Timothy J. Wheeler

Santa Monica, California
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866-738-0973

TIMOTHY J. WHEELER, the managing partner of the Firm, has extensive trial experience in a variety of areas including product liability, general negligence, auto product liability, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, legal malpractice, road design, and insurance bad faith. Tim has been listed in Woodward & White's "The Best Lawyers in America" since 1995. He was a three-time finalist for the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), for his outstanding trial record and involvement and commitment to consumer rights. In 2004 Law and Politics published its inaugural issue of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine/Los Angeles Magazine, which lists the top 5 percent of lawyers practicing in Los Angeles and Orange Counties as nominated and voted upon by their peers. Tim was named to its list of Super Lawyers in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and to its Top 100 LA County Lawyers in 2005 and 2008. He was also named by Lawdragon as one of the 3000 Leading Lawyers in America. Tim also was honored as an Advocate in The American Academy of Trial Counsel. Tim was named the Personal Injury Trial Lawyer of the Year in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers in 2012 and was similarly honored as the Product Liability Trial Lawyer of the Year in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers in 2013.

His representation of plaintiffs' actions has resulted in more than 50 verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars, including Brezovec v. State of California - $8.8 million verdict and a high-speed police chase case, Tartakoff v. City of Los Angeles - $7.675 million verdict. During his career, Tim's effort and trial skills produced some land mark verdicts including the then largest personal injury verdict against the City of Los Angeles. Throughout his career of representing people wrongfully discharged from their jobs, juries have compensated Tim's clients with record awards for emotional distress and contract damages. Tim's experience at handling traumatically brain injured cases resulted in a Riverside County (California) jury returning the county's largest verdict for a brain injured teenage girl. Among Tim's published decisions is the landmark decision in Juarez v. Superior Court (1982) 31 Cal.3d 759 which held that any nine jurors may decide any question submitted to them on a special verdict form. He has lectured and written on all aspects of trial practice throughout California. Tim has served for three years on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). He is also a sustaining member of CAOC, CAALA, American Association for Justice (Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angles, Ca. (J.D., 1978), Tim attended Santa Clara University (B.S., cum laude, Political Science, 1975), and was a recipient of the Jesuit Scholarship. While at Loyola High School, Tim's excellence in all areas of student life was recognized by the faculty, which bestowed upon him The Loyola Award. His commitment to Loyola continues and he currently serves as a member of both the Loyola Law School board of Overseers and is a member of the Loyola Law School Advisory Board. Tim and his wife Nancy, who have been married since 1975, have four children, Matt, Tim, Danny and Mary; two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Jackie and Megan, and four wonderful grandchildren.

Areas of Practice

  • Auto Product Liability
  • Product Liability
  • General Negligence
  • Truck and Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Legal Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: Recipient, The Loyola Award
  • Santa Clara University
    • B.S. (Cum Laude) - 1975
    • Honors: Recipient, Jesuit Scholarship
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • All Aspects of Trial Practice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Board of Governors
  • CAOC, Member
  • CAALA, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America , Fellow, 2009 - Present

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, All Aspects of Trial Practice, Throughout California

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyer, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2010 - 2017
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Litigation (Los Angeles)” – Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2013
  • Named by Woodward/White’s, Inc. as One of the "The Best Lawyers in America", 1995 - 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Named a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers, 2012 - 2013
  • Named "Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Named "Product Liability Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2017
  • Three-Time Finalist, Prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • Top 100 LA County Lawyers, 2005, 2008
  • One of the 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon
  • Advocate, The American Academy of Trial Counsel
  • Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005, 2008, 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Board of Regents of Loyola High School
  • AYSO soccer coach for 17 years
  • Manhattan Beach Youth Basketball (MBYB) coach for 5 years
  • Little League baseball coach for 4 years
  • Loyola Law School Board of Overseers for the past 5 years
  • Member, Loyola Law School Advisory Board, 2012 - Present

Community Involvement

  • Loyola Law School Board of Overseers for the past 5 years
  • Member, Board of Regents of Loyola High School
  • AYSO soccer coach for 17 years
  • Manhattan Beach Youth Basketball (MBYB) coach for 5 years
  • Little League baseball coach for 4 years