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Alan Richard Brayton

Mesothelioma and asbestos Attorney at Novato, CA

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also known as Al Brayton

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  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Alan

Learn Alan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Mesothelioma and asbestos
    50%
    Representing individuals and their families in Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Gastro-intestinal cancers, Ovarian cancer, Lymphoma, Asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases.

    40 years, 15,000 cases

  2. Defective and dangerous products
    25%
    Focus on dangerous drugs, toxic exposures including benzene and beryllium, and silicosis cases for engineered stone workers.

    40 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    25%
    All types of catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

    40 years, 1,000 cases

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With over forty years of experience, Al Brayton is recognized as one of the West's leading attorneys representing injured individuals and their families in all types of personal injury, products liability and mass tort litigation. He also enjoys a national reputation as one of the foremost attorneys representing victims of asbestos-related disease and has represented clients from virtually every state.

 

He has been recognized by the Consumer Attorneys of California for his particular experience as a Trial Lawyer in the areas of Products Liability and Professional Negligence. He has successfully tried and settled numerous cases involving victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, products liability, medical malpractice and personal injury, and has handled and argued cases involving a wide range of issues before the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal and various Federal Courts. Under his leadership, Brayton Purcell has become one of the premier trial firms in the western United States.

 

Born and raised in Northern California, Mr. Brayton graduated from Shasta High School in Redding, California before attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation, and spent the next twelve years on active duty in the USAF, serving in a variety of jobs both in the United States and overseas, including seven years as a Judge Advocate. Upon leaving the Air Force he entered private practice in Novato, California, concentrating initially on asbestos litigation and aviation cases.

 

Early in his career, Mr. Brayton won one of the first asbestos cases ever tried in San Francisco Superior Court, and he successfully tried the first asbestos case in Solano County. He has been instrumental in the development of General Orders that govern the conduct of asbestos litigation in various counties throughout the State of California.

 

Although most of his time is currently dedicated to asbestos litigation, he also has extensive experience in defective medical device litigation and other toxic tort litigation. He has served as Plaintiffs' Statewide Coordinating Counsel in California cases involving defective Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) implants, served as plaintiffs' co-counsel in Hawaii TMJ litigation, and has served on the TMJ Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the nationwide Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) "In Re TMJ Implants Products Liability Litigation." He has negotiated key settlements in cases involving beryllium exposure and beryllium lung disease in plant worker and end-user cases across the United States. He has also served as lead counsel and settled various consumer class actions involving a wide range of problems ranging from altered medical vaccines to rent control abuses.

 

He also has extensive experience working with asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts, and currently serves as Chair of the Trust Advisory Committee for several Trusts involved in providing compensation for current and future asbestos victims. He recently served as Co-Chair of the Unsecured Creditor's Committee in the Chrysler Bankruptcy, and was appointed by the Bankruptcy Court to serve as Litigation Manager for litigation stemming from this bankruptcy.

 

In addition to supervising the firm and working as a trial lawyer, Mr. Brayton has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California and reviews and comments on proposed legislation that affects consumer rights and access to the justice system. He has testified before Congress on behalf of asbestos victims to oppose industry efforts to relax stringent asbestos control standards and has been an invited speaker at a symposium on asbestos-related disease sponsored by the University of California at San Francisco Medical School. He also has been an invited speaker at numerous legal conferences on topics involving asbestos litigation, bankruptcy and trial advocacy. Mr. Brayton is an active member of and Past President of the Public Justice Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to protecting people, the environment and access to the courts. Mr. Brayton continues his involvement by serving on the organization's Board of Directors, and Case Evaluation Committee.

 

An active member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Brayton has held various leadership positions in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. He has served as the Chair of the Plaintiffs' Involvement Task Force and on the Task Force on Strategic Alliances as well as various committees, and has served on the Section's Leadership Council. He has also served as Co-Chair of the ABA Asbestos Task Force and as a mentor and Course Director of the Section's National Trial Academy. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Marin County Trial Lawyers Association, the San Francisco County Trial Lawyers Association, and the Marin County Bar Association. He has also served as the Dean (or Chair) of the National Trial Academy. He is a Master in the American Inns of Court. Reflecting his fondness for the grape, he is also a member of Lawyer Friends of Wine.  Mr. Brayton has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) and continues to support their work.  Mr. Brayton was elected to the National Judicial College's Board of Trustees in 2012, and currently serves as Chair Elect of the board.

 

Mr. Brayton is admitted to the California Bar (1977), the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Third Circuits, U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the Court of Military Appeals. He is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, a rating that indicates that he has practiced law for many years and has achieved the highest level of skill and integrity, and has consistently been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer.

 

 Bar Admissions
  • California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
 
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. - 1976
  • United States Air Force Academy
    • B.S. - 1971
    • Major: Economics
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    • M.S. - 1972
    • Major: Finance
 
 Classes/Seminars
  • Speaker, Symposium on Asbestos–Related Disease, University of California at San Francisco Medical School
  • Speaker, Involving Asbestos Litigation, Bankruptcy and Trial Advocacy
 
Honors and Awards
  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale–Hubbell
 
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Chrysler Bankruptcy, Co–Chair, Unsecured Creditor's Committee
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Public Justice Foundation, Member & Past President
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Member
  • ABA Plaintiffs' Involvement Task Force, past Chair
  • ABA Asbestos Task Force, Co–Chair
  • AGA National Trial Academy, Mentor and Course Director
  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • Marin County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • San Francisco County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master
  • Lawyer Friends of Wine, Member
  • Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), former member Board of Directors
  • National Judicial College, Board of Trustees

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Location

Alan Richard Brayton
222 Rush Landing Rd
Novato, CA, 94945-2469

Reviews

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Posted by David | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mesothelioma Legal Expert
I don't normally write reviews, but this is a review I wholeheartedly recommend to an individual and family in need of an Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorney. I contacted Mr. Brayton when I was in critical condition and was consulted by his staff with all my legal options. His entire staff are true professionals and make the entire litigation process extremely easy. If you want to be treated with respect, honesty, and want someone who will go the extra mile to ensure your success, HIRE Mr. Brayton.
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Posted by Amanda | April 10, 2018
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daughter
I, 100% endorse this firm, and all of its staff. I have been in contact with some for different reasons. All have been very kind, prompt with questions. Very agreeably with me. I explained that I am deaf and cannot do phone calls, they email and text with me with no problems.
Posted by Susan | March 22, 2018
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Daughter
When my Father was diagnosed --- we did not know where to turn. The care and professionalism provided was incredible and beyond any expectation. Before and after my Father's death Mr. Brayton and his team have continued to fight for my family. It is comforting to know that he is our advocate. And, even today 10 years later --- we have him on our side --- getting results with the same passion and success we experienced the first day we walked in the door.
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Posted by Carol | March 2, 2018
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Personal Attention to detail
There are not a million stars or I would put the rating for Al Brayton at a million and one! From the moment my husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma, Al was personally there for us. He and his team dug back into years and years of asbestos exposure and expedited our case and personally followed up. I could not have imagined such care, concern and positive results. I could go on, but let me say that Al was there for us every step of the way. We were blessed to have Al represent us and highly recommend him to anyone who has a loved one experiencing mesothelioma.
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Posted by Junell | February 23, 2018
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I recommend this firm
My brother was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and was referred to Brayton and Purcell. My brother retained the firm to represent him. Throughout the investigation, the attorneys were very compassionate, respectful and very aware of his weakened condition. I attended the court sessions with my brother and was so impressed with the degree of preparation the firm did preparing the case for trial Very positive results due to the diligence of those involved. I highly recommend this firm of Brayton and Purcell. My brother had the utmost confidence in his attorney and relied upon him to represent him and he was not disappointed He was kept informed throughout the process Unfortunately my brother died from this horrible condition but not before learning of the results of his case. He was happy to hear HE WON
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Posted by Randy | February 22, 2018
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Thank You!
“When my father passed away from Mesothelioma, Brayton Purcell LLP coordinated closely with me regarding ongoing legal claims. It’s never easy losing a parent of something so insidious as lung cancer, but the legal coordinators and paralegals at Brayton Purcell provided outstanding, personalized support. I am so appreciative!”………………..Randy
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Posted by Susan- Susie | February 21, 2018
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Brayton & Purcell attorneys-Novato CA, My husbands premature death due to Mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure
Every attorney, at Brayton & Purcell in Novato CA did a outstanding job representing my husband Richards mesothelioma, asbestos exposure suit shortly after he was diagnosed following a biopsy. Always respectful reassuring and available with answers to our concerns and questions. These are the only personal injury attorneys I would ever consider using. They did a great job, we were so grateful unfortunately Richard lost his battle Aug 2016. We sure miss him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding and Managing Partner
  • Brayton Purcell, LLP
  • 1983 - Present
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force Jag
  • 1976 - 1983
  • Active duty
  • United States Air Force
  • 1971 - 1983

Education

  • UC Berkeley Boalt Hall
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • UCLA, Anderson School of Management
  • MS - Master of Science--Finance
  • 1972
  • US Air Force Academy
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Duty v. Abex Corp., 214 Cal. App. 3d 742

Associations

  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Past President
  • 2007 - Present
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Past President
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - 2020
  • National Judicial College
  • Past Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • 2012 - 2023
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, National Trial Academy
  • Dean
  • 2005 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Champion of Justice
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Pursuit of Justice Award
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Asbestos: Risk Assessment, Epidemiology, and Health Effects (in press)
  • Asbestos Litigation & Trust Funds in the United States, Chapter 16
  • 2024

Speaking Engagements

  • 2013 TTEL Meeting--Fuel, Food, Fibers and More
  • Hot Topics in Asbestos Litigation
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (0)
Endorse Alan
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a trial and appellate lawyer with 50 years' experience, having known this lawyer for almost 40 years, having litigated and settled or otherwise disposed perhaps as many as 1000 asbestos personal and wrongful death cases with this lawyer, becoming the best of friends with him, and being familiar with his myriad other business, personal and lawyerly involvements, I am happy to be on record as to my opinion and recommendation of this lawyer. Al Brayton is perhaps the brightest, most creative, honest, honorable, caring, approachable, trustworthy and thoughtful lawyer/businessman/friend I have known. I place him at the top of our profession."
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Novato Mesothelioma and asbestos Lawyer Alan Richard Brayton
Alan Richard Brayton
Mesothelioma and asbestos Attorney
Novato, CA
Licensed for 47 years
Virtual consultation available