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One of the driving forces behind the General Liability Group, Bill authors motions and appellate briefs, and handles all aspects of litigation on a significant portion of the firm’s cases involving sports, leisure, recreation and motorsports litigation. He also focuses on general and premises liability, government entity liability, insurance coverage, and commercial transactions. The litigation associate approaches each case with a winning attitude, “My goal at the outset is to flush out and find points of leverage, find weakness in the damages case, forcing the plaintiff to prove all his points.”
In one compelling matter that Bill handled, Gritton v. Competition Park, a young aspiring motocross racer crashed his motorcycle while practicing at a motocross complex, suffering physical injury with residual cognitive deficiencies. The racer and his father filed a claim against the facility, alleging that the facility negligently designed the layout of the track and improperly allowed vehicle to park too closely to the track. The father also alleged a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress, having witnessed the incident.
Initially, Bill attacked (via a motion for summary adjudication) the father’s claim based upon the waiver and release and express assumption of the risk agreement that he signed to enter the facility. When the trial court denied the motion, Bill filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate, convincing the Court of Appeals to exercise its discretion to hear the matter anew. In this rare occurrence, the Court agreed and issued the Writ, instructing the lower court to reverse its ruling and to enter judgment in favor of the defendant as to the father’s claim. Thereafter, Bill moved for summary judgment as to the minor rider’s claim based upon primary implied assumption of risk, arguing that the injury was the result of the risks inherent in the hazardous recreational activity. Before this motion could be heard, the discouraged plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case for a waiver of costs.
Caballero v. Willows Springs was another case of note handled by Bill. In Caballero, the plaintiff was a professional motorcycle racer injured during a racing event on the world-renowned road course. He filed a complaint alleging that the track had improperly allowed inexperienced riders on the track with underpowered motorcycles, eventually leading to the collision in which the plaintiff was injured, suffering multiple serious injuries with residual neurological damage. After three successful demurrers eliminating plaintiff’s attempt to alleged fraud and intentional conduct, Bill was successful on his motion for summary judgment and judgment was entered in favor of the defendants. The case made its way through the Court of Appeal and the ruling was upheld following oral argument and extensive briefing.
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D.
Magna Cum Laude
Law Review (1996-97)
Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award (1996-98)
Dean’s List (1995-98)
American Jurisprudence Award Winner in Civil Procedure (1996)
CALI “Excellence for the Future Award” Winner in Mass Media Law (1997)
CALI “Excellence for the Future Award” Winner in Administrative Law (1998)
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.
State Bar of California
State Bar of North Carolina
Admitted to Practice:
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
“Vicarious Liability Concerns for Insurers Using In-House Insurance Defense Counsel,” 27 Sw. U. L. Rev. 125 (1997, Issue 1)
Santa Clarita Valley Leadership Program, Developed by College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce (2005)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Sports Lawyers Association (SLA)
International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA)
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Santa Clarita Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
North American Contingency Association (NACA)
North American Contingency Association (NACA) “Privacy Issues and HIPAA Compliance” (2005)
"RACE SAFE: Risk Management Q & A", and "RACE SAFE: Cary Agajanian Case Law Report", Thirty-Seventh Annual RPM Racing Promotion Monthly Workshop Series: Daytona Beach, FLa., Feb. 2010
'Risk and Insurance Around Large Events,' 14th Annual North American Contingency Association Conference: Orlando, Florida (May 2011)