About Callahan & Blaine

Efficient and Sophisticated Client Service Focused on Results

Callahan & Blaine's trial practice reflects our firm's commitment to client service and outstanding results across a wide range of litigation problems - business and employment law, corporate and ownership disputes, and personal injury claims. We have been working toward building the ideal civil trial practice since we opened our doors in 1984. Contact us in Santa Ana to learn how our approach to dispute resolution can benefit you or your company.

Orange County Trial Attorneys With a National Reputation

With a current roster of more than 28 trial lawyers experienced and focused in virtually all civil practice areas, our law firm offers civil litigants an impressive set of credentials and client service values:

Experience. Together, our attorneys have more than 700 years of trial experience, and since 2003, our verdicts and settlements add up to over $1.0 billion. Most of our lawyers have practiced for 15, 20, or 25 years or more. Our attorneys are faster, more experienced, more aggressive and more efficient. Our attorneys get bigger verdicts and defense results, more favorable settlements, and better results at greater value. We get twice the recovery at half the price of the big firms. Our clients - large and small - love the way we practice and win.

Our law firm represents corporate, professional and entrepreneurial clients of all sizes: multi-national, Fortune 500 companies, California-based corporations, medium and small businesses, homeowners associations, and employers and individuals engaged in business. To find out more about our distinctive approach to advocacy and dispute resolution in complex litigation, contact Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana.

Reputation. Many of our lawyers hold the AV rating* under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Most of our attorneys have won national or regional recognition as effective advocates on complex or novel legal problems from intellectual property to insurance coverage. For example, Dan Callahan was recently selected as one of the Top Ten Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Callahan was also previously honored as one of the Top Ten trial attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal. Likewise, both Dan Callahan and Edward Susolik have been honored among the Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California every year from 2009 to 2019. In addition, the firm has 15 Super Lawyers and Super Lawyer Rising Stars overall in 2018, which is remarkable for a litigation boutique of its size.

Practical Skills. Handling evidence on disputed facts under pressure is probably the trial lawyer's core skill, and our lawyers do it magnificently. At the same time, we demand superior performance from ourselves on every aspect of the job - investigation, claim evaluation, collaboration with experts, negotiation and even legal writing. One of our goals is to make sure that our focus on excellence is obvious in every contact with clients, witnesses, consultants, adversaries, judges and jurors.

Resourcefulness. We understand the legitimate concerns of business clients about the expense of civil litigation whether they're pursuing or defending claims. We therefore find ways to cover the costs of maintaining the legal action whenever possible, whether through insurance coverage, counterclaims or new claims against third parties. In many cases, our ability to turn litigation defense into an attack has led to positive recoveries for clients who began the case as defendants.

Efficiency. There are no junior associates or long chains of command at Callahan & Blaine. Our new hires typically join us after 8 to 12 years of experience with other firms. We feel that our practice is the perfect size for any litigation client whose case presents challenges of novelty or complexity, but who needs to manage the costs of a civil action.

Results. Our law firm has won many remarkable verdicts and settlements on behalf of our business and consumer clients over the years, including:

  • $934 Million - trial of complex business dispute -- largest jury verdict in Orange County history
  • $50 Million -- one of largest personal injury settlements in United States history
  • $58 Million - largest insurance bad faith judgment in Orange County history
  • $28 Million -- truck accident settlement, also certified as one of the largest personal injury settlements in United States history
  • $38 Million -- largest class action settlement in Orange County history
  • Obtaining a unanimous, 12-0 defense jury verdict after a two-month trial in a "bet the company" employment case brought against one of the largest companies in Orange County
  • Defense victory on claims against a homeowner association while recovering more than $8 million on cross-claims and insurance claims

We show clients who need to defend a high-stakes action how the litigation can serve as an opportunity to pursue claims of their own against their original opponent and third parties. In many situations, defense clients who would have been satisfied with avoiding liability walk away with a positive recovery.

Excellence in Communication

At Callahan & Blaine, we are dedicated to making all of our clients and potential clients happy. One of the most important aspects of client satisfaction is immediate communication. Accordingly, our fundamental principles and practices at Callahan & Blaine include the following:

  • Callahan & Blaine always welcomes the calls and e-mails of clients and potential clients.
  • A Callahan & Blaine senior attorney will immediately speak with any clients when they call, or call them back immediately if they cannot speak at the time.
  • We will gladly speak with potential clients over the telephone or in person, without charge.
  • We will promptly return the calls of potential clients, if we are not available when they call.
  • We will not pressure potential clients in any way.
  • If we cannot help a client or potential client with their legal problem, we will gladly refer them to a competent lawyer who can.

It is by following these best practices and principles of client satisfaction that Callahan & Blaine continues to be "California's Premier Litigation Firm" after 34 years.

Personal Injury Plaintiffs Also Benefit From Our Litigation Methods

We apply to personal injury cases the same principles we live by in complex business litigation. This enables us not only to protect the value of a client's claim, but to establish new standards for victim compensation.

To learn more about the way we approach both claims and defenses in commercial, corporate and accident litigation, contact Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories -- legal ability and general ethical standards.

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