R__Gregory_Amundson

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R. Gregory Amundson

Location

6A Liberty Street
Suite 200
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
P (949) 757-4500
F (949) 757-4550

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Bio

With over 40 years of experience, Greg Amundson is a seasoned trial veteran with over one hundred trials to verdict. He is recognized as a Masters by ABOTA for the number of hours and trials he has successfully handled. He is nationally recognized as one of the preeminent trial lawyers relied upon by clients to handle complex litigation in a variety of practice areas.

Greg is a versatile trial lawyer and enjoys experience handling a range of complex litigation with renowned success. He is a key member of WSHB’s eleventh hour trial team, which is regularly employed by clients throughout the nation to try catastrophic and complex cases on a moments notice. Greg’s string of successful verdicts range from extremely high profile catastrophic injury matters, which have garnered national media attention for both public and private entities. He has been on the cutting edge of toxic tort, environmental and occupational exposure matters involving claims of serious injuries from chemical exposure, Valley Fever and more. In the arena of transportation related risks, Greg has represented major transportation carriers and clients including public entities and some of the largest private carriers in the nation. Diving to the heart of the case and understanding strategic tools for case resolution, Greg enjoys trials for those matters which require the jury to make the final decision. In this regard, he is encyclopedic on trial processes, jury selection, appellate issues as well as having a firm grasp on the subject matter. He takes pride in being ethical, compassionate and articulating real world reasoning to some of the most complex matters faced by our clients.

Greg is often retained by clients within 30 days of trial for a multitude of reasons, predominately due to his success in this genre. Greg regularly tries cases throughout the nation due to his litigation prowess and trial skills. He is widely regarded as a mentor to budding trial lawyers throughout the firm, something Greg enjoys doing in his free time — sharing strategies and tools for success. Greg is a frequently sought out speaker on the reptile theory, traumatic brain injury, nuclear verdicts and defending catastrophic injury matters.

Education

Loyola Law School (J.D., 1978)

University of Redlands (B.A., 1973)

Licensed to Practice in:

California

Practice Areas

Public Entity Defense
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  • Greg has developed numerous public entities throughout the state of California, including cities and  counties.
  • Defense verdict in occupational exposure/personal injury matter where the demands exceeded $6 million.
  • Defense verdict for county named in road design matter by motorcyclist over road design and maintenance which allegedly resulted in catastrophic injuries. Demand exceeded $10 million
  • Defense verdict for one of the largest counties in California involving public entity and alleged brain injury. Demand exceeded $15 million.
  • Successful resolution of asbestos case for governmental agency prior to jury returning verdict. Case resolved for fraction of amount black boarded by plaintiff counsel.
  • Defense verdict on asbestos case in nuclear power plant. Greg was retained two weeks prior to trial in a case where the demand exceeded $10 million.
  • Summary Judgment for city based on design immunities in matter involving road design allegation which allegedly resulted in catastrophic injury. Demand exceeded $20 million.
Appellate
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  • Greg understands the nuance of appellate work and effectively established a record if needed during trial.
  • Prepared briefs and conducted oral arguments before Courts of Appeal, Second and Fourth Districts Petitioner of appeals that led to reported decisions in five appeals.
  • Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development LLC (2010) 187 Cal. App. 4th 24 [Oral Argument before Court of Appeals, Fourth District].
  • Promenade at Playa Vista Homeowners Association v. Western Pacific Housing (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 849. [Oral Argument before Court of Appeals, Second District].
  • Hunt Investors v. Extengine (2009) [Oral Argument before Court of Appeals, Second District, G042176].
Commercial and Business Litigation
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  • Defense verdict for investment planners and managers in actions for unfair competition and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Defense verdict for power plant manufacturer alleging personal injuries by workers with Valley Fever.
  • Defense verdict for shopping mall owners and property managers in multiple actions .
  • Defense of petroleum distributors, pipeline maintenance and refinery owners in personal injury actions.
Construction
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  •  Defense of construction-defect trials including Crawford v. Weather Shield.
  • Defense of property owners, developers, general contractors and material suppliers from personal-injury and wrongful-death actions arising from construction-site accidents in California, Nevada and Arizona.
Environmental
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  • Defense of suppliers of allegedly hazardous materials including diesel fuel and electro-plating metal cleansers.
  • Defense verdict for asbestos manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, property owners and movie studios.
  • Defense of commercial businesses and property managers in mold and benzene claims.
  • Defense verdict for architects, engineers and general contractors.
  • Defense verdict for power plant manufacturer alleging personal injuries by workers with Valley Fever.
Product Liability
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  • Multiple defense verdicts in catastrophic injury and wrongful death actions involving automobile rollover and freeway collision accidents.
  • Defense of product manufacturers, suppliers and service dealers of automobiles, furnaces, propane equipment, food products and plumbing equipment.
Property Management and Tenant Litigation
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  • Defense of commercial property owners, shopping centers, and property managers.
  • Defense of residential property owners, lessors, tenants and managers.
  • Defense of Americans with Disabilities (ADA) actions (defense verdict).
Professional Liability
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  • Defense of architects, civil engineers, appraisers and surveyors.
  • Defense of insurance agents and brokers and financial investment firms (defense verdict).
  • Defense of physicians, dentists, audiologists, psychologists and pharmacists, with a defense verdict in a pharmacist malpractice action.
  • Defense verdict for public entity involving foster parents placement issue in a wrongful death verdict
  • Defense of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, paramedics, nursing homes, and hospitals on various cases involving: failure to diagnose various medical conditions, failure to properly treat and monitor, elder abuse, prescription mistakes, nursing negligence and dental malpractice.
  • Defense verdict in a pharmacist malpractice trial.

Publications

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Trial & Appellate Results

Pinnacle Museum Tower Assn. v. Pinnacle Market Development LLC (2010) 187 Cal.App.4th 24 [Oral Argument before California Supreme Court]

Promenade at Playa Vista Homeowners Association v. Western Pacific Housing (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 849 [Oral Argument before California Supreme Court]

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Events, Seminars & Presentations

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Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2002 - Present

Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2009 - Present

Awards & Accomplishments

AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, 2005 - Present

Top Defense Verdicts in California in 2015 (Martinez Jr. v County of Ventura), Daily Journal

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