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Patrick McNicholas is a founding partner with McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP. He is a trial lawyer who has exclusively represented plaintiffs since being admitted to the bar in 1986. Mr. McNicholas is a member of the Board of Directors for Urban Compass, serves on the Board of Governors for the American Board of Trial Advocates, click here, and the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). He is on the Board of Trustees for the University of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He holds memberships with the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA), the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).
Mr. McNicholas was named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was named Top 100 lawyer by Superlawyers, click here, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Mr. McNicholas has won numerous note worthy cases on behalf of individuals in a variety of different areas of law. Representative cases include:
Baggett v. Hewlett-Packard Company
$5M settlement for consumers who alleged that the design flaw prevented purchasers from using all of the usable toner in the cartridges.
Gray vs. The Saxon Group
Jury verdict for $10,042,866 to a construction worker who suffered compound femur fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. During recovery, the plaintiff suffered a non-union, which required further surgery.
Nagatoshi v. City of Los Angeles
Jury verdict for $3,591,000 to Japanese-American officer against the LAPD K9 Unit for harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
Quezada vs. Evangelica Lutheran Church
Gross jury verdict in favor of injured Motorcycle rider in the amount of $843,000.
Francois vs. City of Los Angeles
Jury verdict for $5,430,000 awarded to LAPD officer against LAPD Bomb Squad Unit for race discrimination.
William S. vs. Bonita Unified School District
Jury verdict for $10,800,000 awarded to minor boy molested by a school teacher.
Higgins vs. Toshiba
Jury verdict for unlawful age discrimination awarded to 65 year old worker for $2,200,000.
Jane Doe vs. Public Entity
$6,000,000 settlement on behalf of family for death of father while working in MTA tunnel.
Tenant v. Doe Apartment Owner and Hot Water Manufacturer
$1,000,000 settlement for tenant burned by overheated water while showering.
Wirta vs. Oliver & Williams
Jury verdict for $1,750,000 in favor of passengers injured in an elevator crash.
Damianakes vs. City of Los Angeles
Jury verdict for $2,300,000 in favor of female police officer for gender discrimination. Jury determined that plaintiff was denied position on SWAT team because of sex.
Mr. McNicholas was born and raised in Los Angeles where he graduated from Loyola High School in 1979. In 1983 he graduated from the University of San Francisco, where he served as Student Body President, with a BA in Political Science. He was admitted to McGeorge School of Law in 1983, after a brief internship with the White House. He received his Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law in 1986, and was admitted to practice in the same year.
Mr. McNicholas has been a guest lecturer at Pepperdine (2004 - 2011), taught Trial Advocacy in 1992-1993 at Whittier College School of Law and has published scores of articles, including “Cross-Examination of the Defense Expert” (1997 CAALA Las Vegas Convention); “Preparing the Employment Case for Trial” (Forum (1998), Vol. 28, No. 9); “The Danger Creation Doctrine and Section 1983: Government Liability for Third Party Torts” (Forum (1999), Vol. 29, No. 5); “The Essentials of Representing The Injured Seaman” (Forum (2001), Vol. 31, No. 2); “Motions in Limine: Controlling and Previewing the Evidence” (Forum (2003), Vol. 33, No. 5); “Effective Use of Your Expert Witnesses” (Forum (2004), Vol. 34, No. 7); “Cutting Edge Presentation: The Information Age” (Forum (2006), Vol. 36, No. 6), “California Court of Appeal Confirms Application of Civil Rights Legislation to Workplace Discrimination Claims” (Forum (2006), Vol. 36, No. 8). His speaking engagements include the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association – 1994; CAOC 34th Annual Convention (San Francisco) - 1995; CAOC 35th Annual Convention (San Francisco) - 1996; CAALA Annual Convention (Las Vegas) - 1997; CAOC 33rd Annual Lake Tahoe - 1998; CAOC 37th Annual Convention (San Francisco) – 1998; CAALA Annual Convention (Las Vegas) – 2001; CAOC 42nd Annual Convention (Monterey) - 2003; CAALA Annual Convention (Las Vegas) - 2004; CEB Civil Litigation Before Trial (Los Angeles) – 2006; ABOTA Masters of Opening Statements and Final Arguments (Los Angeles) - 2012