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I am an attorney devoted to making it right for those who need a lawyer to help them through a personal injury. I have been an attorney for over 25 years, am recognized as a preeminent trial lawyer with multiple settlements and verdicts exceeding six figures.  Call us at 1 866 981-5596 if you need help with your injury case in California.


I live in Lake Forest with my daughter, where I enjoy a rich community of friends and family.


I am a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, although getting a little long in the tooth for such a career, and enjoy sailing when I can.




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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 70%
    36 years, 6 thousand cases
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    36 years, 500 cases



Contingent (34-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie

4400 Macarthur Boulevard Suite 370
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rated Since 2001Martindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Hastings Advanced Advocacy CertificateHastings Law School1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President and trial attorneyAllen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1987 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1985 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Truck accident victim wins highly disputed case3.2 Million
Pedestrian awarded $975,000.975,000
Cervical injury case settled$400,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
California State University, Long BeachN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of CaliforniaCalifornia Jury Instruction IDevelopment Wrongful Death2011
June ConferenceCalifornia changes to Civil Litigation2011
Meeting of the State Bar Judiciary CommitteeCalifornia Civil Procedure changes2010
No Fault Insurance Initiatives aftermathNo Fault Insurance Prospects After the Vote2007
Balboa Yacht ClubBoating laws and liability2006