Wood Smith Henning & Berman is pleased to announce that Los Angeles partner, Domingo Tan, is a finalist for West Coast Casualty's Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence. This distinguished award, affectionately known as the "Ollie," is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and commitment to the betterment of the construction defect community.

Named after the late Judge Jerrold S. Oliver, a true "founding father" in the alternate resolution process for construction defect claims and litigation, the award symbolizes loyalty, commitment and trust within the industry. Judge Oliver's legacy as a true believer in the resolution process continues to inspire those who strive for excellence in the construction defect community today.

"Domingo's nomination and selection as a finalist for the Ollie Award is a testament to his unwavering commitment and exceptional contributions to the construction defect community," said Stephen Henning, WSHB founding partner. This honor, named after a true pioneer in the field, recognizes those who exemplify the spirit of Judge Oliver - dedication, integrity and professionalism. "Domingo embodies all these qualities, and I am thrilled that he is being recognized."

Henning, the first defense lawyer to win the "Ollie" practiced for years before Judge Oliver. "He would have loved Domingo, his ability to navigate the most complex construction cases with ease and his negotiation prowess," said Henning. "Domingo is thorough, prepared, knows all facets of his cases and enjoys a stellar reputation for professionalism with every stakeholder in the process."

The Jerrold S. Oliver Award of Excellence is presented annually at West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar. The recipient is honored during the seminar and receives a plaque acknowledging their significant achievements. This year, West Coast Casualty received an overwhelming response from the construction defect community, with 2,675 nominations received over a 30-day nominating period. The winner will be revealed at the upcoming 30th Anniversary Construction Defect Seminar on May 16, 2024, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

"The construction defect community has been such an important part of my life for 25 years," said Domingo. "I am truly grateful for the many personal and professional relationships that I have made in the community and I am honored to be considered as a finalist for the Ollie Award."

About Domingo Tan

Domingo Tan has a broad range of experience in various areas of law, including construction, business litigation, premises liability, transportation, product liability, habitability, insurance and toxic torts. In construction cases, he has acted as lead counsel in numerous multimillion-dollar residential and commercial matters. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, national and regional builders, real estate developers, contractors, construction managers and design professionals.

Domingo leads WSHB’s Recruiting Committee and Charity Committee and is a member of the firm's DEI Task Force. He has served as a mentor for many attorneys through the firm’s Mentorship Program. Domingo began with the firm as a summer associate in 1999 and he is now coordinator of the firm’s Law Clerk Program.

He has been a speaker at West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar and provides in-house training to developers, general contractors, insurance carriers and risk managers related to construction defect claims. Domingo successfully completed the program with the CLM Litigation Management Institute to earn the designation as a Certified Litigation Management Professional.

Domingo's accomplishments have been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine which named him a “Southern California Rising Star” for seven consecutive years and by the Los Angeles Business Journal which featured him as a 2023 Minority Leader of Influence.

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