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George Chakmakis Jr

Car accident Attorney at Beverly Hills, CA

5.0   11 reviews

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About George

Learn George’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    50%
    All types of vehicle crashes and pedestrians hit by vehicles: automobiles, cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, Uber, Lyft

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    Car Accidents, Motorcycle and Bicycle Crashes, Wrongful death, Truck Accidents, Maritime, Jones Act, Construction site injury and death, Uber, Lyft

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Trucking accident
    15%
    All types of truck crashes including injuries and wrongful death

    31 years, 200 cases

George Chakmakis has practiced Personal Injury law since 1992.  He was included in the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Super Lawyers List for Personal Injury.  That honor was published in Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers Magazine, and the New York Times.  He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

With over 26 years of experience, Mr. Chakmakis’ focuses primarily on car accidents, personal injury, motorcycle and bicycle crashes, pedestrian v. vehicle incidents, and wrongful death. George has litigated high value complex cases to trial in the areas of car crashes, wrongful death, dog bites, defective product liability, and design defects. He has a proven ability to consistently obtain large settlements and trial verdicts for his clients. Mr. Chakmakis also practices all areas of aviation law. He uses his knowledge and experience as a pilot to navigate the complex issues that are part of every aviation incident and transaction, including enforcement actions against the FAA.

Mr. Chakmakis has also tried cases involving: strict products liability, medical malpractice, fraud, and business torts; including trials in state and federal court, and against multiple government entities. George also represented white collar criminal defendants in state and federal courts, including cases involving copyright and trademark infringement, business licenses, and other professional issues.

In 2012, Mr. Chakmakis was honored to be a guest speaker at the largest annual attorneys’ convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Chakmakis has also acted as Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Superior Court. He sat on the bench in Metro Court, Van Nuys, Huntington Park, Culver City, and Beverly Hills; and has heard cases including contract disputes, personal injuries, and traffic. George is also a member and panel attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Prior to founding Chakmakis & Associates, George worked in the Los Angeles offices of Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett where he primarily represented large corporations and insurance companies in litigation matters.

George is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and Southwestern Law School. He is also an instrument rated pilot and enjoys flying in his free time.

Chakmakis & Associates is located in the heart of Beverly Hills at 301 North Canon Drive, Suite 315, Beverly Hills 90210. Mr. Chakmakis can be reached by phone at or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Injury Lawyer Bahar Sadigh, Super Lawyers Rising Star List 2014 & 2015
Personal Injury Super Lawyer George Chakmakis, American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
Licensed for 30 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact George

Makis Law
301 N Canon Dr # 315
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

Reviews

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Posted by Agata | December 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
George has helped me tremendously! After being involved in a car accident for the first time in my life I had no idea what to do or what the next step should be. After asking around friends and family I was referred to George who was very courteous, professional, and trustworthy. He took care of all aspects of the case without me having to worry about anything except getting better. I will definitely be recommending his legal services to friends and family!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Expedient Service!
Mr. Chakmakis returned my call on a Friday night which is highly unusual for a lawyer. He was very compassionate and gave excellent advice. I ended up going with another attorney that I was referred to, however, I highly recommend Mr. Chakmakis if you're in a bad way. He was helpful to both me and my daughter when we were in crisis.
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Posted by Kaitlyn | November 23, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer!
George and his partner Matt are absolutely wonderful and trustworthy lawyers. They explain everything to you clearly and make sure you understand the process ahead of time. They are quick to get results and will work very hard to make sure you win your case. I cannot say enough great things about them and I have and will continue to recommend them to friends/ family who are seeking legal assistance. George and Matt are professionals and will keep you updated every step of the way. I found them by chance when I was searching for a lawyer online and am so grateful I did. They are absolute experts in their field!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2013
George Chakmakis = Honest Thorough Fair-Minded Attorney Who Has Earned Our Trust
My husband and I were being harassed by our condo HOA re: our emotional support animal (ESA) being over the building's weight limit. One board member even reported a fake incident asserting he violently attacked her to initiate HOA's efforts against us. While we had personally defended our incredibly well-behaved ESA & provided board with various state & federal legislation supporting our animal residing with us, as well as the prescribing doctor's letter explaining need for service dog, (the latter being the only true requirement for an ESA who is over building weight limit), the HOA was still illegally demanding removal of dog. We clearly needed someone with a legal background to get our points across, ideally via a simple cease & desist letter, as we had no desire to sue the HOA, which would only penalize our neighbors most of whom are sane, friendly and not supporting the Board's actions in this matter. Amidst a sea of lawyers requesting aggressively large retainers up front, George Chakmakis stood out permitting us to pay an appropriate fee to discuss matter in person & then write requested letter. Within a few days of our meeting, George sent our HOA a well-worded letter introducing himself representing us in matter, effectively ceasing the Board from directly harassing us. He concisely detailed the laws protecting us and where the HOA had violated our rights. Chakmakis demanded withdrawal of HOA's demand for removal of ESA and all penalties they had placed on us. He firmly stated that we will initiate legal procedures unless they complied in writing, seeking punitive damages, reimbursement for interest, costs and attorney's fees. Pleased to say we received confirmation that the matter has been dropped as a result of our attorney, George Chakmakis's effective and thorough work. Should we ever need help in future legal matters, he will certainly be our first call. He's an honest, hardworking, knowledgeable attorney. George examines the full picture and legitimately sees clients as individuals, who he can guide and advocate for, versus simply craft into a hearty meal ticket. He has earned our trust.
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Posted by Geoffrey | March 21, 2013
Geoff's review of George Chakmakis
George got us a really fair settlement for a difficult case in a little over a year. Good work!
Posted by Heather | March 13, 2013
Review for George Chakmakis
Was able to negotiate a large settlement for me in an employment claim in less than a week! Absolutely amazing lawyer! Highly recommended!
Posted by Jonathan | February 15, 2013
A Knight In Shining Armor
George was able to obtain a favorable settlement in a difficult contingency fee auto accident case that many other lawyers refused to even take on. He knows what he is doing, is an effective tactician, polite and courteous, and communicates well. On top of that he is chivalrous and brave. He is my first choice for prosecuting a civil liability claim.
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Posted by David | July 6, 2011
Long term relationships
George has been a trusted advisor for many years. I am an entrepreneur and I usually want quick advise for a new opportuntity or idea. Opportunities come and go quickly so it's important to have a trusted advisor who not only understands your business but your personality as well. I highly recommend George as a not only an excellent lawyer but a trusted advisor.
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Posted by Tom | June 30, 2011
Professional and very Consistent over the years
We have worked with George since back in 2006. He has always been very professional and consistent with his excellent work. He helped us effectively set up corporations, researched important legal matters, consulted us on difficult decisions and essentially proved himself over the years. I recommend him to anyone serious about going into business. He is always accessible via e-mail and phone which is a lot more than I can say for other lawyers I've dealt with. You are in good hands with George Chakmakis, we are grateful to have been referred to him.
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Posted by Greg | June 30, 2011
Great results attorney
I have known George for 25+ years and used him for both business and personal. He has always done a great job and represents me and my company very well. I used him from formation to sale of my company and everything in between. He is someone that I truly trust and has a high level of integrity
Posted by Patrick | June 30, 2011
One of the few great ones
I've worked with George for over a decade and have found him to be highly knowledgeable and possessing of the extra creativity that sets him apart from most attorneys I know. I have always found his advice to be exceptional, and I think of him as being very well rounded because of his mindfulness to important details. George is very diplomatic and charming but brings out the "Bulldog" when appropriate. I would proudly recommend George to anybody that I know.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Chakmakis & Associates
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett LLP
  • 1992 - 1995

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Karapetyan v. ABM
  • $5,000,000.00
  • Beverly P v. Glenn
  • $2,547,350.60
  • Ghuneim v. City of Anaheim
  • $40,045 jury verdict
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Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, CAL-ABOTA
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • Southern California Super Lawyers List-Personal Injury
  • 2014 - Present
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2003 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Attorney Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyers List - Personal Injury
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyers List - Personal Injury
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • AVVO Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2008
  • Certificate
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2004
  • President
  • Southwestern University
  • 1991
  • Moot Court Best Brief Finalist
  • Southwestern University
  • 1990
  • Pro Bono Certificate of Achievement
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Trial Digest
  • Man Lying on Grass in Park Run Over
  • 2012
  • Daily Journal
  • Dangerous Condition of Public Property
  • 2011
  • Daily Journal
  • Auto v Auto Verdicts and Settlements
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (47)
Given (90)
Endorse George
Car accident Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chakmakis is an excellent advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend my own clients to him if they were in need."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is professional, bright and finds creative solutions to complex legal problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. he will get you top dollar on your personal injury matter. A superb lawyer and counselor."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is a well known and well respected lawyer who has brought incredible results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Chakmakis. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Mr. Chakmarkis. His dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chakmakis is a tremendously skilled advocate who has been known to go that extra mile for those who need a little extra in Southern California. Having worked in the personal injury world myself for the last 16 years, such lawyers are few and far between. If you need help after someone else caused you an injury, call George!"
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chakmakis is particularly skilled and qualified to successfully evaluate and handle personal injury claims. His practice is focused on representing accident victims and maximizing the recovery for his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chakmakis takes the time to fully understand the issues in a legal matter. Often this results in finding a solution that is more creative than the obvious and as a result, more profitable for those involved I endorse this lawyer without hesitation."
General practice Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"George is an avid advocate and zeaIously represents his client's interests. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is a great attorney who fully understands the law and communicates with ease. I highly recommend George!"
Employment and labor Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chakmakis's reputation proceeds him in the legal community. His clients will be happy. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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