Mrs. Odjaghian specializes in catastrophic injury workers compensation litigation with an emphasis on brain injury. She has secured over 100 million dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of catastrophically injured workers with over 30 seven-figure settlements and awards just in the last few years alone. Her trial work has resulted in many published and even notable decisions in the workers compensation arena which have helped injured workers gain access to care industry wide.
Mrs. Odjaghian was recently installed as a board member to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences. She also sits on the Board of Governors of the Armenian Bar Association where she serves on their Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Mrs. Odjaghian serves in an advisory capacity to several other governing boards in the brain injury community. Mrs. Odjaghian is a certified course instructor licensed by the California Department of Insurance. She speaks to colleagues, doctors, and nurses on various continuing education panels regarding complex issues surrounding brain injury litigation.
Mrs. Odjaghian was honored to be named a Super Lawyer in Los Angeles Magazine’s list of Southern California Super Lawyers for the fifth consecutive year in 2019.
Brain Society of California Board Member and Vice Chairman Naz Yari has worked within the personal injury space since 2016, and serves as the President of Power Liens, a network marketing agency that grows relationships between personal injury attorneys and medical practices accepting personal injury liens to facilitate speedy and effective medical and legal support for patients. Before joining Power Liens, Naz was a successful real estate agent in Vancouver, Canada. After demonstrating acumen for growing businesses into successful ventures, Naz was tapped to lead Power Liens. As President, Naz has overseen the continuous expansion of the company through implementing marketing automation solutions, sponsoring industry events, developing trainings for staff and creating an effective sales process.
Naz has also served as a past Board Member for the Brain Injury Association of California, where she assisted in the planning, marketing, design and overall operations of the TBI MED LEGAL conference, which sought to bridge the knowledge gap between medical and legal professionals. The Brain Society of California gives Naz an opportunity to continue doing what she’s passionate about: assisting non-profit organizations succeed in their missions. Naz is excited to use her past non-profit sector experience to expand the Brain Society of California’s reach within the medical and legal industries.
Tom Girardi is the past president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (an organization limited to 500 lawyers in the country) and is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates (an organization limited to 100 lawyers in the country). He was the past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal legal newspaper - one of four lawyers listed since the list started 16 years ago. He serves as a trustee appointed by the Senate for the Library of Congress. He was inducted into The American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame-2014. 2015 Super Lawyers - 65,000 California lawyers were polled…he was voted #1…the same in 2016, 2017, and 2018. President for the Litigation Council of America in 2016 and currently president of the National Trial Lawyers. Recently awarded "Best Lawyer" and "Man of the Year" as well as "Lawyer of the Decade" and "Business Innovator of the Year" and recently selected "Top Attorney of the Year" for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals.
Tom Feher is a personal injury and product liability trial lawyer with the Simon Law Group. In 2018, he obtained $39 million in verdicts. He’s worked on hundreds of injury cases with a focus on spine, brain, and catastrophic injuries. At just 36 years old, he’s tried 40 cases and been honored with 2018 CAALA’s Rising Star, 2017 OCTLA’s Young Gun, and 2016 CAOC’s Street Fighter awards. He has given lectures, presentations, and workshops on trying cases throughout the country and on behalf of CAALA, OCTLA, and CASD. He is a board member of CAOC and the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity where he volunteers his time in the community. He is a 2013 graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and a 2010 graduate of Pepperdine Law School with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Philosophy, and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Minh T. Nguyen
Minh T. Nguyen is a trial lawyer for people. He is the principal lawyer at Nguyen Lawyers, A Law Corporation, a boutique five person law firm that specializes in representing people with personal injuries. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”) and will be its President in 2023. He will be the first Asian-American president of CAALA. He earned his B.S. in Economics with a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA and his J.D. from UC Hastings. Minh began his legal career at Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates. He has gone on to recover over $120 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Minh is a Past President of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities, a nonprofit that raises money from lawyers and gives back to the community. Through his leadership, LATLC has given back over $3 million to the community through programs such scholarships to high school seniors, sponsorships of youth sports, and the building of special tricycles for children with disabilities. Minh also serves on the Board of Directors of LINC Housing, a nonprofit which develops affordable homes for low wage earners, veterans, and people with disabilities. He believes in justice for every man, woman, and child regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Mauro Fiore, Jr.
Mr. Fiore grew up in Southern California and is happy to practice in his hometown. Since graduating law school in 1998 Mr. Fiore has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of everyday people against giant corporations and insurance companies. He has tried more than 40 jury trials in both state and federal court and being a trial lawyer for the people is
is what he is most proud of. Mr. Fiore is an elected board member of both the Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC). Mr. Fiore’s firm has locations in Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley and the Coachella Valley. He practices with five associates and numerous support staff.
Anna Sarukhanyan is an associate attorney at Odjaghian Law Group where her practice areas include workers’ compensation litigation with an emphasis on catastrophic injury. Ms. Sarukhanyan’s legal practice began as a summer associate at a reputable insurance defense firm in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Odjaghian Law Group, Ms. Sarukhanyan was an associate at a prominent insurance defense firm in Encino, where she litigated complex insurance defense and bad faith cases. Ms. Sarukhanyan earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School, graduating at the top of her class magna cum laude a little a decade after moving to the united States and learning English as an adult. At Southwestern Law School, she participated in Moot Court and Law Review and has been awarded many high honors and scholarships. Ms. Sarukhanyan was placed on the Dean’s List every year of her four-year tenure in law school.Prior to entering legal practice, Ms. Sarukhanyan served as a legal extern to the Honorable Judge Gutierrez of the U.S. District Court, Central District and as a legal extern at the District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Sarukhanyan is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Sarukhanyan is fluent in Armenian and Russian.
Arash Homampour is a trial attorney that represents individuals in catastrophic injury/wrongful death, employment and insurance bad faith matters throughout the State. He was naed one of the top 30 Plaintiff attorneys in 2016 and 2018 in the State by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He was named CAALA’s 2010 trial attorney of the year and has been nominated as trial attorney of the year every year since 2004. In 2017, he was named the Ventura County Trial Lawyer’s Association as Trial Attorney of the Year. In 2018, he was named the Orange County Trial Lawyer’s Association as it’s product liability Trial Attorney of the Year. In 2007, he was named one of the Top 20 Attorneys Under the Age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. From 2005 through the present, he has earned the distinction of being a "Super Lawyer", with the additional recognition since 2010 as one of the top 100 Southern California Attorneys. He also handles appellate work, including successfully briefing and arguing before the California Supreme Court. He also appears as a legal analyst on television.
Bobby Saadian, Esq. is the Founding President and Managing Attorney of Wilshire Law Firm. Possessing a sincere desire to help people who are in need, Mr. Saadian focuses his practice on representing Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Catastrophic Injury victims and their families in complex Motor Vehicle, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Wrongful Death cases, as well as Employment Law and Class Action victims.
Utilizing an intricate network of highly-qualified medical and forensic experts, Mr. Saadian has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, including multiple eight-figure and countless 7 figure recoveries for his deserving clients. He puts his clients first, knowing that what Wilshire Law Firm fights for is not dollars and cents, but valuable human beings. A powerful advocate for the most vulnerable among us, Bobby supports childhood education, local communities, and more as an Executive Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC).
Mr. Saadian’s expertise in brain injury cases has been honored with numerous awards and accolades, including an invitation to the National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers Association. He also serves on several leadership boards, including the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors, the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Board of Directors, and the Dean’s Council of Pepperdine University School of Law.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP founding partner Brian Panish is recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in the country. He has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases, including a $4.9 billion verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, as well as over 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, and 6 verdicts in excess of $50 million. Mr. Panish's verdicts in brain injury cases include a $21 million verdict for an Iraq War veteran who was involved a car collision with a van, a $20 million verdict for a woman whose vehicle was struck by a transport truck that ran a red light at an intersection, and a $15 million verdict for a teenage boy who was a passenger in his mother’s car when it was struck by a Southern California Gas Company truck. Mr. Panish is a member and currently serving as Vice President of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates -- comprised of 100 of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ lawyers – and is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Among his recent honors and accolades, Mr. Panish is a recipient of the 2019 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the area of Personal Injury, named a 2019 Plaintiffs' Lawyers Trailblazer by the National Law Journal and he continues to be recognized by numerous organizations and publications nationwide for his work in the legal profession and his commitment to civic and community engagement.
Chris Aumais of Girardi|Keese Christopher T. Aumais specializes in the areas of product liability, toxic torts, premises liability, breach of contract, commercial torts, intellectual property, personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Aumais' resolve and integrity have helped him pursue justice for his clients, including many who have suffered enormous physical and traumatic injuries. His sincerity and even-handedness have allowed him to reach verdicts for victims of financial fraud and negligence in excess of several millions of dollars. Mr. Aumais represented Brian Stow against the Dodgers, as well as leading the case against the NFL concerning former players who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. He was part of the G|K team that settled a $400 million dollar case against a major oil company. This past year he has tried 6 cases which have resulted in 7 figure jury verdicts, helping injured clients regain their quality of life. Mr. Aumais has travelled the world and studied Law in four countries. He is bilingual in both French and English. His unique experiences and background have given Mr. Aumais an inimitable point of view and a greater understanding of people in general.
The founder and lead trial counsel at the Dolan Law Firm, Chris Dolan has successfully tried over 45 cases and settled hundreds of lawsuits. Chris' unparalleled success in civil litigation includes the largest verdict - $61 million - ever in U.S. history for individuals subjected to racial discrimination and harassment in violation of their civil rights. Under Chris' leadership, Dolan Law Firm PC has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlement and become one of California's premier plaintiffs' firms serving clients injured due to the fault of another or were discriminated against or treated unfairly in the workplace.
Chris has been recognized by numerous California and national publications as one of the foremost trial lawyers and skilled negotiators in California. The Daily Journal selected Chris twice as one of California's Top 25 Plaintiffs' Lawyers. Chris has served as President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Both the CAOC and SFTLA have honored Chris with their trial lawyer of the year awards.
Ibiere is a trial lawyer and principal attorney at Seck Law PC where her primary practice is catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and sexual abuse of minors. Ibiere Seck has been recognized by her peers as a zealous advocate former clients. Since 2010, she has been named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyer's Magazine and was featured as the 2018 magazine cover story. She was also the recipient of Consumer Attorneys Association of California’s Street Fighter of the Year award for 2016.
Ibiere is the Secretary of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest plaintiff trial lawyers association in the nation, and will lead the association as its President in 2024. She is the immediate past-president of the The National Black Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. When not advocating for her clients, Ibiere enjoys volunteering in underserved communities and spending time with her family.
For over 25 years, John C. Carpenter has helped attorneys achieve unprecedented results in complex, high-value cases. And, as a founding partner of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, he has dedicated the firm and its resources to the principle that justice for injured people is more important than insurance company profits. CZR is one of the largest plaintiffs firms in California dedicated solely to personal injury cases, consistently achieving outstanding and record-setting results for its clients.
John began his legal career handling and trying cases that other law firms rejected. He prides himself on trying tough but meritorious cases. He is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. As a trial lawyer, John has won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements for individuals and their families. In addition to trial work, he has an active appellate practice and has had two petitions reviewed by the Supreme Court of California.
In 2017, John was nominated for trial lawyer of the year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). He considers the nomination to be one of the highlights of his career. John has also been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and has been recognized by VerdictSearch and by numerous other legal organizations in Los Angeles and across the nation.
CZR is a law firm that mobilizes and shares its knowledge, resources, and experiences – wins and challenges – so that all injured people can have justice. In his free time, John is an avid surfer, sailor, and ocean enthusiast. He always cherishes time spent with his wife and two children, Charlotte and Jack.
Education: Southwestern Law School Doctor of Law (JD): 1989 – 1991 University of California, Los Angeles: 1985-1988
Mike Arias is the founding and managing partner of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP. A national firm with offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas and Montreal. He is President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and is the Immediate-Past President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and serves on the Board of Governors of AAJ. During his 35-year career, he has litigated and tried matters throughout the United States. He has served as lead or liaison counsel in well over 150 class and mass plaintiff actions. His trial experience is as diverse as the firm’s practice. His recent trials have included serious personal injury, wrongful death, employment, consumer class actions and mass plaintiff actions. Mr. Arias is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and was selected as a 2018 California Top Plaintiff Lawyer by the Daily Journal. His firm was a 2018 finalist for the The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Award. He has been selected annually as a Southern California Super Lawyer. He is admitted to practice law in California, New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
Pej embodies the values and commitment to clients that define CZ&R.
Pej believes in his core that being a trial lawyer is a noble calling. He has dedicated his career to standing up to insurance companies and large corporations on behalf of injured people.
Pej’s accomplishments – at the young age of 38 – are numerous. Pej has recovered tens of millions of dollars in jury trial wins and settlements. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named a Super Lawyer in 2014 – 2016. He was named a Top Attorney in California in 2010 and a Leader in Personal Injury Law in 2012 by Newsweek Magazine’s Showcase. The National Trial Lawyers Association named Pej as a “Top 100 Lawyer Nationwide” and placed him in the “Top 40 Under 40.” Pej was named to the 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
More than anything, Pej is a dyed-in-the-wool trial lawyer. Pej focuses on our community’s need for another trial lawyer who has the freedom, skill, and passion to handle back-to-back jury trials. A graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Pej understands that insurance companies and corporations are waging a quiet war on ordinary people who have been injured. Their well-orchestrated public relations campaign demonizes victims who simply wish to be made whole.
Pej teaches young lawyers that our job is to push back against insurance companies and, through jury trials, hold them accountable to the members of our community. Pej teaches young lawyers that only by going to trial and obtaining verdicts will corporations begin to pay victims fair compensation.
More important, Pej practices law by getting to know his clients. To insurance companies, clients are merely a file or a collection of medical records. To Pej, clients are people who have hopes, dreams, and families, all of which have been disrupted or even destroyed by the misconduct of others. Pej teaches that it is only by spending time – a lot of time – with one’s clients can a trial lawyer understand his or her client’s human losses. Pej goes to his clients’ homes, meets with their families and friends, and ultimately tells the human story of what happened.
Finally, Pej embraces CZ&R’s deep commitment to community service. Pej was the second founding president of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for people in need, with a focus on education, children, and the homeless. Pej is similarly active in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).
Dr. Terteryan is a cosmetic and reconstructive dentist who proudly served his community for 15 years providing general, cosmetic, and complex full mouth rehabilitation dentistry for his patients. He has served as the treating dentist in many TBI cases requiring full mouth rehabilitation, and has also served as an expert witness in civil cases involving injury to the oral and maxiofacial regions. He earned his undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at University of Southern California, and continued extensive training post-graduate in a variety of areas in dentistry while acquiring and establishing his private practice. He has also been recognized as a Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Terteryan also served as an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Dentistry. He is married to an attorney who specializes in traumatic brain injury litigation, and has been very active in the brain injury community during the course of the past decade. Dr. Terteryan recently sustained a debilitating back injury and has since retired from dentistry. He now dedicates his time to various real estate projects and philanthropical efforts including Brain SoCal, where he serves as the Treasurer of our organization.
Medical and Rehabilitation Director: Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare Clinical Director of the Transitional Living Center: Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare Chief Medical Officer: Prism Neuro Imaging and Brain Mapping Solutions Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Western University of Health Sciences
Dr. Patterson has devoted his career to physical and rehabilitative medicine. He is the Medical Director of Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare.
Throughout his career, he has given numerous lectures to professional and community groups on such topics as rehabilitation education, concussion, stroke prevention, traumatic brain injury, metabolic joint disease and the acute management of spinal cord injury. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine in 1994. The following year, he pursued his residency at the University of California/Irvine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where he was designated Chief Resident in 1997.
Recently Dr. Patterson has been included in local, regional and national media coverage of Casa Colina Hospital’s rehabilitative treatment to soldiers with traumatic brain injuries. He is committed to ensuring that patients receive the highest level of medical and rehabilitative care available. Dr. Patterson is working with retired NFL players through the Retired NFL Players Counsel. He volunteers his time for sports medicine coverage with the LA County Sheriff's Department football team, the Grizzlies High School football team, California State Fullerton ATL team, Urban Youth Football and the Matt Leinart Foundation.
Steve Vartazarian is a trial lawyer involved in trying major catastrophic injury cases with numerous 7 and 8 digits jury verdicts in the past 10 years. His verdicts have accomplished the re-writing of policies and procedures for the County of Los Angeles, other governmental municipalities and several major hospitals in an effort to keep consumers safe. He is a member of ABOTA, is on the board of CAALA, and on the executive committee of LATLC. Mr. Vartazarian maintains his trial practice in Encino, Ca.
Bisnar | Chase is a nine attorney AV-rated national law firm founded in 1977 in Newport Beach, California. Brian Chase is managing partner and senior trial attorney that heads up the litigation department of the firm. The firm specializes in automotive defect cases, catastrophic personal injury cases, mass torts (pharmaceutical and medical devices), automotive defect, employment, and consumer class actions. Mr. Chase was the 2015 President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the 2007 President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of ABOTA. In 2014 and 2004 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2012, Chase was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of California and a Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee by the Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles. He’s been listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2007. He’s also been listed as the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of distinguished Counsel. In 2009, Mr. Chase published a book - "Still Unsafe at Any Speed" - dealing with litigating automotive defects and catastrophic injuries. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on the CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, CBS Special Reports, CNN, World News Tonight, and Fox 11 News. He was lead attorney on four important, precedent-setting appellate opinions: Martinez-Mazon v. Ford Motor Company (dealing with forum non-conveniens); Romine v. Johnson Controls (dealing with using the consumer expectations test exclusively to prove an auto defect); Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (dealing with the scope of non-retained expert testimony); and Hernandez v. State of California (dealing with design immunity). http://www.BestAttorney.com
Rahul Ravipudi is a partner at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and has spent his legal career handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial vehicles, pedestrians, industrial or construction accidents, utility negligence, dangerous conditions of public and private property as well as victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Licensed in California and Nevada, Mr. Ravipudi currently serves as Individual Plaintiffs Co-lead Counsel in the Southern California Fire cases litigation arising out of the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flows in Montecito, California as well as on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the California North Bay Fires litigation and on the Steering Committee in the Blythe bus crash litigation.
Deborah Chang is a Los Angeles personal injury trial attorney with Athena Lawyers, LLP, where she focuses her practice representing plaintiffs in complex torts, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, sexual assault/ abuse/harassment/discrim-ination, and business tort cases.
She also serves as Of Counsel at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP. She was on the trial teams that obtained a recent $160,500,000 verdict for a brain injury in Las Vegas, as well as some of the largest and record wrongful death and personal injury verdicts and settlements in numerous jurisdictions throughout California. She is one of the recipients of the 2019 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for her work in a pivotal case that resulted in a ruling by the California Supreme Court that universities have a duty to protect its students from known dangers, which has also been listed by the Daily Journal as the Top Appellate Reversal of 2018.
Deborah has recently been selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers by Lawdragon 2019, and by the National Law Journal/ALM as one of the 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers in the inaugural Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar category. She was also included in The American Lawyer’s 2018 Titans of the Industry. She has been named in various years by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, and as one of the Top Women Lawyers in California. She is the recipient of the 2014 Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”) Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the award in 2012, 2016, and 2017. She is also the recipient of the CAOC Women’s Caucus 2017 Consumer Advocate of the Year Award for her outstanding commitment to furthering the education and careers of women trial lawyers. Deborah is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), where she serves on the Executive Committee and is a National Board Member. She is also on the Executive Committee (1st Vice President) of the CAOC, and serves as the Chair of the Legislative Committee. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for Southern California, and is a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and is an American Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.
Born and raised in California, Sahm Manouchehri originally intended to practice medicine. During his junior year, while working on a pre-med degree at UCLA, Sahm decided to switch gears and instead pursue a law degree after realizing his medical understanding could be of benefit to those in personal injury legal matters. After completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA, Sahm attended USC School of Law where he took courses on litigation and injury law with the intention of becoming a prominent personal injury attorney. After graduating from USC, Sahm joined Tharpe & Howell LLP as an associate attorney. Sahm specialized in defending the interests of insurance companies against victims with injuries caused by truck and auto accidents through no fault of their own. Following this role, Sahm took an associate position at Wilson, Kenna & Borys LLP where he represented business establishments that had been sued by persons injured while on their property, continuing to represent insurance companies. The years Sahm spent at both of these law firms gave him invaluable insights into the inner workings of personal injury litigation and the self-interests of insurance organizations. This experience was crucial to providing Sahm with the perspective needed to represent CPLG’s injured clients’ claims against the type of insurance companies that he once represented. In 2006, Sahm left Wilson, Kenna & Borys, LLP to start his own personal injury law practice. In 2013, Sahm co-founded Century Park Law Group with the exclusive goal of representing injured clients.
Olivier Taillieu is a distinguished and respected trial attorney. He has tried and won multiple jury trials in his prolific career, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is the chief trial attorney of The Dominguez Firm and handles complex and hard-fought cases.
Carl is the former Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr, best known for his work as the Coordinator of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense team. His work as a member of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense “Dream Team” was prominently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30, Academy Award winning documentary, O.J.: Made In America.
While at The Cochran Firm, Mr. Douglas tried dozens of cases to verdict, in a wide array of personal injury, civil rights, and criminal law matters. After going out on his own in 1996, he broadened his list of accomplishments. Mr. Douglas was the attorney for the lead plaintiff in Patricia Anderson v. General Motors Corporation, a product liability trial where the jury returned a $4.9 billion dollar verdict, which was then the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in United States. As lead counsel in a seven-week trial against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, concerning the police death of an unarmed African-American man, Mr. Douglas helped the victim’s family obtain a verdict of $8,000,000.00.
In 1994 and again in 1999, Mr. Douglas was honored as the “Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year” by the John M. Langston Bar Association. He became the second attorney in the more than 85-year history of that Association, to be awarded that coveted honor more than once. In 2006, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States, named Mr. Douglas its Trial Lawyer of the Year.
Prior to joining Mr. Cochran’s office, Mr. Douglas was employed from 1981 through 1987 as a trial attorney at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Los Angeles, where he represented indigent defendants charged with various federal crimes including bank robbery, drug possession, and white-collar fraud. He began his legal career in 1980 working at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. analyzing tariff changes filed by various satellite companies in the Commission’s Common Carrier Bureau. A frequent lecturer and motivational speaker and a legal commentator on various radio and television programs throughout the nation, Mr. Douglas earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his law degree at the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California, Berkeley.