A member of the firm's Real Estate, Product Liability, and Construction practice groups, Brian’s primary focus is on complex construction litigation. He heads not only the firm's own Construction Practice Group but also leads national defense organization The Gavel's Construction Liability Group. Through over 20 years of practice, he also has experience in:
* Personal injury
* Real Estate
* Mortgage and real estate broker/agent defense and other professional responsibility and business defense
* Premises liability
* Products liability
Prior to law school, Brian’s business experience included government loan collections and serving as general manager of a consumer collection agency in Santa Ana, California. He also trained and worked as a DRPA mediator and was appointed to the board of directors at the former Center for Community Mediation in Costa Mesa, California. Brian is a strong proponent of ADR across his entire practice.
In his last two years at law school, and for three years after law school, he was affiliated with a law firm in Orange County, California, handling primarily mortgage broker and lender defense in civil matters and before the Department of Real Estate, Department of Corporations, and the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also handled matters involving personal injury plaintiff’s actions, and conservatorship supervision for incapacitated injury plaintiffs.
Brian received his undergraduate degree in philosophy, cum laude, from the California State University at Fullerton and, in his senior year, presented a talk on moral agency of animals for the CSUF Philosophy Symposium attended by participants and audience members from around the world. He received his J.D. from Loyola Marymount University at the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and was privileged to have participated in mediation training under the Loyola program’s founder, the late Professor William Hobbs.
Brian has also completed extensive and rigorous training with CLM and earned the distinguished CLMP designation (Certified Litigation Management Professional). Brian brings the skills learned and insights gleaned from his CLM training to his practice and his firm daily.
As a means of giving back of the many blessings he has received, Brian has served for several years as an attorney coach to the Deer Valley High School Law Academy's Mock Trial Team directed by their teacher coach Brian Kofford.