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Expert Witness No. 811

Expert 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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