Insight

No Challenge Too Big

Following its most successful year to date, Easton & Easton continues its streak of notable victories for California’s injured.

No Challenge Too Big
JS

Justin Smulison

November 15, 2019 09:00 AM

The family of personal injury litigators at Easton & Easton, LLP enjoys a challenge. Even when the odds seem insurmountable, the firm continually demonstrates that their knowledge of the law, family synergy, and stamina for years-long litigation is a combination for success in the competitive Southern California landscape.

“We have a combined level of experience in the courtroom that many other small or boutique law firms do not have,” says founding partner Doug Easton. Doug began the firm more than 30 years ago and it has grown to seven attorneys, including his sons Brian, Matt, and Travis (who are all now partners). “Our 100 years combined litigation experience is a major advantage and the reason we can win important cases against some of the Goliaths out there.”

This was exemplified earlier this year when the firm secured $20 million in a confidential premises liability settlement on behalf of a critically injured client. The firm spent three years litigating against the property owners, who vehemently fought the lawsuit. “After spending millions trying to defend the case, filing countless motions to dismiss, and taking more than 20 depositions,” Brian Easton says, “the defendants recognized shortly before trial that we were likely to prevail, and they requested a mediation.”

Matt Easton adds, “In addition to the $20 million in damages for our client, we were adamant that the defendants agree to make substantial remedial modifications to their property as one of the settlement terms to ensure that an incident like this could never happen again.” In this way, the Eastons see much of their work as not just rectifying the wrongs committed against their clients but also helping to make the world a safer place for everyone.

As the firm continues to make important strides in all areas of personal injury accident matters, they are often hired to succeed where others could not. Matt and Travis Easton were recently retained by a woman whose neck and back were severely injured in an automobile collision. After she experienced a rare complication due to an epidural injection, she required several intricate surgeries to repair the condition and resolve her pain. The client’s prior attorney focused his efforts on pursuing a misguided medical malpractice claim against the doctors that were trying to help her (which was ultimately dismissed by the court) and offered to settle her case against the auto defendant for $25,000. Fortunately, the offer was not accepted by the defendant’s insurance carrier and the client eventually dismissed her first lawyer after more than two years of dithering. In less than six months later after hiring the Eastons, they were able to obtain $1.25 million for the client’s injuries and treatment from the auto defendant’s insurance carrier—50 times what the first lawyer had offered to accept from the same defendant.

“We have a combined level of experience in the courtroom that many other small or boutique law firms do not have.”

“This case was a pretty stark reminder of the importance of quality legal representation,” notes Matt Easton. “Thankfully, the insurance company didn’t accept the prior attorney’s ridiculous offer, and we were able to come in and get this poor woman the justice she deserved so she could start putting her life back together.”

Easton & Easton also stands out among Southern California’s plaintiff’s firms in its understanding of how injury law intersects with the emergence of new industries and enterprises, such as the increasing number of vape explosion and ridesharing accident cases.

Earlier this year, the Eastons were brought in to assist another law firm struggling to make headway against a major ridesharing company in a potential underinsured motorist (UIM) claim on behalf of the rideshare driver. He had suffered life-threatening injuries and incurred $200,000 in medical bills, but the rideshare company contended that there was no UIM coverage because he was not engaged in carrying a passenger at the time of the accident.

Once Easton & Easton was hired, they gathered evidence to prove that the client was on his way to pick up a passenger at the time of the collision, even though the rideshare service’s internal data disagreed. With this evidence, they were able to trigger $1 million in underinsured motorist coverage for the rideshare driver, which was tendered in full shortly thereafter.

“We turned a terrible $15,000 third-party settlement into a terrific million-dollar settlement in a case that wouldn’t have existed five years ago,” notes Brian Easton. “Injury law continues to evolve, and our firm is nimble enough to evolve with it. We learn something from every case and take that with us as a group moving forward.”

Doug Easton adds, “As a family of litigators, we are great at combining our collective knowledge and experience to build a special synergy for our clients, even in emerging and complex areas of personal injury law.”

Their results this year stand as compelling proof.

Related Articles

Big Wins From Coast to Coast


by Justin Smulison

Founder Michael S. Burg discusses how Burg Simpson’s lawyers secured major verdicts in some of the nation’s most unique cases in 2019.

Michael S. Burg Best Lawyers 2020

The Malone Legacy


by Alicia Lu

Adam Malone continues the legacy of improving lives he and his late father, Tommy Malone, achieved together.

Adam Malone Best Lawyers 2020

A Cohesive Team


by Best Lawyers

How Bentley & More LLP Combined Forces

A Cohesive Team

IN PARTNERSHIP

Salvi & Maher, LLP: Illinois and Wisconsin's Personal Injury Firm


by Justin Smulison

For more than 35 years, Salvi & Maher LLP has defended their clients throughout Illinois and Wisconsin in various areas of personal injury law, including medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and trucking litigation.

Skyline of Chicago with green river and blue background

IN PARTNERSHIP

Emroch & Kilduff: Virginia's Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorneys


by Emroch & Kilduff

For over 40 years, the award-winning Virginia-based firm Emroch & Kilduff has worked to represent their personal injury clients in both state and federal courts.

Skyline with water and bridge on blue background

Aim High and Fly


by Khalil Abdullah

From a silent victim of hometown segregation to Air Force captain and lawyer of consummate skill, Karen Evans exemplifies leadership—and vows always to help those who seek to follow her path.

Karen Evans' Leadership in the Airforce

New England's Best Lawyers 2022


by Best Lawyers

Our New England's Best Lawyers 2022 publication features top-ranked legal talent in New England.

New England's Best Lawyers 2022

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers: The Injury & Malpractice Issue


by Best Lawyers

Featuring the top legal talent from The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America and “Lawyer of the Year” recipients for personal injury and medical malpractice as well as thought leadership from some of the nation’s top lawyers.

Best Lawyers Injury & Malpractice Publication

Georgia's Injury and Malpractice Leaders


by Justin Smulison

In 2021, Adam Malone recovered more than $38 million in settlements for catastrophically injured clients, while continuing his leadership roles outside the courtroom to enhance the profession for injury lawyers.

Malone Law Remain Leaders in Personal Injury

Georgia's Best Lawyers 2022


by Best Lawyers

Our 2022 Georgia's Best Lawyers publication features top-ranked legal talent in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Greater Atlanta, Macon and Savannah.

Georgia's Best Lawyers 2022

Catastrophic Personal Injury


by Best Lawyers

Trial legend Frank Branson finds success mixing technology and new skills with vast courtroom experience.

Catastrophic Personal Injury

The Winning Edge


by Justin Smulison

In its 40th year, Frantz Law Group finalized history-making settlements for clients in California and nationally.

Frantz Law Group

As Courts Grapple With the COVID-19 Pandemic, Scarlett Law Group Adapts


by Sean Stonefield

Best Lawyers honoree Randall Scarlett on obtaining results despite unprecedented challenges.

Scarlett Law Group

Trial Law Leadership


by Justin Smulison

Daniel J.T. Sciano, twice-named Best Lawyers® San Antonio “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2010, 2012), discusses how his record of success impacts clients and Texas’ legal community

Daniel Sciano Best Lawyers 2020

Big Case Warriors


by Best Lawyers

The co-founders of Lyons & Simmons, LLP discuss their relentless dedication to pursuing justice for clients while also invoking change.

Lyons & Simmons Best Lawyers 2020

Tried and Tested


by Johanna Marmon

Victor Pribanic has been securing justice for wronged individuals for more than four decades.

Victor Pribanic Best Lawyers 2020

Trending Articles

How Palworld Is Testing the Limits of Nintendo’s Legal Power


by Gregory Sirico

Many are calling the new game Palworld “Pokémon GO with guns,” noting the games striking similarities. Experts speculate how Nintendo could take legal action.

Animated figures with guns stand on top of creatures

Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in America Honorees


by Best Lawyers

Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Gold strings and dots connecting to form US map

The U.S. Best Lawyers Voting Season Is Open


by Best Lawyers

The voting season for the 31st edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and the 5th edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America is officially underway, and we are offering some helpful advice to this year’s voters.

Golden figures of people standing on blue surface connected by white lines

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers® in the United States


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers listed in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and in the 2nd Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2022.

2022 Best Lawyers Listings for United States

How To Find A Pro Bono Lawyer


by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers dives into the vital role pro bono lawyers play in ensuring access to justice for all and the transformative impact they have on communities.

Hands joined around a table with phone, paper, pen and glasses

What the Courts Say About Recording in the Classroom


by Christina Henagen Peer and Peter Zawadski

Students and parents are increasingly asking to use audio devices to record what's being said in the classroom. But is it legal? A recent ruling offer gives the answer to a question confusing parents and administrators alike.

Is It Legal for Students to Record Teachers?

2021 Best Lawyers: The Global Issue


by Best Lawyers

The 2021 Global Issue features top legal talent from the most recent editions of Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch worldwide.

2021 Best Lawyers: The Global Issue

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2023


by Best Lawyers

The third edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ highlights the legal talent of lawyers who have been in practice less than 10 years.

Three arrows made of lines and dots on blue background

The Upcycle Conundrum


by Karen Kreider Gaunt

Laudable or litigious? What you need to know about potential copyright and trademark infringement when repurposing products.

Repurposed Products and Copyright Infringemen

The Best Lawyers in Australia™ 2024 Launch


by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is excited to announce The Best Lawyers in Australia™ for 2023, including the top lawyers and law firms from Australia.

Australian Parliament beside water at sunset

Best Lawyers Voting Is Now Open


by Best Lawyers

Voting has begun in several countries across the globe, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. Below we offer dates, details and answers to voting-related questions to assist with the voting process.

Hands holding smartphone with five stars above phone

Inflation Escalation


by Ashley S. Wagner

Inflation and rising costs are at the forefront of everyone’s mind as we enter 2023. The current volatile market makes it more important than ever to understand the rent escalation clauses in current and future commercial lease agreements.

Suited figure in front of rising market and inflated balloon

Wage and Overtime Laws for Truck Drivers


by Greg Mansell

For truck drivers nationwide, underpayment and overtime violations are just the beginning of a long list of problems. Below we explore the wages you are entitled to but may not be receiving.

Truck Driver Wage and Overtime Laws in the US

A Celebration of Excellence: The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 Awards


by Best Lawyers

As we embark on the 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada™, we are excited to highlight excellence and top legal talent across the country.

Abstract image of red and white Canada flag in triangles

Announcing The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ 2024


by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is excited to announce the landmark 15th edition of The Best Lawyers in South Africa™ for 2024, including the exclusive "Law Firm of the Year" awards.

Sky view of South Africa town and waterways

Presenting the 2024 Best Lawyers Family Law Legal Guide


by Best Lawyers

The 2024 Best Lawyers Family Law Legal Guide is now live and includes recognitions for all Best Lawyers family law awards. Read below and explore the legal guide.

Man entering home and hugging two children in doorway