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I am the senior and managing partner of the firm. I handle matters throughout the United States and have litigated and tried matters from New York to Texas to California, in both state and federal court. I have resolved hundreds of matters, either by trial, arbitration, mediation or negotiated settlement, resulting in millions of dollars in recovery for the firm's clients. My most recent trial victory resulted in a judgment and subsequent settlement in excess of $14 million. My most recent settlements total well in excess of $50 million. I have also successfully defended and counseled many of the firm’s business clients. Although my practice is diverse, I primarily handle the firm’s complex, class action, multi-party, mass tort and business litigation matters. I have written, lectured and spoken on various subjects at law schools, legal seminars, teleconference webinars and legal conferences on topics including: class actions, mass tort litigation, expert witness depositions, death care litigation, unfair business practices, business litigation, settlement issues and strategies, construction defect litigation, business torts, complex litigation, electronic evidence, discovery, employment law and representative actions. HI have also has been featured in numerous local, state and national news articles and professional publications.


Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 50%
  2. Employment: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

6701 Center Dr W #1400
Los Angeles, CA, 90045-1558

Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos, LLP

6701 Center Drive West
14th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90045-1535



DCActive 198807/05/2016
NYCurrently registered 198607/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerArias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos, LLP1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sports Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationArbitrator1988 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2nd Vice-President1986 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of California3rd Vice-President1986 - Present
American Association for JusticeBoard of Governors1986 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeCommittee Member1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Elias v. El Pollo LocoSettlement of $8 million
Hardie v. Cal-ISO$19 million settlement after trial and judgement
Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery Litigation$16 million settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
CAALA AdvocateClass Actions: Getting your class certified2010
CAALA AdvocateClass Action Primer2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Southern Connecticut State UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CAALA Annual ConferenceJury Selection, Legal Ethics & Experts - Panel Moderator2011
10th Annual Class Action Litigation & Management ConferenceClass Actions2011
Strafford Legal TeleconferenceClass Action Settlements2010
CAALA Annual ConferenceClass Actions2010
Bridgepoprt CLE Conference9th Annual Class Action Litigation & Management Conference2010
Strafford CLE Webinars and TeleconferencesEffective Class Action Settlement Strategies2009
JAMS Employment PanelCurrent Issues in Employment Mediations2009
CAOC/CAALA Annual Class Action SeminarClass Actions2009
CAALA Annual ConferenceCertifying a Class Action2009
LAX Area Chamber of CommerceHuman Resources and Employment Law2006
Harris MartinMass Tort Litigation Conference2006