Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Named Finalists in CAOC's Esteemed Consumer Attorney of the Year Award

Brian Chase and Scott Ritsema of Bisnar Chase named Consumer Attorney of the Year Award finalists; winners to be announced at annual CAOC event this November

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bisnar Chase California Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP ( today announced partner Brian Chase and attorney Scott Ritsema have been named finalists in the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award by Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). The winners will be announced at CAOC's Annual Installation and Awards Dinner in San Francisco this November.

CAOC and its esteemed Consumer Attorney of the Year Award recognizes plaintiffs' attorneys who have achieved significant results for their clients and who have significantly helped consumers or have helped change consumer law for the better in the state of California.

In addition to their comprehensive experience and reputations as leading plaintiffs' attorneys, both Chase's and Ritsema's product liability case representation of Jaklin Romine -- a quadriplegic woman who was severely injured in a Pasadena, California car crash --and the jury's subsequent $24.7 million judgment in a trial involving Johnson Controls, the manufacturer of the defective car seat in which Jaklin was severely injured, helped clinch both attorneys' spots as finalists for this year's prestigious honor.

"Brian and Scott are the epitome of a personal injury legal dream team," said John Bisnar, founder of Bisnar Chase. "I'm glad they're on our side, fighting for the rights of catastrophically injured victims and families in wrongful death cases who deserve tenacious representation. Brian and Scott's trial skills are unparalleled. They're the best in the business and I'm extremely proud they've been named finalists of this respected award."

CAOC is a professional organization made up of nearly 3,000 attorneys who represent plaintiffs seeking accountability from those who do wrong. The Consumer Attorney of the Year Award nomination process is stringent and involves case evaluation that takes into consideration the following factors:

  • Whether the case demonstrates how the civil justice system works to provide justice to victims, changes behavior, takes dangerous products off the market, or holds wrongdoers accountable
  • Whether the case exemplifies how trial attorneys use their skill and determination to create a more just society
  • Whether the case demonstrates a particular skill of the attorney in achieving the result
  • Whether the attorney faced unusual obstacles, great risk, or incredible odds he or she had to overcome
  • Whether the case and/or attorney stands out in comparison to similar case results or settlement offers

Brian Chase is a native of Southern California, a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a graduate of Pepperdine School of Law and a 19-year personal injury attorney. He has litigated dozens of jury trials and has represented both local and national auto product liability and catastrophic injury cases, obtaining judgments and settlements exceeding $100 million.

He is known across the nation for going head-to-head with automakers, holding them accountable for defective vehicles that have caused wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.

Chase's professional accolades are numerous, including being named Product Liability Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association in 2004, a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine every year since 2006, one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2007, a Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyer by Orange Coast Magazine for the fourth consecutive year in 2010, a 2012 member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and a Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as seven Super Lawyer appointments from 2006 -- 2012. Chase was named an Orange County Top Lawyer by Avvo in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Formerly from Michigan, Scott Ritsema is known as a bulldog plaintiff's attorney who fights for the rights of the seriously injured. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1988 -- the same year in which he won the Order of the Coif Award. He's brought 16 trials to verdict and has conducted over 50 arbitrations to conclusion.

In addition to the $24.7 million Romine judgment, his successful career includes a $1 million settlement in an automobile pedestrian collision case, a $1.5 million judgment against the City of Azusa for dangerous roadway conditions, a confidential settlement from Azusa Pacific University for negligence and numerous confidential settlements in excess of $1 million, including three settlements in 2010 alone.

He is a member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California and AIEG.

About Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys

Bisnar Chase represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an defective product, negligence or auto accident in California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury and wrongful death cases involving car accidents, work related injuries, negligence and defective products made by Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit

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