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Expert Witness No. 811

 

EDUCATION

  • Point Loma High School - Class of 1964
  • San Diego State University
  • 1964-1966,  BA, with emphasis in real estate
  • 1970-1972, BA, Political Science
  • Alpha Mu Gamma National Honorary Foreign Language Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha National Honorary Political Science Society
  • Dean’s List

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

  • Juris Doctor, 1975
  • Secretary, Associated Students Hastings College of the Law

MILITARY

  • Distinguished Military Graduate (Number 2 in Class) U. S. Army Ordnance Center & School Officer Candidate Class 16-67
  • President, U.S. Army Ordnance Center & School Officer Candidate Class 16-67
  • 1967-1969 Platoon Leader, 77th Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company, 81st Maintenance Battalion, United States Army Europe (USAREUR)
  • 1969-1970 Commanding Officer, 43rd Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company, 81st Maintenance Battalion, United States Army Europe (USAREUR).  Designated best maintenance unit in USAREUR IN 1969
  • 1970 Advise and Assist Team Leader, 593rd General Support Group, Qui Nhon Support Command, United States Army Vietnam (USARV)
  • Awarded U.S. Army Commendation Medal for service in combat zone
  • Awarded Bronze Star Medal for service in combat zone
  • Departed active duty in August, 1970 with the rank of Captain

EMPLOYMENT

1975

  • Apprentice real estate appraiser, Oxford Research Associates

1976-1985

  • Associate attorney and partner, Holt, Rhoades & Hollywood specializing in civil defense litigation

1985 - 1986

  • Associate attorney, Morris, Polich & Purdy specializing in civil defense

1986 - 1996

  • Co-Founder and senior partner, Edwards, White & Sooy, specializing in civil defense litigation

1996 - Present

  • Founder and senior partner specializing in civil defense litigation

EXPERIENCE

  • Practiced law for 42 years
  • Tried over 100 cases with the majority to jury verdict
  • Arbitrated between 25 and 50 cases
  • Served as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem
  • Served as an arbitrator for the San Diego Superior Court
  • Served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law (Trial Practice/Lawyering Skills)
  • Retained in over 130 expert witness matters
  • Qualified and testified in the California Superior Court and United States District Court on matters including legal malpractice cases

ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (1983 - Present), Rank of Advocate
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 1989-1990)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Board of Directors 1992-1994)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Board of Governors 1992-1994)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association (Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission)
  • Certified Legal Specialist - Legal Malpractice, California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
  • American Bar Association

AWARDS & HONORS

  • San Diego Defense Lawyers Association Defense Lawyer of the Year 2002
  • Named one of California’s top legal malpractice defense lawyers by California Lawyer Magazine 2002
  • Named San Diego Top Ten Lawyers by The San Diego Daily Transcript 2006
  • Named 2011 Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year by Woodward White’s Best Lawyers in America
  • Named 2013 Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (Defense) by Woodward White’s Best Lawyers in America
  • Named 2016 Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year (Defense) by Woodward White’s Best Lawyers in America (Five specialty designee)
  • Named in Southern California Super Lawyers 2007 to present
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of the prestigious 2011 Broderick Award for civility, integrity and professionalism conferred jointly by the San Diego County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association
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