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Clare Lucich

Partner & Trial Lawyer

Clare Lucich is a partner with Bentley & More whose practice includes product liability, insurance bad faith, catastrophic personal injury, and governmental claims. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, in 2008, where she graduated summa cum laude and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Lucich received her JD in 2012 from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and was selected for membership in The Order of the Coif.

Clare is passionate about practicing law and after working as a litigator at an AM Law100 firm, she joined Bentley & More LLP.

Areas Of Practice

  • Governmental Tort Liability
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation

Awards

  • 2022 OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year- Young Gun
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 Up & Coming 100; Up & Coming 50 Women
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Star, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2020-2022
  • 2018 Top 100 Jury Verdicts in California for Personal Injury

Education

Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA

  • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude May 2012
  • GPA/Rank: 3.83/ Rank 10/206 (Top 5%);
  • Honors: Dean’s Scholarship; The Order of the Coif
  • Journal: Pepperdine Law Review

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, summa cum laude
  • Social Ecology, summa cum laude, June 2008
  • GPA: 3.975
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Ms. Lucich’s Experience Includes the Following:

  1. Assisted in achieving a more than $720 million class action settlement in the action entitled Holly Wedding, et al. v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, et al., LASC Case No. BC51744. The long-running case concerns the actions of the CalPERS Long Term Care Program, which despite years of promises that premiums would remain steady and stable, implemented a targeted 85% premium increase in 2015/2016 on tens of thousands of CalPERS Long Term Care policyholders.
  2. Obtaining a $30 million settlement for a woman who was catastrophically injured as a result of a trucking company’s failure to properly maintain its fleet of vehicles.
  3. Obtaining a $16.5 million settlement against the City of Pasadena on a dangerous road design case involving insufficient corner sight distance that led to a devastating T-bone collision resulting in significant injuries to our 35-year-old client wo was riding a motorcycle at the time.
  4. Earning  $14 million settlement for a young technician injured while working on the job.
  5. Obtaining a high eight-figure settlement for a severely injured bicyclist who was struck by a truck in a heavily disputed liability case.
  6. Earning a $7.9 million settlement on a bus accident case involving clients with multiple orthopedic injuries including a femur fracture, foot fracture, and multiple rib fractures, necessitating surgery. After three years of litigation, Defendants finally admitted that Defendants’ negligence was the sole cause of the crash.
  7. Obtaining a $3.2 million settlement for a young woman who tragically fractured multiple ribs and suffered a L4-5 annular tear and cervical spine injuries requiring multiple injections when she was rear-ended on the freeway by a government employee.
  8. Serving as the lead associate of the litigation team that obtained a $12 million wrongful death settlement against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of the family of Alice Gruppioni, an Italian newlywed tragically killed on her honeymoon when struck by a reckless vehicle on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The $12 million settlement represents the largest wrongful death settlement reached by the City of Los Angeles. (Gruppioni v. The City of Los Angeles)
  9. Representing clients injured in a crosswalk when a driver, due to the public entity’s failure to install proper safety devices, failed to see them and struck the plaintiffs, causing life-long injuries. Combined settlement with the driver’s employer and the public entity resulted in a high seven-figure settlement.
  10. Serving as the lead litigation team member that obtained an eight-figure settlement in an insurance bad faith coverage dispute.
  11. Being a member of the litigation team that secured a $5.85 million settlement for a temporary worker who was severely injured while disassembling all-metal firework stands (Pinon v. American Promotional Events, Inc. dba TNT Fireworks and American Promotional Events, Inc. – West).
  12. Obtaining a $3.8 million verdict in Orange County Superior Court on behalf of a young man who sustained a degloving injury to his dominant right hand while in metal shop class (Zavala v NMUSD). Ms. Lucich helped prove that the disc sander the student was using violated Cal OSHA safety guidelines and that the dangerous machine should not have been used in class.
  13. Obtaining a $1.885 million jury verdict in Riverside Superior Court in a first-of-its-kind product liability case involving an e-cigarette device that exploded while charging (Jennifer Ries v. VapCigs et al.).
  14. Securing a $3.2 million verdict in a wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury trial in Bakersfield involving a motor vehicle accident (Rojas v HFS Enterprises).