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Exploding E-Cigarette Device Causes Tragic Death

This is an absolute tragedy, a man has lost his life because of an exploding defective e-cigarette. Bentley & More co-founding partner Greg Bentley has been leading the charge in holding e-cigarette companies accountable, handling more than 150 cases against e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers on behalf of consumers who have been injured by defective e-cigarette batteries and devices. “What happened to Mr. Brown is unconscionable, an innocent man has lost his life because of the e-cigarette industry’s greed. Consumers should be aware that e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers continually put profit over safety and are brazen in putting consumers at risk,” said Mr. Bentley. “The lack of regulation of these products is also shocking, but we will keep fighting on behalf of consumers to hold this dangerous industry accountable.” #stoptheecigexplosions

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Can Social Media Affect Your Personal Injury Claim?

Social media is an almost unavoidable part of modern life for most adults, and many people manage multiple social media accounts for various reasons. Most personal injury attorneys recommend their clients avoid social media while they have cases in progress. Giving up the social interaction may be difficult for some, but social media use can potentially endanger a personal injury claim in several ways. Conflicting Evidence One of the most ob... Read More

Is It Illegal to Eat While Driving in California?

Distracted driving is a major problem in the United States, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported more than 3,400 deaths from distracted driving in 2016 alone. In light of the disturbing trend of distracted driving accidents in the U.S., many state governments have enacted distracted driving laws, but many of these laws pertain specifically to cell phone use. Commuters and CA drivers who spend a great deal ... Read More

Bentley & More Welcomes Experienced Trial Attorney Michael B. McDonald

Bentley & More is excited to announce that Michael B. McDonald has joined the firm! Mr. McDonald is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on litigating complex personal injury, product liability, and insurance bad-faith matters on behalf of individuals and consumers throughout Southern California. Prior to joining Bentley & More LLP, Mr. McDonald represented corporations and public entities in multimillion dollar claims involving catastrophic injury, property damage and wrongful death through trial.  Selected by Pasadena Magazine as a “Top Attorney,” Mr. McDonald has presented and written on numerous topics including public entity statutory immunity, workplace harassment and injuries arising from construction defects.  Mr. McDonald brings a unique skill set to the firm that will enable him to effectively advise and advocate on behalf of his clients. Born and raised in San Diego, Mr. McDonald obtained his undergraduate degree from University of California Los Angeles and received his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2011. While at Loyola Law School, Mr. McDonald was a staff writer of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review and authored the note entitled Containing Systematic Risk: New Developments in Trans-Atlantic Hedge Fund Regulation, 34 LOY. LA Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 237 (2011). We are excited to welcome him to our team!

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Bentley & More Celebrates at Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s 56th Annual Installation and Awards Program

Bentley & More had a great night at the Orange County Trial Lawyers Assocation’s (OCTLA) 56th Annual Installation and Awards Program! Judge Glenn Salter received the Judicial Excellence Award and B. James Pantone was sworn in as the 2019 President. Not only did Bentley & More sponsor the event, but our own Whit Bertch won Board Member of the Year, and Mr. Bertch and Partner Clare Lucich were sworn in as members of the 2019 Board of Directors by Senator Connie Leyva! Mr. Bertch was also part of the presentation of the check for $200,000 to the nonprofit Together We Rise, representing the final amount raised at the OCTLA Top Gun Awards in December where co-founding partner Keith More served as the live auctioneer.

It was a fantastic night, and many thanks as always to Janet Thornton for making it all happen, and to Geraldine Ly and her board for an outstanding 2018. Looking forward to an exciting 2019 and continuing to be involved with this great organization!

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Bentley & More’s Recent Relocation to Newport Beach

Bentley & More LLP recently relocated to Newport Beach and invites you to come check out our new office, including our event and meeting space, The Side Bar! Big thank you to Robert Gigliotti of RRG Photography (@rrg_photography and for the great pics!! #bentleymoresidebar

Since its inception in August 2016, Bentley & More LLP has become a leader in consumer-focused litigation, specializing in telling clients’ unique stories and obtaining record results, including numerous six-, seven-, and eight-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured consumers and workers. Leading the firm are co-founding partners Greg Bentley and Keith More, who have been recognized by numerous legal publications and associations, including Greg Bentley being chosen by the Daily Journal as a Top 30 Plaintiff Attorney in California and Keith More being chosen as one of the Top Labor & Employment Attorneys. Recently, Mr. Bentley and Mr. More were selected to Super Lawyers, which marks ten consecutive years. Senior Trial Attorney James F. Tierney, III has been selected to Super Lawyers each year since 2012, and in 2018, the firm also had four lawyers selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Evan Grant, Matthew Clark, Clare Lucich, and Natasha Axelrod.

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Co-Founding Partner Keith More to Speak at California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Winter Convention

Co-Founding Partner and three time Workers’ Compensation Trial Lawyer of the Year Keith More will be speaking at the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) 2019 Winter Convention on Thursday January 24 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California. Mr. More will be sharing his expertise and discussing the topic of “Strategies to Challenge and Rebut Panel QME Reports”. You won’t want to miss this informative panel!

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