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Innovative & Successful Trial Attorneys

At Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime, LLP we take pride in our reputation as innovative and successful trial attorneys with decades of litigation experience. We are trial attorneys who actually try cases. The two named partners have been elected as members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and many of our other attorneys have first-chaired their own trials. We have earned a statewide reputation for 

effective defense strategies that produce favorable resolutions, including dispositive motion and favorable settlements. If a case has to be tried, we are fully prepared to take the case to a jury-even on short notice and are proud of our track record.

Defending Catastrophic Exposure Cases Throughout California

We take pride in being a boutique trial firm capable of defending catastrophic exposure cases in a variety of scenarios that include personal injuries, products liability, transportation and trucking, premises liability, wildfire litigation, public entity (dangerous condition and sexual abuse), major construction defect cases, and employment litigation. Our ability to hold down damages using innovative litigation resolution strategies, effective dispositive motions, and trial spans the last 40 years. We are also proud of our record of defense verdicts in difficult cases.

Cases of Interest

Andrews v. Metropolitan Transit System 74 Cal.App.5th 597 (2022)

A notice of rejection of a claim sent by a public entity is insufficient if it does not include a warning that is substantially the same as the warning in Gov. Code § 913 even if there are specific facts that may lead the drafter of the notice to believe that part of the warning is not necessary.

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Shikha v. Lyft, Inc., No. B321882, 2024 Cal. App. LEXIS 316 (Ct. App. May 17, 2024)

Generally, there is no duty to protect others from the conduct of third parties unless there is a special relationship. If the court determines there is a special relationship between parties, the court must then consult the factors described in Rowland v. Christian to determine whether relevant policy considerations counsel limiting that duty.

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3 Stonedeggs, Inc. et al. v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board et al. 2024 DJDAR 3986

The Commercial Traveler Rule provides that employees whose work entails travel receive an extension to workers’ compensation coverage to the travel itself and to other aspects of the trip reasonably necessary for the sustenance, comfort and safety of the employee.

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