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Bruce L. Schechter

Lawyers protecting you

Bruce brings more than 30 years of defense litigation success to PARRIS, handling cases ranging from wrongful death suits to product liability and personal injury claims. Bruce specializes in catastrophic injuries and has handled over 40 cases involving claims of RSD, prevailing on behalf of his defense industry clients in each of the 9 trial cases. Now, Bruce will use his defense industry experience to advocate for those who have lost a child or family member or who are suffering from catastrophic injury cases.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers List – 2009-Present
  • AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest that can be achieved

Speaking engagements

  • “Winning at Trial”
  • “Choosing the Correct Experts when Litigating Catastrophic Injuries
  • “Defending Catastrophic Injuries in Slip and Fall/Trip and Fall cases”
  • “Choosing a Jury in Brain Injury Cases”
  • “Defending RSD Cases”
  • “Litigating Spinal Surgery Cases”
  • “Litigating Uninsured/UIM Motorist Claims”
  • “Fighting Fraud in the Liability Area”
  • “Choosing to go to Trial vs. Settling a Claim”
  • “Cross Examining your Adversary’s Experts”

Teaching engagements

  • Adjunct Professor of Law – Chapman Law School

Reading list

  • Reversible Errors by Scott Turow
  • The Partner by Josh Grisham

Community Contributions

  • For the last five years Bruce and his wife have been heavily involved in the JDRF charity which is juvenile diabetes research foundation as well as heavily involved with the Charity of Susan G. Komen

Published Cases

  • Castaneda v. Olsher (2007) 41 Cal.4th 1205
  • Rotolo Chevrolet v. Superior Court (2003) 105 Cal.App.4th 242
  • DeBolt v. Kragen Auto Supply, Inc. (1986) 182 Cal.App.3d 269

Published articles

  • April 2007 edition of DRI’s publication For the Defense“A Difficult Defense Made Easier with Experts” – covering the use of experts in defending claims of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)/complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Professional memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Southern CA Defense Counsel
  • Orange County Bar Association

Results

  • Truck/automobile accident tried in Chatsworth CA in 2014.  Represented an individual who was struck from behind by a big rig causing his vehicle to roll 3 times.  We claimed as a result of the collision our client sustained injuries to his back and neck necessitating potential spine surgery as well as suffering from a traumatic brain injury.  The defense offered $300k for full settlement.  Even though the client continued to work as a warehouse driver we contended that he was substantially limited and restricted in his work responsibilities and his personal lifestyle.  The settlement offer was rejected and we proceeded to trial.  After a 2 week trial the jury returned with a verdict of $7.4 million which was paid in full by the defense.

Bar Admission

State of CA
State of Utah
S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
S. District Court for the Central District of CA
S. District Court for the Southern District of CA

Education

California Western School of Law, San Diego, California

Arizona State University