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Gary Steven Casselman

Civil rights Attorney at Venice, CA

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Gary

Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    40%
    Representing victims of police misconduct against police officers and their departments for over 30 years.

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    Serious auto accidents, negligent and intentional torts (individual misconduct)

  3. Criminal defense
    25%
    Felony and misdemeanors in California state court

Location

Gary Steven Casselman
P.O. Box 539
Venice, CA, 90294

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Posted by JohnB | November 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Finally able to put this all behind me.
Wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution, court appearances dragging over 3 years! Gary worked diligently to get my case dismissed despite numerous court appearances and long drives. Across 3 1/2 years, Gary was there for my wife and I. Very knowledgeable and steadfast in my defense. I'm thankful for his every effort on my behalf. Without Gary, I know things could have been terrible for my family. For this and for Gary...I am thankful.
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Posted by Robert | October 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
"...The Man Who Gave Me a Chance to See My Mom Again Before Her Demise..."
".....2014-2015 ary took over My case from David Kenner & Brett Greenfield & after Finances being rough for My family and payments going from scarce to none at all Gary did what nobody would do and remained lawyer of record and got the courts to rescind My 19 year conviction to only 9 years which brought Me home in 2018 which allowed Me to spend the last four years of My Mother's life with her. I am currently in contact with Gary as I owe him literally and figuratively & his heart is one of gold!!! Forever indebted to Mr. Casselman..."
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Posted by Matthew Cammarano | August 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great
Gary has helped me out a couple times he’s an amazing where he takes time to understand your problems and he works really hard to get your case dismissed he has gone out of his way on and off the clock for me so many times I can’t thank him enough
Posted by Mark | August 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and thoughtful about the client
Gary took my case and persistently followed up on tthe case. He did many things that I had no idea about apriori as I struggled with the severe depression from my loss If he isn't a God send Then I don't know what is. God bless him and his wife who he practices law with.
Posted by James | June 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity and Character
There are so many things for me to say about Mr. Gary Casselman, however I will be short and descriptive. Integrity and Character are the words I would use to describe Mr. Casselman. He did what he said he would do for us, and he stuck with us through thick and thin, more importantly, he won our civil case for us against the establishment. Both him and his wife Dani treated my beautiful Wendy with love and care, plus they were very gentle with me helping us through a very painful case. God Bless you Gary and Dani. If you want a great attorney, contact Mr. Cassleman. Sincerely Norman James McBride
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Posted by Micha | May 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
This is the only lawyer you will need.
Look no further. Gary and Dani will work tirelessly for you and with you, from the beginning to completion of your case. They know what they are doing and they know how to do it really well.
Posted by E. J. Ortega | March 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is dedicated to his clients
When Gary takes on a case he believes in it and pushes it to the end. He definitely puts in the long hours for his clients, which includes nights, weekends and holidays.
Posted by Sabrina | September 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Where do I begin...
When you think of an attorney will not think of Gary Casselman. Gary Casselman is more of a friend and family member type of character. He is honest, funny, hard-working, a family man, and gets the job done the right way. I can’t count precisely how many times I have been represented by Gary Casselman but he was there for me at the worst time in my life. He represented me in a lawsuit involving an assault at a rehabilitation center and successfully got me me a aHey handsome settlement. We only had one meeting and got the offer within a week. We did not have to go to court. He also got me off of a serious charge while I was a minor 15 years of age from the accessory to murder down to a misdemeanor battery charge. This was justified considering the circumstances but Gary did it. Gary is so approachable and so thorough and easy to talk to. You will feel like your friend isIs right there by your side representing you rather than a cold attorney that’s only in it for the money. His family is a reflection of himself. His daughter, amazingly well spoken, kind, mature and amazing. His wife Danny, also an attorney who is amazing the same. If you need an attorney, there is simply no search involved. You do not need to look. Gary Casselman will do the job and do the best job that can be done. Thank you Gary for everything you’ve done for me and my family. Is right there by your side representing you rather than a cold attorney that’s only in it for the money. His family is a reflection of himself. His daughter, amazingly well spoken, kind, mature and amazing. His wife Dani, also an attorney who is amazing the same. If you need an attorney, there is simply no search involved. You do not need to look. Gary Casselman will do the job and do the best job that can be done. Thank you Gary for everything you’ve done for me and my family. I will forever be grateful for you and your family.
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Posted by Angelique | September 21, 2020
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Most Honest Attorney
When I say, Mr Casselman is the most honest attorney, maybe the most honest attorney, in all of Los Angeles, I say this because, I had the unfortunate experience, of being in need, of an attorney, in numerous cases. In one case, I paid over $1.5 million dollars, to greedy uncaring attorneys, that dragged the case out, for over a decade, with no resolve, so they could continue, to charge their outrageous fees. Since then, Mr. Casselman has represented me in numerous different cases, and in different areas, of the law, and in each case, Mr. Casselman’s fees were reasonable. Not only were Mr. Casselman’s fees reasonable, but I knew, at all times, he truly wanted the very best outcome, for me. I am forever grateful, to Mr. Casselman, and his lovely wife, who is also an attorney, for all their help, over many years. I could not, more highly, recommend Mr. Casselman, in whatever case there maybe.
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Posted by AirCombat | September 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Skilled Trial Lawyer - Honesty, Integrity, & Class
If you are reading this, you are someone who needs legal help, and are most likely experiencing the worst time of your life. Entering into a legal battle, as a plaintiff who has been injured either financially, physically or both is a life changing choice worthy of diligent decision making. This can be hard to do when you are in duress from what has happened it is happening to you. When I called Mr Casselman, I was in dire need of a trial lawyer when I realized that my attorney was not able to actually perform a jury trial due to his lack of trail experience and his inability to communicate effectively (due to poor English speaking skills) before the Court. I had very legitimate concerns that the trial would fail if I did not hire someone quickly with the proper training and skills that 40+ years as a Civil Rights Trial Lawyer would certainly have. I made the best choice of my life hiring Mr Casselman just 2 days before trail began in February 2020. Mr. Casselman skillfully executed what most lawyers would have never attempted, putting on a jury trial with very little preparation against the City of Fullerton for a significant Breach of Contract case that due to the actions of a government employee, Brandan O’Reilly, the City of Fullerton Airport Manager, destroyed my Father’s 30 year aviation business. Mr Casselman, found the truth, laid out a timeline, and proved to a jury of 9 that the City in fact breached our contract early, by “anticipatory repudiation” and caused our company to be deprived of our rights to extend our 35 year lease for 30 more years as the City of Fullerton was required to honor, per the lease. Mr Casselman proceeded to earn a UNANIMOUS VERDICT from 9/9 Jurors for a 7 figure award in September 2020. Thank you Mr Casselman for doing what you do. You are a professional, with integrity and fight for what’s right... even when doing so seems nearly impossible... protecting the rights of the little guy, like David v Goliath, against a City who clearly had the upper hand with vastly more resources, strength, money and time. You still chose to fight them for us, and beat them handily, despite their ruthless tactics and below the belt style. You are a class act. We are forever grateful.
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Posted by Jack | September 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced Trial Attorney with a good personality
I'm a plaintiff attorney and started a civil case in Oct 2017 but need some help to finish the jury trial. A prestigious OC Law Firm quoted $750K for the task in Dec 2019, where my client can't afford it. Luckily that we found Attorney Casselment who brought his integrity, experiences, and trial skills to finish the job. It is the first jury trial finished after the COVID-19 in OC, as announced by the presiding Judge. Hat off to Attorney Casselman, an excellent, experienced, and skillful trial attorney with a likable personality, who truly brings value to the table.
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Posted by David | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The most hard working lawyer!
Garry Casselman worked extremely hard on my case, especially considering the very reasonable fee he charges. Of my experience with lawyers he has been the most communicative by far and he will fight for you! With a great sense of humor he will take you through the process and make sure you get the best outcome possible. I Highly recommend at least reaching out to him if you are in need of a lawyer, he is extremely easy to talk to!
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Posted by JASON RICHARDS | December 16, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
REFERENCE
Gary Steven Casselman a Civil Rights, Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Attorney responded to my email from the Avvo website when I briefly detailed what my case was about. Gary Casselman responded promptly and including that I lived in Australia. Gary asked questions to further inquire into my case and gave advice. Currently Gary Casselman the Attorney and I are consulting each other to the issues of the case.
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Posted by Mr.Green | July 17, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
The way real pepole show they truly want to HELP you.
I called Mr.Casselman's on a Sunday morning around 8:30 because I was dealing with a legal issue that hade been keeping me up all night and stressing me out . I found him online on a avvo website I just stumbled across looking to speak to someone to get legal advice ,his name was on a long list of legal lawyers, of the list he was about the 8th name on the list , I started from the top ,calling 1 by 1 . the first 7 lawyers, there were no answer only a voice mail, witch I was not surprised being it was a Sunday morning around 8am but whin I called the 8th lawyer on the list Mr. Casslman he picked up on the 3rd ring and was completely helpful in giving me amazing legal advice and helping me have a very good understanding about what I should /could or in my situation able to do about it. I was so amazed how nice he was and how the BIG M word never came out his mouth . (MONEY) yes money he never got into money or getting straight to if I was going to pay him to be my lawyer and all that ,not ever once, to the point I new for a fact if I did need a lawyer HE would be the lawyer I would be giving my money to without any second thought . after speaking to Mr.Casselman I was able to have a full understanding from a legal point and feel confident about my next move on resolving this legal matter I was dealing with and scared and stressing over . thank you so much Mr. Casselman may Angels look over you and your love ones forever .
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Passionate, Detailed, Professional
Gary Casselman is a lawyer who knows the law. In times of great stress and uncertainty it was his execution in the court room and dogged determination that brought me peace. He was always on time to court and always available to answer my questions between appearances. Often times high level professionals talk at you and can be rude in how they explain concepts. Gary was just the opposite displaying patience and explaining things in depth and with great clarity. Gary is an exceptional writer and works extremely hard to research and present undeniable case law in his pretrial motions. My case was thrown out and even though the case is over I consider Gary a friend. He changed my life!
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Posted by Ms. N | May 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Authentic, exceptionally bright civil rights attorney
I hired Gary to represent me in a civil rights action because he knows the law and his instincts are good. At deposition, Gary elicited contradictory testimony and he scored as many good points for my position as could be expected. If you have a decent case, and you want to win, hire Gary.
Posted by Mignon | April 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Client
I have known Gary for many years. He is an amazing individual. He has a very warm, comforting and trusting personality. As a client, I have witnessed his effectiveness in interfacing with his colleagues, judges and jurors. He is knowledgable, tenacious, powerful and efficient. Gary has represented me and several of my friends on numerous occasions in varied situations. In all cases, he did an outstanding job, resulting in very favorable decisions.(the charges were reduced, dismissed or received a not guilty verdict.) In one of the cases, Gary successfully negotiated with the DA's office to prevent the filing of charges. It goes without saying, I have the upmost respect and confidence in Gary's ability to represent his clients in an ethical and professional manner. He works diligently until the very end for his clients.
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Posted by Mr B | March 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Let The Rules of Engagement began
I on my own accord first located Mr. Casselman back in 2001 when I was Amped up to sue someone. I was reading about various Civil Attorneys as well as some former ones (i.e. Steven Yagman) and Mr. Casselman agreed to meet w/me. Although I had much more serious matters on my plate over the yrs. Mr. Casselman has been there when I could and could not afford his up scale wage billing fees. He has gotten on Bail bondsman heads to seek out my release, (w/my own funds of course and w/o any property being put up) when I was facing three (3) different felony charges w/a bail totaling 240K. He got each one down to 30K apiece in one day to 90K. ';-} He keeps U very informed on what's going on, but you do have to do your part and pay close attention to any & all court matters. You have to play a role yourself in order 2b able to understand what function everyone else is playing, be it a Civil Matter or especially a Criminal Charge against U. It has become in my experience that if you can't afford who U want @ least pay something for that person's time to hear U out. It could be the best $300-500 dollars for information that you will get spending it on some Atty's for that One Full Hour of their total attention with only you, and it could turn out to be better than U would have expected. Oh, and by the way, never lie or hide anything from any attorney that U may end-up hiring it is the most Quickest way for them to fail you b/c you failed them by not telling them everything potentially fatal no matter how small it is too you. It could very well, just the same have a much larger impact than you may not think that it would by keeping it to yourself. Don't drive your Atty into a dead end issue that he/she can't back out of b/c they didn't see it coming possibly around the corner or straight up ahead from the other side. I have never kept anything from Mr. Casselman and for this reason is probably Why (& I'm not even sure of this myself) that he even still takes on any further interest in my various cases. I have dealt w/him this long b/c he won't sugar coat his client's skin. It is what it could be @ that time. If U can afford a car note, car insurance, and a rental property than you can afford Mr. Casselman. He has even been later hired by some others who he once went up against. I don't understand that one, but it is what it is. Google his name & see what you can come up with yourself. Don't get me wrong I still do use and consult w/other attorneys besides Mr. Casselman and he has had no hard ill feelings about it. This is what I do when I may believe that for one reason or another that if he either tells me that's his plate is currently to full or that I can't wait for his load to lighten up then I will move on myself as my time may be of the essence too due to my situation @ that given point of time in my life. And, though Mr. Casselman did agree to meet w/me back in 2001, I did run his name through the California State Bar to see if there was any flaws and I hadn't found any even to this date. I would recommend that anyone looking to hire any attorney, to do a State Bar Check or even a Google run of the name and see what you "CAN" find out. Remember, this is your $$$ and any $$$ well earned should also be $$ well spent if and whenever need be for yourself, a love one or even on the family pets. Any attorney can take your $$ in this State of California but if you want just any attorney than answer a flier that you may get in the mail or by some word of mouth friend or relative who had hired the attorney that you now want b/c he/she can take on you case @ an affordable beginning rate but as time goes on, If you don't pay attention or read your retainer agreement than not only are you going to be out of that New Attorney $$, you may not have anymore $ to get another one on the 2nd, go round, So it does pay off very much so to do your research and homework on Mr. Casselman or any other attorney for that matter.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/ Owner
  • Casselman Law Offices
  • 1981 - Present

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v Ortega
  • Through listening carefully to the client, investigation and numerous motions, argument and negotiation, the entire case (5 count felony) was dismissed without a trial.
  • Schulman v. GI Leasing dba American Riggers, et al
  • Verdict $690,000
  • Friedman v. City of Los Angeles
  • Pre-trial settled $3.25 million
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Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • 1990 - Present
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1981 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Gradutate
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Police Liability
  • Experts, Wrongful Death & Precautionary Probate Measures
  • 2005
  • “POLICE LIABILITY IN CALIFORNIA”
  • HIGH TECH PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse Gary
Unknown Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Friend
"Gary is an incredibly thoughtful and diligent man and I gladly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I personally know Mr. Casselman, he is hardworking, very experienced and knowledgeable. He is very experienced and skilled in handling cases in federal and state court."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gary is a wonderful human being and a damned fine advocate. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Casselman is one of the top trial lawyers in Southern California."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gary is a leader in the law profession where his reputation precedes him. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with him on some cases at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, WY. Gary is one of the kindest human beings I have ever met. I could not proffer a higher endorsement of him."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He was my attorney in two matters. I am pleased with his excellent, brilliant work. I have worked with him on several matters and he is wise, ethical, hard working, and really gutsy. Happy to give him five stars if that is the standard for a great lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been following Mr. Casselman's stellar professional career for decades and can only speak of him in superlatives. He is the only attorney I would use in Los Angeles, and the only Los Angeles attorney I would trust with my family, friends, and clients."
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