David Bigelow

Girardi Keese
1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213-977-0211
www.girardikeese.com


David N. Bigelow specializes in the areas of personal injury, business torts and product liability litigation against many of America's largest corporations, including General Motors, Sempra Energy, Wyeth, Pfizer, Merck, BMW, Coldwell Banker, Bayer, Blue Cross and Michelin. In 2004, he was co-lead trial counsel in the only case tried in California concerning the diabetes drug Rezulin. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Bigelow oversaw the firm's mass tort litigation against the manufacturers of the pharmaceuticals Baycol, Rezulin, Fen-Phen and Vioxx. He has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts in both product liability and personal injury cases, including two recent verdicts for childhood sexual abuse by agents of the Masonic Home for Children in California. The latest verdict included the first punitive damage award in Los Angeles County under California's recent statute reviving childhood sexual abuse claims.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS:

Verdict, $1.3 million – Premises liability

Adams v. Costco, San Luis Obispo

Settlement, $1.4 million – Negligence/premises liability

Kohler v. Santa Barbara YMCA SBN 214316

Verdict, $2.4 million – Wrongful death/negligence/product liability

Montgomery v. BMW OCSC Case 771190

Verdict, $3.5 million – Negligent hiring and supervision/childhood sexual abuse

Deutsch/Mohr-McDermott v. Masonic Home for Children in Covina LASC Case BC 306444

Verdict, $12.5 million - Negligent hiring and supervision/childhood sexual abuse

Jones v. Masonic Home for Children in Covina LASC Case BC 306444
Areas of Practice

    Personal Injury
    Business Torts
    Product Liability Litigation

Education

    University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
        J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1995
        Honors: Winner, California State Bar Roger Traynor Competition - 1995
        Honors: Order of the Barristers - 1995
    Whittier College
        B.A. - 1976

Published Works

    Tackling "Big Pharma": Prosecuting the Pharmaceutical Liability Case, The Advocate Magazine, March, 2006
    Roitz v. Coldwell Banker, 62 Cal.App.4th 716, 1998
    Winfred D. v. Michelin, 165 Cal.App.4th 1011

Honors and Awards

    The Recorder, California Million Dollar Verdicts, 2011 - Present
    Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Super Lawyer", 2009 - 2011
    Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2008
    California Lawyer magazine, "Attorney of the Year, Litigation", 2008
    Lawdragon Magazine, "The Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America", 2007
    Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2007
    Nominee, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

    California Commission on Access to Justice, Member, 2008
    Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors, 2006 - 2010
    Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    Los Angeles County Bar Association
    Culver-Marina Bar Association
    Association of Business Trial Lawyers
    American Bar Association
    American Association for Justice
    Public Justice