Our principal attorney and founder is Raymond Paul Johnson. Ray is a nationally-known lawyer who has prosecuted cases across the country, including California, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. He has also established appellate law in multiple states including the renown 2005 decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Reutzel v. Douglas. A detailed profile follows.
RAYMOND PAUL JOHNSON, admitted to bar, 1983, California; 1984, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States Supreme Court. Education: New York University (Bachelor of Science, Engineering, 1969); Air Force Institute of Technology (Master of Science, Engineering, 1975); The College of William and Mary (Juris Doctorate, 1983). Commercial Pilot FAA, 1971. Registrant Professional Engineer, Ohio, 1975.
Author: Defective Product: Evidence to Verdict, a Lexis Law Publication, 1995 (Supplement 2003). Author, Articles: “Helmets: Expected Safety and Hidden Defects,” Forum, July 2011; “Insurance: Beyond Policy Limits,” The Advocate, June 2011; “Deadly Runaway Acceleration,” The Advocate, March 2010; “Post-Collision Fires,” Forum, November 2008; “Killer Seats,” The Advocate, April 2008; “Protecting
Precious Cargo: Rear Seat Safety,” The Advocate, September 2007; Selecting
Out Juror Bias,” Forum, September 2007; “Construction
Defect: Slipping and Crumbling Home Developments,” Forum, June 2007; “Twists and Turns/Road Case,” The Advocate, June 2006; "Killer Road," The Advocate, April, 2001; "On Wings of an Eagle: Aviation Law," Forum, November, 1998; "Gambling with Securities: The Brokerage House May Not Win," The Advocate, June, 1998; "High Profile Aviation Cases: Countering Key Defenses," Published in the Proceedings of the Trial Lawyers of America National Convention, July, 1997; "21st Century Demonstrative Evidence Today," The Advocate, June, 1997; "Cross Examination Adverse Experts," Nebraska Barrister, July, 1996; "Products Liability: Hot Topics," Forum, November, 1995; "Closing is as Closing Does," Forum, August, 1995; "Federal Preemption," The Advocate, January, 1995; "Unstable Vehicles--Unsafe at Any Speed," L.A. Trial Lawyer Magazine, June, 1993; "Short on Safety: How Auto Designs Cause Needless Harm," National Trial Lawyer Magazine, November, 1992; "In Search of the Right Experts," Trial Magazine, February, 1992; "Beyond the Sale: The Duty to Warn," L.A. Trial Lawyer Magazine, May, 1991; "The Trial Lawyer As Private Attorney General: Defense Contractor Fraud," The Advocate, May, 1990. To review a more comprehensive list of his professional articles, please click here.
Member: Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; The American Association for Justice (f/k/a Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (Sustaining Member; Chairman, Products Liability Section, 1995; Chairman, Aviation Law Section, 2002); Attorneys Information Exchange Group (Member, Board of Directors); Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (Member, Board of Governors Emeritus); Lawyer Pilots Bar Association; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. [United States Air Force Pilot/Aerospace Engineer, Space Shuttle Program, 1969 1979] Areas of Practice: Civil Trial Attorney; Aviation Law; Business Litigation; Product Liability; Crashworthiness; Entertainment Industry Disputes; Professional Liability; and Technology-Related Litigation.
DONALD R. HAMMOND,admitted to bar, 2010, California; 2010, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Education: Occidental College (Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 2005); University of Southern California School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 2009).
Don began working with the firm in 2007 as a law clerk. He is an instrument rated commercial pilot, with prior experience in aviation matters with the FAA Regional Counsel's office.
During law school, Don was an Editor on the Executive Board of USC’s prestigious Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and part of the Post-Conviction Justice Project.
While with the firm, Don has worked a wide range of cases, including product liability, aviation law, asset protection, judgment enforcement and professional malpractice actions. As a commercial pilot, he is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol where he serves as a legal officer, glider tow pilot and mission transport pilot, as well as a mentor and instructor at various cadet leadership schools. Additionally, he is a Command Pilot for Angel Flight West and a supporting member of the Flying Samaritans.
Member: State Bar of California; Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles; Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association; and Los Angeles County Bar Association.
In addition, our other supporting attorneys include a lawyer with over 20 years expertise in engineering and technical matters, and another attorney with a strong medical and nursing background.
Our team includes Daniel Alba who holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Law School, and is our principle litigation paralegal responsible for writing and research projects. In addition, our other paralegal support includes a former United States Air Force aircraft mechanic who has worked at several prominent Los Angeles law firms.
Our law clerks are selected from the finest Los Angeles law schools, including the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Loyola School of Law, and Pepperdine University School of Law. Past law clerks have gone on to become lawyers at our firm and other superior law firms throughout Los Angeles that, like our firm, have received the prestigious AV rating of the Martindale Hubbell national law firm evaluation program.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND INVESTIGATIVE SUPPORT:
Our administrative team is headed by our Office Manager, Kellie Baker, and includes vendors and clerks who assist in day to day activities, exhibit preparation, and other essential tasks. In addition, our firm uses the services of highly experienced investigators who complement the host of nationally recognized expert witnesses used to fully prosecute each and every one of our cases on behalf of our clients.