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Brett Markson does not shy away from challenging cases.  In 2012, Mr. Markson argued and convinced the California appellate court to recognize a new legal claim to protect his client and others who otherwise had no protection under California law.  The result achieved is so unusual that in the October 2012 edition of the Orange County Lawyer magazine a commentator wrote, “The addition of a common law tort to our law is a stellar event almost as rare as the return of Halley’s comet.”  (The new legal claim is now known as “Intentional Interference with Expected Inheritance” and the case is Beckwith v. Dahl (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1039.)


These days, Mr. Markson focuses on employment lawsuits including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage/payroll claims, etc.  Mr. Markson exclusively represents workers and employees.


Mr. Markson received his Law Degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1991 and his Bachelor’s Degree from University of California San Diego in 1987.  Having started as a prosecutor with the San Diego City Attorney's office, Mr. Markson remains ready and willing to try his cases to a jury.


Before forming Markson Pico LLP in 2005, Mr. Markson practiced as a litigator for the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP and (the now-defunct) Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon LLP. He has represented numerous large, national and Fortune 500 companies in cases involving complex issues of state and federal law. While at the big firms, Mr. Markson handled a wide-range of business litigation, including real estate matters, insurance, employment, wage & hour class actions, product liability, intellectual property litigation, celebrity right-of-publicity matters, partnership disputes and more.


"My experience and training as a former prosecutor and former 'big firm' lawyer provide me with a unique advantage in civil cases.  I'm tough with insurance carriers but I don't overreach.  I can discuss technical points of law with a judge, but also speak plain English to a jury.  Most important, I know how critical it is to be fully prepared for trial.  My clients win because I listen, I care and I come prepared," says Markson.


Mr. Markson started his own firm in 2001 before joining forces with Tim Pico (another former Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi colleague) to form Markson Pico LLP.  Mr. Markson is licensed to practice before all California state and federal courts.  He is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association, and Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Markson was selected for inclusion in 2010 Southern California Super Lawyers, and received a perfect score "10.0" under AVVO--both indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Call Mr. Markson at (213) 895-4000 ext. 201, or (661) 775-0877 ext. 201, for a FREE initial consultation.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Wrongful Termination: 25%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 25%



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Markson Pico LLP

444 South Flower Street
Suite 2160
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

Markson Pico LLP

27240 Turnberry Lane, Suite 200
Santa Clarita, CA, 91355



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super Lawyer 2010Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top Attorneys in Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMarkson Pico LLP2005 - Present
Founding PartnerLaw Offices of Brett S. Markson2001 - 2005
AttorneyRobins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi1999 - 2001
AttorneyBronson Bronson & McKinnon1995 - 1999
AttorneyDaniels, Barrata & Fine1993 - 1995
DeputySan Diego City Attorney's Office1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1991 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Santa Clarita Valley Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Beckwith v. Dahl (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1039Court of appeal recognized new tort claim under California law--IIED.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawN/A1991
University of CaliforniaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1987