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Richard Marc Katz

Personal injury Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   4 reviews

Licensed for 43 years

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Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    35%
    What is Personal Injury Law? In the legal sense, personal injury is a tort/civil wrong where injury is caused to an individual because of the negligence of another. One who suffers injury because of the neglect of another is entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. Personal injury law includes medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, product liability, car/auto/motorcycle accidents, slip and falls and dog bites. I / my office has handled thousands of such cases since 1979.

    43 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Car accident
    25%

    43 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Medical malpractice
    24%
    Medical malpractice is professional negligence. This is an act or omission by a health care provider in which the care/treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. Statistics show that approximately 195,000 people are killed every year by medical errors. Many more patients, estimated in excess of 1 million patient-safety incidents occur yearly. I / my office has handled such cases since 1979.

    43 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Elder law
    8%
    Elder abuse can be neglect and physical abuse. We focus on victims of nursing home, healthcare providers and caregivers abuse and neglect of the elderly. The elderly are often helpless in defending themselves against medical complications, such as bed sores, respiratory issues or other medical health problems. They rely entirely on the assistance and care provided by their nursing homes, healthcare providers and caregivers, elder abuse occurs when there is a failure to provide proper care

    43 years

  5. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    8%
    Nursingl Home Abuse & Neglect focuses on victims of nursing home & hospital providers and caregivers abuse and neglect of the elderly. The elderly are often helpless in defending themselves against medical complications, such as bed sores, respiratory issues or other medical health problems. They rely entirely on the assistance and care provided by their nursing homes, hospitals and caregivers, Nursing Home Abuse occurs when there is a failure to provide proper care and treatment .

    43 years

Many people ask "Why did your become a trial lawyer?"

I grew up in simpler times. There was more of the feeling of "helping the other guy" and "care for those less fortunate." As a child in the 1950s and 1960s I was surrounded by organizations that embodied that spirit and philosophy, from the Red Cross to the March of Dimes to Good Will to United Way. Organizations dedicated to help those less fortunate.

I watched televison about trial lawyers, Perry Mason, The Defenders and other shows in which lawyers represented the downtrodden and underdogs.

Living in a lower middle class city environment and growing up in apartments, I quickly learned how difficult it was for regular people to "get justice."

As a child, I remember the story our black mail man told us. His son had been injured and he rushed him to the hospital and they refused to treat his son because of insurance issues. Fortunately the boy did not die and he ultimately got care. But some events did not have happy endings. One of our neighbors was shot and killed because of poor security. My best friend’s dad died of undiagnosed cardiac condition my friend and I were 5 or 6 and his dad was in his 30s. Two young friends who lost their lives on a rafting trip because of unsafe equipment. A neighbor whose child died by drowning in an unprotected swimming pool.

I learned at a young age that bad things happen to good people. I also learned that a lot of my friends and neighbors lives were changed dramatically and forever because of events. Most did not have resources or access to good legal advice. I often thought why can’t they get a Perry Mason to help them. Ah the musing of a child. But these events, motivated me to envision a future in which I could help others in their time of need. In the coming decades I decide to go to college, the second in my family and attend law school.

Many years (decades) later while at Whittier College School of Law, I found that I was intrigued by case law that protected the rights of the injured. I participated in Law Review and advocacy classes. Quickly I realized I had a talent for trial work and that is wanted to do. Following graduation I went to work for senior trial attorneys. And soon I found myself trying personal injury cases and participating in trying medical malpractice cases.

It wasn't long before I became a junior partner. We handled all types of complex personal injury cases such as medical malpractice, product liability, sports injuries, head injuries and catastrophic automobile injuries. Through the handling and successful conclusion of these cases, I learned that not only did we recover compensation for clients but often defendants changed the way they did things to prevent injuries in the future. Litigation led to changes for the better, a safer world.

Through the years as a trial lawyer I have been exposed to many types and varieties of complex personal injury cases. I have successfully tried to verdict a great variety of complex tort cases.

If I can help you in any way, even if only to discuss your case and give you some ideas and input as to your options, I would be happy to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

I always enjoy speaking to potential clients and trying to assist them. Thank you. Please call 626-275-4162. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Licensed for 43 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 09/09/2022

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

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Richard Marc Katz

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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2008
you cannot go wrong with Richard Katz
Some years ago Richard was my lawyer. He is a very good lawyer, he returned phone calls to him, always kept me informed and is a VERY hard worker, he truthfully made me feel as if I was his only client with his personal touches. I honestly feel win or loose a case Richard will ALWAYS give 100 percent to the case. I cannot stress enough how good he is how friendly his staff is and if you need a lwayer this is your man a book of knowledge, trustworthy and friendly.
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Posted by Jesus | September 23, 2013
Mr. Katz overall opinion
I recently got into a car accidnet and needed advixe on my cas. Not only was Mr. Katz very informative but also went above and beyond what i was expecting. Even though it was just a consultation he told me to give him another call if i needed any more advice even though im sure he didn't have to do that.Overall it seems he's very responsible, honest and extremely helpful
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Posted by Ashley | April 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
I definitely would recommend this lawyer. He cares about people he honestly thinks about what you or you’re family has went through, he answered all my questions and I’m truly thankful for all the time and hard work he put into our case .
Posted by Joseph | October 29, 2013
Awesome, Caring, Responsible, Thorough, Considerate, Classy And Genuine
I had a very, very tricky Personal Injury ("slip and fall") case that my own attorney eventually rejected. It's got a lot of risk, it involves attorney-expense, time, etc. It's against a Major Bank who vigorously defends such claims, etc. For so many reasons it's WRONG for the top attorneys in this field. Many or most who either hung-up on me or didn't call back, write back, acknowledge receipt of previous attorney's Demand Letter, etc. Even my own attorney was very lukewarm and unable to give this much time. I understood and understand it all. The fact that an attorney showed interest at all buoyed my surgery and necessary physical rehab, which took a good six months just to again walk. So either way I won, either way this turned out well because I'm walking again, in the gym, exercising, etc. Attorney Katz was just awesome in that he spent some time on the phone (despite being busy and involved in at LEAST one other trial). Returned all calls. If he said and says he'll call he does and did. I was just amazed at the Class-Level given the fact this Slip-and-Fall case is not an attractive proposition. I knew when my first attorney said he's bailing that it was a one-shot thing, a Demand Letter then everyone go home. People have to make a living, pay the rent, it has to make sense for these top guys. From what I understand, Attorney Katz is about as "Tops" as it gets. My first attorney was SURPRISED to hear Attorney Katz expressed ANY interest. (thought maybe I misunderstood or had wax in my ears). He said REALLY, Richard M. KATZ returned a call on this - wow - did Attorney Katz SEE the Demand Letter?! Which just shows how other attorneys in this field regard Attorney Katz - as the top of the top. I'm writing this because I just got off the phone with Attorney Katz. He AGAIN called back (each time I'm shocked), this is THIRD time even though he senses/knows there's nothing very strong - or unusual - or favorable about my position. Which is okay, as written I recovered, I'm well, I'm exercising again - as written the THOUGHT there might be compensation for a difficult year BUOYED my rehab, at least gave me some hope. So Attorney Katz, just wanted to come here, reflect on what a class guy you are - and how anyone needing a top Los Angeles-Pasadena-Glendale-based attorney should first consult you. I'm really in awe in light of the response from the others - and my respect for you knows no bounds. Thanks very much again for your time and attention: Joseph K
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD M. KATZ
  • 1994 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • BERMAN KATZ & WEISS, A Law Corporation
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Partner
  • BERMAN & KATZ, A Law Corporation
  • 1984 - 1991
  • Partner
  • MARTIN M. BERMAN, A Law Corporation
  • 1979 - 1984
  • Associate
  • BERMAN and HANOVER, A Law Corporation
  • 1977 - 1979
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Education

  • Whittier Coll SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • California St Univ Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Failure to Diagnose and Treat Bacterial Endocarditis
  • $667,000.00 seventeen days before trial.
  • Kaiser Permanente Injures Patient During Delivery
  • $895,000.00 to Claimant and Claimant's Husband
  • Recreational Vehicles Can Be Dangerous To Your Health
  • Case Settled for $479,000.00
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Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Los Angeles chapter)
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member - Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers In California - Highest in Ethical & Professional
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2013
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2011
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2010
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2009
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2008
  • American Inns of Court
  • Case Presentation From Inception To Jury Trial
  • 2008
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2007
  • American Inns of Court
  • Case Presentation From Inception To Jury Trial
  • 2007
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2006
  • American Inns of Court
  • Case Presentation From Inception To Jury Trial
  • 2006
  • LOS ANGELES ABOTA TRIAL SCHOOL / JACK DANIELS TRIAL SCHOOL
  • Trial Presentation
  • 2005
  • American Inns of Court
  • Case Presentation From Inception To Jury Trial
  • 2005
  • American Inns of Court
  • Case Presentation From Inception To Jury Trial
  • 2004
  • American Inns of Court
  • Case Presentation From Inception To Jury Trial
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (12)
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Katz just wrote one the finest Avvo answers I have read in 4 years. It was detailed, accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client should and would look for when hiring an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Katz is a valuable asset to this community. His dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Katz is an asset to the avvo community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent, compassionate and wonderful attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a strong knowledge of the law and regularly offers sound (free) legal advice on this site."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a true asset to the legal community and a diligent advocate for his clients."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Katz is an asset to the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Other
"Richard's expertise covers so many areas of the law. I can safely say that if you're injured, call Richard. He is a very knowledgeable and kind attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Katz is an experienced and well respected lawyer in the legal community. He consistently offers sound and practical legal comments in the Avvo forum."
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