"[D]on't expect me to go quietly into the night."
- Attorney David Lira
Forgive us the obvious grammatical error in the title of this post - but it's true, as it is for any lawyer who fully commits to a client's case, as attorney David Lira of Girardi | Keese has for his entire career.
Good plaintiff lawyers don't know how to quit.
In a defective seat belt case against the automaker Mazda, it took 13 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of litigation before David ultimately obtained the result his clients deserved, as per the Daily Journal.
That is why David is a Top Plaintiff Lawyer in California for 2017.
David took the case all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, but even after the Supreme Court decided in favor of David's argument, he was forced to follow twists and turns in lower courthouses - including the unfamiliar state of Utah, where he had to learn Utah law.
At long last, Mazda agreed to a confidential settlement that made David's clients as close to whole as possible. This put an end to the litigation that began so many years ago, following a head-on collision that ended in wrongful death.
John Roemer with the Daily Journal quotes David:
"These are serious cases, and you have got to stick with them. It's my duty. I will see cases through to the bitter end."
About David Lira
Throughout his successful career as a plaintiff lawyer, David has focused on personal injury and wrongful death cases, many of which involved defective products, from the two-point lap belt in the Mazda case to the lack of seat belts on tour buses.
In this interview we posted on June 16, when asked what characteristics or traits make for a good personal injury attorney, David's response sums up his own approach perfectly:
- "A PI trial lawyer needs dogged determination, to put in the necessary time to learn the subject matter and rules of evidence. And believing in what you are doing is essential, in your client and in your work."