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Category: Awards

Brian Chase Featured in 2021 Edition of the Daily Journal

By Brian Chase on June 10, 2021 - No comments

Brian Chase 2021 Daily Journal

Managing Partner and Trial Lawyer Brian Chase of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has been named a Top Plaintiffs Lawyer by the Daily Journal for a second time. Brian, who specializes in dangerous and defective products was also featured in the June 2021 edition of the Daily Journal discussing why he specifically went to law school to practice personal injury. For Brian, it was witnessing the Ford Pinto fires as a young man that impacted his desire to improve auto safety.

You can read the article at the link below. (PDF).

Brian Chase Daily Journal

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Bisnar Chase Receives Best Places to Work 2019 Honor

By Brian Chase on July 1, 2019 - No comments

Best Places to Work 2019

Law firm Bisnar Chase has been confirmed as one of Orange County’s Best Places to Work for an incredible eighth year in a row by the Orange County Business Journal.

Newport Beach, CA – July 2019 – Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has been showcased as one of the most outstanding workplaces in Orange County for 2019. …Read the rest »

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Attorney Steven Hilst Named as a Top Litigator in the Country

By Brian Chase on May 23, 2019 - No comments

Steven Hilst named Top Litigator

Esteemed trial lawyer Steven Hilst, of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, has received a prestigious honor recognizing him as one of the top litigators in the country.

Steve has been asked to become a member of the Distinguished Justice Advocates (DJA) group. This exclusive organization only recognizes the very best practicing attorneys. Its selection committee looks at a range of factors when choosing worthy attorneys – assessing trial results, awards and honors received, as well as the lawyer’s standing among their peers. …Read the rest »

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Bisnar | Chase Announces New Scholarship Winner: Sarah Rai

By Brian Chase on June 21, 2018 - No comments

Bisnar Chase is proud to present the winner of our 2018 Branch Out Scholarship Program, Sarah Rai!

The Branch Out Scholarship is a $1,000 monetary award given to a college student who we feel writes the best summary of how their education is important to them, and how they can use their education to deal with issues in their community – improving lives and solving problems to help the people around them.

Sarah wrote an exemplary essay about the lack of women’s representation in her industry of marine construction, and how she intended on solving it by presenting information about her field at events and conferences. Sarah also plans to improve the business development program at her organization to mentor young engineers in order to cultivate a more inclusive environment for women in the industry.

The Branch Out Scholarship also allows the winner to choose a charitable organization for Bisnar Chase to donate $500 toward. Sarah chose to donate to the Tahirih Justice Center – an organization that gives legal and social services to immigrant women and children fleeing violence.

Please join us in congratulating Sarah Rai on her scholarship award!

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Lawyer Christine Spagnoli to be Honored with Lifetime Legal Achievement Award

By Brian Chase on April 17, 2017 - No comments

Christine Spagnoli Rage for Justice Awards

We at Bisnar Chase are proud to stand with colleague and lawyer Christine Spagnoli of Santa Monica-based Greene Broillet & Wheeler, who will receive the Legal Achievement Award at this years Rage for Justice Awards. The star-studded event, which will also honor Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, as Public Servants of the Year, will be held May 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The awards are presented and hosted every year by Consumer Watchdog to honor the heroes and heroines of the public interest movement. The awards are named after Phillip Burton, one of the most driven progressive legislators in American history. His story has been told in the acclaimed book, “A Rage for Justice.” …Read the rest »

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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 »

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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 »

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

By Brian Chase on July 23, 2013 - No comments


For the second year in a row, Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys 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 Honored At Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Event

By Brian Chase on January 30, 2013 - No comments

Brian Chase, one of the nation’s leading personal injury attorneys and Orange County auto defects expert was honored as one of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s 50 past presidents during an awards gala on Jan. 26 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Brian Chase of Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm was honored during the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s (OCTLA) 50th Anniversary celebrations on Jan. 26 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

Chase is one of the group’s 50 past presidents in addition to being named one of their Top Guns – Product Liability Trial Lawyer in the year 2004. During the gala event, OCTLA had a special tribute for its 50 past presidents during which Chase was honored.

According to OCTLA’s website, the group was formed in 1963 when a few plaintiffs’ attorneys got together to share information about the challenges they were facing and to exchange various tips and strategies to cope with those challenges. OCTLA is a professional organization, which aims to provide superior education and training for attorneys, serves as a resource to trial attorneys in Orange County and support legislation that protect the public’s access to the civil justice system. …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. 

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