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Gary A. Dordick

Gary has held the record for the highest jury verdicts in numerous courthouses, including a record breaking $125 million dollar jury verdict in Ventura County in 2016.

Gary A. Dordick is a trial attorney in Beverly Hills specializing in plaintiff jury trials and has over 100 trials in his career. He is an Emeritus member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Board of Governors. He won CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001. He has been nominated for CAALA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year an unprecedented eleven times. He is CAOC’s (Consumer Attorneys of California) 2009 Trial Attorney of the Year. He was announced one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2017, as well as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Mr. Dordick was named Jury Verdicts Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2016, he was awarded the Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award for his career achievements representing Plaintiffs. In 2015, he received the “Civil Advocate Award” from the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC). In 2003, Mr. Dordick received the University of West Los Angeles’s highest honor – The Bernard Jefferson Award.

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Associate Lawyers

Christopher Bulone

Christopher Bulone

Associate Lawyer

christopher@dordicklaw.com

Terry Cole

Terry Cole

Associate Lawyer

terry@dordicklaw.com

Dylan Dordick

Dylan Dordick

Associate Lawyer

dylan@dordicklaw.com

Sung “Sean” Kim

Sung “Sean” Kim

Associate Lawyer

sean@dordicklaw.com

Golnar Monfared

Golnar Monfared

Associate Lawyer

golnar@dordicklaw.com

Douglas Shaffer

Douglas Shaffer

Of Counsel

doug@dordicklaw.com

John Upton

John Upton

Associate Lawyer

john@dordicklaw.com

Alaa Yasin

Alaa Yasin

Associate Lawyer

alaa@dordicklaw.com

Elizabeth A. Hernandez, Esq.

Elizabeth A. Hernandez

Associate Lawyer

elizabeth@dordicklaw.com

Michelle Dordick

Michelle Dordick

Associate Lawyer

michelle@dordicklaw.com

Staff

Alonso Palencia

Senior Paralegal

alonso@dordicklaw.com

Alejandra “Alex” Munoz

Supervising Paralegal

alex@dordicklaw.com

Nava Dordick

CFO/Administrator

nava@dordicklaw.com

Brad Blais

Investigator

brad@dordicklaw.com

Karen Sanchez

Paralegal

karen@dordicklaw.com

Sandra Jimenez

Paralegal

sandra@dordicklaw.com

Carlos Lozano

Paralegal

carlos@dordicklaw.com

Cristina Reynosa

Paralegal

cristina@dordicklaw.com

Abraham Cabrera

Legal Assistant

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Edgar Claros

Legal Assistant

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Jannette Cerda

Case Manager

jannette@dordicklaw.com

Glenda Gonzalez

Executive Administrative Assistant

glenda@dordicklaw.com

Mayra Flores

Receptionist

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Jessica Lopez

Bookkeeper

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Joshua Alvarez

Office Services

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  • Associate Attorney

    Christopher Bulone

    Christopher Bulone, a native of Florida, is now a fast-rising star in California courtrooms where he continues to rack up record results. Mr. Bulone graduated from the public interest minded law school of The University of San Francisco in 2011 and spent his entire career since working tirelessly on behalf of the injured, the forgotten and the abused. For the last three years at the Dordick Law Corporation that experience is almost exclusively in the handling of complex and catastrophic personal injury actions across several states, against many of the world’s largest corporations and most powerful insurance companies.

    In 2017 Mr. Bulone handled the matter of Sosa v. DJI Technology, Inc. which culminated in a jury verdict of over thirty-one million dollars ($31,000,000.00). This was the third highest verdict in the State of California during that year. Also, in 2017 Mr. Bulone handled a matter wherein a passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. The matter resolved for seventeen million dollars ($17,000,000.00).

    In 2018, Mr. Bulone handled the matter of Holmes v. Perry in Riverside Superior Court trying the case to a jury resulting in one of the fifty largest car accident verdicts in California during 2018. During 2018 Mr. Bulone handled another catastrophic injury case culminating in a settlement of twelve and a half million dollars ($12,500,000.00) in one of California’s most conservative venues. Also, in 2018 Mr. Bulone handled an insurance bad faith matter, a ride-sharing rape case, a motorcycle accident and wrongful death cases all culminating in favorable settlements.

    So far in 2019 Mr. Bulone has obtained large settlements in injury cases to include a three million dollar ($3,000,000.00) result in Orange County in a wrongful death matter wherein government investigations found no wrong doing by the defendants. During the course of Mr. Bulone’s relentless discovery, a cover up by the defendants was revealed resulting in the guilty corporation admitting responsibility for the young man’s death.

    Earlier this year Mr. Bulone settled an injury case wherein a thirteen-year-old girl was catastrophically injured by a falling eucalyptus tree. Liability was denied until discovery revealed that the defendants should have known of a dangerous problem with the tree that they did not act quickly to resolve. After defeating several summary judgment motions, Mr. Bulone resolved the matter for fourteen million dollars ($14,000,000.00), also in Orange County.

    In June of 2019 Christopher Bulone was identified by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in California.

    Mr. Bulone is as an Honorary Board Member in the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charity (LATLC)


    Email: christopher@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Terry Cole

    After over 10 years of working at the Dordick Law Corporation as a file clerk, law clerk, then legal analyst, Terry J. Cole became an Associate. Terry worked full-time while in law school playing a critical role in every trial, specifically handling trial preparation and support for trial counsel, which positioned him to have a unique advantage upon passing the California State Bar Exam. Within the first four months of becoming an attorney, Terry helped secure a $7 million-dollar settlement on a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury case.

    Terry earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Political Science, with an emphasis in American Institutions and Political Theory. Terry earned his law degree from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law where he received Dean’s List honors and the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence.

    Terry is an CAALA member and active in local and state politics as an elected Delegate in the California Democratic Party for Assembly District 62. Outside of work, Terry enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, fishing and playing fantasy football.


    Email: terry@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Dylan Dordick

    Bio Coming Soon


    Email: dylan@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Sung “Sean” Kim

    Sung (Sean) Kim joined Dordick Law Corporation in November of 2019, wanting to contribute to the firm’s numerous success stories of helping plaintiffs.  In pursuit of that goal, he recovered close to $10 million, in total, for clients within his first year with the firm.

    Prior to realizing his goal of joining a premier plaintiffs’ firm, Sean spent 14 years defending companies in matters involving products liability, commercial litigation, complex torts, some employment disputes, and catastrophic injury.  In his past defense practice, Sean – as both a second and first chair – won 85% of his trials and arbitrations.

    He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2005 from Southwestern Law School, where he graduated within the top 20% of his class and received Dean’s List recognition.  Sean earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with minor in Law and Society, from the University of California in San Diego.

    Sean is licensed to practice law in the State of California.  When off work, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

     


    Email: sean@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Golnar Monfared

    Golnar V. Monfared graduated from California State University of Northridge and Glendale University College of Law. She believes understanding and appreciating diverse cultures and beliefs of both the clients and those on the other side of the table are important in litigation. She takes pride in spending time with clients to ensure they understand the law, their case, and their options so they can make fully informed decisions. She is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). Golnar is fluent in Farsi.


    Email: golnar@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Douglas Shaffer

    Douglas D. Shaffer has been actively practicing in complex litigation cases since 1984.  Having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine Law School and Ohio State University.  Mr. Shaffer has been honored as a ” Super Lawyer ” every year from 2011-2018. He was named a Best Lawyer by US News and World Reports in 2017 and 2018. He was nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA).

    Mr. Shaffer has litigated more than 85 catastrophic injury cases on behalf of Plaintiffs.  He has been prominently mentioned in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, as well as the top legal publication, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, for many of the cases he has worked on over the years.

    Mr. Shaffer is active in the community, donates to many charities, and has volunteered to coach his children’s’ youth basketball and football for a decade. He has travelled extensively for business and pleasure. He completed the Tour of France in 2004, the Tour of Italy in 2009, and recently competed in the Alcatraz and Malibu Triathlons.


    Email: doug@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    John Upton

    John Upton joined Dordick Law Corporation in the fall of 2017, after nearly twenty-five years with one of the larger law firms in the North Orange County, California area. Having handled hundreds of significant personal injury cases from intake through resolution, John brings his valuable insight and experience litigating a wide variety of plaintiff’s claims, including car, truck and motorcycle accidents, premises liability claims, and medical negligence actions to the Dordick Law Corporation.

    A long-time Californian, Mr. Upton graduated from University of San Diego School of Law, where he was the recipient of the USD School of Law Merit Scholarship. He studied International and European Communities at the Institute of International and Comparative Law, Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Mr. Upton graduated cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Economics.

    John is licensed to practice law before all courts in the State of California. He is a member of Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorney of California. On weekends, he can often be found competing in local softball tournaments.


    Email: john@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Alaa Yasin

    Alaa “Al” Yasin is a trial attorney that dedicates his practice to representing the people and their families in all aspects of personal injury and wrongful death matters. Mr. Yasin is honored and privileged to be an advocate for the people. Alaa has litigated and tried to verdict numerous motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability, dangerous condition, severe pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle injury cases. Through hard work, honesty, compassion and creativity, Mr. Yasin has obtained record results at trial and through settlement, recovering millions of dollars for deserving clients over the years against negligent individuals, public entities, and corporations.

    Alaa was born and raised in Southern California. Alaa was the youngest of four children and the son of a hard working loving father and a caring stay at home mother. As a kid, Alaa grew up around a blue collar family and learned what it meant to work hard and to be relentless at a young age. Nothing was easy, everything had to be earned. Alaa credits his loving parents’ work ethic for his success in life and in the courtroom.

    Alaa “Al” Yasin is a trial attorney on the rise who has enjoyed many successes on behalf of injured people in California by staggering results since joining the Dordick Law Corporation in 2017. Mr. Yasin has handled exclusively some of the most complex and catastrophic personal injury cases across the state. In 2017, Mr. Yasin handled the matter of Silvas v. San Joaquin Community Hospital et al. and obtained a $5,000,000 settlement. In 2018, Mr. Yasin effectuated a settlement in the amount of $1,750,000 on a very difficult construction wrongful death case on behalf of three minor children.

    In 2018, Mr. Yasin success’ grew as he obtained a $2,000,000 settlement in Garcia v. King Kong Productions, Inc., Also, in 2018, Mr. Yasin handled the matter of Ascencio v. City of Covina, which resulted in a $7,000,000 jury verdict in the Los Angeles Superior Court. This matter involved a 21 year old decedent that was killed on his motorcycle when a City employee driving a city utility vehicle ran a stop sign and into the path of the decedent instantly killing him. This was the seventh highest verdict in the State of California for motor vehicle accident cases during that year.

    In 2019, Mr. Yasin handled the matter of Hayes v. Long Beach et al., where his hard work and dedication helped obtain a settlement in the amount of $5,000,000. Also in 2019, Mr. Yasin tried the matter of Bibbie v. Postulka et al. for three weeks in Riverside Superior Court where he obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $3,300,000. Liability was denied through the entire duration of the case until Mr. Yasin and his team put the case on for trial and in the hands of the jury.

    So far, 2019 has been a busy year for Mr. Yasin. He was also nominated by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in California.

    Mr. Yasin is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of California. He is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), American Bar Association, Los Angeles County and Orange County Bar Associations, Arab American Lawyers of Southern California, American Association For Justice (AAJ), and the National Trial Lawyers.


    Email: alaa@dordicklaw.com

  • Associate Attorney

    Elizabeth A. Hernandez

    Attorney Elizabeth A. Hernandez primarily handles catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and premises liability cases.  She is admitted to practice law in California.

    BIO


     EDUCATION

    • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, J.D.
    • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. History

     

    HONORS AND AWARDS

    • The Best Lawyers in America list – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2016 to present
    • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers
    • Avvo Rating: 10.0 Superb
    • Graduate of the renowned Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
    • 2017 & 2019 CAALA Presidential Award Recipient

     

    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
        • 2021 CAALA Secretary on the Executive Committee
        • Emeritus Member of the Board of Governors
        • Chair of the Political Affairs Committee, 2020
      • CAALA Mentorship Program, Mentor
      • Investment Committee member – 2020
      • Attorney Advertising Committee member – 2020
      • Diversity & Inclusion Committee member – 2019 and 2020
      • Women in Law Committee member 2017 to the present
        • Chair of the Education Committee, 2018 and 2019
        • Co-Chair:  CAALA’s Inaugural Women’s Trial Skills Conference – 2017
        • Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, 2016 and 2017
        • Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee, 2013

     

    • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
      • CAOC Board Member, 2021
      • CAOC Officer: Women’s Caucus Representative, 2020
      • CAOC Women’s Caucus
    • Chair of Women’s Caucus:  2018-2019
    • Political Chair:  2017-2018
    • Legislative Chair:  2016-2017
    • Membership and Communications Co-Chair:  2015-2016
    • Education Co-Chair:  ​2014-2015
      • CAOC Board of Directors
    • 2017-2018
    • 2001-2007

     

    • Mexican American Bar Association (MABA)
      • Executive Board: Vice-President, 2021-2022
      • Executive Board: Membership Director, 2019-2020
      • Board Member: Trustee, 2018-2019
      • Chair: Political Endorsement Committee – 2019
      • Member of the Judicial Endorsement Committee
      • Member of the Political Endorsement Committee
      • Speaker and Moderator at MABA webinars

     

    • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
        • Trial Advocacy Project (TAP) certification

     

    • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
      • Women Trial Lawyers Caucus
      • Minority Caucus

     

    ADMISSIONS

    • The United States Supreme Court
    • California State Courts
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • Eastern District of California

     

    PUBLISHED WORKS

    • Effective Storytelling and Your Discovery Plan, CAALA’s Advocate Journal, October 2019 Read Article
    • Preparing Your Retained Expert Witness for Deposition, CAALA’s Advocate Journal, October 2017 Read Article
    • Working with your Expert During the Discovery Process and Preparing your Expert for Deposition, CAALA’s Advocate Journal, October 2014
    • Motions in Limine, CAALA’s Advocate Journal, February 2014
    • Motions in Limine – The critical role they play in pretrial and trial strategies, Plaintiff magazine, February 2014
    • Do Not Let Defendants Exclude Your Medical Experts’ Opinions on Causation, Consumer Attorneys of California’s Forum Magazine, September 2004
    • Referral Fees: What You Need to Know, Consumer Attorneys of California’s Forum Magazine, December 2003
    • Turning the Tables Around on the Defendants: Shifting the Burden of Proof to the Defendant and Imposing Evidentiary Sanctions, CAALA’s Advocate Journal, November 2003

     

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    • Direct Examination, CAALA Women in Law, Trial Skills, October 2020
    • Higher Level Medicine For Lawyers Panel – The Most Common Avoidable Catastrophes in the E.R. and How to Find Them, Consumer Attorneys of California, 59th Annual Convention, November 2019
    • Discovery & Depos Panel – Creating Your Discovery Plan, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Las Vegas Convention, August 2019
    • Oral Discovery, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, CAALA, March 2019
    • Discovery & Evidence Panel – Creating an Effective Discovery Plan, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2018
    • Written Discovery & Related Issues, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2018
    • CAALA Women Trial Skills Conference: Empowering Each Other, Co-chaired inaugural event, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, October 20-21, 2017
    • Law & Motion Panel – Motions to Compel and Protective Orders, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August, 2017
    • Written Discovery & Related Issues, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2017
    • Aging Population Panel – Pre-existing Conditions, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2016
    • Written Discovery & Related Issues, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2016
    • “Violations that Trigger Elder Abuse Cases,” Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2015
    • Basic Trial Skills Panel – Your Final Status Conference Documents and Motions in Limine: The Outline of Your Trial, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2014
    • Law and Motion, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2014
    • Evidence Panel – Motions in Limine: Substance & Procedure, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2013
    • Pre-litigation Client Preparation – Handling Your Client’s Expectations, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, September 2012
    • Anatomy of a Case After Filing: From Complaint Through Discovery, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2009
    • Trends in Product Liability: From Medical Devices to Mold to Motor Vehicles, Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention, April 2003

     

    VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION

    • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) events
    • Speaker at Career Days for high school and junior high school students

     

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

    •  Trial Skills Sessions: Direct Examination, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Women in Law, October 28, 2020

    •  Higher Level Medicine For Lawyers Panel – The Most Common Avoidable Catastrophes in the E.R. and How to Find Them, Consumer Attorneys of California, 59th Annual Convention, November 2019

    •  Discovery & Depos Panel – Creating Your Discovery Plan, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Las Vegas Convention, August 2019

    •  Oral Discovery, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, CAALA, March 2019

    •  Discovery & Evidence Panel – Creating an Effective Discovery Plan, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2018

    •  Written Discovery & Related Issues, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, March 2018

  • Bio Coming Soon
    Email: michelle@dordicklaw.com