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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    10 years
  2. Insurance: 20%
  3. Construction & Development: 20%
    10 years
  4. General Practice: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (25-45%)

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Contact info

578 Washington Blvd., Suite 331
Marina Del Rey, CA, 90292


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead AttorneyLaw Offices of Brian A. Carness2012 - Present
Senior AssociateStoll, Nussbaum & Polakov2005 - Present
Senior AssociateSchimmel & Parks, APLC2007 - 2011
ClerkIrell & Manella2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesN/A2005 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaN/A2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nugent v. RodriguezSettled for 7-figure policy limits
Allen v. GilesI obtained a defense verdict for my clients
Elam v. Pacific Bay Propertiesvery sucessful confidential settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawAlternative Dispute ResolutionCertificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution2004
Pepperdine University School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of OregonN/AOther - BachelorsN/A