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Mr. Collodel is Special Counsel in the law firm Sedgwick
Detert, Moran & Arnold. He works with public entities and private sector
clients, handling civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. He is
certified by The State Bar of California Office of Legal Specialization as an
Appellate Law Specialist.
EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALTIES
Mr. Collodel specializes in appellate law and complex litigation
concerning, among other issues, civil rights violations, constitutional questions,
government tort claims, healthcare matters, business torts, insurance coverage,
and general liability disputes. He has participated in proceedings before the
United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
California Supreme Court and California Court of Appeal, and has more than thirty
He completed the California Court of Appeal mediation training
AFFILIATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; Served
on Appellate Courts and Appellate Election Evaluations Committees since 1993.
Chair of subcommittee that prepared the Appellate Courts
Committee's Primer for California's Second District Court of Appeal, designed
to serve as a guide for infrequent appellate practitioners and pro se litigants.
Member of DRI's Appellate Advocacy's Steering Committee
(Editor for an upcoming book on appellate practice)
Board of Governors (including service as President in 2000)
of the Italian-American Lawyers Association since 1995.
Volunteer settlement officer for the Los Angeles County
Superior Court (1993-present) and the Second District Court of Appeal (1996-present).
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Oral Argument-California Style?", Defense Research Institute's
Appellate Advocacy Committee's Certworthy, (Fall 1998).
"Musings about Legal Writing," published in DRI's "For
the Defense," (August 2001).
A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1980
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law,
Representative Cases and Published Opinions for Douglas
Cook v. Caterpillar Inc., No. A094080 (Cal.Ct.App.
2002)Affirming summary judgment entered against welder who was severely
burned during on-site repair of construction equipment.
Caterpillar Inc. v. Superior Court, No. E031349 (Cal.Ct.App.
2002)Writ of mandate issued directing trial court to vacate order denying
motion for good faith settlement and enter order granting the motion.
Carson Harbor Village, Ltd. v. Unocal Corp., 270
F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2001) (en banc)Ninth Circuit addresses responsibility
for environmental cleanup costs under CERCLA, including resolution of "disposal"
in the context of active/passive migration of contaminants
Monarch Healthcare v. Superior Court, 78 Cal.App.4th
1282, 93 Cal.Rptr.2d 619 (2000) In unfair competition action, Court of
Appeal issued writ relief compelling trial court to uphold non-partys
written objections to a deposition subpoena; non-party petitioner had properly
preserved its right to object and did not need to file motion to quash the subpoena.
Shipman v. Boething Treeland Farms, Inc., 77 Cal.App.4th
1424 (Cal.Ct.App. 2000)Judgment for property owner affirmed in novel case
applying recreational use immunity to allegations of landowner's allegedly active
Fisch v. United Spancrete, No. B122481 (Cal.Ct.App.
1999)Affirming dismissal of case against foreign defendant based on motion
to quash service of summons.
Felix v. City of Burbank, No. 97-56461 (9th Cir.
1999)Affirmed judgment against employee who asserted disability under
the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Artiglio v. Corning, Inc., 18 Cal. 4th 604 (Cal.
Supreme Court 1998)Affirmed grant of summary judgment for manufacturer
on more than 200 breast implant cases because plaintiffs did not meet the standard
for duty under their negligent undertaking theory, which was based on Restatement
Second of Torts section 324A. The Supreme Court determined that the manufacturer's
toxicology research, which was conducted for one of its subsidiaries, did not
create a duty to third parties who years later used a medical product manufactured
by the subsidiary that was unrelated to the toxicology testing.
City of Burbank v. Superior Court, No. B112981 (Cal.Ct.App.
1997)Writ of mandate issued directing trial court to dismiss action based
on res judicata principles after plaintiff tried to pursue state tort claims
in state court following plaintiff's adverse summary judgment on related federal
claims which had been brought in federal court.
Thompson v. Mahre, 110 F.3d 716 (9th Cir. 1997)Amicus
counsel for over 200 cities in a federal civil rights action with a protracted
appellate history, filing briefs supporting petition for certiorari in the U.S.
Supreme Court and supporting successful police officer defendants in Court of
Rohr Industries, Inc. v. First State Insurance Co.,
59 Cal.App.4th 1480 (Cal.Ct.App. 1997)In good faith settlement context,
trial court cannot bar claims for contribution and indemnity of non-settling
Moriya v. County of Los Angeles, No. B084610 (Cal.Ct.App.
1997)In fatal shooting case, Court of Appeal affirmed judgment on directed
verdict entered after hung jury was unable to reach a verdict.
Heeney v. Mansfield Scientific, Inc., No. 95-55797
(9th Cir. 1996)Affirmed summary judgment for manufacturer in products
liability action based on expiration of statute of limitations.
Reynolds v. County of San Diego, 84 F.3d 1162 (9th
Cir. 1996) affirming 858 F. Supp. 1064In a comprehensive opinion affirming
a summary judgment in favor of a deputy sheriff sued in a federal civil rights
action, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holds that where a suspect is armed
and in close proximity to the officer, the officer may use deadly force to defend
Robbins v. Hamburger Home for Girls, 32 Cal.App.4th
671 (Cal.Ct.App. 1995)Representing shelter in case determining that shelters
have a qualified privilege to not disclose their address to suspected abusers
where the victim seeks temporary refuge at the shelter.
Martel v. County of Los Angeles, 56 F.3d 993 (9th
Cir. 1995) (en banc)Confirming principle that an appellant must prove
actual and substantial prejudice to obtain a reversal on appeal, notwithstanding
the claim of inherent prejudice arising out of a district court mandating speedy
disposition of cases and setting cases for trial three months after date of
Branson v. Nott, 62 F.3d 287 (9th Cir. 1995)In
a second generation lawsuit against the Court of Appeal justices, trial court
judge and clerk, among others, the Ninth Circuit affirms the dismissal of plaintiff's
due process attack on the state court trial and appellate systems.
Quemetco Inc. v. Pacific Automobile Insurance Co.,
24 Cal.App.4th 494 (Cal.Ct.App. 1994)Affirming summary judgment for client,
Court of Appeal holds that the benefits of an insurance policy issued to a transferor
corporation do not pass to the transferee corporation by operation of law upon
a sale of all assets and liabilities.
Bryant v. County of Los Angeles, 26 Cal.App.4th
919 (Cal.Ct.App. 1994)Representing police officers and the public entity
employer who were found to be statutorily immune from liability for injuries
arising out of a police vehicle pursuit.
City of Riverside v. Superior Court, No. 013288
(Cal.Ct.App. 1993)Writ of mandate issued directing trial court to enter
order denying plaintiff relief from claim filing requirements of Government
Code §§900, et seq.
Thomas v. County of Los Angeles, 978 F.2d 504 (9th
Cir. 1992)Ninth Circuit overturns sweeping preliminary injunction against
the Sheriff's Department as overly broad and as unsupported by a factual record.
Lua v. Southern Pacific Transportation Co., 6 Cal.App.4th
1897 (Cal.Ct.App. 1992)Court of Appeal reverses plaintiff's verdict based
on negligence per se because the trial judge improperly created a civil duty
of care from state administrative regulations, which required grade crossings
to be cleared within 10 minutes.
Mullins v. Mayflower Ins. Co., 9 Cal.App.4th 416
(Cal.Ct.App. 1992)Affirming summary judgment for insurer in case that
establishes the scope of uninsured motorist coverage for accidents, which are
connected to a motor vehicle, but which do not occur in or about the motor vehicle.
Christensen v. Superior Court, 54 Cal.3d 868 (Cal.
Supreme Court 1991)The California Supreme Court issued its leading opinion
on third party standing to sue for monetary damages on emotional distress theories,
including intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Hydro Systems, Inc. v. Continental Ins. Co., 929
F.2d 472 (9th Cir. 1991) affirming 717 F. Supp. 700Affirming summary judgment
for insurer finding absolute pollution exclusion applies to efforts by industry
to comply with municipal abatement order.
Coy v. County of Los Angeles, 235 Cal.App.3d 1077
(Cal.Ct.App. 1991)Reversing plaintiff's $1 million jury verdict, and directing
entry of judgment in client's favor, Court of Appeal construed statute of limitations
for lawsuits against governmental entities arising out of property that was
lawfully seized during police search, but never returned.
Buehler v. Alpha Beta Co., 224 Cal.App.3d 729 (Cal.Ct.App.
1990)Representing grocery store in obtaining affirmance of summary judgment
in premises liability case, which establishes criteria for trial judge's determination
on sufficiency of evidence of notice and defect and when issue can be resolved
as a question of law.
Alicia T. v. County of Los Angeles, 222 Cal.App.3d
869 (Cal.Ct.App. 1990)Representing county social workers who were found
to be absolutely immune from civil liability in connection with their investigation
of child abuse and initiation of dependency hearings.
Elene H. v. County of Los Angeles, 220 Cal.App.3d
1445 (Cal.Ct.App. 1990)Affirming summary judgment in favor of sheriff's
deputies in child abuse case brought by parents to whom child was subsequently
Coats v. K-Mart Corp., 215 Cal.App.3d 961 (Cal.Ct.App.
1989)Corporation's nonsuit in wrongful death action affirmed because of
heirs' failure to prove their legal entitlement to recovery.