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July 2019

What to Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident in California

The moments after a car accident can be confusing and full of panic. You may suffer from severe injuries or the shock of the moment numbs you to any pain. You may worry about the safety of your passengers, the other drivers, and any witnesses at the scene. While the aftermath of a car accident can be scary, these moments are crucial to collecting evidence and documenting details you can use in your future insurance claim or lawsuit. Call 911 ... Read More

Feature Fridays at Bentley & More: James F. Tierney, III

This week we bring to you James F. Tierney from our Redlands Office. James joined our team at the back end of 2018 and we are so glad he did. We were ready for expansion and we couldn’t think of anyone better than to represent us up in the Inland Empire.
James F. Tierney, III, has spent decades residing in, and litigating throughout, the Inland Empire, providing him with a nuanced, experienced view of the particular circumstances presented by litigation in this part of Southern California. Although he has litigated on both sides of the Bar, Mr. Tierney has now spent the last 18 years exclusively devoted to fighting on behalf of injured individuals throughout California. Mr. Tierney serves as a Senior Trial Attorney with Bentley & More LLP and is the firm’s primary attorney in its Inland Empire office in Redlands, CA.

Mr. Tierney began his practice as an associate with a major Inland Empire insurance defense firm. In 1990, he became a partner in the firm of Stanfield & Warner, primarily practicing in the fields of insurance defense, as well as public entity defense and police civil liability defense for the County of San Bernardino. In 1996, Mr. Tierney’s firm merged with a leading Orange County defense firm, where he became the managing partner of their Inland Empire office. In 2000, he decided to devote his practice to representing plaintiffs, including consumers and injured individuals, after spending over 16 years representing defendants in personal injury cases.

Mr. Tierney’s current practice focuses on the representation of a wide variety of plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. His extensive trial experience earned him membership in The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an honor bestowed on very few trial attorneys nationwide He was even the ABOTA San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter’s President in 2009. Mr. Tierney is also an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Association for Justice, the San Bernardino County Bar Association, the California Bar Association, and the Joseph P. Campbell Inns of Court. He has volunteered as a Judge Pro Tem and has also worked as an Appellate Court Mediator at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside.

Mr. Tierney is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the preeminent rating, achievable only after admission to the bar for at least ten years, indicating the highest level of legal ability and ethics.

Mr. Tierney has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and has also been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for Personal Injury from 2012-2018.

Finally, Mr. Tierney has been a resident of the Inland Empire for well over 40 years, having grown up in the High Desert and then living and raising his family in the San Bernardino area for the past 25 years. He is active in the community and was recently named to the Board of Directors for Junior University, an organization devoted to developing and encouraging young musical performers to learn and practice their craft in presenting quality and professional summer programs in San Bernardino.

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Newport Beach Law Firm Bentley & More LLP Co-Founder Keith P. More featured in Daily Journal’s Top Labor & Employment Lawyers 2019

Co-Founder Keith More has been selected as one of the Daily Journal’s 2019 Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California. For the Full article featured in the June 19, 2019 edition, click the image below.


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Bentley & More attorneys secure 10.6 Million Settlement

Gregory Bentley, Keith More & Evan Grant of Bentley & More LLP secured an eight-figure settlement from Doe Defendants and Cross-Defendants, after their client was crushed in a construction site accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury and numerous orthopedic injuries. Plaintiff contended that the defendants were negligent in operating and supervising the construction site.

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Keith More gets client 5.5 Million Settlement in Workers Compensation Claim

Keith More and his team at Bentley & More, recently obtained a $5.5 million settlement on behalf of one of our clients. On the fateful day of October 26, 2016, our client was working for a framing company when he fell 8ft from a roof. He fell to his back landing on a hammer attached to his tool belt causing a spinal cord injury. This injury rendered our client a paraplegic with a neurogenic bowel & bladder. He will require extensive and complex medical treatment for the duration of his life. Defense contested our client’s claim on multiple levels. Mr. More fought the system and obtained financial support for his extensive medical care in addition to housing, ongoing rehabilitation at The Perfect Step and a cutting-edge power limb orthotic device. “Spinal cord injuries are devastating and that is why being a part of our client’s team and his life are the most important thing we can do under these circumstances,” explained Mr. More.

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Bentley & More welcomes newest clerk from the OCTLA Internship Program

Today we celebrate our newest intern reporting for duty at Bentley & More! We are thrilled to welcome Misha Jamshidi to the team!
Ms. Jamshidi is a third-year law student at Chapman University. During her time at Chapman, Misha participated in the Golden Gavel Oral Argument competition where she was placed as a finalist. This led to her being offered a spot on the University’s Elite Moot Court team. Ms. Jamshidi also was invited to join the University’s Mock Trial team her first year. Misha has traveled to Seattle and Los Angeles to compete for her school in an Appellate Court competition centering on First Amendment rights, and two labor law competitions. These experiences have solidified Ms. Jamshidi’s passion for litigation and oral advocacy.

Ms. Jamshidi has also been a part of the business, entertainment, and criminal law societies while in law school. She is part of the Big Sibling program to help first year law students’ transition, as well as serving as a tutor in criminal law for them. During her first summer, Ms. Jamshidi had the opportunity to clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. During this time, she got to participate in an FBI/SWATT/LAPD training program, tour maximum security prisons, and tour Homeland Security Offices. Ms. Jamshidi also worked at a private criminal defense firm her second year, for former DA Michael Fell.

This Summer, Misha is participating in the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) Fellowship where she will intern at Bentley & More.
Ms. Jamshidi has a strong interest in employment and personal injury law, and aspires to be a trial attorney.

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Bentley & More introduces Attorney Allegra Rineer

Today we introduce to you one of our newest team members, Attorney Allegra Rineer. Allegra joined the Bentley & More team in late May of 2019 and we are so glad she did.

Prior to joining Bentley & More, Allegra dedicated her practice of law to representing victims of abuse.  She is passionate about advocating for the most vulnerable members of society.  Allegra has represented children and the elderly in sexual and physical abuse cases against public and private schools, skilled nursing facilities, and board & care homes.  Representative cases include a multi-victim sexual abuse case against Fullerton School District, unlawful restraints/physical abuse of a severely autistic child in a non-public school, and sexual abuse of an elderly woman by a nurse in a skilled nursing facility.  Allegra is excited to take this background to Bentley & More and to be expanding her representation to catastrophically injured clients.

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