Victoria_L__Ersoff

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Victoria L. Ersoff

Location

10960 Wilshire Boulevard
18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
P (310) 481-7600
F (310) 481-7650

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Bio

Victoria Ersoff is a litigation attorney with over 24 years’ experience in all facets of complex litigation. Her innovative case handling has yielded an unbroken string of defense verdicts for clients involving complex issues of law. She is nationally known for her expertise in defending commercial and business litigation, mold and water damage, mass tort, catastrophic injury, real estate, negligent security and habitability litigation. Victoria’s practice also includes the defense and prosecution of claims involving construction-related issues, employment defense, catastrophic injury, toxic tort and occupational exposure and environmental matters. Victoria has extensive experience in crisis management ranging from catastrophic incident response to high profile celebrity claims, as well as mass bacterial outbreaks, including resulting governmental and media investigations. Victoria currently serves as National Monitoring Counsel for major insurance carriers and corporate clients. In this capacity, she has been admitted pro hac in numerous states to assist local counsel with the defense of complex claims. Victoria has defended over 1,000 Legionnaires’ disease claims nationwide and is a frequent speaker on successfully defending these specialized cases. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, trucking companies, REITS and national property management companies, condo/co-op associations, hospitals, boutique hotels and global hospitality companies, artists, studios, developers /general contractors, and big-box stores. Victoria has served as a Temporary Judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

 

Education

Whittier Law School (J.D., 1992)

Arizona State University (B.S., 1989)

Licensed to Practice in:

California

Practice Areas

Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure
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  • Defense of claims alleging bodily injuries from exposure to asbestos, diacetyl, silica, lead, benzene, commercial cleaning, carbon monoxide and commercial cleaning products.
Legionnaires’/Infectious Disease
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  • Defense of claims involving cocidiodomycosis (Valley Fever) and Legionella pneumophilia (Legionnaires’ Disease).
General Liability and Casualty
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  • Defense of businesses and individuals in a variety of claims involving intentional and negligent acts, resulting in catastrophic injury, including wrongful death, loss of limb, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Defense of Landlords in Fair Employment and Housing cases involving failure to accommodate medical, mental and physical disabilities as well as racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation under the Unruh Act.
Mold and Water Damage
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  • Extensive experience in defending bodily injury claims involving alleged exposure to mold and mold by-products, including a string of widely publicized defense verdicts in high-exposure cases.
  • Consultation with and representation of hospitals, global hospitality companies, REITS, developers and general contractors, property-management companies, big-box stores and Fortune 500 companies in the defense of mold bodily injury and water damage claims.
  • Developed and implemented protocols and guidelines for developers, builders and property managers to preempt litigation and properly respond to water intrusion and mold claims.
Mass Torts and Class-Action Defense
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  • Defense of mass tort claims.
  • Defense of property owners and managers in class action claims in State and Federal Court.
  • Defense of class action claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, professional negligence, and violation of Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
Commercial and Business Litigation
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  • Representation of high-profile clients in breach-of-contract and business-tort claims.
  • Defense of businesses against claims under California’s Unfair Business Practice Statutes.
  • Representation of board members and boards of directors against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, and fraud.
  • Contract and lease drafting, corporate transactions, corporate structure and entity formation, contract disputes, joint ventures and partnerships.
  • Prosecution and defense of alter-ego claims. Negotiation and drafting of business agreements.
Construction
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  • Defense of developers, general contractors, residential and commercial property owners against claims for construction defects, breach of contract, fraud, personal injury, environmental damage and abatement recovery, occupational exposure and business torts.
  • Drafting of legal documents, contract agreements, and compliance documents as part of risk-management consulting for developers, builders and property owners.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 companies, and several of California’s largest publicly-held and privately-held builders.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims involving Homeowners’ Associations and Civil Code sections 910 (SB800) and 1375 (Calderon).
  • Defense of property owners and contractors against commercial and residential construction site accident claims.
Entertainment and New Media
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  • Contract and licensing disputes.
  • Intellectual property rights.
  • Tort liability.
Real Estate and Land Use
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  • Representation of commercial and residential property owners and managers.
  • Representation of owners and tenants in commercial lease disputes; negotiation and drafting of commercial leases.
  • Drafting and review of CC&Rs, SB 800 compliance documents, and purchase and sale agreements.
  • Representation of real estate developers in easement disputes with property owners.
  • Representation of property owners and property managers in landlord-tenant disputes.
  • Defense of significant habitability claims, including class actions.
Property Management and Tenant Litigation
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  • Negligent security defense of incidents involving robberies, assaults, batteries, shootings, and false imprisonment in hotels, residential apartment buildings, parking lots, jewelry stores, retail malls, banks, and other commercial properties.
Employment
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  • Defense of employers in Fair Employment and Housing cases brought based on gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation and medical, mental and physical disability discrimination.

Publications

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Events, Seminars & Presentations

A Millennial State of Mind: A View of the Future of Construction Litigation Through the Eyes of the Next Generation of Professionals, National Construction Claims Conference, San Diego, CA (September 2016)

Perrin Conferences Mock Mediation Program, Travelers Insurance Company, Denver, CO (May 2016)

The Millennial Jurors in Action – Lessons Learned About Juror Decision Making From Mock Trials, CLM Los Angeles Chapter Educational and Networking Event (December 10, 2015)

Don’t Let Them Bite! Cutting Edge Risk Management and Litigation Strategies for Responding to Bed Bug Infestation Claims. Claims & Litigation Management Alliance – Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Conference, Orlando, FL (February 2015)

Defending the Complex Legionnaires’ Claim: Strategies for Tackling This Emerging Tort, (January 2014; June 2014)

Effective Use of Social Media to Develop Critical Evidence to Win Your Case: Practice Pointers and Pitfalls in Investigating Fraudulent Claims. Southern California Fraud Investigators Conference (November 2012)

California Habitability Claims (June 2011)

Defense of Mold & Water Intrusion Cases (May 2011)

Avoiding Mold Claims (February 2011)

Ethical Issues With Additional Insured Endorsements (February 2009)

Scenes from the Courtroom: Keys to Success in Winning the Judge and Jury (May 2006)

Trials of Mold Bodily Injury Cases – Diving into the Minds of the Jury (May 2003)

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Memberships

Corporate Counsel — Civil Litigation Defense, 2010 - Present

Awards & Accomplishments

AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2012; 2018

AVVO rating of “Excellent”

“Preeminent Women Lawyer” by Martindale-Hubbell

Named "Top Attorney" by Pasadena Magazine, 2013-2017

Southern California Top Women Lawyers, Los Angeles Magazine, 2012

Los Angeles Women Leaders in the Law, 2012

Daily Journal’s Top 100 Women Litigators in California, 2009

Leading Lawyers in America — Lawdragon

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