Stephen Garcia Recognized as a “Litigation Trailblazer” by National Law Journal

Partner Stephen M. Garcia was selected as a National Law Journal 2018 Litigation Trailblazer, which recognizes lawyers who have made an impact in their sector through new types of strategies or innovative court cases.

Mr. Garcia was featured for his successful representation of more than 2,500 elder and/or dependent adult abuse cases, resulting in more than $1 billion in awards. Additionally, he is known for successfully handling the most complex and egregious elder abuse cases and has also brought class actions against goliaths, such as Allstate Insurance, AT&T, State Farm Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, Countrywide Home Loans, Sony and other corporations.

In the Litigation Trailblazers special supplement, Mr. Garcia commented, “We have not only gained monetary awards for our clients, but we have changed many facilities’ policies in order to better care for this most vulnerable segment of our population.”

Garcia also authored the amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Consumer Attorneys of California in Inclan v. Covenant Care. “This was the seminal case where the Supreme Court of California distinguished elder and dependent adult abuse claims from those of ‘professional negligence.’” He has also acted as a legislative analyst in matters pertaining to the rights and safety of elderly and infirm individuals and their caregivers and has testified before the California Legislature in support of legislation to protect and advance those rights.

Additionally, Garcia served as lead counsel in Fenimore v. Regents of University of California (2016) 245 Cal.App.4th 1339, 1348-1349.  There, the Court held that, “[A] violation of staffing regulations may provide a basis for finding neglect. Such a violation might constitute a negligent failure to exercise the care that a similarly situated reasonable person would exercise…”

And moreover, recently the Ninth Circuit affirmed the prevailing notion of Fenimore, in Thrower v. GranCare (2018) WL 1955039 and also stemmed the tide of large corporation’s unfortunate stall tactics of improper removal of properly filed state court actions to Federal jurisdiction.