World-Class Trial Lawyers

California's Premier Litigation Firm: An Overview

Callahan & Blaine is California's Premier Litigation Firm. Founded in 1984, C&B has been achieving record-breaking verdicts and settlements for over 34 years in all areas of complex litigation. For example, C&B has the highest jury verdict in Orange County history, a $934 million jury verdict achieved after a three-month trial in a complex business litigation case. Likewise, C&B obtained a $50 million settlement that has been certified by West Trial Digest as one of the largest personal injury settlements in the history of the United States. C&B also has the highest insurance bad faith judgment ($58 Million) and the largest employment law settlement ($38 Million) in Orange County history. C&B is Orange County's #1 litigation and trial law firm.

C&B is led by its managing partner Daniel J. Callahan. Dan Callahan is known and respected as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. Dan's honors and accomplishments include the following:

  • Named one of the Top 10 Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal
  • Ranked one of the Top 10 Attorneys in Southern California for by Super Lawyers
  • Named California Lawyer of The Year by California Lawyer magazine
  • Featured in Best Lawyers of America from 2005 to 2019
  • Honored as one of the Top 500 Attorneys in the United States by the prestigious Law Dragon 500 publication
  • Featured in Outstanding Lawyers of America, Pre-Eminent Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers and many other publications as one of the premier trial attorneys in the United States

A Law Firm With a History of Success and Excellence

Each of the 28 senior attorneys at C&B is an experienced and accomplished litigator. Most of C&B's senior attorneys have extensive trial experience, and all have experience and expertise in the substantive legal issues faced by our clients: complex business litigation, catastrophic personal injury, intellectual property, professional liability, trade secrets, employment law, real estate, insurance law, corporate governance and many other substantive areas.

For example, Edward Susolik is the partner in charge of C&B's Insurance Department. Ed has been responsible for many multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements over the years, and has made it his mission to maximize insurance proceeds on behalf of C&B clients over the last 27+ years. Among his many awards and accomplishments, Ed has been named one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California for the years 2009 to 2019. Ed also handles mediations and dispute resolution for many of the firm's cases and clients, having successfully conducted over 800 mediations and settlement conferences in his career.

Likewise, C&B's other partners are equally distinguished. For example, Michael Sachs recently won a $10.0 Million judgment in a complex employment trial in San Diego Superior Court. Brian McCormack has many significant trial victories, including partnering with Dan Callahan in the Beckman Coulter $934 Million jury verdict mentioned above, and obtaining a unanimous defense verdict in a two month employment discrimination jury trial on behalf of a major Orange County corporation. Brian was named Trial Attorney of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

To learn how you stand to benefit from working with Orange County's #1 litigation and trial law firm, contact our office in Santa Ana.

Experience and Expertise = The Winning Formula

Every one of our 28 lawyers is an experienced and accomplished litigator. All of our lawyers have at least ten years' experience, so we have no young lawyers who are learning to practice law at the client's expense.

In fact, most of our lawyers have 15 to 25 years of experience, and even our least experienced attorneys have been practicing long enough to make partner at established law firms. We therefore bring more than 700 years of aggregated legal experience to bear on litigation problems in business and commercial law, catastrophic personal injury and insurance coverage disputes in Southern California or around the United States.

C&B's trial lawyers and litigators are more experienced, more effective and more efficient. C&B gets better results at greater value. High quality. Lower price. Our corporate clients love the C&B success paradigm.

World-Class Trial Lawyers

Our approach to client service in civil litigation is aggressive, sophisticated, efficient and confident. We not only work toward achieving the best possible result for our plaintiff or defendant clients on their immediate problems, we identify and pursue counterclaims and cross-claims that might be anything but obvious at the outset of a case.

We know how to get the maximum mileage out of any available insurance coverage to support litigation expenses, expand indemnification rights, or recover losses suffered through negligence, fraud or business torts.

C&B also has one of the top insurance litigators in California and a dedicated partner who handles mediations and dispute resolution for the firm, having successfully conducted over 800 mediations and settlement conferences in his career.

Callahan & Blaine works with corporate and professional clients of all sizes while at the same time serving the needs of catastrophic accident victims throughout Orange County and Southern California. For more information about our distinctive approach to client service in complex civil litigation, contact us in Santa Ana.

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