One of the country’s leading trial attorneys, Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Brian Panish has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include a $4.9 billion record verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, over 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, six verdicts in excess of $50 million, and more than 500 verdicts and settlements over one million dollars in personal injury, car accident, wrongful death and business litigation cases. Mr. Panish consistently serves in a leading role in the largest personal injury cases in California and the country. Because of his expertise in personal injury, wrongful death, mass tort and product liability cases, Mr. Panish has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering and Executive committees in numerous high-profile mass torts and major disaster cases.
Opening Statement & Closing Argument
On the morning of February 13, 2017, Plaintiff Jason Lo was riding his motorcycle and stopped at a red light when he was struck by a Southern California Gas Company truck driven by a company employee. Defendant Dominick Consolazio claimed he had suffered a seizure immediately prior to and during the incident. Captain Lo and his motorcycle were pinned beneath the Southern California Gas Company truck, with his right leg forcefully pressed on the ground under the weight of the motorcycle. After the initial impact, the truck came to a stop in the intersection for 23 seconds. Mr. Consolazio then began driving again in an attempt to leave the scene — making a left-hand turn and driving towards the freeway onramp, all while dragging Mr. Lo approximately 436 feet beneath the vehicle. Mr. Consolazio was stopped by good samaritans, who blocked his path and he was arrested at the scene. He later pled to felony hit and run.