Chris Madeksho

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

Subject: Asbestos Poisining

3 hr Case Analysis


Chris is the son of the firm’s founder, Larry Madeksho. He manages the firm’s California office in the Los Angeles area.

Like his father, Chris’s passion is fighting for the rights of victims of corporate negligence and abuse. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and started doing human rights work while studying at American University Law School. He did pro bono human rights work in Costa Rica with Casa Alianza and CEJIL Centroamerica, focusing on international child trafficking cases. Chris speaks fluent Spanish and French.

Chris is a recognized expert on benzene and is the co-chairman of the Benzene Litigation Group with The American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice law in three states – Texas, California and Washington State, and he has a national reputation for managing asbestos and other toxic torts. He has represented mesothelioma and toxic injury clients in courtrooms from New York to California, and from the Midwest down to Texas. Chris is a graduate of the nationally-renowned Trial Lawyers College.

In addition to trying cases for victims of cancer and toxic torts, Chris routinely tries cases pro bono for low-income families facing eviction in the Los Angeles area. He even participated as trial counsel and adviser to tenants in the largest rent strike in Los Angeles County history. Helping his community is a passion for Chris. His verdicts include the first pandemic-era jury trial in Washington State resulting in a $14 million verdict for his client.

Outside of work, you’ll find Chris spending time with his family — they especially enjoy gardening, exploring the outdoors, making music, and enjoying good food together.

Case Analysis Details

"Shaffer v. Abbex"

Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Closing Argument, & Rebuttal

Between the years 1966 to 1990, Abex supplied asbestos brakes to Alcoa Vernon Works where they manufactured aluminum products from scrap.

The Abex asbestos brakes and clutches went onto heavy equipment like 8,000-ton machine presses that would form heated aluminum, hydraulic forklift trucks, and cranes.

Plaintiff was a millwright who repaired machinery using these brakes and clutches from 1966-1990. Between 1966 and mid-1983, Plaintiff worked hands-on with the brakes and clutches as well as supervising teams who would remove and replace them requiring them to remove old brake dust and make the surface clean for new ones. Between 1983 and 1990, Plaintiff worked in Central maintenance where workers would replace brakes daily or weekly, using compressed air to clean the pads for removal and replacement.

Plaintiff was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2000 and several inches of his colon were removed.

Plaintiff was diagnosed with colon cancer again in 2010 and several inches of his colon were removed again.

In 2015, Plaintiff was diagnosed with lung cancer, and this time they discovered asbestos-related pleural plaques on his lung. The cancer was so severe it required removal of the lower lobe of his left lung to survive.

To date, Plaintiff is still recovering. It is hoped he will survive until 2031. He has 15 children and 24 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His resected lung does not allow him to walk long distances anymore or go to the High Sierras where the air is too thin. He has other difficulties that he never complains about to anyone else concerning the difficulty breathing daily and the fatigue that goes with not being able to catch a full breath anymore.