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Christine Diane Spagnoli

Christine Diane Spagnoli

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has obtained many multimillion-dollar verdicts, including in the 1999 General Motors case in which a defective fuel tank was found responsible for the burn injuries of two adults and four children. The jury returned with a landmark $4.9 billion verdict. She was co-counsel in the largest personal injury verdict in California, which resulted in a $58 million verdict for a man severely burned by a defective O-ring. In July, 2010, she and partner Bruce Broillet obtained a $5 million verdict against Ford Motor Company for a man injured in when the roof of his van crushed in a rollover causing permanent spinal cord injuries.


She plays a leading role in representing people injured in tire tread separation cases. She is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for Ford/Firestone cases in California and participated in ground-breaking depositions of Ford witnesses including former CEOs Jacques Nasser and William Clay Ford, Jr.


Additionally, she is Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel for Cooper Tire cases in California. Her representation of a former LAPD bomb squad officer paralyzed in a Goodyear tread separation case involving Goodyear LRE tires led to the opening of a NHTSA investigation and the voluntary recall of the tires. On another Goodyear matter, Chris was lead attorney on Frankle v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which involved defective tires equipped on a large sport utility vehicle. The case settled confidentially.


Her achievements cover the full range of personal injury and product liability cases. Chris has earned widespread recognition for her work as co-counsel in the 2001 negligence case against Southern California Edison, which resulted in a $21 million verdict for an electrocuted avocado picker. Among her other cases are Brezovec v. State of California - $8.8 million, a brain/motor vehicle injury case, Ogden v. Hamm Brothers Construction - $6.4 million, a personal injury matter, and McGee v. The City of Alameda - $25 million, an electrocuted construction worker.


Chris was named Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of 2001, the F. Scott Baldwin Award, by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), New Lawyers Division. She also received Loyola Law School's 2001 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. She has been nominated as a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year three times, including most recently in 2010.


Within professional organizations, Chris has assumed numerous leadership positions. She served as the President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) in 2009 and was the 2002 president of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA).  She was elected as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2007 and is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) where she holds the rank of Associate. Her other memberships include the American Association for Justice (AAJ), where she served as a Chair of the Product Liability Section, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, an organization specializing in automotive product liability cases. In 1998, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to the Civil Jury Instructions Committee (CACI), where she still serves.


Chris has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal , which has also named her as one of the Top 50 Women Litigators since 2002. She has also been named among the Top Women Southern California Lawyers in since 2004, and a Super Lawyer in the since Southern California Super Lawyers peer-nominated listings compiled and published by Law & Politics. She was named by Lawdragon.com to its inaugural list of "The Lawdragon 500 Plaintiffs Lawyers" in the United States. She was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc. based on a survey of her peers.


From 1991-1994, Chris was Editor-in-Chief of the CAALA "Advocate," the organization's monthly publication. In 1995, she was Editor-in-Chief of the CAOC "Forum," a statewide trial lawyers monthly publication. She also is the co-author of a CAOC Amicus Brief in Soule v. General Motors (1994) in which the California Supreme Court rejected manufacturers' efforts to overturn landmark strict liability consumer expectation tests. As a frequent lecturer and author, Chris has shared her expertise on various trial techniques including demonstrative evidence, direct and cross examination methods, written discovery and demonstrating head trauma injury in children. Among the organizations she has addressed are CAALA, CAOC, AAJ, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Western Trial Lawyers Association.

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Licensed since 1986

  1. Personal Injury: 100%

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Contact Info

100 Wilshire Blvd 21st Fl
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198605/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2014
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Trial Lawyer of the YearConsumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2012
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2012
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2010
Top 50 Women Southern California LawyersLos Angeles Daily Journal2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Top 50 women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Top 50 women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2008
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Top 50 Women Southern California LawyersLos Angeles Daily Journal2007
Top 50 women Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2006
Top 50 Women Southern California LawyersLos Angeles Daily Journal2006
Top 100 Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2005
Top 50 Women Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2005
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2004
Top 50 Women Southern California LawyersLos Angeles Daily Journal2004
Top 100 California Most Influential LawyersLos Angeles Daily Journal2004
Top 50 Women Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine2004
Top 50 Women LitigatorsLos Angeles Daily Journal2002
F. Scott Baldwin AwardAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGreene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP1984 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Product Liability SectionChairman2004 - 2004
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles,President2002 - 2002
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesVice President2001 - 2001
Consumer Attorney of CaliforniaBoard of Governors1996 - 1996
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeBoard MemberN/A
Plaintiff's Steering CommitteeMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Product Liability SectionOfficerN/A
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMemberN/A
Civil Subcommittee , California Supreme CourtTask Force on Jury IntructionsN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Brezovec v. State of California$8.8 million
Ogden v. Hamm Brothers Construction$6.4 million

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineAmicus Brief in Soule v. General Motros1994

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978