Brian Chase

Brian Chase is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in the California, USA on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Brian directly using the contact details listed above.

Brian Chase is managing partner and senior trial attorney that heads up the litigation department of the firm. Mr. Chase was named Litigator of the Year, Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel, Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL and Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal, Lawyer of the Year,  Million Dollar Advocate, American Academy of Attorneys $500M Club, Best Law Firm, and dozens of other top-rated honors.

He was the former President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a Past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a current member of ABOTA, an organization that upholds the highest standards of trial attorneys. In 2014 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

He is 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. He’s earned the title of Southern California SuperLawyer since 2007 and a Top 50 Orange County SuperLawyer for the past 15 years.

Brian is a board member of the Brain Society of California which was established to help those who have suffered a serious traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of The Trial Lawyer Institute and Diversity Law Institute.

In 2009, Mr. Chase had his book “Still Unsafe at Any Speed”- dealing with the auto industry and defective vehicles, published. He released an update in 2019 titled, “The Second Collision”, a follow-up about the catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths caused by auto defects. He is a frequent lecturer nationwide on litigation-related topics and has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on “CBS Special Reports,” “Peter Jennings/World News Tonight,” “Fox 11 News” and “America’s Best Lawyers.”

Brian was the lead attorney on four important, precedent-setting appellate opinions: Martinez-Mazon v. Ford Motor Company (auto products defect case dealing with Forum Non-Conveniens); Romine v. Johnson Controls (auto products defects case dealing with consumer expectation test for proving defect); Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (California Supreme Court case dealing with expert witness designations); and Hernandez v. State of California (dealing with governmental design immunity). Brian Chase is a passionate personal injury attorney who understands what you are going through and will protect your rights.

Brian focuses his efforts on auto defects and defective or dangerous products. He’s made a name for himself fighting some of the biggest corporate giants in the name of fairness to his clients. From car defects to consumer products that fail to warn or harm, Brian is the man for the job.

Firm Description:

This handcrafted mission statement is the Bisnar Chase guide to the representation we provide. It sets the service standard you can expect from us, explaining what we do and why we do it.

  • provide superior client representation…” means providing you the highest quality of representation in our industry. It means being relentless on your behalf. It means being efficient in getting you the largest recovery your circumstances allow.
  • in a compassionate and professional manner…” means being sensitive to your situation and understanding your needs. It means accomplishing your goals in accordance with the highest standards of our industry. It means representing you with dignity and class.
  • while making our world a safer place…” means the work we do for you adds to the common good. What happened to you will be less likely to happen to someone else because you partnered with us to hold the wrongdoer accountable. By holding wrongdoers accountable, we encourage people to be responsible for their actions, we encourage manufacturers to build safer products, we encourage employers to treat their employees fairly and we encourage governments to properly carry out their duties. By holding wrongdoers accountable there will be less wrong-doing and our world will be a safer, gentler place for us all.

What Makes Us Different?

There are plenty of law firms operating throughout California and no doubt, many attorneys near you, but not all provide the same quality of representation and care. At Bisnar Chase, we believe that our track record sets us apart from the crowd.

The passionate representation of people like you is what makes us different. From your first phone call on, you will feel the passion our team has for taking care of you and for winning your case. You will sense that we are your legal dream team.

Our outstanding statistics, awards, and reviews provide a signal of the quality representation that we provide. But they are secondary to seeing the impact we have on the lives of our clients.

  • Passion is winning your case when others said it couldn’t be done.
  • Passion is convincing the insurance adjusters or a jury that you were right all along.
  • Passion is collecting every cent your case, the law, and circumstance allow.

Best Place to Work

Bisnar Chase has been named one of the Best Places To Work by the Orange County Business Journal every year since 2012. What that means is the Bisnar Chase team has a great working environment and is highly engaged and motivated.

It is John Bisnar’s belief that well-taken care of, highly engaged, and motivated team of employees working in a cooperative team environment will result in superior representation and great results for the clients.

The quality of service that we provide depends on the skill and passion of our staff. Each Bisnar Chase team member shares a passion for helping people, and working tirelessly to make sure justice is done. We have assembled a top quality team filled with skilled workers and, just as importantly, good people. We love what we do, and take our responsibility seriously.

You can tell how well our team works by our office awards. In addition to nine consecutive Best Places to Work awards, we have also won “Community Hero” awards, “Best Lawyer” awards, and take part in a range of charity ventures each year through our extensive Giving Back program.

What you cannot tell until you call us or meet with us is how well we take care of our clients. You will be surprised at the level of personal service and professionalism you experience. You will be surprised how much your mind can be put at ease when you are comfortable and trust your legal team.

Give us a call. Check us out for yourself. You will immediately experience the difference that passionate representation makes.

Plaintiff’s Attorneys Representing You

We represent people in California who have been seriously injured or lost a family member due to an accident or a defective product. We also represent people who have been denied employment rights.

We bring those who have been negligent to justice, while helping to make sure victims are made whole.

Our law firm consists of nine attorneys divided into four litigation teams. Each litigation team is led by an experienced personal injury trial lawyer and includes a combination of paralegals and legal assistants.

Brian Chase is our chief litigator and is the winner of multiple Attorney of the Year awards. He manages the litigation teams and is the lead litigator in our largest and most challenging cases.

Many of our other attorneys have also won major awards, and our team has the resources to take on even the toughest cases and claims.

The Bisnar Chase Story

Where does our “passion” come from? John Bisnar started this law firm right out of law school in 1978. John went to law school believing a legal education would serve him better in a business career than earning another business degree. In his first month of law school he was seriously injured in a traffic collision by a negligent driver.

The attorney who represented Mr. Bisnar, one of his law school professors, did a poor job representing him. From that experience John learned what it was like to need and depend upon an attorney for quality professional assistance and not get it. The professor was a famous personal injury attorney, yet John knew he could do a better job for clients.

Due to that experience, Mr. Bisnar vowed that his clients would get the quality of professional service that he wished he had received. With that vow, Mr. Bisnar started Bisnar & Associates, a firm that he successfully operated for twenty years.

In 1998, that firm evolved into Bisnar Chase with Brian Chase leading the litigation team and Mr. Bisnar focusing on our clients’ needs, ensuring we live up to the vow. Today we serve a couple of hundred clients at a time. And we work to live up to the vow each and every day.

Based in Orange County and serving the whole of California, Bisnar Chase is a top-rated law firm. We have built a strong reputation by serving more than 12,000 clients with a 99% success rate, winning in excess of $700 million in verdicts and settlements. We take on cases including car accidents, motorcycle wrecks, slip and fall injuries, dog bite claims, product liability accidents, employment law cases, and many more. We don’t even need to be near you as most of the case can be handled by phone, Zoom and email. Guarantee: If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay.

We are a proud member of the National Chamber of Commerce as well as several local chapters. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Jeff B. Cohen

Jeff Cohen is our exclusively recommended Entertainment Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jeff directly using the contact details listed above.

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Jeff co-founded Cohen Gardner LLP in 2002 and focuses on transactional representation for clients in the entertainment, media and technology verticals.

He has been named by Variety. He has been profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, The ABA Journal, Chambers Associate, Law Crossing, and others.

His first book, The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments was published by the American Bar Association’s imprint Ankerwycke in 2015.

An active writer, he has authored numerous articles. He discusses business and legal matters for CNBC, The Huffington Post, Backstage, Lawyerist and others.

Jeff received his Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School with an emphasis in business law and his undergraduate degree from The University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Jeff served as President of the Associated Students of the University of California.

Firm Overview:

Cohen Gardner LLP is a boutique, Beverly Hills based law firm with an emphasis on transactions involving technology, entertainment, media, licensing and intellectual property.

Founded in 2002, Cohen Gardner is a law firm headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. The firm assists clients in the areas of development, production and distribution, entertainment finance, business counselling, intellectual property, media law, as well as literary representation.

Kevin R. Boyle

Kevin Boyle is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details listed above.

Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi LLP founding partner Kevin specialises in resolving large, high-profile plaintiffs cases by trial or settlement. As an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, he represents a number of clients in a wide range of matters — from wrongful death to catastrophic personal injuries to victims of sexual assault and abuse to serious fraud.  The common thread of all of Kevin’s cases is that he represents people who have been severely wronged by powerful entities, and he seeks to not only hold those entities financially responsible, but to force them to change their ways.

Among his notable cases, Kevin represented two United States soldiers who were severely injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq in a case against the helicopter manufacturer who asserted that it was immune from liability because it was a government contractor — obtaining the largest known settlement in a case of this kind.

In the highly publicised Dominguez v. City and County of San Francisco, Kevin served as co-trial counsel in the case which resulted in a record jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 4-year-old girl.  The city and county of San Francisco completely denied responsibility but the jury found it to be 100% responsible. The case was recognised by numerous publications as one of the Top 10 Verdicts in America.

In another ground-breaking case, Kevin represented journalists whose personal phone records were improperly examined in an illegal investigation ordered directly by the Board of Directors of the Hewlett Packard corporation.  The case resolved in a confidential settlement that included monetary and non-monetary components.

He also represented numerous victims of the San Bruno gas explosion, caused by faulty gas pipes that were the responsibility of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and was involved in spearheading the effort that resulted in the court’s decision that the issue of punitive damages against PG&E would go to the jury.  The resolution of the case involved both monetary and non-monetary components to prevent such a disaster from happening again.

Additionally, Kevin served as co-trial counsel in Yoon v. United States, a case involving a United States military fighter jet that crashed into a family home after the pilot had safely ejected. The jet had been maintained improperly and the case resulted in the jury delivering the largest known wrongful death verdict against the United States military.

Kevin holds an A-V ranking from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest ranking a lawyer can attain in terms of ability and ethics. He has been recognised by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, named among Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Attorneys, and he has been profiled as one of The Best Lawyers in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times.

Steven H. Wilhelm

Steven Wilhelm is our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estates Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Steven directly using the contact details listed above.

We bring to the practice of law the same dogged tenacity that the owner of the firm, Steven H. Wilhelm, used in order to achieve ranking in the top two in the world in his sporting events prior to entering into the practice of law.

This same drive and determination referenced is used and applied to secure the best possible results for our clients.

Our approach is passionate on our client’s behalf, yet rational through the use of the power of positive mental attitude towards achieving the best possible result in what is often times some of the most negative factual settings that a client will have to deal with in the client’s entire lifetime.

Awareness and Corresponding Preparation – We bring into our representation an awareness from many years of experience (going on 47, presently) that there is always someone else out there smarter, faster, quicker, more articulate, better at arguing, or more dogged and / or more tenacious than you are, and we use an approach that demands the kind of preparation to meet and deal with that exact opponent on each and every assignment.

We provide a customised representation at pricing that our competition, whether they be big firms, middle size firms or small firms, cannot match.

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Camille M. Vasquez

Camille Vasquez is our exclusively recommended Litigation expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Camille directly using the contact details listed above.

Camille is an associate in the law firms Litigation and Arbitration Practice Groups.

Her current practice focuses on plaintiff-side defamation suits, with additional experience litigating contract disputes, business-related torts, and employment-related claims.

Camille is adept at formulating offensive and defensive litigation strategies for private clients.

She also has extensive experience handling parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.

Prior to Brown Rudnick, Camille Vasquez was an attorney at a national firm in Los Angeles.

Firm Overview:

Powered by over 250 lawyers in key financial centres, including New York, London, Paris, Boston, California, and Washington, D.C., Brown Rudnick is a law firm designed for speed and performance.

Our advice is practical and business-driven – not abstract or opaque.

And our progressive operating model takes collaboration to a new level – benefiting like-minded clients who want muscular, integrated service, timely delivered.

From major corporate restructurings, class actions and cross-border mergers, to exotic asset-class securitisations and the front lines of global climate initiatives, we are committed to your business and passionate about results.

Look to us for:

  • A strategic portfolio of premier Corporate, Litigation, Corporate Restructuring and Capital Markets legal practices;
  • Dedicated client service based on a comprehensive understanding of client needs and objectives;
  • A client mix ranging from start-up and emerging growth businesses, to national, global and Fortune 500 business leaders;
  • Integrated public policy advice and advocacy at key domestic political centres;
  • A unique law firm model that eliminates internal politics and supports inter-office, inter-practice and international collaboration;
  • Community leadership through a focused, influential Centre for the Public Interest.

Tim Pickwell

Tim Pickwell is our exclusively recommended Franchise Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tim directly using the contact details listed above.

Over the course of a 33-year career, Tim has represented some of the biggest names in the franchise and restaurant industry—and also advised some of the smallest. He gained his initial franchise experience negotiating international license agreements as corporate counsel for 6000 unit franchisor Century 21® Real Estate. He then headed up the international franchise division of $2.2 billion revenue, publicly-traded Jack in the Box® Restaurants where he supervised franchise marketing and operations.

He also served as corporate counsel to the company’s purchasing, IT and marketing departments. From 2000-02 Tim was general counsel of a Silicon Valley-based pre-IPO telecommunications start-up, and also represented several other start-up and telecommunication companies.

More recently, Tim served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary to the Coco’s® and Carrows® restaurant chains, where, among other things, he supervised real estate, risk management, human resources, franchise sales and franchise operations.

Since 2005, Tim has had a private law practice representing national and international restaurant and franchise clients, with an emphasis on franchise registration, disclosure and relationship issues.

Tim’s unique in-house background enables him to provide practical, business-oriented solutions to franchisors and franchisees. His expertise includes intellectual property licensing and trademark matters, international franchising, retail lease drafting and negotiations, franchise registration and compliance, litigation advice, and general corporate and business matters. Clientele include established franchisors, large restaurant companies, multi-unit franchisee organisations, as well as single-site retailers, and start-up franchisors.

Tim Pickwell is a member of the California Bar, and a Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. He is admitted to the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

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