Neil Pedersen

Neil Pedersen

Overview

Neil Pedersen has substantial litigation and transactional law experience. As a trial attorney, he has litigated in most state and federal courts in Southern California, including the Counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside. His primary practice areas include insurance coverage and bad faith, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, and business litigation. He also has significant experience with real property, elder abuse, and significant personal injury litigation.

Prior to forming his current practice in 2000, Mr. Pedersen acted as Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel for a high technology start up company. His experience in that realm makes him uniquely qualified to assist businesses deal with the real issues that arise from rapid expansion and transitional times, as well as standard employee and contracting issues.

Professional Experience

    • Pedersen Law & Dispute Resolution Corporation
    • June 2000 to present
      Senior Principal of firm handling litigation and transactional law matters for individuals and companies
    • QuantumLink Corporation
    • June 1998 to December 1999
      Vice-President of Human Resources/General Counsel
    • March 1998 to June 1998
      Vice-President of Corporate Policy/General Counsel
    • Pedersen & Black, a professional law corporation
    • May 1994 to February 1998
      Principal of firm handling litigation and transactional law matters for individuals and companies
    • Ford & Pedersen
    • December 1990 to April 1994
      Senior associate attorney and then named counsel in Los Angeles firm handling complex business and insurance litigation and appellate matters
    • Walker, Kendrick & Jackson
    • August 1987 to December 1990
      Law clerk and then associate attorney in Newport Beach firm engaged primarily in business, real estate and insurance litigation and transactional work
    • California Court of Appeal
    • May 1987 to August 1987
      Full time judicial extern to Justice Edward Wallin

Education

    • Western State University School of Law, Fullerton
    • 1988, Juris Doctorate
      Magna Cum Laude, Valedictorian, Editor-in-Chief of Law Review
    • Western State University, Fullerton
    • 1986, Bachelor of Science - Law
      Undergraduate honors and awards: National Champion Phi Rho Pi Lincoln Douglas Debate (1979), several other national and state awards and honors for various competitive speech activities in high school and college

Admissions

The firm represents clients in California superior courts located throughout Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. We are licensed in good standing to practice in all California State courts and all federal courts in California.

  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals

Professional Organizations & Community Involvement

    • California Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section
    • Solo and Small Firm Section
    • Law Practice Management & Technology Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Business Litigation Section
    • Insurance Law Section (Chair 1996, Program Chair 1995, Executive Committee 1994-1998)
    • Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section (Chair 2007, Executive Committee 2004-2009)
    • Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
    • Resolutions Committee
    • Mentorship Committee (appointed Mentor 2007-present)
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
    • William P. Gray Inns of Court
    • California Employment Lawyers Association (Associate Member 2007-present)
    • Summer Clerkship Program
    • Mentorship Program
    • California Employment Lawyers Group
    • Western State University Alumni Association (Board member, Parliamentarian, 2006-2007)
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association (past member)
    • Business Litigation Section
    • Peter M. Elliot Inns of Court, Master (past member)
    • Western State College of Law Dean’s Counselors

Christian Organizations

  • Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton, California
  • Peacemaker Ministries, International - Reconciler
  • Daniel's Inn, Orange County (A group for Christians involved in the legal profession)

Additional Professional Experience

  • Lecturer on insurance law issues
  • Fee Arbitrator appointed by the Orange County Bar Association.
  • Mediator in Orange County Bar Association Fee Mediation Program
  • Adjunct Faculty Member teaching Legal Writing to first year law students
  • Trained Christian Conciliator
  • Lecturer on several law practice management issues

Publications

  • "Behind the Scenes: Solo & Small Firm Section", Orange County Lawyer
    vol. 51, no.5 (May 2009)
  • "Staying Competitive for the Solo and Small Firm: The Paperless Law Office", Orange County Lawyer
    vol. 50, no. 7 (July 2008)
  • "Representing an Insured: Avoiding Insurer Reimbursement Actions", Orange County Lawyer
    vol. 36, no. 10 (October 1994)
  • "Representing an Insured: Avoiding Insurer Reimbursement Actions", Western State University Law Review
    vol. 17, no. 1 (1990)
  • "Operating Successfully in a Solo or Small Firm Environment: What Lawyers Need to Know Before Striking Out on their Own.", "Inside the Minds: Establishing a Successful Solo Practice" Published by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business.
    September 2011
  • "Attorney Fee Awards in FEHA Claims: The Lodestar Analysis", The Gavel
    vol. 15, no. 3 (Summer 2012)
  • "Effective Closing Argument", Western State University Law Review
    vol. 17, no. 1 (1990)
  • "Maximizing Mediated Settlements", Big Meeting Magazine
    periodical publication of the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section of the State Bar of California
    Fall 2012
  • "Attorney Fee Awards in FEHA Claims: The Lodestar Analysis", Western State Law Review
    vol. 39, no. 2. (Spring 2012)
  • "Plugging the Leak: Employing Efficient Intake Practices to Avoid the Loss of Valuable Time", The Bottom Line
    official publication of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section
    vol. 33, no. 5. (October 2012)
  • "A Message from the Guest Editor", “The Attorney as Employer” edition of The Bottom Line
    official publication of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section
    vol. 33, no. 6. February 2013
  • "So You Don’t Want Your Employer To Be Your Friend? ", Orange County Lawyer Magazine
    vol. 55, no. 3. (March 2013)
  • "FEHA Red Flags: Common Employer Violations of California’s Disability Discrimination Laws ", Workers Compensation Quarterly
    official publication of the California State Bar Worker’s Compensation Section
    vol. 26, no. 1. March 2013.
  • "MCLE Self-Study Article: The Attorney as Employer: The Law Regarding Employee Privacy in Social Media Posts", The Bottom Line
    official publication of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Sectio
    October 2013
  • "Time Management Tip: Make a List, Work the List ", E-News
    published by the California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section
    November-December 2013
  • "Time Management and Meetings", California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News
    March-April 2014
  • "Time Management Tips - Handling Paper Efficiently", California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News
    May-June 2014
  • "Time Management Tips - Managing Your Phone To Make Yourself More Efficient", California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News
    July-August 2014
  • "Legal Marketing - Have your Elevator Speech Ready!", California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News
    September-October 2015
  • "Going Paperless: The Nuts and Bolts of Converting Your Office to a Digital Environment", The Bottom Line
    official publication of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section
    October 2015
  • "Employment Law Changes That Affect Law Firms", California State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News
    January-February 2016

Published Opinions

  • Hecht v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co, 2008
    168 Cal.App.4th 30.
  • Metters v. Ralphs Grocery Co., 2008
    161 Cal.App.4th 696.
  • Carol Brown v. Baker Hughes Incorporated, 2006
    433 F.Supp.2d 1094.
  • Waller v. Truck Insurance Exchange, 1995
    11 Cal.4th 1.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Organizational Skills for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner", August 2009
    one hour seminar put on by the OCBA Solo & Small Firm Section
  • "Business Law", 2007, 2008, 2009
    one hour primer on business law as a profession
    produced by the Orange County Bar Association Bridging the Gap Committee
  • "Opening Your Own Firm: Opening and Maintaining a Law Office", 2007, 2008, 2009
    a three hour evening seminar produced by the Orange County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section. Moderator and panelist
  • "From J.D. to ESQ., Transitioning from Law Student to Lawyer", 2008, 2009
    sponsored by Western State University College of Law
  • "Employment Law", 2006, 2007
    one hour orientation for law students produced by Western State University College of Law
  • "Time Management for the Busy Fee Arbitrator", 2007
    one hour seminar on eliminating interruptions and capturing time
    sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
  • "Finding the Right Attorney Job", 2006
    a seminar produced by Western State University Business Law Forum
  • "Time Management for the Busy Lawyer", 2006
    one hour seminar on eliminating interruptions and capturing time
    sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Section
  • "Insurance Bad Faith", 2005, 2006
    a day-long seminar produced by Lorman Educational Services
  • "Finding the Right Attorney Job", 2006
    a seminar produced by Western State University Business Law Forum
  • "Identifying and Dealing with Problem Clients", 2005
    Orange County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section
  • "Technology in the Law Office, a roundtable discussion", 2005
    Orange County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section
  • "Insurance Law Update - an update class for insurance brokers and agents",
    a training seminar put on several times for various insurance brokerages

Summary of skills and experience

Managed and dealt hands-on with all forms and aspects of business, insurance coverage and bad faith, and employment and discrimination litigation, including jury trials, mediations and arbitrations with judgment and/or settlement values exceeding several million dollars.

Substantial first and second chair jury and bench trial experience. Highlights include a ten-week insurance bad faith jury trial that resulted in a $62 million award for a plaintiff client, another bad faith judgment exceeding $9 million, and a three week business litigation jury trial that resulted in a 12-0 defense verdict for a defendant client.

Hundreds of considerable settlements, many of which are confidential, have been achieved, including some significant seven-figure results.

Substantial experience advising management of several companies about the defense, prosecution and settlement of litigation and other disputes.

Drafted and negotiated hundreds of contracts related to the ongoing business of technology and other companies, including product sales agreements, exclusive distribution agreements, OEM agreements, product and service vendor agreements, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements, leases, operating agreements, and others.

Established a Human Resources Department, including development of HR policies, procedures and forms. Researched and created an employee handbook, employment agreements, compensation packages, payroll procedures, hiring and termination procedures and forms for a high tech start up company.

"Quarterbacked" creation, drafting and filing of a substantial patent application and several trademark applications, including management of outside counsel's responses to subsequent office actions.

Provided insurance procurement and coverage advice to various business clients. Insurance coverage is an area of emphasis I have developed, and I have litigated several insurance coverage and bad faith cases. Liability coverage is a particular specialty, including the duty to defend.

Intimately familiar with all aspects of law and motion, discovery, trial and appellate practice. Personally taken dozens of key person depositions. Drafted tens of thousands of interrogatories, requests for admissions, document demands and other discovery devices. Brought and defended dozens of motions to compel. Personally engaged in the review of tens of thousands of documents to be produced for purposes of privilege and other bases for withholding of documents. Managed all of the above as well.

Prepared and managed the preparation of several database programs to organize the production and receipt of thousands of documents in discovery.