Mr. Marangell was born and raised in New Cannan, Conn.,
and moved to California in
1984. He always had an appreciation for the law, as his grandfather and
uncle were attorneys.
Mr. Marangell graduated from the University
of California, Irvine
(B.A. 1992) and Western State University College of Law (J.D. 1996). Mr.
Marangell sat for the Bar examination in February 1997 and passed on his first
attempt (the pass rate for that examination was 49%). He is admitted to
practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court
for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of
Marangell began his law career with The Petersen Law firm (now Jackson,
DeMarco, Tidus, Petersen & Peckenpaugh), where he exclusively represented
police officers from Huntington Beach, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, LAPD,
Laguna Beach, Westminster, Maywood, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Long Beach and
South Gate, among others. During his tenure, Mr. Marangell negotiated
labor contracts for police unions, defended officers in civil suits in both
State and Federal court, defended officers in internal affairs investigations,
and represented officers in termination proceedings. He also frequently
served as plaintiff’s counsel for officers in a variety of civil claims such as
wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and labor law violations.
representing these officers in civil actions on the plaintiff’s side, Mr.
Marangell decided to devote his practice exclusively to plaintiff’s work.
After five years with the Petersen firm, Mr. Marangell left to practice in the
personal injury field.
Mr. Marangell's practice now focuses on representing plaintiffs in personal
injury matters and litigation. Mr. Marangell has taken personal injury
cases to mediation, arbitration and trial with great results in counties all
over Southern California and beyond.
In 2005, Mr. Marangell was appointed as a Special Master by the State Bar,
pursuant to Penal Code section 1524, serving Los Angeles
and Orange counties.
Marangell still maintains strong ties to the police world and in April 2006,
was appointed as General Counsel for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Professional
Mr. Marangell regularly gives his time pro bono at the Coastline College
Legal Clinic in Fountain Valley,
assisting people who cannot afford legal representation, and frequently
provides his legal services pro bono.