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Three Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Make 2014 Super Lawyers List

By Brian Chase on September 15, 2014 - 1 comment

Bisnar | Chase Founding Partner John Bisnar, Senior Partner Brian Chase and Attorney Scott Ritsema have all been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list for the year 2014.

2014 Super Lawyer Winners

Our law firm’s attorneys have been a consistent presence on the list, which is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. According to the Super Lawyers web site, the lawyers included in this elite list must have “attained a high degree of peer recognition and personal achievement.” The selection process for the list includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. …Read the rest »

 

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Lawyer H. Gavin Long Appointed to Board of Governors of CAOC

By Brian Chase on October 4, 2013 - 1 comment

gavin-final-framedH. Gavin Long, a personal injury lawyer at Bisnar | Chase, has been appointed to the Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) Board of Governors. Long has been with the firm since April 3, 2012. He has also proved one of the most successful attorneys at the firm winning all three challenging cases he took to trial this year.

Long will be joining the governing board of a statewide organization that has a membership of nearly 3,000 plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Brian Chase, senior partner at Bisnar | Chase, is the senior vice president of this esteemed organization, which fights for the rights of those who have been injured or have suffered a loss as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. …Read the rest »

 

Bisnar | Chase Named One of the Best Places to Work in Orange County

By Brian Chase on July 23, 2013 - No comments

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For the second year in a row, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. The list, which will be available July 29th, 2o13,  has been compiled for the last five years. Any company with at least 15 employees working in Orange County is eligible to participate. This is the second year in which our law firm has participated and we have been on the list both times. …Read the rest »

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Brian Chase, Scott Ritsema of Bisnar|Chase Win Consumer Attorneys of the Year

By Brian Chase on November 12, 2012 - No comments

Brian Chase and Scott Ritsema win Consumer Attorneys of the Year award at CAOC 51st Annual Convention for a case involving woman rendered a paraplegic after an improperly designed car seat collapsed in a crash.

Brian Chase and Scott Ritsema, personal injury attorneys of Newport Beach law firm Bisnar | Chase are Consumer Attorneys of California’s 2012 Attorneys of the Year.

The announcement was made at the awards dinner Saturday night as part of CAOC’s 51st Annual Convention at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The award is given to recognize a plaintiff’s lawyer who achieved a significant result in a case that assisted consumers or changed consumer law for the better in California and was finally resolved between May 15, 2011, and May 15, 2012.

Chase and Ritsema were selected as Consumer Attorneys of the Year for their work holding the  manufacturer of a defective product accountable for the serious injuries of a woman who was left  a paraplegic after a vehicle crash. In Romine v. Johnson Controls, Inc.,

Bisnar and Chase  represented Jaklin Romine, who was properly seat belted when she was rear-ended at a Pasadena intersection while waiting to make a left turn. Her seat collapsed rearward and she was thrown into the back seat, breaking her neck and back.

Chase and Ritsema presented evidence that the seat, designed by Johnson Controls, was too weak to withstand foreseeable rear impacts, thus subjecting occupants to catastrophic risks.

They also showed the company had been well aware of the dangers and risks of weak seats since the 1990s. Johnson Controls had actually developed a design that was more structurally sound to prevent seats from collapsing in accidents such as this but chose to put profits ahead of people.

Consumer Attorneys of California is a professional organization of plaintiffs’ attorneys representing consumers seeking accountability against wrongdoers in cases involving personal injury, product liability, environmental degradation and other causes. 

 

Los Angeles Magazine Names BISNAR | CHASE Attorneys 2011 SuperLawyers

By Brian Chase on February 25, 2011 - No comments

The list of 2011 Southern California SuperLawyers was recently published with three attorneys from the Southern California law firm, BISNAR | CHASE, recognized. John Bisnar, managing partner, Brian Chase, senior partner, and Sarah Serpa, outstanding personal injury attorney, all made it through the rigorous consideration process to be named among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state.

Those who are SuperLawyers have been nominated by their state and are considered to be experts in their field of law. They have been evaluated based on peer recognition and professional achievements and have received the highest totals to be on the list, which is recognized by bar associations and courts in the United States. It is an honor to be a SuperLawyer, and not the first time BISNAR | CHASE attorneys have received the title. …Read the rest »

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  • “I went to law school knowing I wanted to be a personal injury attorney. I wanted my life’s work to have a positive impact on other people’s lives.”

    Brian Chase

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “I was in a serious auto accident when I was in law school. I had to hire a personal injury attorney and had a really bad experience.”

    John Bisnar

    on what made him want to become a personal injury attorney

  • “Everybody either drives in a car or rides in a car, so when I do the auto defect cases I really feel like I’m making the world safer by making vehicles safer.”

    Brian Chase

    on why he focuses on auto defect cases

  • “Whatever the philosphy of the management is, is going to be carried through by the employees and it’s going to reflect on the experience the clients have.”

    John Bisnar

    on his philosophy on running a law firm

  • “Corporate greed is a reality in our world and I see it time and time again. Especially, with the auto defect cases we focus on.”

    Brian Chase

    on corporate greed and how it affects the consumer

  • “The first thing we want to do with our clients is to relieve the stress. Make them feel comfortable. Treat them as an honored guest.”

    John Bisnar

    on how he would define superior client representation

  • “There are many, many defects in vehicles that can lead to life or death that could be fixed with a mere $40-$50 [on the assembly line].”

    Brian Chase

    on the shocking facts about the vehicles we drive

  • “You are dealing with people who are seriously injured or have lost a family member...Compassion is understanding someone else’s situation.”

    John Bisnar

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “I’m convinced, because of all the lawsuits...the auto industry finally found out it was cheaper to fix the problem than to keep paying in the litigation.”

    Brian Chase

    on making the world a safer place

  • “...if [manufacturers] build a dangerous product and someone is seriously injured from that, some personal inury lawyer is going to call them on the carpet about it.”

    John Bisnar

    on how Bisnar | Chase has helped make the world a better place

  • “When you have a client come in that’s in a wheelchair...or you meet a wife who has lost their husband or they’ve lost their child, it’s diffucult not to get emotionally involved.”

    Brian Chase

    on the biggest challenges he faces as a personal injury lawyer

  • “I bring in the best employees that I can and I want them to have a workplace that is condusive to them doing their best work.”

    John Bisnar

    on the work environment created at Bisnar | Chase

  • “My motivation of going to law school to have my life’s work help other people...when I see that come to fruition, I’m very pleased and very happy with that.”

    Brian Chase

    on the accomplishments he is most proud of

  • “...it is part of our civic responsibility and it is our great fortune to be in a position to be able to help support our community...”

    John Bisnar

    on the importance of giving back to the community

  • “I was always jealous of doctors. They get to save lives and they get to heal. I don’t get to do that but I get to have a very big impact on another person’s life...”

    Brian Chase

    on the greatest satisfaction derived from his work

  • “Seeing the growth of my employees, seeing them mature professionally, personally, and grow into the great professionals they have become is tremendous.”

    John Bisnar

    on the greatest satisfaction derived from his work

  • “I’m the president-elect this year and I’ll be the president next year of the Consumer Advocate Attorneys of California and I find that to be a rewarding thing...”

    Brian Chase

    on being an advocate for the people of California

  • “There’s going to people that you meet, that you can mentor...You can make a difference in their lives, you can make a difference in their client’s lives.”

    John Bisnar

    on mentoring young attorneys

  • “We try to figure out how we can help [our clients] get through what they’re going through emotionally. Because just getting them compensated is only part of the job.”

    Brian Chase

    on the role compassion plays in his profession

  • “The Lakers have always been a winning organization, a class organization. I’ve used the Lakers as kind of a model for how to run my practice as well.”

    John Bisnar

    on his passions in life

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