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This year, Joel Castro was honored with the LA County Bar Association’s “Robert B. Flaig Outstanding Construction Attorney Award” and is managing general partner of Castro & Associates, a highly successful boutique construction litigation firm. The Castro firm is comprised of trial attorneys specializing in complex multiparty cases including commercial, industrial, and residential projects. The firm is known for its success in litigating structural/seismic failures and collapses, steel high rise projects, soils, grading and compaction failures, concrete failures, unreinforced masonry, soft story structures, and water intrusion. Mr. Castro is honored as a Super Lawyer, a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, named to The Best Lawyers in America, continuously receives the top Martindale-Hubble AV rating, and is featured in National Geographic Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and National Geographic Channel’s “Anatomy of an Earthquake.”

Andy Ellis credits his success as a personal injury attorney to the work ethic he learned from his parents while delivering hundreds of newspapers each morning in northern New Jersey. This work ethic was fine-tuned when he served in the United States Army. Andy has obtained over a quarter of a billion dollars for clients from throughout Southern California during his career as a trial lawyer. These include a $4.1 million product liability verdict, a $3 million truck accident verdict, a $2.9 million car accident settlement, a $1.25 million wrongful death settlement against the Los Angeles County Sheriffs, and a $1 million medical malpractice settlement. Andy is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and is a lifetime sustaining member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

For more than two decades, Mayra Fornos-Buch has been representing and advocating for people who have sustained catastrophic injuries and those discriminated against. Mayra has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for her clients. In 2014 and 2015, the Fornos Law Firm was ranked Tier 1 in Los Angeles for medical malpractice law and Tier 2 in Los Angeles for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” She has been named to Southern California Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America since 2012. She was nominated in 2012 for the Consumer Attorneys of California Advocate of the Year Award. As a tireless participant in the spinal cord injury community, Mayra founded the nonprofit Ralph’s Riders Foundation in honor of her late husband, which assists those with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments.

CASTRO & ASSOCIATES 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 250 | Los Angeles, CA 90025 phone 310.966.6060 | fax 310.966.6070 email www.DefectLaw.Com

ELLIS LAW 883 N. Douglas St. | El Segundo, CA 90245 phone 310.641.3335 | fax 310.641.6664 email

FORNOS LAW FIRM 707 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 3600 | Los Angeles, CA 90017 phone 310.204.3529 | fax 310.204.3451 email







Genie Harrison is widely recognized as an outstanding advocate and trial attorney for employees who have suffered unlawful harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. Ms. Harrison represents employees in single and multi-plaintiff cases, as well as in class actions. Ms. Harrison’s efforts have resulted in over $65 million in verdicts and settlements for her clients and in serious reforms implemented in the workplace, which have benefited countless employees. Ms. Harrison is honored to have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for her work on behalf of plaintiffs in employment law cases.

Bill Newkirk represents people who have suffered life-altering personal injuries or who have lost a loved one to a wrongful death due to medical malpractice, a defective medical device, elder abuse, nursing home neglect, or because of an accident. He has obtained significant verdicts and settlements for his clients, including $4.25 million and $1.3 million settlements for medical malpractice and a $3.7 million settlement for a truck accident. Clients appreciate Bill Newkirk’s ability to get answers to their questions about what happened to them or to their loved ones. He is consistently named to Southern California Super Lawyers and to The Best Lawyers in America. Bill Newkirk is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and is an emeritus board member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

GENIE HARRISON LAW FIRM 523 W. 6th Street, Suite 450 | Los Angeles, CA 90014 phone 213.805.5301 | fax 213.805.5306 email

LAW OFFICES OF WILLIAM H. NEWKIRK 700 S. Flower St., Suite 900 | Los Angeles, CA 90017 phone 310.477.7122 | fax 310.477.9604 email



THE NOURMAND LAW FIRM, APC 8822 W. Olympic Boulevard Beverly Hills California 90211 phone 310.553.3600 | fax 310.553.3603 email


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Jim Pocrass represents people who suffered life-altering injuries and families who have lost a loved one because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Among his verdicts and settlements are a $4.5 million helicopter crash verdict, a $3.3 million construction accident verdict, and a $2.5 million truck accident settlement. Jim sits on the board of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and represents cyclists in bicycle accidents, recovering $2.3plus million for one cyclist in a hit-and-run bike crash. Jim is well-known in the motorcycle community for such results as a $1.4 million motorcycle accident settlement. He was named a Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyer in 2014 and 2015 and to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. POCRASS & DE LOS REYES LLP 1875 Century Park East, Suite1750 | Los Angeles,CA 90067 phone 310.550.9050 | fax 310.550.9051 email

Michael Nourmand and his firm have successfully litigated wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, violation of federal and state leave laws, wage-and-hour class actions, consumer class actions, and other employee and consumer rights cases exclusively on behalf of employees and consumers. Michael Nourmand and his firm are committed to aggressively pursuing cases to the fullest extent of state and federal laws in order to maximize possible compensation for damages on behalf of their clients.


PHONE: (818) 508 - 3700 | FAX: (818) 506 - 4827

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