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This panel of top plaintiff and defense attorneys discuss best practices for depositions of medical expert witnesses from orthopedic surgeons to neurologists. Edward E. Ward, Jr. will review from the perspective of the defense and Daniel K. Kramer from the perspective of the plaintiff.
Brandon Salumbides represents plaintiff in the areas of civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability. He works tirelessly and creatively to find solutions and resolve cases in order to achieve the best outcomes for his clients.
Brandon graduated from Southwestern Law School Class in 2020. During his law school career, Brandon was a member of the Southwestern Law School Trial Advocacy Honors Program where he served as Alumni Relations Chair. While competing for the honors program, he won a national championship at the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice mock trial competition, where he received the honor of Best Advocate. Brandon was also a member and Associate Editor of the Southwestern Law Review. He was a member of the Latino Law Students Association and served as Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Brandon also had the honor of representing his class as the Southwestern Law School Class of 2020’s commencement speaker.
Daniel Kramer is a trial lawyer who specializes in representing families and individuals involved in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters, as well as employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuits. Daniel has obtained numerous jury verdicts as lead counsel, all victories on behalf of his clients. Multiple verdicts have been featured in both The Daily Journal, Verdict Search, The Huffington Post, and Fox 11 News. Five verdicts were ranked as the top 50 verdicts in the state of California for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by TopVerdict.com. Early in his career, Daniel tried one of the first cases in Los Angeles County history to embrace a controversial new law regarding the recoverability of health insurance payments in personal injury actions. In his first year with the firm, Daniel obtained a $3 million settlement on behalf of the family of a WWII veteran who was tragically killed when a truck owned by a large grocery store chain ran a red light and crushed their husband and father to death. In 2015, Daniel obtained a $1,237,500 settlement on the eve of trial on behalf of CalTrans worker who was severely injured in a freeway collision. In 2016, Daniel obtained a $1,420,000 settlement just before trial against a shopping center for failing to protect its customers when a vehicle jumped a curb severely injuring a mother and her two daughters. Also in 2016, Daniel obtained a $1,000,000 policy limits settlement on behalf of a family who lost their 87-year-old father and grandfather who fell down a poorly lit stairwell. In late 2016, Daniel obtained a $2,160,000 jury verdict against the City of Los Angeles in a slip and fall case. That verdict was selected as one of California’s Top 100 verdicts in 2016. In 2017, he obtained a $1,830,000 wrongful termination verdict and judgement on behalf of a minimum wage worker who was terminated because of his disability, where the jury awarded punitive damages. In 2018, Daniel received a $2,847,500 verdict against two large construction companies after his client fell in an open trench resulting in 3 broken ribs and permanent nerve damage. Just before COVID, Daniel obtained an $850,000 verdict in a very difficult slip and fall trial where the client suffered a fractured knee cap. In July 2021, and in one of the first cases tried during COVID in the Central Courthouse in Los Angeles, Daniel obtained a $12,622,238.75 verdict on behalf of an electrician who was injured by a defective roof hatch. In August 2022, he obtained an $11,000,000 jury verdict in a case where his client was seriously injured by a distracted driver.
Edward Ward Jr. is a partner in the Los Angeles office. His practice spans various areas of the law; focusing primarily on litigation. Mr. Ward partners with his clients in developing cost-effective and innovative strategies for the resolution of matters. His forward thinking approach to case management has resulted in Mr. Ward’s client base being comprised of a wide array of clients from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Ward is also experienced in the representation of high profile entertainment professionals in both their professional capacity as well as their various business ventures.
Mr. Ward is an American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) certified trial attorney and has tried a number of cases to verdict; including cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, premises liability and employment matters. He also has experience in the defense and management of class actions and other forms of aggregated litigation in state and federal court.
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