of heartbreak and hope on The TODAY Show after their car collided with a Los Angeles Metro Bus. Attorney Geoff Wells obtained a $7.5 million settlement on behalf of the plaintiff who suffered life-threatening injuries.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — 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.
Michalanne Salliotte died on February 21, 2014 when a church van full of people heading to a youth camp in Georgia crashed in North Florida. Two people, including Salliotte, died and eight other people suffered injuries. While heading north on Interstate 75 in Lake City, the tread separated from the left rear tire, causing the 2002 E-350 Ford to rollover, ejecting four people.
Salliotte’s surviving husband, Jeff, and their four children sued Ford for defectively designing its vehicle with an extra row of seats without dual rear tires, making the van unstable and susceptible to loss of control.
Michalanne, who was unbelted, was ejected in the rollover. The plaintiffs successfully argued that the seatbelts were defectively designed and were inaccessible because the buckles fell under the bench seats. The attorneys also argued that the First Baptist Church negligently maintained the van and had a responsibility to ensure that the seatbelts were accessible to van occupants.
On March 15, 2018, a Pasco County Florida jury returned the verdict against the defendants, determining that Ford put the E350 Passenger Van on the market with faulty seat belts and a defective rear-wheel bustleback design.
The plaintiffs’ legal team included Frank Melton and Richard Newsome with Newsome Melton Law Firm in Orlando, FL and Christine Spagnoli with the Santa Monica, CA plaintiff’s firm Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP.
The legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP has devoted our professional lives to helping California residents bring positive change to our communities.
Our work has forced many companies to make safer products and we have helped hundreds of people move forward with their lives after being injured.
Our dedication to making Southern California a safer and better place to live does not stop at the end of our workday- we also support a variety of community organizations including schools, philanthropic nonprofits and artistic organizations. One of the local artistic organizations that we are proud to support is the Edgemar Center for the Arts.
About the Edgemar Center
The Edgemar Center for the Arts was founded by acting coach Michelle Danner and Larry Moss in 2000. This theater and art gallery complex is located in Santa Monica and houses a robust acting school.
The Acting Studio at Edgemar offers aspiring actors scene study classes, improv, on-camera auditioning, voice and speech training, and classes.
In addition to hosting acting classes, the Edgemar Center also hosts a variety of new plays, including Two Mailers. Starring Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, Law & Order) and Tanna Frederick (Hollywood Dreams), this play explores the life of John Buffalo and his complex relationship with his father, legendary author Norm Mailer.
The Edgemar Center for the Arts is one of Santa Monica’s greatest cultural assets and the team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP is proud to be a support such a great institution.
For more information about the Edgemar Center, visit EdgemarCenter.org.
The legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southern California.
We do this by helping plaintiffs secure just compensation in courts and by supporting many worthwhile charity and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our community. One of these organization is Autism Speaks, the premiere autism advocacy groups in the country.
Last Saturday families from around Southern California participated in the 2014 Walk Now For Autism Speaks event. More than 55,000 people attended the walk, which was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The event raised $1.68 million for Autism Speaks.
“It’s an excellent chance to come on down and be with family and friends, and just really work together towards moving towards awareness and meaningful research for our kids,” said Autism Speaks’ L.A. Chairman Mark Woodsmall, who has a son with autism.
Photo via Autism Speaks Los Angeles
Autism is the term given to a variety of cognitive disorders characterized by difficulties in communication and social interaction.
Although autism and autism spectrum disorders are often associated with intellectual disabilities, some people with autism excel in art, math, music and visual skills.
There are currently around 2 million people around the country living with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 1 in 68 American children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autism is more common in boys, with 1 in 42 boys receiving a diagnosis (compared to 1 in 189 girls).
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism advocacy and research organization.
It was founded in 2005 by the parents of an autistic child. In the past decade the organization has dedicated more than $200 million to autism research.
The attorneys at Greene Broillet & Wheeler support many charitable organizations and events throughout the Los Angeles area.
One of the organizations that we support is the Upward Bound House, whose mission is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in our community.
Earlier this month, Upward Bound House held its second annual Home Run For Kids event. The 5k/10k Walk/Run was held on May 4th in the Brentwood community of West Los Angeles.
Over 1,500 participants came to the event, which was sponsored by many area schools and businesses. At least $68,000 was raised for Upward Bound House, which will help increase awareness of the homelessness problem in our community and transition families into permanent homes.
About Upward Bound House
Upward Bound House achieves its mission through advocacy work and by providing housing and supportive services to families in need.
Upward Bound House currently operates four facilities:
- Family Place: A 21-unit Santa Monica apartment building that provides transitional housing and services for families that have dependent minor children. This facility helps around 50 families every year.
- Family Shelter: Located in Culver City, this emergency shelter provides short-term housing to families in crisis. In addition to safe housing, these families also receive comprehensive case management and counseling services.
- Senior Villa: Approximately 90 elderly residents receive affordable housing and services through this HUD-202 Prac project. Subdizies cover two-thirds of the residents’ rents. Residents are also provided with essential resources so they can lead enriched, independent lives.
- Intergenerational Center: In an effort to help clients break the cycle of homelessness, the Intergenerational Center provides services to all of the generations in Upward Bound House programs. Services include after-school activities for children, money management programs for adults, and independent living services for seniors.
About Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
Named one of the leading law firms in California, our legal team has many nationally-recognized Plaintiffs’ attorneys. As a preeminent plaintiffs’ law firm, we handle cases involving business litigation, malpractice, defective products, and catastrophic personal injuries.
We have earned more million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients than any other law firm in the state. Several of our lawyers have also earned “Trial Lawyer of the Year” honors and other top recognitions from regional, state, and national organizations.
Members of the legal team at Greene Broillet recently participated in the 21st Annual EIF Revolon Run/Walk for Women.
The event was held in Los Angeles on May 11th and raised money to fight women’s cancers.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk for Women was started in 1994 and is held in L.A. and New York.
Revlon Run/Walk events have raised and distributed over $70 million to help fight women’s cancers.
Organizations which benefit from the EIF Revlon Run/Walk include:
- Cancer Support Community
- Cedars-Sinai Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program / Women’s Cancer Program
- Providence Saint Joseph Foundation
- Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program
- USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
- Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Project
Cancer impacts women across all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic levels. More than 226,800 new cases of breast cancer and 22,200 cases of ovarian cancer are predicted to be diagnosed this year in the U.S. alone.
To learn more about the Revlon Run/Walk for Women, visit: revlonrunwalk.org.
About Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
As Southern California’s preeminent plaintiffs’ trial law firm, the legal team at Greene Broillet is dedicated to helping make our community a better place to live.
Our legal efforts are concentrated on representing individuals who have been seriously injured by the reckless, negligent or intentional conduct of others. We litigate a variety of high-profile cases including those involving personal injury, death, wrongful termination, legal malpractice and insurance bad faith.
In addition to our work inside of the courtroom, our attorneys are highly involved with a many local charities and nonprofit organizations.
For more information regarding our philanthropic efforts, visit greene-broillet.com.
We are proud to announce that 11 of our attorneys have been named for inclusion on this year’s Southern California Super Lawyers list. Every year we are humbled to receive this recognition, as it is based on peer nominations and extensive independent research by Thomson Reuters, the publishing company that selects Super Lawyers award recipients.
While we are pleased that our attorneys have received this well-deserved recognition, we are even prouder of what led to them receiving these awards – providing exceptional legal representation to our clients and obtaining hard-fought results in complex cases.
Super Lawyers-Related Facts About Our Attorneys
- This year, we placed five attorneys in the Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers list (Bruce Broillet, Browne Green, Christine Spagnoli, Geoffrey Wells and Timothy Wheeler). This was the most attorneys placed on the list by any personal injury firm in Southern California.
- Bruce Broillet was named to the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers list for the 12th year in a row.
- Christine Spagnoli was name to the Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers yet again (she has been included on the list since 2004).
- Our partners are longtime staples on the Super Lawyers list. Bruce Broillet, Browne Green, Christine Spagnoli, Mark Quigley, Geoffrey Wells and Timothy Wheeler have all been named for including in Super Lawyers every year since 2004. Scott Carr has been on the list almost as long, and has been included in Southern California Super Lawyers nearly every year since 2005.
- Attorneys Robert Jarchi, Alan Van Gelder and Tobin Lanzetta were previously named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for seven (or more) years in a row before becoming eligible for inclusion in the main Super Lawyers list and immediately being included in both the 2014 and 2015 editions of Super Lawyers.
- This year, Ivan Puchalt joins the long list of Greene Broillet & Wheeler attorneys who have been included in Southern California Super Lawyers. He was previously named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2010.
To view our Super Lawyers profiles, please go to our firm’s page on the Super Lawyers site, and then click on our individual attorney links (on the right side of that page).