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We are proud to represent individuals and families who have suffered serious injuries or tragic death, as well as persons who have been the victim of fraud, trickery or deceit.


 

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  1. Real Estate: 20%
    18 years
  2. Consumer Protection: 20%
    18 years
  3. Defective Products: 20%
    28 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    28 years
  5. Other: 25%
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Hourly ($350-450/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

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Cash, Check

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198905/24/2016
ILRetired198705/17/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 2015

    updated

    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  2. Reciprocal - Reprimand
    issued in IL, 2014

    updated

    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Illinois.

  3. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2013

    updated

    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nominee for Trial Lawyer of the YearConsumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesN/A
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5.0)Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner & Trial LawyerJohn C. Torjesen & Associates, PC1996 - Present
Trial LawyerGrassini, Wrinkle, Gallagher & Torjesen1990 - 1996
Trial LawyerCarr, Krein & Tillery1987 - 1990
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesPresident (2007)N/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAdvocateN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of GovernorsN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
R. v. City of Morro Bay, No. CV01-4003.Case settled for $2,200,000.00.
L. v. Krause, No. BC 283322Jury Verdict for $984,382.00.
E. v. Tandy, PC 019397Verdict for $762,814.36, plus $75,000 in attorneys fees under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Wheaton College, Wheaton ILEconomicsA.B.1975
Southern Illinois University, CarbondaleEconomic & PhilosophyA.B.D.N/A
University of ChicagoSocial ThoughtN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CAALA Convention for Trial LawyersTorts Involving Property2011
CAALA Convention for Trial LawyersFinancial Elder Abuse2010
CAALA Convention for Trial LawyersRecovering Property and Seizing Assets2009
CAALA Convention for Trial LawyersEvolving Strategies in Real estate Litigation2008
CAALA Convention for Trial lawyersLender, Broker and Mortgage Fraud2007
CAALA Convention for Trial LawyersRemedies for Harm to Business Interests2006