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Litigation is a battle; a trial is a war.  Jack's philosophy in law as in life is best summed up by a quote of Winston Churchill: "Never give in.  Never, Never, Never, Never."  That philosophy has served him well by giving him the drive to become a Junior Golden Gloves boxing champion, a third degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, and to receive the honor of Trial Lawyer of the Year.

For more than thirty years, Jack's goal has been to become the best trial lawyer he can be. As a
California trial attorney, Jack has tried more than 100 civil cases before a jury. He has been invited to and has lectured to both attorneys and physicians. These lectures include such topics as trial practice, medical malpractice,
insurance bad faith,
products liability
and
premises liability.

He holds the designation of Diplomate, the highest rank of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the immediate past President of the Italian American Lawyers Association and he has served as President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Cowboy Lawyers Association. He has been on the Board of Governors and on the Executive Committee of numerous trial lawyer associations, including the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of California.

He has been formally recognized as one of the attorneys who assisted the task force in the preparation of the Judicial Council of California
CACI jury instructions.


As a California
medical malpractice attorney, Jack has successfully represented clients for over 30 years throughout California in several types of
medical malpractice and
medical negligence
cases, including wrongful death, birth injuries, mis-diagnosis, surgical errors, emergency room errors, medication errors, nursing errors and other types of medical negligence.

As a California
insurance bad faith attorney, Jack has helped clients whose insurance claims have been wrongfully denied, or their insurance coverage canceled without merit. When an insurance company is sued for bad faith, it has the money to hire the best defense attorneys. Jack believes the victim of
insurance bad faith has the right to an attorney with at least as much experience. With his knowledge of insurance practice, Jack levels the playing field for his clients by aggressively defending his client's rights. He and his partners and associates have successfully handled
insurance bad faith
cases against numerous insurance companies.

He was selected by his peers to be included in the 2008 and the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, in the specialty of Personal Injury Litigation. He is recognized as one of the Top 500 Plaintiff Attorneys in the United States by LawDragon. The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association voted Jack as Trial Lawyer of the Year and he has also been selected
to the Super Lawyer of Southern California list for several years.

He has received recognition from the Members of Congress of the United States of America, California Senate, the California Legislature, the Los Angeles Superior Court, the County of Los Angels, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Metropolitan News Enterprise.

In addition to being the immediate past President of the Italian American Lawyers Association, Jack has served as the President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Cowboy Lawyers Association. He received the Consumer Attorneys of California-California Trial Lawyers Association Presidential Award of Merit in 1994, 1996 and 2000, and the Pollock Award in 2006.

Despite his numerous individual accomplishments and
awards, Jack believes the best interest of the client is served by a solid team effort by all of the attorneys and staff of the law firm.

Jack received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his juris doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law School. His interests outside the practice of law include horseback riding, painting and boxing.


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 50%
    39 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    39 years
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    39 years
  4. Insurance: 10%
    39 years

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  • Samuel Eugene Spital

    John is a distinguished lawyer and a credit to the profession. His education, background, knowledge and experience are also apparent from a brief perusal of his profile on his firm website. I endorse John to those looking for a lawyer in the practice areas he focuses his expertise and one with an impeccable career.

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1925 Century Park East, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA, 90067

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197605/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Superb Rating 10/10AVVO2012
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributionAdvocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association of Southern California.2011
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Sected to the list of Best Lawyer in Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2011
Selected to the Leading Lawyer in America listLawdragon2011
Superb RatingAVVO2011
Person of the YearMetropolitan News-Enterprise2010
Los Angeles' Best lawyersBest Lawyers in America2010
Superb RatingAVVO2010
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Selected to the list of Top 500 Plaintiff Attorneys in AmericaLawdragon2009
Presidential AwardConsumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2009
Presidential Award of MeritThe Consumer Attorneys of California2009
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Presidential AwardConsumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2008
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California2008
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Selected to Best Lawyer in Personal Injury Litigation listBest Lawyers in America2007
Trial Lawyer of the YearLos Angeles Trial Lawyer Association2007
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Selected to the Top 500 Plaintiff Attorneys in America listLaw Dragon2007
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2006
Edward I. Pollock AwardConsumer Attorneys of California2006
Selected to the list of Southern California Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Men of Achievement AwardCentury City Chamber of Commerce2003
Ted Horn Memorial AwardConsumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles2001
Outstanding President of the Year AwardConsumer Attorneys of California2000
Outstanding President of the Year AwardConsumer Attorneys of California1996
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California1996
Presidential Award of MeritCalifornia Trial Lawyers Association1994
Outstanding Achievement AwardCalifornia Trial Lawyers Association1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennett1977 - Present
PartnerCheong, Denove, Rowell, Bennett & Karns2012 - 2013
PartnerCheong, Denove, Rowell, Antablin & Bennett1999 - 2002
PartnerCheong & Denove1978 - 1999
PartnerMusa, Cheong & Denove1977 - 1977
AssociateRoper & Folio1976 - 1976
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
America Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles ChapterVice President2012 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Directors2007 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesExecutive Committee - Los Angeles Chapter2002 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesDiplomate2001 - Present
Court Committee - Los Angeles Superior CourtBench Bar Committee1999 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember1995 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember1994 - Present
Cowboy Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1989 - Present
Cowboy Lawyers AssociationMember1989 - Present
ABOTA Inn of CourtMember1987 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1982 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Italian American Lawyers AssociationMember1977 - Present
Italian American Lawyers AssociationPresident2010 - 2010
Italian American Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect2009 - 2009
Italian American Lawyers AssociationVice President2008 - 2008
American Board of Trial AdvocatesSecretary - Los Angeles Chapter2007 - 2008
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationBlue Ribbon Committee2005 - 2008
Cowboy Lawyers AssociationPresident2004 - 2004
Italian American Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors2004 - 2007
Cowboy Lawyers AssociationRide Committee Chairperson2003 - 2003
Consumer Attorneys Public Education FundBoard of Governors2002 - 2002
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesExecutive Committee2001 - 2004
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Governors2001 - 2006
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Governors2001 - 2007
Consumer Attorneys Public Education FundPresident2001 - 2001
Court Committee - Los Angeles Superior CourtAB 3820 Committee2000 - 2001
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee of Litigation Section2000 - 2004
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesPresident2000 - 2000
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesPresident-Elect1999 - 1999
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesFirst Vice-President1998 - 1998
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesSecond Vice-President1997 - 1997
Consumer Attorneys Public Education FundBoard of Governors1997 - 2000
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesSecretary1996 - 1996
Court Committee - Los Angeles Superior CourtJury Committee1995 - 1995
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesTreasurer1995 - 1995
Court Committee - Santa Monica Superior CourtCivil Advisory Committee1994 - 2002
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAdvocate1993 - 2000
Cowboy Lawyers AssociationSecretary1991 - 1994
ABOTA Inn of CourtSecretary1990 - 1996
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1986 - 1994
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate1983 - 1992
California Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - 1994
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association,Member1978 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jane Doe vs StarucksStarbucks settles slip and fall for $4.8 million
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationProving Non-economic Damages in Wrongful Death2007
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationBack to Basics: Trying a Motor Vehicle Collision Case2006
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationFulfilling the Legislative Intent of Code of Civil Procedure Section 667.72004
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum MagazineEvidence, Objections, Direct and Cross Examination2004
Los Angeles TimesJuries Aren’t Just Emotional Pushovers2000
The Daily JournalThe Low Road. GM Deserves Punitives for Valuing Profit More Than Human Lives1999
The Advocate-Journal of Consumers Attorneys AssociationChallenges for Cause: What You Don't Know Can Hurt YouN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of California - Los AngelesN/AOther - Bachelors1973
Santa Monica City CollegeN/AAssociate Arts Degree1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar, now available On-DemandMalingering Allegations? Limitations on the Mental Health Expert's Role and Turning the Tables on the Defense.2011
Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Annual Meeting"Understanding Pain"2011
CAALA, Annual ConventionDirect and Cross Examination of Experts2011
CAALA , New Lawyers GroupHow to Get Documentary Evidence Admitted at Trial2010
CAALA, 2009 Las Vegas ConventionAdvanced Trial Skills2009
CAALA, 26th Annual Las Vegas ConventionClosing Argument - Is It too Late2008
CAALA, 26th Annual Las Vegas ConventionAdvanced Trial Skills2008
CAALA, 25th Annual Las Vegas ConventionProving Non-Economic Damages in A Wrongful Death Case2007
CAALA, 25th Annual Las Vegas ConventionDamages2007
CAALA, 24th Annual Las Vegas ConventionVoir Dire2006
CAALA, 23rd Annual Las Vegas ConventionMaximizing Expert Opinion Testimony2005
CAALA, 23rd Annual Las Vegas ConventionEvidence2005
CAALA, 22nd Annual Las Vegas ConventionClosing Arguments by the Masters Part 1 and 22004
CAALA, 21st Annual Las Vegas ConventionExcellence in Trial From Masters Of The Craft2003
CAALA, 20th Annual Las Vegas ConventionMedicine for Lawyers2002
CAALA, 19th Annual Las Vegas ConventionMock Trial: The Premises Liability Case2001
CAALA, 19th Annual Las Vegas ConventionUsing Expert and Lay Testimony in Professional Negligence Cases2001
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionMisdiagnosis Of CancerN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionDances With DocumentsN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionPresenting Medical Evidence: 21 Practice PointersN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionLitigating The Disability Insurance Bad FaithN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionCross Examination Of WitnessesN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionPersuasive Closing ArgumentN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionCross Examination As A SwordN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionDemonstrative Evidence In The 21st CenturyN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionFinding The Smoking GunN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionWhat Do You Do When Your Client Or The Defendant Declares BankruptcyN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionTrade LibelN/A
CAALA, Annual Las Vegas ConventionHow to Litigate a Dog Bite CaseN/A