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Bentley & More sponsor Operation Helping Hands Golf Tournament

On Monday July 15, 2019 Bentley & More attended and helped sponsor the 3rd Annual Operation Helping Hands Golf Tournament held at Tijeras Creek Golf Course.

Operation Helping Hands is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit organization founded by Kim Valentine and her family. OHH is dedicated to empowering the youth to give back by providing hygiene items and basic necessities to the homeless. In the last five years, the organization has hand-delivered thousands of backpacks full of goods and clothing to the homeless population all over Southern California. With the help of charitable donations, sponsorships, and positive attitudes around the event, OHH will be able to provide more children in our area with the tools they need to go out and change the lives of many homeless individuals around the SoCal area. Items in the backpacks include: T-Shirts, Underwear, Socks, Soap, Deodorant, Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner, Water, Snacks, Oral Care Kit, Combs, Seasonal Items, Razors, Feminine Hygiene Products, and Contraceptives.

For more information on Operation Helping Hands So Cal, CLICK HERE.

For a look at all the photos from the event, click HERE to visit our Facebook Page.

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Newport Beach Law Firm Bentley & More LLP Co-Founder Gregory L. Bentley featured in Daily Journal’s Top Plaintiff Lawyers 2019

Co-Founder Gregory L. Bentley was recently selected as the Daily Journal’s Top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers in California. For the full article in the Daily Journal, click the image below.

 

 

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Newport Beach Law Firm Bentley & More attorney featured on the Cover of the July 2019 Orange County Lawyer magazine.

Nico Mamone is featured in the July 2019 OCBA Young Lawyers Division publication. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the OCBA YLD as Co-Chair of the Sports & Fitness Committee.
Nico is a 2nd year trial attorney at Bentley & More LLP whose practice focuses on personal injury, product liability, governmental entity liability, and workers’ compensation. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Law & Society at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mr. Mamone also received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School as a part of the accelerated 2-year SCALE program.
While at Southwestern, Mr. Mamone was a member of the Negotiations Honors Program and was deemed both Regional and National Champion at the ABA Representation in Mediation Competitions. He continues to be a zealous and loyal advocate for his clients and strives to conduct himself, at all times, with dignity, courtesy, and integrity.
Mr. Mamone’s representative matters include being a support member of the trial team that secured a $30 million settlement for a young woman who suffered brain damage when the drive shaft of a negligently maintained truck dislodged from the vehicle and struck her in the face while she was driving on the freeway. He also represents individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of exploding e-cigarettes and has several cases in litigation.

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Is California a No-Fault Insurance State?

When you get into a car accident in California, you may wonder who is responsible for paying your damages. Are you expected to file a claim with your own insurance company or do you have to collect the insurance details of the other driver? While some states operate on a no-fault basis, where your own insurance absorbs the costs of an accident, California follows a traditional fault-based system. What Is No-Fault Insurance? California follow... Read More

Bentley & More client awarded Home Health Care

On April 27, 2016 our client, a truck driver with EMPAR Corporation out of Whittier, sustained catastrophic crush injuries to his spine, stomach, urological systems, colon, pelvis & kidney. The defendant in this case continued to dispute the number of hours our client needs for Home Health Care. In an Expedited Hearing on June 19, 2019, a judge awarded our client the home health care he needs. Keith More, co-founder of Bentley & More LLP and his team made sure that justice was received for our client. “Home healthcare is so personal, I will fight any insurance company that denies this critical care.” – Keith P. More

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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident Claim?

When you suffer injuries in a car accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation for accident-related damages through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim. However, the process of obtaining this compensation can be complex and lengthy, depending on the details of your case. Because the timeline to settlement varies, it is not possible to give a concrete answer to how long a car accident claim takes to complete. The Average Car ... Read More

Feature Fridays at Bentley & More – Partner Clare Lucich

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.

Clare serves on the Board for both OCTLA & CAOC. She is currently serving as Chair of the Membership Committee for OCTLA. She has been elected as Super Lawyers Rising Star for four straight consecutive years.

Ms. Lucich’s Experience Includes the Following:

  • Lead of litigation team that recently achieved 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.
  • Lead of 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)
  • Helped secure 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).
  • Co-chair in a slip and fall trial that resulted in a $947,000 verdict, and overall recovery for the client in excess of 1 million dollars. Plaintiff, in her 50’s, slipped and fell in wet paint at a retail property. Plaintiff suffered shoulder and arm injuries, and was later diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a nerve compression disorder resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling.
  • Helped secure 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.
  • Obtained 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.).
  • Secured 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).
  • Lead associate of the litigation team that represented 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.
  • Obtained a settlement in excess of $2 million in a slip-and-fall injury case against a grocery store on behalf of a client who sustained a back fracture in the incident.

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