Wilshire Law Firm Reaches Settlement in Firefighter FLSA Suit
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2019 — Wilshire Law Firm is happy to announce that senior attorney Justin F. Marquez, Esq. and lead employment attorney Nicol Hajjar, Esq. have secured a successful settlement for Retired Division Chief Ronald Pelham in his Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) suit against the City of Monrovia, California. Pelham, a former firefighter who risked his life serving for the Monrovia Fire Department, was allegedly misclassified by the department as an overtime-exempt, white-collar employee during a three-year period stretching from 2015 to 2018. Following an exhaustive investigation and thorough review of the City’s timekeeping and payroll records, Wilshire Law Firm determined that Pelham’s misclassification resulted in over 3,000 hours and more than $80,000 worth of unpaid FLSA overtime. The City of Monrovia argued (and continues to argue) that Pelham’s designation as a Division Chief rendered him ineligible for overtime pay, a finding contrasted by Wilshire Law Firm’s contention that FLSA regulations regarding white-collar exemptions do not apply to firefighters who, regardless of their rank or pay level, perform work such as preventing, controlling, or extinguishing fires. Following a month-long negotiation process, Wilshire Law Firm (led by Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq.) and the City of Monrovia reached a settlement agreement for the total amount of $115,000, with Pelham receiving $72,969.40 directly. In spite of the challenges presented by the case, the damages paid out per person in Pelham’s case ($115,000) vastly outpace other California FLSA settlements in cases involving firefighters—similar cases have lost at trial, while other cases involving firefighter overtime claims have settled for anywhere between $1,126 and $20,759 per person in damages. Justin F. Marquez, Esq. specializes in high-stakes class action litigation, whistleblower actions, and employment claims and is a recognized leader in data privacy and consumer protection class actions. Nicol Hajjar, Esq. represents employee rights victims in workplace harassment, workplace discrimination, workplace retaliation, wrongful termination, wage & hour claims, and other employment law matters for Wilshire Law Firm. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $380,000,000 for our client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Contact: Press@wilshirelawfirm.com
Tae-Yoon Kim Secures $1,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
LOS ANGELES, CA. August 20, 2019 – Wilshire Law Firm is pleased to announce that personal injury lawyer Tae-Yoon Kim, Esq. has negotiated a successful $1,000,000 wrongful death settlement on behalf of a Visalia, California family whose son was struck and killed in a May 2019 automobile v. motorcycle collision. The victim, a 21-year-old Visalia man, was riding a motorcycle west on Highway 216 near Cutler Park when he collided with a pickup truck at the Avenue 309 intersection. Ejected from his bike by the crash, the victim suffered major injuries before dying en route to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The driver of the pickup—a female employee for a local manufacturing company—was attempting to turn left and head eastbound on Highway 216 when she failed to yield the right-of-way to the victim, resulting in the fatal collision. Reached in conjunction with Wilshire Law Firm Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq., the new settlement agreement represents the insurance policy limit and a full recovery for our deserving clients. “[Our client’s] family has been robbed of his presence at children’s birthdays, dance recitals, school graduations,” said Kim. “It means everything that we were able to hold the appropriate individuals and organizations accountable and deliver justice where it was so desperately needed.” Determined to stand up for those without a voice, Tae-Yoon Kim, Esq. serves as an integral member of Wilshire Law Firm’s pre-litigation team. With nearly two decades of legal experience, Mr. Kim’s record of proven success includes multiple recoveries in excess of $1,000,000 each. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $380,000,000 for our client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Contact: Press@wilshirelawfirm.com
Colin Jones Wins $3,375,000+ Verdict in LA County Motorcycle Accident Case
Wilshire Law Firm is thrilled to announce that a Los Angeles County jury has awarded client Michael Orrin Jr. a $3,375,000+ verdict. With the addition of $1,075,000 in costs and interest, the final amount recovered will total $4,450,000. Partner Colin M. Jones, Esq. secured the verdict on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019. “This case is so meaningful to us,” remarked Mr. Jones, “because finally, after 4 long years, the jury was able to come out and say, ‘The truth still matters. Your client matters.'” The verdict stems from a motorcycle accident in October of 2015. While traveling west in an I-405 carpool lane, Mr. Orrin and his motorcycle were contacted by the defendant, whose vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and veered into the carpool lane as part of a failed lane change. Mr. Orrin suffered fractures to his tibia and fibula as well as an Achilles injury during the accident, his leg left hanging by nothing more than skin and soft tissue. Despite months of grueling rehabilitation and several surgeries, the effects of the accident will leave Mr. Orrin in some level of constant pain for the rest of his life. Shockingly, the insurance company refused to offer Mr. Orrin more than $350,000 for the injuries he sustained, less than half of the policy limit. Undeterred, Wilshire Law Firm put our immense resources to work. Utilizing accident reconstruction and courtroom animation technology, our high-powered attorneys went all the way to get our client the justice he was owed, recovering a verdict 10x more than the highest settlement offer. “Ultimately this was a simple case,” stated Mr. Jones matter-of-factly. “The defendant crossed the double yellow line. He broke the law. And he is responsible for all of the harms that followed.” Wilshire Law Firm | About the Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $380,000,000 for our client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way.
Colin Jones Honored in The Recorder’s Top Verdicts & Settlements 2019 Edition
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2019—Wilshire Law Firm proudly congratulates Partner and Lead Trial Attorney Colin M. Jones, Esq. for his recovery of three verdicts and settlements each in excess of nearly $1,000,000 in 2018. First reported by The Recorder and recognized with other personal injury lawyers in the 2019 edition of Top Verdicts and Settlements in California, Mr. Jones recovered nearly $9,000,000 combined between the 5th and 19th largest settlements and the 36th-largest California verdict of 2018. A 2019 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star (a distinction he has received every year since 2015) and President-elect 2020 of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, Mr. Jones’ life-changing work has been widely-praised throughout the legal community for its excellence. A frequent keynote speaker at continuing legal education events, Colin has presented to a number of The National Trial Lawyers organizations on topics spanning voir dire, closing arguments, and everything in between. Specializing in severe and catastrophic injury cases, Jones and Wilshire Law Firm utilize cutting-edge courtroom technology—including medical animations and accident reconstructions—to help our clients recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to. Over the course of his career, Mr. Jones has recovered more than $90,000,000 on behalf of his clients, results that speak for themselves. Focusing on “aggressive and in-depth coverage of news, implications, and trends that help lawyers run their firms,” The Recorder is an essential source of news and a well-respected legal community publication. Published each year, The Recorder’s Top Verdicts and Settlements in California recognizes the highest grossing awards in categories such as motor vehicle, employment, wrongful death, and product liability. Wilshire Law Firm | About the Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $380,000,000 for our client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way.
Colin Jones Named Top 40 under 40 President-Elect
LOS ANGELES, CA. June 21, 2019 — Wilshire Law Firm is thrilled to announce that Lead Trial Attorney and Partner Colin Jones, Esq. has been honored as the 2020 President-Elect of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers. Past Presidents of the organization include Wilshire Law Firm Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq., who served in the role in 2017. Jones, a 5-time Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star honoree, will begin his term on January 1st, 2020. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead an amazing group of nationally-recognized attorneys as we develop new ideas, educate the public on the importance of court access, and protect the right to trial by jury,” said Jones. A highly sought-after trial attorney and Wilshire Law Firm’s first partner, Jones has recovered more than $90,000,000 in exceptional verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, presenting their cases with a creativity and passion that wins. He frequently presents to other attorneys at continuing legal education events, lecturing on topics ranging from opening arguments to voir dire. ![Colin Jones and Bobby Saadian at The National Trial Lawyers Summit](../../../uploads/2019/06/Colin-Bobby-NTL-Photo-6-21-19.jpg)Bobby Saadian, Esq. (LEFT) and Colin Jones, Esq. (RIGHT) Joining Jones in *The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40* are 7 attorneys from Wilshire Law Firm: Jon C. Teller, Esq. Nicol Hajjar, Esq. Vy T. Nguyen, Esq. Hazel S. Chang, Esq. Sutton A. Shapiro, Esq. Thiago M. Coelho, Esq. Greg Stuck, Esq. Composed of the top trial attorneys under 40 from each state or region, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 members “demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards.” Invitations to join the Top 40 under 40 are extended to the most qualified attorneys from each state following a multi-phase objective process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $380,000,000 for our deserving clients, providing exceptional service every step of the way.
Bobby Saadian Appointed to 5 Leadership Boards for 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA. Feb. 13, 2019 — Wilshire Law Firm would like to congratulate Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq. for being appointed to serve in 5 legal leadership positions in 2019. Saadian’s active involvement in both the legal community and the community at-large culminated with his selection to the following Boards: 2019 President, The National Trial Lawyers Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association—Top 25 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Board of Directors Pepperdine Law Dean’s Council Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) Board of Directors Mr. Saadian founded Wilshire Law Firm in 2007, and since that time he has earned a reputation for innovative legal leadership, recovering more than $380 million on behalf of his clients. After learning of his appointments, Saadian credited his “outstanding team of more than 100 legal professionals and his current and former clients for the opportunity to serve them.” “I look forward to building on the successes we’ve already had and continuing to grow the reach of Wilshire Law Firm’s legal advocacy through these positions,” said Saadian. The National Trial Lawyers Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association—Top 25 is designed to “help [their] members become the strongest and most effective litigators in the country.” Membership is reviewed annually and limited to the top 25 lawyers in each state. Began in 1949 as a series of informal meetings, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles has grown from just 50 members to an organization of more than 3,000 attorney members who are committed to “protect[ing] people from unsafe products, unsafe medicine, unfair business practices and unscrupulous, negligent corporate conduct.” The Consumer Attorneys of California stand up for Californians throughout the state by reviewing and proposing bills and regulations designed to protect the rights of people against corporate lobbyists. Mr. Saadian will serve as an original member of the new Pepperdine Law Dean’s Council. He additionally serves as an Executive Board Member for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC), which supports many charitable initiatives related to issues such as childhood education and homelessness. In 2017, Saadian started Wilshire Law Firm’s Academic Scholarship Program.