En Español

H. Gavin Long - CA Personal Injury Attorney

H. Gavin Long, Personal Injury Trial LawyerI was fortunate to have been "baptized" into plaintiff's trial work by nationally renowned trial attorney, Herbert Hafif. Then, I went on my own handling an assortment of serious personal injury, business tort/contract and insurance bad faith cases.

Additionally, I devoted a large portion of my practice to "associating in" as trial counsel on cases that could not be resolved during the litigation process.

Gavin's Education:

 * University of Southern California: 1993-1996, Football Team 1993-1994, Bachelor of Arts English Literature, 1996

 * Whittier Law School: 1997-1999; American Jurisprudence Awards (Highest Grades in the Class) for the study of Torts and Evidence

Gavin's Experience:

* Law Offices of Herbert Hafif. Mr. Long Worked with nationally renowned trial attorney Herbert Hafif, who ran for Governor of California in 1974 and is the "Outstanding President" in the history of the California Trial Lawyers Association. Forbes Magazine, 1989 seconds wealthiest attorney in the nation. Mr. Long learned under Herbert Hafif and handled all phases of litigation and trial preparation work in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, complex business litigation, Federal False Claims Act Cases (31 United States Code 3729 – 3733), insurance bad faith.

* Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Long has a wide range of jury trial experienced in cases from murder, fraud to medical malpractice in State and Federal Courts as well as prosecuting class action and mass tort litigation. For the past several years, Mr. Long has been representing individuals and businesses in serious personal injury and business tort/contract litigation.

Interesting Recent Trial Results:

* Trial to Verdict.Jensen v. Coburn. Mr. Jensen was involved in an automobile collision in which he suffered a neck injury and head laceration. Before trial in San Diego Superior Court, Vista, Allstate insurance's counsel made a CCP 998 offer to compromise in the amount of $70,000.00 and made the typical "soft tissue" defense arguments. We made a CCP 998 offer to compromise in the amount of $100,000.00 (policy limits). The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $160,000.00.

* Trial to Verdict. Mr. Long represented a medical doctor in a case involving fraud in connection with the sale of an elaborate medical practice where $2,500,000.00 in damages was sought to be recovered.  The case was tried in federal district court, Santa Ana. Mr. Long obtained a verdict in favor of his client where the opposing party was represented by a veteran trial attorney retained by the litigation attorney before trial. Mehria Safari, DDS v. Gediz Barnar, DDS; Case No.: 8.8-AP-01415-TA.

*Trial to Verdict. Mr. Long was retained during a jury trial to replace a client's trial attorney after the jury found liability, damages and findings to support an award of punitive damages.  The client was a business being sued on several tort theories for intentionally interfering with the defendant's business and subsequently taking it over. The plaintiff sought millions of dollars in punitive damages from Mr. Long's client, but was only awarded $100,000.00. Mr. Long's client had offered $400,000.00 to settle before the punitive damages verdict was reached. Saigon Central v. Anh Minh Money Transfer, Orange County Superior Court; Case No.: 06CC09806.

*Trial to Verdict.Mr. Long represented a medium sized business that was being sued by a large insurance company involving a complex premium and employee classification dispute which would have financially ruined the business if the insurance company had prevailed.  The case went to trial and Mr. Long obtained a verdict in favor of his client who remains comfortably in business today. Case No: CIVRS1006322; San Bernardino Superior Court; Allied Interstate, Inc. (State Compensation Insurance Fund) v. A.M.P. TREE SERVICE

* Trial to Verdict.HGL received a verdict from an Orange County jury in a personal injury automobile accident case that was over double the defendant’s pre-trial settlement offer. This case was worth noting, not because of the verdict amount, but because a common response by insurance companies is that “it’s just a soft tissue case,” “you won’t try it.”  Well, Allstate Insurance was wrong. Allstate’s offer was $24,000.00 before trial and the jury verdict was over $65,000.00. The case was tried against a very seasoned trial lawyer for Allstate Insurance. Cortez v. Vatkin, Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana, 30-2010-00389607-CU-PA-CJC.

* Trial to Verdict.HGL tried a case for a lady who was taken advantage of by a car dealership that resulted in her buying a car based on a series of concealments and misrepresentations made by the salesmen for the dealership. The dealership's position was that the plaintiff signed a contract so too bad. The case went to trial and the dealership settled for a confidential sum after the jury reached a verdict. Amaya v. Hamer Toyota, Inc.; Case No. PC0273882

* HGL represented the Coalition to Save the Marina, which served on behalf of over 800 residents of the City of Marina Del Rey.  He represented the Coalition against several governmental entities and developers to protect the Marina's environment and rights of the Marina tenants in connection with the use and enjoyment of the Marina.

The litigation resulted in a settlement that conferred several public benefits to the Marina tenants including the imposition of numerous conditions on the development of the Marina to minimize any adverse environmental impact and maximize the use and enjoyment of the Marina. The Coalition also received a substantial sum of money to allow it to further its cause. The Coalition to Save the Marina v. Goldberg & Kest, Los Angeles Superior Court

Gavin is a member of the Bisnar Chase speciality team who practices law in injury and accident. This includes serious car accidents, dog attacks, premise liability issues and catastrophic injury cases. For a free consultation call 949-203-3814.

Share this:

See All Ratings And Awards

The BISNAR | CHASE Difference

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “...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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “...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

  • “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

  • “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 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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

Bisnar | Chase • 1301 Dove St #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660
local: (949) 203-3814
Get Directions

California Personal Injury Blog

Honda Recalls Motorcycles for Brake Issues

Honda issued a recall of 126,000 motorcycles due to malfunctioning brakes. Honda received 533 complaints through July regarding the issue.

read article

Five Things You Should Not Buy Used

Everyone wants to get a great deal when they're buying for the home and family. Buying used or secondhand can be the best way to save a little money. But some used items may be a potential safety

read article

Government Investigates Ford Police SUVs For Braking Issues

The NHTSA is investigating a potential issue with up to 20,000 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs that may have serious braking issues.

read article


Copyright & Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case.

Bisnar | Chase serves all of California. In addition, we represent clients in other states through our associations with local law firms. Through the local firm, we will be admitted to practice law in their state, pro hac vice, meaning "for this particular occasion." When in our client's interest, we employ the local law firm (at no additional cost to our client) to assist us with routine court appearances and discovery proceedings to more efficiently pursue our client's cause.

Copyright © 1999- Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP - All rights reserved. Location: 1301 Dove St. #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Tel: 949-203-3814

SLS Consulting