BRIAN PANISH, ESQ.

BRIAN PANISH, ESQ.

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One of the country’s leading trial attorneys, Brian Panish has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States
history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include over 75 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, and more
than 250 verdicts and settlements over one million dollars in personal injury, brain injury, wrongful death and business litigation
cases. Mr. Panish has also obtained five jury verdicts in excess of $50 million in personal injury cases.

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MARK LANIER, ESQ.

MARK LANIER, ESQ.

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Mark Lanier is consistently recognized as one of the top civil trial lawyers in America. Best known as a zealous advocate for
individuals in personal injury and product liability claims against major corporations, Mark brings passion, creativity and an
unparalleled ability to connect with juries in courtrooms across the nation.
During the past 30 years, Mark has taken on some of the biggest challenges in the legal field. In doing so, he has achieved some of
the largest verdicts in history, accomplishments that have changed business practices to protect the public and have gained justice
for the victims of dangerous drugs, medical devices, and other consumer products. In addition, he has successfully represented a
select number of clients in claims involving fraud, breach of contract and other forms of business litigation.
These results cumulatively put Mark close to $20 billion in verdicts during his highly acclaimed career.
Mark’s success in the courtroom and perspectives on litigation have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,
the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg News and the Houston Chronicle, among many other publications. He is also
a frequent guest on news and business programs for a wide range of broadcast and cable.

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DEBORAH CHANG, ESQ.

DEBORAH CHANG, ESQ.

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Deborah Chang is the founder of Athea, a trial lawyer, and Of Counsel with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP in Los Angeles. She focuses
her practice representing plaintiffs in complex catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases and has achieved some of the highest
verdicts and settlements in the country.
Deborah has been an integral part of the trial teams in significant and important trials, including the Michael Jackson wrongful death
case, the first ASR model hip implant trial tried in the country, and a nightclub liability case resulting in a $160,500,000 verdict that
led to necessary changes to the security guard industry. Many of her cases of first impression led to vast improvements in standards
and protocols that enhanced safety for the public, including the following:
 A record $17 million verdict in wrongful death of adult child that ensured that visually impaired patrons using trains would
be protected from falling in the gap between cars–thereby setting the stage for changes throughout the industry
nationwide (Cuthbertson v. LACMTA).
 After a nearly ten-year battle in the trial court, Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, Deborah prevailed in a
landmark case that established that colleges and universities in California have a duty to protect students from known
dangers in the classroom (Rosen v. The Regents of the University of California).
 Bringing the first class action in the country on behalf of prisoners with AIDS in a maximum security prison, which led to a
landmark settlement that established medical, programming, and housing protocols nationwide and was cited with
approval by the 1991 Report to the President and Senate by the National Commission on AIDS. She thereafter drafted
enacted Connecticut legislation that permitted the release of terminally ill prisoners, and established the first medical
scholarship for individuals pursuing a nursing degree to work with patients with AIDS.
 In 1996, she brought the first lawsuit in the country based on the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. section
13891 (VAWA) and successfully argued for the upholding of the constitutionality of the statute in the first federal court to
consider the issue. After reaching a settlement in the case, she lectured extensively on the issue of gender-motivated
violence, and was a guest commentator on several national television shows regarding the statute, both before and after
the United States Supreme Court eventually ruled that the civil remedy portion of the statute was unconstitutional.
Prior to her practice at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Deborah represented both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the country in
products liability, commercial litigation, professional liability securities fraud, and complex torts cases. She previously served as
local, regional, and national counsel for a variety of companies, insurers, and manufacturers, including AIG Excess and Ford Motor
Company. Understanding how defendants and insurers analyze and prepare cases has been invaluable to Deborah, and helped her
achieve record settlements and verdicts.
As part of her trial practice, Deborah has been extensively involved in jury research and focus groups. In 2000, she helped
conceptualize and launch one of the first companies to provide online focus groups from a unique database of nearly 3.5 million
Internet users. The service is used by trial attorneys and insurers in prominent cases pending throughout the country, and was
recognized by The National Law Journal as a helpful tool for assessing the strength and value of cases. For over a year, she served
as its CEO and General Counsel.
Bio: https://www.top100personalinjuryattorneys.com/listing/deborah-chang/
Deborah Chang is a Los Angeles personal injury trial attorney with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and focuses her practice representing
plaintiffs in complex torts, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, sexual assault/abuse/harassment/discrimination, and
business tort cases.
Licensed to practice in California, Florida and Connecticut, Ms. Chang and her trial teams have obtained some of the largest
verdicts and settlements on record and has been involved in some of the most significant and lengthiest trials in Los Angeles,
including the Michael Jackson wrongful death case and the first ASR model hip implant trial tried in the country. Many of her cases
of first impression led to significant changes in industry standards and practices that improved safety for the public. In Cuthbertson
v. LACMTA, for example, a record $17 million wrongful death verdict ensured that visually impaired patrons using trains would be
protected against falling in the gap between rail cars. The verdict was important not only to the LACMTA, but to all transportation
authorities nationwide.
Likewise, in Rosen v. The Regents of the University of California, Ms. Chang was an integral part of an eight-year battle in the trial
court, the Court of Appeals, and the California Supreme Court in a case of first impression that affects every university and college
student in the state. In that case, the Plaintiff, a pre-med student at UCLA, was slashed across the throat and stabbed multiple
times by a classmate who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The California Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision,
determined that universities and colleges have a duty to protect its students from known dangers in the classroom.
IFor her work, Ms. Chang has been received the 2019 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award in the area of Personal
Injury, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in 2014, and was a finalist for that award in
2012, 2016, and 2017. She has been repeatedly recognized and selected for inclusion by the Daily Journal as one of the Top
Women Lawyers in California, one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California. In 2017,
she received the CAOC Women’s Caucus Women Consumer Advocate of the Year Award for outstanding commitment to furthering
the education and careers of women trial lawyers.
In 2018, Ms. Chang was selected as an Elite Trial Lawyer, one out of only nine women trial lawyers throughout the country who
were recipients of this recognition in the “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar” category. The Elite Trial Lawyer winners were chosen by
editors and reporters from ALM and The National Law Journal who reviewed over 300 submissions across 23 categories to find
finalists “who have demonstrated exemplary performance in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months.”
She has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for Southern California and Best Lawyers in America, and has been
recognized as a “Top Attorney” by periodicals such as Pasadena Magazine. She has achieved a perfect 10 out of 10 Avvo rating for
her exceptional services as a Top Attorney.
Ms. Chang currently serves on the Executive Committee of the CAOC and is currently the Second Vice-President and Membership
Chair. She is also a member (Associate Rank) of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and
serves on its Executive Committee. She is a National Board Member of ABOTA, a member of the Membership Committee, and is
the Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, and previously served as the Co-Chair of its Masters in Trial (MIT) Program. She is also a
Fellow of the ABOTA Foundation (Legacy-Ratifier).
She is also actively involved with the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), and is a member of and frequent
speaker for the American Association of Justice (AAJ). She currently serves on the Diversity Committee for AAJ as a representative
for California. She is also a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less
than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Additionally, Ms. Chang serves on the Board of “Fund Her”, a newly-launched
political action committee dedicated to achieving gender parity in California politics that is cited as one of the reasons for a huge
state and national rise in both women candidates and women donors.

JOHN ROMANO, ESQ.

JOHN ROMANO, ESQ.

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John F. Romano is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is board certified by ABPLA (American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys) in Civil Trial and Medical Malpractice. He is a  former president of the Academy of Trial Lawyers (now Florida  Justice Association); National Trial Lawyers; Southern Trial  Lawyers Association and the Melvin M. Belli Society. 

He previously served as co-chair of the ATLA (now AAJ) National College of Advocacy and is Chair of the ATLA Criminal Law section and the Military/Governmental Law section. John Romano is the author of three books: Strategic Use of Circumstantial Evidence; The Deposition Field Manual and Opening Statements. Additionally, he is the editor of AAJ’s Fourth Edition of the two-volume set, Anatomy of the Personal Injury Lawsuit. In 2016, John Romano was inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame. John has gone to verdict in virtually every type of personal injury/wrongful death case including product liability, medical malpractice, defamation of character, premises liability, trucking, auto, motorcycle, and more. John previously served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. John is a partner in Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, Florida. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married fifty-one years and they have four sons and eleven grandchildren.

GARY DORDICK, ESQ.

GARY DORDICK, ESQ.

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About Gary A. Dordick
Gary A. Dordick is a trial attorney in Beverly Hills specializing in plaintiff jury trials and has over 100 trials in his career.
Gary is an Emeritus member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors. He won
CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He has been nominated for CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented eleven
times. He is CAOC’s (Consumer Attorneys of California) 2009 Trial Attorney of the Year. He was announced one of the Daily
Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2017, as well as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2016,
2018, 2019 and 2020. Mr. Dordick was named Jury Verdicts Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2016, he was awarded the Loyola Law
School Champion of Justice Award for his career achievements representing Plaintiffs. In 2015, he received the “Civil Advocate
Award” from the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC). In 2003, Mr. Dordick received the University of West
Los Angeles’s highest honor – The Bernard Jefferson Award. He has held the record for the highest jury verdicts in numerous
courthouses, including a record breaking $125 million dollar jury verdict in Ventura County in 2016.
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Gary A. Dordick is a trial attorney in Beverly Hills specializing in plaintiff jury trials and has over 100 trials in his career. He is an
Emeritus member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors. He won CAALA’s Trial
Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He has been nominated for CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented eleven times. He is
CAOC’s (Consumer Attorneys of California) 2009 Trial Attorney of the Year.
He was announced one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2017, as well as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 30
Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Mr. Dordick was named Jury Verdicts Trial Lawyer of the Year.
In 2016, he was awarded the Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award for his career achievements representing Plaintiffs. In
2015, he received the “Civil Advocate Award” from the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC). In 2003, Mr.
Dordick received the University of West Los Angeles’s highest honor – The Bernard Jefferson Award.