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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Southern California Super Lawyer 2010||Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Top Attorneys in Southern California||Los Angeles Magazine||2010|
|Managing Partner||Markson Pico LLP||2005 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Law Offices of Brett S. Markson||2001 - 2005|
|Attorney||Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi||1999 - 2001|
|Attorney||Bronson Bronson & McKinnon||1995 - 1999|
|Attorney||Daniels, Barrata & Fine||1993 - 1995|
|Deputy||San Diego City Attorney's Office||1991 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||1991 - Present|
|Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||Member||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|California Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|Beckwith v. Dahl (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1039||Court of appeal recognized new tort claim under California law--IIED.|
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|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||N/A||1991|
|University of California||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|