Douglas F. Welebir is the founder of Welebir | Tierney. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from La Sierra College in 1962 and then attended the University of Southern California School of Law where he earned his J.D. degree in 1965.
In 1970, Mr. Welebir began specializing exclusively in plaintiffs' personal injury law and went on to form the predecessor to this firm in 1973. From 1970 to 1974, Mr. Welebir served as the first mayor of the city of Loma Linda, California.
Mr. Welebir served as lead plaintiff's counsel in the Stringfellow Acid Pits Trial case that resulted in a plaintiffs' verdict and ultimately a $110 million settlement for the 4,300 plaintiffs. He has also successfully represented many other clients throughout the State of California with individual settlements and verdicts each in excess of $1 million.
Mr. Welebir's current practice focuses on the representation of individuals and families of those seriously injured or killed by defective products or as a result of motor vehicle, railroad, big-rig truck, motorcycle, aviation or highway design accidents and animal attacks. He is "AV" rated** by Martindale-Hubbell.
Reynolds v. Covani — Personal injury matter - auto v. auto accident involving a nun and her order as the defendant. Serious injury, nun left the scene of the accident. $1MM policy, $500K demand on eve of trial, $325K offer. Verdict $3,200,000.00. Paid by carrier having established that failure to settle for reasonable sum opened the policy.
Parker v. Ford — Spontaneous fire with severe burns, established defect in exhaust system design
Whitney v. Mitsubishi — Rearend accident with catastrophic injuries, established defendant was in fact in the course and scope of employment (though in process of personal diversion from business pursuit) and case settled for $13MM+ after original offer of driver''''s individual policy of $100K
Reynolds v. Covani — Personal injury matter - auto v. auto accident involving a nun and her order as the defendant. Serious injury, nun left the scene of the accident. $1MM policy, $500K demand on eve of trial, $325K offer. Verdict $3,200,000.00. Paid by carrier.
Newman v. Stringfellow — Approx. 10 years of litigation over the Stringfellow Acid Pits toxic waste dump in Glen Avon, California representing 4,000+ plaintiffs, lead trial counsel for 13 months resulting in unanimous verdict for the "test" plaintiffs and ultimately to a settlement totally $110,000,000 against all defendants both governmental and private.