I am committed to delivering the highest level of legal representation regardless of the size of the client or the issues in dispute. As a firm that counts its trial practice as one of its core specialties, we are committed to the principle that aggressive, knowledgeable and efficient preparation creates opportunities for successful outcomes for our clients regardless of the nature of the case. I also devote a significant amount of my practice to the area of Estate Planning where we try and help our clients avoid probate and estate taxes and protect minor children in the event that one or both parents die. Everyone should have a plan "just in case". Estate Planning is not just for the wealthy anymore.
Because we utilize the latest technology, we are always available to our clients and have the capability to respond quickly to fast-moving developments in a case. This is particularly important to many of our East Coast clients whose working day starts hours before most lawyers on the West Coast are getting out of bed.
Unlike other firms, we achieve results for our clients as rather than slavishly following the "process". We treat the process for what it is: subordinate to the goals of the client. "What will advance the objectives of the client?…How will this tactic achieve the client's goals…?" These are the questions we ask and answer when pursuing every matter. Furthermore, our clients play an integral part in the formation of the goals, objectives and tactics and work closely with us in implementing them. We want and expect our clients to be full partners and not merely bystanders in their own matters.
There are "paper lawyers" and there are "trial attorneys". Many lawyers proficient at the "process" fall on their face when asked to convince 12 ordinary people of the righteousness of a particular cause. To be effective at trial a lawyer must have the right mix of street smarts, legal knowledge and ease of presence in front of a jury - in short, "trial charisma". This combination of qualities makes an attorney a worthy opponent before and during trial. Managing partner Christopher Bagnaschi possesses these qualities and has been successful over 80% of the time. When an opposing counsel sizes up our firm, they run a verdict search and quickly conclude that we are not novices or afraid to try cases - an intangible factor in the calculus of litigation.
Whether you are a large corporation or an individual, your matter will benefit from the reputation we enjoy in the legal community. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Top lawyers||Southern California Super Lawyers||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Managing Partner||Law Office of Christopher J. Bagnaschi||2004 - Present|
|Senior Counsel||Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, LLP||2002 - 2004|
|Senior Associate||Yoka & Smith, LLP||1999 - 2002|
|Associate||Knopfler & Robertson||1995 - 1999|
|Associate||Erickson Arbuthnot Brown Kilduff & Day||1992 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Italian American Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|Italian-American Bar Association||Board Member||1991 - Present|
|Federal District Court, California||Member||1991 - Present|
|Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|California State University, Fullerton||MA - Masters||1988|
|California State University, Fullerton||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
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