Alex Wheeler

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 // From 8:30am to 12:00pm

Subject: Wrongful Death

3 hr Case Analysis

Biography

Alex represents the Firm’s clients in severe personal injury, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, and class action litigation. Alex has been a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2019 and was selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List from 2012 to 2018. As an attorney, Alex has obtained over $500 million in verdicts and settlements for PARRIS clients over the course of his career. He has achieved seven- and eight-figure jury trial verdicts and been appointed Lead Class Counsel in dozens of federal and state class actions. Alex speaks frequently to large groups of lawyers at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country. He speaks on taking effective and trial-focused depositions, all aspects of trial practice, and applying cognitive science to the creative practice of law. Alex is on the Board of Advisors at Pepperdine University School of Law and was a faculty member at the Law School, where he taught “Advanced Trial Practice.”

Case Analysis Details

“Hubbard v Wright”

Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, & Rebuttal

In the early morning hours of January 21, 2017, defendant Rodney Deshone Wright drove his Ford F-150 the wrong way on the 405 North and collided head-on with Aidan and Ainsley Hubbard in their Dodge Caravan, fatally injuring Aidan and Ainsley.

Aidan, 31, and Ainsley, 27, were Palmdale natives beloved by many for their warm hearts and excellent senses of humor. Both musicians and bandmates, the brothers were on their way home from a gig in Los Angeles when the crash occurred.

Aidan and Ainsley’s parents were the wrongful death plaintiffs in the case. There were no economic damages because Aidan and Ainsley lived at home and didn’t have dependents or careers other than their pursuits of musical dreams.

In October 2021, a Van Nuys jury awarded 10.6M in non-economic damages.

Topics:

Maximizing non-economic damages in an adult child wrongful death case involving the parents as sole heirs.

Taking advantage of the defense’s late admission of liability by making the defense experts your experts (so that you don’t even need to call your own).

Working with your wrongful death clients so they are comfortable and ready to tell the story of their losses.

Evidentiary issues involving punitive damages claims in individual defendant trials.

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