I am a solo practitioner, so I dedicate the full measure of my energies to each and every case I take on. I will never "hand the case" over to another paralegal or attorney; When I am hired, I am responsible for the entire progress of the matter. I have taken hundreds medical malpractice, major personal injury, and Unlawful Detainer/Tenant Habitability matters through to successful settlements, verdicts, and arbitration awards.
I have handled thousands of medical malpractice, personal injury and landlord/tenant cases over the past 26 years. I have acted as a Judge Pro Tem and Special Settlement Officer with the San Diego Superior Court, during which time I was able to bring the parties together to achieve numerous settlements in difficult personal injury matters. I am presently applying for the same position in Riverside County. I have been appointed as a party arbitrator in malpractice matters involving plaintiffs' claims against their healthcare providers.
The truth is that the vast majority of all litigation matters are settled outside of the courtroom, and the parties are usually better off if they can avoid the uncertainties of a trial. But when the insurance company takes outlandish positions or unreasonably refuses to settle cases, the only option is to go court and try the case. Unlike many attorneys who may attempt to settle a case before the "heavy lifting" begins, I AM NOT CONCERNED OR AFRAID about going to trial if that is what is required to protect the rights of my clients.
I have and will always do everything in my power to zealously represent YOUR best interests.
Please call me for a free consultation concerning your legal problems
Hourly ($300-450/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (sometimes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|UCSB Undergrad Research Award in Experimental Social Psychology||UCSB Psychology Department||1976|
|Owner||Mittelman Law Firm||1987 - Present|
|Special Settlement Officer||Superior Court of California||1999 - 2001|
|Of Counsel||Kollender & Sargoy||1990 - 2000|
|Staff Attorney||L/O Harvey Pedersen||1989 - 1989|
|Staff Attorney||Law Offices of John Miller, APC||1985 - 1987|
|Research Attorney, Judge Needham||Supreme Court NSW, Australia||1982 - 1983|
|Paralegal||Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger||1978 - 1979|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member Public Relations Committee||2009 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||2005 - Present|
|Southwest Riverside County Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member Legislative Review Committee||1997 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1992 - Present|
|Bennett v. Shahaal||Appeal decided for Defendant|
|Doe v. Roe Helicopter Touring Co.||Six figure settlements for each of five plaintiffs|
|Zeldin v. Roe Property Management Co.||$550,000 settlement for plaintiffs|
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|Journal of Personality||Effects of normative control of self-disclosure on reciprocity||1978|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||N/A||N/A||2010|
|University of Sydney, Sydney Law School||Law||LL.B - Bachelor of Laws||1983|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||N/A||BA||1976|
|Lecture USC Dept of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy||Physical Therapy Malpractice--Five Words You Never Want to Hear: "I'll See You in Court."||2008|
|Murrieta Law Education Day||Plaintiffs' Perspectives in Personal Injury Law||2007|