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I am proud to join my good friend and one of the finest trial lawyers, great legal minds, and gentlemen you'd ever know, Philip J. Layfield, in the formation of Layfield & Barrett, APC!


For years I have worked hard to be a true Trial Lawyer for the People. I have been honored to be President of the most influential local trial bar in America, CAALA, in 2015. I am also proud to lead CAOC, ABOTA, and other lawyers who shape our laws and protect access to justice for the people.


L&B provides the best in representation of people on a contingency fee, anywhere in America, and especially in California. Our lawyers and staff are incredibly talented, diverse, collaborative, driven to succeed, and provide the best representation from sign up through trial. We have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for success. We never forget our roots. I have helped found Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities, and am a former President, while my partner Phil is the new President of LATLC in 2016, helping to make Los Angeles better by serving those in need, especially the homeless, the children, our elderly & disabled, battered women, and teenagers needing direction and compassion.


Layfield & Barrett is one of the premier Plaintiff law firms in America, with offices in Irvine, California, Los Angeles, California, Scottsdale, Arizona, Park City, Utah and Bangalore, India. With a highly skilled and accomplished staff of approximately 20 trial lawyers and a staff of 60 providing technological, legal, investigative, and medico-legal forensic support, the firm works of people and businesses on a contingency fee.


We specialize in serious & catastrophic injury case, death cases, significant business disputes, high-profile cases involving civic leaders, celebrities, economic and environmental disasters, bad faith insurance practices, product liability, mass torts and class actions, negligence, breach of contract, police brutality and Constitutional rights litigation and trial. We are trial lawyers for the people. We are passionate, skilled and accomplished, with over a billion dollars in results through our work.  



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    27 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    27 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Civil Rights: 15%
    27 years, 40 cases
  4. Defective Products: 15%
    27 years, 300 cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Layfield & Barrett APC

525 South Douglas Street
Suite 280
El Segundo, CA, 90245


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Super LawyerTop Southern California SuperLawyers2016
Super LawyerTop Southern California SuperLawyers2015
Bruce Traney Lifetime Achievement AwardLATLC2015
President's AwardCAOC2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
President's AwardCAOC2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Super LawyerTop Southern California SuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerTop Southern California SuperLawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
President's AwardCAOC2013
Super LawyerTop Southern California SuperLawyers2012
President's AwardCAOC2011
Top Southern California Super LawyersTop Southern California Super Lawyers2011
Top Southern California Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2010
Top Southern California Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2009
Streetfighter of the Year - NominationConsumer Attorneys of California2008
Trial Lawyer of the Year - NominationConsumer Attorneys of California2008
Top Southern California Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
Top Southern California Super LawyerN/A2007
Top Southern California Super LawyerN/A2006
ABOTA Associate Rank Trial LawyerN/A2003
Member, Board of GovernorsN/A1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner - Los Angeles OfficeLayfield & Barrett, APC2015 - Present
Senior Trial LawyerKabateck Brown Kellner2013 - 2015
PartnerThe Cochran Firm California2007 - 2013
PrincipalThe Barrett Law Firm, APC2006 - 2015
Junior PartnerMardirossian & Associates, Inc.1989 - 2006
Senior Law ClerkGreene, O'Reilly, Broillet, Paul, Simon, Taylor, Wheeler & McMillan1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Thomas More Society of Los AngelesExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Governors2010 - Present
Irish American Bar Association of Los AngelesMember2010 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesExecutive Committee Member2009 - Present
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers CharitiesPresident 2011-2012, Chairman of the Board, Founding Friend2006 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesBoard of Governors1999 - Present
American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)Member1989 - Present
California Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember1987 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation SectionExecutive Committee Member2013 - 2015
CAALA Advocate MagazineAssociate Editor2004 - 2014
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMember1998 - 2016
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember1998 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Libaridian v. HabibPolicy limit demand paid: $3.5 Million
Guerra v. Starline Tours Buses$3,500,000
Cortes v. Spaulding Equipmentlifetime care and $2.85 Million approved by Orange County Superior Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Daily JournalNegotiations & Mediations2015
Los Angeles Daily JournalProduct Liability Law & Autonomous Vehicles2015
CAALA AdvocatePresident's Column2015
CAALA AdvocateFraming Themes at Trial2015
CAALA AdvocateTrial Motions2008
Daily JournalTypical Personal Injury Motions in Limine2007
CAALA AdvocateChronic PainN/A
CAALA AdvocateFunctional Brain ImagingN/A
CAALA AdvocateDamagesN/A
CAALA AdvocateVoir DireN/A
CAALA AdvocateMotions in LimineN/A
CAOC Forum MagazineThe Ford ExplorerN/A
CAOC Forum MagazinePunitive DamagesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Oxford UniversityInternational Legal StudiesN/A1988
New England School of LawLawN/A1987
University of Massachusetts, AmherstJournalism / Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Southwestern Law School studentsFrom Security Guard to Trial Lawyer of the Year2015
PrivateValdez Settlements2015
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Vegas ConventionFraming Themes and Anchors for Trial2015
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesCAALA Gala Speech - 2015 President Joseph M. Barrett2015
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Vegas ConventionJury Selection & Opening Statements2014
Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. trial lawyersCochran Firm Partner & Trial Lawyer for the People2013
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Vegas ConventionDamages - Chronic Pain2013
Los AngelesTrucking Accidents2012
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Vegas ConventionTrial2012
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Vegas ConventionTBI2011
2010 CAALA Vegas ConventionCAALA Vegas2010
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionHandling a Case Properly From Intake to Filing2009
Winston Hayes v. County of Los AngelesInsider Exclusive - Civil Rights2008
Insider Exclusive (TV)- Cochran Firm Civil RightsCivil Rights Litigation and Trial2008
Historic Verdict follows brutal shoot outLACSD Alleged Police Misconduct (Proven at Jury Trial)2008
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionTorts2008
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionAccident Reconstruction2007
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionMotions in Limine2006
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionTorts2005
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionTorts2004
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionTorts2003
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionTorts2002
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionConvention Co-Chairperson2001
CAALA Las Vegas ConventionConvention Co-Chairperson2000
CAOC TahoeTorts1998
CAOC TahoeTorts1996