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Closing Argument For Premises Liability Cases - Advocate

 
 

Arash Homampour’s Advocate Article

Arash recently wrote a well received article about closing arguments for premises liability cases for Advocate Magazine . Click on the image to download and read the article.


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Arash Homampour - CAALA 2018 Ted Horn Memorial Award

Arash Homampour - CAALA 2018 Ted Horn Memorial Award

Arash Homampour is the recipient of the 2018 Ted Horn Memorial Award, presented to a CAALA member who has provided outstanding service to the Association and the legal community.

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Arash Homampour Daily Journal 2018 Top Plaintiff Lawyer

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2018 Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Lawyer

Once again, Arash Homampour has been recognized as one of the Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers by The Los Angeles Daily Journal (California's largest and most prestigious legal newspaper). The article highlights his success with two very difficult trials in which he won jury verdicts of $59.3 million in a wrongful death case against Sunbeam Products and $14 million for insurance bad faith against Allstate Insurance Company. These two cases vividly illustrate the David v. Goliath theme the Homampour Law Firm is so good at. Although these two verdicts were in 2015, we see how the firm’s relentless pursuit of justice help clients navigate through appeals and win final payment in 2017. This year, the firm has already secured two eight figure verdicts in very tough wrongful death cases in conservative venues.

 
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Arash Homampour OCTLA 2018 TOP GUN Trial Lawyer of the Year - Products Liability

2018 OCTLA TOP GUN Awards

“Each year the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association recognizes and honors local trial attorneys for their exceptional trial skills over the past 12 months. These attorneys not only show courage and commitment to their clients, but demonstrate truly exceptional skill, ability, preparation, and professionalism to obtain outstanding results on behalf of their clients.” - OCTLA

Awardees

Arash Homampour is honored to be one of the recipients for the 2018 award for his success with Products Liability.

The Homampour Law Firm wishes to also congratulate the following awardees:

  • Keith J. Bruno - Personal Injury

  • Janice F. Mulligan - Medical Malpractice

  • Angel J. Carrazco, Civil Rights

  • Sevy W. Fisher - Young Gun

  • Frank P. Barbaro - Hall Of Fame

You can learn more at the OCTLA website here.

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$12,250,000 Wrongful Death

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The Homampour Law Firm talks about how through effective framing and advocacy we can win (and win big) what seem to be impossibly tough cases at trial in any jurisdiction (even those considered to be ultra conservative.)

Facts

On September 4, 2018 and after a 5 day trial, a Fresno Jury found that Defendants who operated a large outdoor market and swap meet were legally responsible for the death of a vendor who mistakenly contacted an energized power line on Defendants’ property with his advertising banner/flag.

The jury awarded $12.25 million in damages to the decedent’s wife (even though she spoke no English and was a seasonal farm worker who sold inexpensive parts at swap meets throughout central California with her husband.)

Defendant’s Contentions

Despite repeated attempts to settle the case below policy limits, Defendants’ insurance carrier refused to offer anything more than $700,000. Defendants’ attorneys argued that everyone knows power lines are dangerous, that the hazard was "open and obvious", that they never had anyone use an advertising banner/flag as tall as Plaintiff’s, and that the incident was 100% the fault of the Plaintiff and her husband.

Result

We won by reframing the case and demonstrating that this tragic event was an accident waiting to happen. It was Defendants that created a highly dangerous condition. Defendants put approximately 20 (out of 800) vendor spaces directly underneath high voltage lines knowing vendors were using tall advertising banners to visually compete with the other 500 vendors. We were able to cross-examine the defense experts into agreeing that this tragedy was foreseeable and preventable in that Defendants could have simply blocked off the 20 spaces under the unprotected high voltage lines. We also demonstrated that Defendants knew or should have known that vendors were using tall advertising banners, with a photograph of a long standing vendor with a 34 foot tall flag.

We obtained what some consider to be a very high damage award but we think is a fair amount for our client’s devastating lifetime loss and mental harm. Even though the Plaintiff’s husband died that day, we were effectively able to bring him to life for the jurors so that they could see and feel through Plaintiff the beauty of this man - beaming, smiling, and shining love. Imagine having (as the lucky significant other) that energy in your life every day how awesome life would be? Now imagine what it would be to have that snatched from you with no warning, you are forced to watch him die and will forever have that event seared into your mind. Such a shame. . . and the insurance company didn’t value the case like we did.

Watch this video of Arash with the Fresno Bee after the trial:


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Arash Homampour | Dual Passions

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Lawyer By Day, D.J. By Night

The Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal recently published an article on Arash Homampour. It highlights his success as the founder of The Homampour Law Firm and how he obtained a $59.3 million award in a trial against Sunbeam. 

The article brings to light another passion in his life, music. He loves to deejay, mix his own tech house tracks and take listeners on an inspirational journey. 

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Arash Homampour - Trial Warrior

Arash Homampour - founder of Homampour Law Firm

Arash Homampour - founder of Homampour Law Firm

From his earliest days as a lawyer, Arash Homampour has thought big.

“My phrase was always like, ‘I’m Kobe Bryant, and you just don’t know it. Give me the ball and watch and see what happens,’” Homampour said.

Just in case you don’t get the point, he adds: “The ball would be a metaphor for a larger case.”

Homampour started his Sherman Oaks-based personal injury firm, The Homampour Law Firm PC, in 1993. He said he only handles high-value cases involving “really big issues and big damages.”

“The way we’re set up, it’s the most efficient use of our time and we make the biggest impact,” Homampour said. “We’re not a volume practice. We only handle a limited number of cases at one time.”

The firm, comprised of Homampour and six associates, pursues every case with the expectation it will go to trial.

“I’ve sat both behind and next to Arash in trial. One thing about his demeanor is that he’s relaxed, clearly in his element, but with razor sharp focus,” said the firm’s managing attorney, Farzad Yassini.

Nearly all of the firm’s cases come from other attorneys who “realize they are not experienced enough or they do not have the financial ability, or both, to litigate the case,” Homampour said.

“It’s like, if you’re a heart surgeon and you’re doing heart surgery and you’ve got this one specific type of heart surgery that only like five doctors can do ... you go to [one of those specialists]. That’s how we are,” he said.

Homampour said he he counts himself among a tiny cadre of elite trial lawyers that other lawyers turn to for help with big cases. This tiny group has the talent, the experience and the financial resources to get the best possible result, he said.

“Attorneys know that there are basically five of us. It’s like Nick Rowley, Arash Homampour, Brian Panish, Gary Dordick and Mike Alder,” he said.

“There are some others,” he added. “I’m not denigrating anyone else.”

In 2015, Homampour obtained a $59.3 million jury verdict on behalf of the survivors of Amy Shinedling, who was killed in a house fire started when a Sunbeam space heater’s auto shut-off mechanism failed to trigger.

“The family had left clothing within three feet of the heater, and that clothing started the fire, which ultimately killed the mom,” Homampour said.

Homampour said Sunbeam put a “safety device that only works in non-radiant heaters, in a radiant heater, and then marketed it [as having] an auto-safety shut-off on the box and in the manual."

Homampour said he so thoroughly researched the issue that by the time the case went to trial, he knew the hazards and safety problems involved with Sunbeams's heaters better than its top safety engineer.

"I got the national safety engineer to admit that they knew the safety device may not work, and that the consumer does not know that. And I got the actual product engineer responsible for the product to admit the consumer has an expectation that this heater would turn off in a fire," he said. Shinedling v. Sunbeam Products, Inc., 12-CV438 (C.D. Cal., filed March 27, 2012).

“That’s a perfect example of what we do,” said Homampour, whose favorite aspects of being in trial are “extracting the truth” and “passionate domination of the courtroom.”

“It’s a subtle one, sometimes people don’t even see it or feel it, but I feel like I’m in control. In a good way. I’m making a difference. Basically massaging facts and witnesses and documents and all that stuff, towards an end, just result,” he said.

Appellate attorney Jeffrey I. Ehrlich handled three appeals for Homampour last year and describes the attorney as “one of the few trial lawyers who often does his own appellate work, and enjoys it.”

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen another trial lawyer that is as emotionally invested in each case that he tries,” he said.

Homampour is able to see the big picture of how a case fits together in a way that very few lawyers can do, Ehrlich said.

“Everything he did indicated that he had a strategy that he thought out and for each move. It wasn’t that particular move he was making, but he saw it five moves ahead and saw how everything connected,” Ehrlich said.

Homampour got his start doing personal injury work for a lawyer he clerked for while attending Southwestern Law School.

“He retired and gave me about 30 very small personal injury cases involving dog bites or slip and falls. ... And, I found that I liked helping people, I liked making a difference, even on a small scale,” Homampour said.

But he was eager to move to bigger cases.

According to mediator and attorney Jeffrey L. Krivis, Homampour has got the “wherewithal to try any case that’s out there, but he’ll do the right thing for his client.”

In another case, Homampour represented Carlos Madrigal, a motorcyclist who was struck by an Allstate Insurance Co.-insured driver and rendered paraplegic.

Although the driver had $100,000 policy limit, Allstate offered Madrigal $34,000.

“By Allstate refusing to pay the $100,000, that opened up the policy of bad faith,” Homampour said, “our position was that, Allstate is now liable for whatever the verdict is.”

Allstate had the street shut down and hired stuntmen and cameramen to reenact the crash — arguing the accident was Madrigal’s fault.

Homampour used the reenactment to his advantage.

“They made this $500,000 graphic that turned out to help my case because it showed that, if the guy had looked in his right hand mirror, or his rearview mirror, he would have seen Madrigal the entire time, up until the time he turned and ran him over and turned him into a paraplegic,” he said. Madrigal v. Allstate Insurance Co., 14-CV04242 (C.D. Cal., led June 2, 2014).

“In every case we have that ‘a-ha moment’ where I take something they did, turn it around and show that, not only are they trying to deceive the jury, but the truth still is there and we’re ex- tracting it,” Homampour said.

Scott E. Boyer, an associate at the firm, said, “The great thing about the firm and working for Arash, is that there is truly a team effort to obtain the best results for our clients who have been injured and wronged.”

Personal injury attorney Gary A. Dordick describes Homampour as, “the most interesting man alive, or at least in the legal community.”

“Just like [that] commercial,” Dordick said, adding that, besides being one of the top trial lawyers in town, Homampour is a well-respected DJ.

Homampour said he believes it is critical to have a life balance.

“I love music, I make music, I DJ ... Music is like oxygen to me, if I didn’t have music I wouldn’t know what to do,” said Homampour, who has DJ’d at the Avalon Hollywood “at 1 or 2 a.m.”

“I could DJ earlier times, the thing is, I’m so detail oriented that I’m not going to do a set for a different crowd at 10 p.m. unless I’m like 100 percent prepared, because I have to do it perfectly,” he said, adding that it’s hard to find the time to prepare “in the context of somebody who has a very busy trial calendar.”

Tech house is his favorite subgenre, but he plays generic electronic dance music “because a lot of people need to have vocals,” and occasionally rap “because it’s LA and people like rap.”

A good trial lawyer has the ability to get to the heart of the matter and connect with people through storytelling, Homampour said.

“I don’t think my talent in that area is limited to trials,” said Homampour, who is writing a screenplay.

“I’ve seen so many interesting things occur in life that the screenplay is just an expression of me and trying to tell a compelling story that is interesting and fun and makes people think,” he said. “I want to try my hand in writing a story that is compelling for people.”

The same way he is compelling in trial.

“This is it. Trial law. I found the perfect, perfect career and I’m just ecstatic that I found this,” said Homampour, who even has a tattoo on his forearm that reads: “Trial Warrior.”

Originally published in Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, November 6, 2017
— Skylar Dubelko

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KCET | Cycle Of Disrepair

KCET | Cycle Of Disrepair

Los Angeles has some of the worst streets in America and the degradation and disrepair is costing the city millions in costly personal injury claims. What's being done to fix L.A.'s roadways and stop the costly litigation?

Due to our success in litigating these types of cases with the City, Arash was interviewed for this video piece by SOCAL Connected on KCET.

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Arash Homampour - Top 100 High Stakes Litigator, 2017

Arash Homampour - Top 100 High Stakes Litigator, 2017

September 7, 2017 – Announcing the selection of Arash Homampour among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2017.  Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters. 

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Arash Homampour Discusses Sanctuary Cities on CNN

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