Patrick Deblase

DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP

Mesothelioma Lawyer | Serving Los Angeles, CA

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DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP is a leading California law firm representing people and families harmed by asbestos and other catastrophies. The firm is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for each of our clients. We do the work to get results. We research, investigate, prosecute and, if necessary, try cases to verdict.

We are a law firm focusing on civil trials. That means we actually go to trial. We've found the best way to achieve maximum compensation for the damage caused to our clients is to prepare for and try cases. If you are interviewing law firms to represent you for an asbestos-related disease, ask the prospective lawyer how many juries he or she has picked in the last 12 months. Ask for specifics like trial date, judge, and case number. Ask how many cases that lawyer currently has on file in your city. Ask whether that lawyer will be prosecuting and trying your case or whether he or she will refer your case to someone else. Then ask us these questions.

The vast majority of our work is fighting for people harmed by asbestos. We love what we do.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Personal Injury Specialty 

  • Asbestos
  • Mesotelioma

Call DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP today at 310-575-9955 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney David Backenstoe

 

David Backenstoe has over 27 years of experience in general civil practice including asbestos personal injury and property damage litigation, real estate and business matters.

Prior to joining DeBlase Brown Eyerly, Mr. Backenstoe worked at Brayton Purcell for 20 years where he represented individuals suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer and other diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mr. Backenstoe received his B.A. degree from California State University Northridge in 1980, and his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1984.

 


Attorney Tyler Creekmore

Having lost his grandfather to mesothelioma, Tyler understands the damage such a disease can take on both the individual and the family. Mr. Creekmore fights corporations on behalf of clients in cases involving complex consumer litigation, asbestos related injuries, and products liability.

Tyler brings extensive courtroom experience to DeBlase Brown Eyerly with over thirty separate jury trial verdicts in both criminal and civil matters. Prior to joining the firm, Tyler worked as a Public Defender in Chicago and later represented clients in medical malpractice cases. He draws on both his professional and personal experiences to better serve clients who's injuries could have been prevented.

Mr. Creekmore earned his B.A. in Political Science, Public Law and Judicial Process, from Carthage College in 2009, where he also was a four year member of the baseball team. He earned his J.D. from Northern Illinois University in 2013 where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class and with Cum Laude honors. Tyler is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and California.
 


Attorney Campbell Filmer

Campbell Filmer is an experienced attorney in personal injury, mesothelioma/asbestos, and criminal law cases. He is currently licensed to practice law in the state of California and New York. He was raised in New South Wales in the Outback of Australia. He later moved to New York and where he obtained a law degree from New York Law School and graduated from Purchase College - State University of New York with a degree in psychology.

Campbell Filmer has over 10 years experience working on mesothelioma/asbestos cases with various trial teams in California and around the country where he has successfully represented clients who were drywallers, plumbers, pipefitters, shipyard workers, sheet metal workers, electricians, laborers, automotive mechanics, carpenters, servicemen, and factory workers. He has also successfully brought cases on behalf of clients who were unknowingly exposed to asbestos brought into the family home on the clothing of parents, spouses, and siblings. Some notable cases in which Campbell Filmer has participated in include: Glade Cookus v. Advocate Mines Ltd., a mesothelioma/asbestos-related case in Los Angeles, which resulted in a $4.2 million verdict; Larry Stewart and Janet Stewart v. A.W. Chesterton Co. et. al., a mesothelioma /asbestos-related case in Los Angeles, California, which resulted in a $9.2 million verdict; and William Webb and Jacqueline Webb v. Advocate Mines et. al., another Los Angeles, California case resulting in $5 million verdict.
 


Attorney Christopher Fields

With over 20 years in practice, Mr. Fields has acquired a specialized knowledge in various and disparate legal disciplines ranging from Bankruptcy, Catastraphic Personal Injury (with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury), Class Action (Consumer fraud), Criminal Litigation, and Entertainment Law. He was co-lead counsel on a class action certified in 2010, Lymburner v. U.S. Financial Funding, alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act, Fraudulent Omission, and Unfair Competition.

Mr. Fields' broad-based knowledge has been sought after by news media seeking television and radio news commentary. Mr. Fields has been requested to and made appearances on numerous local and national television and radio news shows over the last decade as a commentator on various and varied legal topics ranging from the Anna Nicole Smith Paternity matter to the Bernie Madoff financial scandal to the Zsa Zsa Gabor conservatorship proceedings.

Mr. Fields attended University of California at Berkeley and then the University of California at Los Angeles where he graduated with a BA in History. Mr. Fields received his Juris Doctor from Whittier College School of Law in 1994. Mr. Fields joined DeBlase Brown Eyerly LLP to focus on his interest in catastrophic personal injury, particularly those injuries caused by asbestos exposure.

Ken K. v. Amcord Inc.

Alameda County Superior Court

Judge Robert McGuiness

May 2018

Type of Case: Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma

Verdict: $6,800,000.00

Ken was diagnosed at age 58 with plural mesothelioma. In the 1970s, he performed side jobs which put him in contact with asbestos-containing Riverside Gun Plastic Cement. He would clean up after other workers applying stucco which would include cleanup of empty bags of cement, carrying bags of cement to other workers and working around the area where cement was being mixed. The case was tried and resulted in a $6.8 million verdict for plaintiff.

Testifying experts for plaintiff: Barry Horn, M.D., Arnold Brody, Ph.D., Steven Paskal, Theresa Emory, M.D., Robert Johnson, MBA, Barry Castleman, Ph.D. Testifying experts for defendant Amcord, Inc.: Kyle Dotson, C.I.H., Charles McDonald, M.D. and David Godwin, M.D.


Ken L. v. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., et al.

Los Angeles County Superior Court (Chatsworth)

Judge Rupert Byrdsong

November, 2016

Type of case: Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma

Ken, 74, was a career heating and air conditioning mechanic for the County of Los Angeles from 1962 through 1998. He was responsible for maintaining more than 30 county buildings. Part of Ken's work in these buildings involved repair and rebuilding of compressors - which such work involved removal and replacement of asbestos-containing gaskets within each compressor. Many of these compressor gaskets were made of 80% or more asbestos fibers. These gaskets needed to be scraped, wire brushed and fully removed during any work on these compressors which was a dusty process and exposed Ken to asbestos. Ken also worked on cooling towers that contained asbestos in the louvers and walls which required scraping and wire brushing of the sediment that would build up on these surfaces. This also exposed Ken to asbestos. The case resolved after jury selection for in excess of $3.2 million as against all defendants.


Jack B. v. Riverside Cement, CalPortland Cement

Los Angeles County Superior Court (Van Nuys)

Judge Michael B. Harwin

August 8, 2016

Type of case: Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma

Jack, 80, is a retired teacher and librarian. During his college years in the late 1950s and early 1960s he spent summers working in construction building houses and apartment buildings. This work put Jack in contact with products such as gun-applied stucco, drywall joint compound and other products that exposed him to asbestos. Jack was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2015 and underwent an 8 hour surgery to remove his pleura and diaphram in an effort to debride his mesothelioma tumor.

The case resolved during plaintiff's case in chief in excess of seven figures as to all defendants.

Plaintiff's testifying witnesses: Arnold Brody, Ph.D. (cell biology), John Templin, C.I.H. (industrial hygiene).


Martin B. v. J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Los Angeles County Superior Court (Chatsworth)

Judge Graciela Freixes

September, 2015

Type of Case: Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma.

Martin was a warehouseman in Canada and came to the United States in 1984 where he worked as a carpenter and foreman at various locations in California. While employed as a carpenter, Martin was exposed to asbestos when he worked around others cutting asbestos-cement pipe with power tools. Martin contracted mesothelioma due to his exposure to asbestos and passed away shortly after trial. The case settled during plaintiff's case in chief.

Testifying experts for plaintiffs: Steven Paskal (certified industrial hygienist), Barry Horn, M.D. (occupational medicine, pulmonologist), Richard Cohen, M.D. (state of the art).


Charles L. v. Exxon

Los Angeles County Superior Court (Chatsworth)

Judge Benny Osorio

February, 2015

Type of Case: Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligence, Mesothelioma.

Charles passed away due to mesothelioma in 2013 at the age of 83. He was a 40 year insulator out of Local 5. He worked at several premises in southern California including spending months insulating high temperature pipes and apparatus at Exxon in Torrance, California. He used asbestos-containing insulation and also worked around others installing, cutting and cleaning up asbestos-containing insulation at Exxon. The case settled after jury selection for in excess of $2 million as against all defendants.


Ray B. v. Hill Brothers Chemical Company

Los Angeles County Superior Court (Van Nuys)

Judge Michael B. Harwin

February, 2015

Type of Case: Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligence, Mesothelioma.

Ray passed away due to mesothelioma in 2012 at the age of 81. Married to his beloved wife of 60 years they have 8 wonderful children. Always a hard worker, Ray started his own pool plastering business in the 1970s while also employed with the US Postal Service. During this time frame, pool plasterers used an asbestos-free cement. However, raw asbestos would be mixed with this cement to increase its strength and workability. Hill Brothers Chemical Company manufactured products called "954" and "961" which was specifically designed as an additive to pool plaster cement. These products contained 20% and 33% raw asbestos respectively. Ray purchased Hill Brothers' 954 and 961 and added it to the cement mixture during his pool plastering work. He was exposed to this asbestos as well as asbestos while aboard two Navy ships on which he served from 1948-1952. The case settled during plaintiffs' case in chief. Testifying experts for plaintiffs: Richard Cohen, M.D. (historical state of the art), Barry Horn, M.D. (pulmonologist, occupational medicine), Robert Johnson (economist).


Neil H. v. Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Ramsey County District Court (St. Paul, MN)

Judge John H. Guthmann

October, 2014

Type of Case: Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma.

Verdict: $4,516,250.00

Neil, 75, worked a summer in 1957 as an insulator helper working on the new Taconite Harbor Power plant north of Duluth. He worked with and around Owens-Illinois Kaylo pipe covering insulation as well as Mundet cement mud at the power plant for about three months. This short term but intense exposure to asbestos resulted in his contracting mesothelioma in 2013. Mundet (Crown Cork & Seal) resolved prior to trial. The case was tried and resulted in a $4.5 million verdict for plaintiffs Neil and his wife.

Testifying experts for plaintiffs: Charlie Ay (insulator), Richard Lemen, Ph.D. (epidemiologist, state of the art), Barry Horn, M.D. (pulmonologist, occupational medicine), John Templin, CIH (industrial hygiene), Arnold Brody, Ph.D. (cell biologist), Robert Johnson (economist). Testifying experts for defendant Owens-Illinois: Randall German, Ph.D. (patents, materials science), Peter Neushul, Ph.D. (historian, state of the art), Earl Gregory, Ph.D. (industrial hygiene).


Dick C. v. CertainTeed Corporation and Familian Corporation

Multnomah County Circuit Court (Portland, OR)

Judge Kathleen Dailey

July, 2014

Type of Case: Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma.

Dick was 68 when he passed away due to mesothelioma. He was exposed to a variety of asbestos-containing products as a result of his work as a union pipe fitter. This case resolved at the conclusion of opening statements in excess of $750,000 as to all defendants.


Jack G. v. Riverside Cement

Los Angeles Superior Court

Judge Norman Tarle (Santa Monica)

July, 2014

Type of Case: Products Liability, Negligence, Lung Cancer.

Jack, 87, was a plasterer in Southern California. His lung cancer was caused by the synergistic effect of asbestos exposure and smoking. He also was diagnosed with asbestosis and pleural plaques – both diseases caused by asbestos inhalation. He was exposed to asbestos-containing stucco, drywall joint compound and a variety of construction products. Case resolved for in excess of $500,000 as against all defendants at the conclusion of voir dire.


Calvin S. v. Riverside Cement

Los Angeles Superior Court

Judge Patrick Madden (Long Beach)

May, 2014

Type of Case: Products Liability, Negligence, Lung Cancer.

Calvin, 79, was a plasterer, darby man and cement mason during his construction career in Southern California. He was exposed to asbestos-containing stucco, drywall joint compound, as well as asbestos-containing cement. His lung cancer was caused by the synergistic effect of asbestos exposure and cigarette smoke. Case resolved for in excess of $1,000,000 as against all defendants at the conclusion of voir dire


Ernest P. v. Georgia Pacific.

Los Angeles County Superior Court

Judge Chester Horn (Santa Monica)

May, 2014

Type of Case: Products Liability, Negligence, Mesothelioma.

Wrongful death of an 82 year old electrician with mesothelioma. Case resolved for in excess of $1,500,000 as against all defendants at the conclusion of motions in limine. Ernest passed away from mesothelioma at the age of 82. He was a union electrician in Southern California and worked with and around all kinds of asbestos-containing construction products including drywall joint compound, stucco, and asbestos cement pipe.

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