Mr. Bridgford is a successful trial attorney with 33 years of experience and has obtained significant financial awards for his clients in jury trials, judge trials, arbitrations, mediations, appeals and pre-litigation disputes, all as first chair.

He presently acts as plaintiff’s counsel in the following mass tort and class action litigation:

  • Mass tort Las Vegas shooting lead death and injury cases
  • Mass tort Northern California wild fires
  • Mass tort Southern California wild fires
  • Class actions on defective copper pipe cases for product defect (over 15 class actions)
  • Class action wage hour reporting time issue (over 10 class actions)
  • Wrongful death construction and train-related accidents (largest death recovery in Placentia Yorba Linda train crash)

Mr. Bridgford also represents individuals and businesses in breach of contracts, business/commercial fraud, construction defect, construction delay, real estate contracts, real estate fraud, and broker/finder actions. He has handled high value estates (beneficiary/trustee disputes), insurance bad faith and coverage, unfair competition, trade secrets/intellectual property, wrongful termination, personal injury, and high value auto accidents. Liability exposure on these cases has ranged from $500,000 to over $50 million dollars.

He graduated from Stanford undergrad with a B.A. in Economics and a perfect GPA in 1982 and Stanford Law School in 1985. Before starting his firm, he was an attorney at Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices as well as Hamilton & Samuels in Newport Beach. Prior to his work in private practice, he was an extern in the White House Office of Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

Representing both plaintiff and defense, Mr. Bridgford has handled numerous trials, arbitrations, mediations, appeals and pre-litigation dispute involving:

  • breach of contracts
  • business/commercial fraud
  • construction defect
  • construction delay
  • real estate contracts
  • real estate fraud
  • broker/finder
  • estates (beneficiary/trustee disputes)
  • insurance bad faith and coverage
  • unfair competition
  • trade secrets/intellectual property
  • wrongful termination
  • personal injury claims

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND AWARDS:

  • 2014 Man of Character Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • 2011 American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award
  • 2009 National Philanthropy Foundation Award for Orange County
  • University of California at Irvine Foundation, Board Member
  • University of California at Irvine School of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Civil Justice Research Initiative at UC Irvine School of Law, Founding Member
  • Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank, Board Member
  • St. Jude Hospital, President’s Circle member
  • The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels Parrish Building Fund