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Graham B. LippSmith

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Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
800-522-7965
Fax:
213-481-1554
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With his career settlements and verdicts exceeding $1.4 billion to date, Graham B. LippSmith has had great success in a wide variety of cases. Named a Daily Journal "Top Twenty Under 40" at only 31 years-old, Graham has primarily focused his practice on class action, intellectual property, large scale construction defect and business cases, taking on the most powerful companies for more than a decade. Graham recently secured a $550 million dollar settlement on behalf of 12 million Farmers Insurance Exchange subscribers nationwide. Graham has also been serving as one of the twelve members of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in the In re: NFL Players' Concussion Injury Litigation in which a landmark $765 million settlement is awaiting Court approval.

Graham was admitted in California in 2002 and has since prevailed in dozens of class action and individual cases. Graham then expanded his practice to Hawaii where he is also admitted and now has more than a half dozen class action and individual cases pending. Graham is a regular CLE conference presenter and has received several honors and awards, including California Lawyer's CLAY Award for "Attorney of the Year, Litigation," the #1 Settlement in Verdict Search's "Top 10 Settlements for 2011," two consecutive nominations for CAOC's "Consumer Lawyer of the Year" and Super Lawyers' "Super Lawyer" since 2013 and "Rising Star" from 2004-2012.

SAMPLING OF VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

  • Settlement, $765,000,000 (pending Court approval)—In re: NFL Players' Concussion Injury Litigation on behalf of NFL Retirees for concussion injuries
  • Settlement, $548,734,348—nationwide class action on behalf of 12.5 million Farmers Exchange subscribers who were charged excessive management fees
  • Settlement, $19,879,329—California class action on behalf of watercraft owners with defective component
  • Settlement, $17,040,000—class action on behalf of victims of a Ponzi scheme
  • Jury Verdict, $12,564,600—childhood sexual abuse by foster home agent
  • Settlement, $8,250,000 (pending Court approval)— class action on behalf of victims of a Ponzi scheme
  • Settlement, $6,000,000—childhood sexual abuse by foster home agent
  • Settlement, $5,000,000—breach of attorney fee agreement
  • Settlement, $4,250,000—childhood sexual abuse by foster home agent
  • Jury Verdict, $3,531,200—childhood sexual abuse by foster home agent
  • Settlement, $3,500,000—patent infringement
  • Settlement, $3,100,000—breach of contract
  • Settlement, $3,000,000—breach of contract/bad faith
  • Settlement, $2,700,000 (pending)—failure to maintain flood channel
  • Settlement, $2,500,000—auto v. pedestrian
  • Settlement, $1,500,000—patent infringement
  • Settlement, $1,400,000—government van v. auto
  • Settlement, $1,250,000—patent infringement
  • Jury Verdict, $1,100,000—trademark infringement/Lanham Act violation
  • Settlement, $1,050,000—pool defect/drowning
  • Arbitration Award, $1,027,648—defamation and breach of contract
  • Settlement, $985,000—copyright infringement
  • Settlement, $750,000—copyright infringement

Areas of Practice

  • Class Actions
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Large Scale Construction Defect
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
  • Northwestern University, Los Angeles, California
    • Honors: Phillips Exeter Academy

Published Works

  • Associate Editor, The Advocate, 2009
  • The Advocate,"Qualified Immunity--Law Enforcement and Corrections' Officers Lethal Weapon Against Personal Injury and Civil Rights Claims for TASER Use", 2009
  • The Advocate,"Top Ten Reasons Why You Could and Should Integrate Some Small Business Clients Into Your Practice,", 2006
  • "A Constitutional Critique of Carnivore, Federal Law Enforcement's Newest Electronic Surveillance Strategy," 21 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev.481, 2001

Classes/Seminars

  • Steering Committee Member/Presenter, Cambridge Plaintiff's Class Action Forum, 2012 - Present
  • CAALA New Lawyers Division Roundtable, Los Angeles, 2011 - Present
  • Class Action Litigation Conference, Los Angeles, 2011 - Present
  • Class Action Litigation Conference, Los Angeles, 2010 - Present
  • Mastering the Deposition Workshop, Los Angeles, 2010 - Present
  • Society of CPAs Economic Damages Section Meeting, Los Angeles, 2010 - Present
  • Class Action Litigation Conference, Los Angeles, 2009 - Present
  • Class Action Litigation Conference, San Francisco, 2009 - Present
  • Mastering the Deposition Workshop, Los Angeles, 2009 - Present
  • Class Action and UCL Conference, Costa Mesa, 2008 - Present
  • Class Action and UCL Conference, Los Angeles, 2008 - Present
  • State Bar Environmental Negotiations Competition Team Coach, Loyola Law School, 2006 - Present
  • Bridgeport Class Action Litigation Conferences, 2008 - Present
  • Bridgeport Mastering the Deposition Workshops, 2009 - Present
  • Texas ABOTA Conference, 2013
  • HB Litigation Conferences Construction Conference, 2013
  • CAALA New Lawyers Division Roundtable, 2011
  • Society of CPAs Economic Damages Section Meeting, 2010
  • Loyola Law School State Bar Environmental Negotiations Competition Team Coach, 2006 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • The Recorder and Verdict Search, Number One on the "Top 10 Settlements For 2011"
  • Daily Journal, "Top Twenty Under 40" at 31 years old
  • Super Lawyers, "Super Lawyer", 2013
  • Super Lawyers, "Rising Star", 2004 - 2012
  • California Lawyer Magazine, "Attorney of the Year, Litigation",, 2008 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, "Consumer Lawyer of the Year" Finalist, 2008 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California "Consumer Lawyer of the Year" Finalist,, 2007 - Present
  • First Place Team, State Bar of California Student Environmental Negotiations Competition, 2002 - Present
  • Chief Note & Comment Editor (2001-2002) and Staff (2000-2001), Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review
  • Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Rising Star",, 2004 - Present
  • Verdict Search, #1 Settlement on the "Top 10 Settlements For 2011
  • Daily Journal, "Top Twenty Under 40" at 31 years-old
  • Super Lawyers, "Super Lawyer" since 2013, "Rising Star", 2004 - 2012
  • California Lawyer, "Attorney of the Year, Litigation", 2008
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, "Consumer Lawyer of the Year" Finalist, 2008
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, "Consumer Lawyer of the Year" Finalist, 2007 , 2007
  • First Place Team, State Bar of California Student Environmental Negotiations Competition, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
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GK Results

The law firm of Girardi | Keese has successfully recovered billions on behalf of our clients.
The following cases are just a small sampling of the many successful cases G&K has achieved over the years:

$4.85 billion

Settlement with Merck, a major pharmaceutical company, for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Vioxx.

$633 million

Settlements with PG&E for toxic tort injury claims by residents of Hinkley, California (made famous by the film Erin Brockovich).

$1.9 billion

Settlement with Sempra Energy on behalf of California consumers who were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.

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