Southern California Business Litigation Attorneys

Meet the Trial Attorneys of Callahan & Blaine: A 33 Year Tradition of Excellence and Success

Established in 1984, Callahan & Blaine consists of 28 experienced trial attorneys. The firm is led by firm founder Daniel J. Callahan, who is regarded as one of the country's top trial lawyers. The National Law Journal named him one of the "Top 10 Attorneys" in the United States, and California Lawyer magazine designated him "California Lawyer of The Year." In 2013, Callahan was named one of the "Top 10 Attorneys in Southern California" by Super Lawyers magazine.

Callahan & Blaine is California's Premier Litigation Firm. The firm has achieved record-breaking verdicts and settlements across a diverse range of litigation issues. "We don't have a narrow focus in any one area of the law," notes Callahan. "Instead, our attorneys have expertise in a broad spectrum of complex litigation matters, including business litigation, insurance law, class actions and catastrophic personal injury. We are also equally adept at both plaintiff and defense perspectives."

An Orange County Trial Practice With a National Reputation for Excellence

Callahan & Blaine has a broad range of record breaking verdicts and settlements. Most notable is Dan Callahan's $934 Million jury verdict in a complex business litigation case, which is the largest jury verdict in the history of Orange County. In addition, Callahan & Blaine obtained a $50 Million settlement which is certified by West Trial Digest as the largest personal injury settlement in United States history. Callahan & Blaine also has the largest insurance bad faith judgment in Orange County history ($58 Million), and the largest employment settlement ($38 Million). Most recently, the firm settled a bicycle accident case on PCH for $17 Million.

Each of Callahan & Blaine's 28 senior attorneys is an experienced and accomplished litigator. Callahan & Blaine's attorneys handle in a wide diversity of practice areas, including intellectual property, trade secrets, employment law, insurance law, real estate, business torts and corporate governance. For example, Edward Susolik, the partner in charge of the firm's insurance department, has recovered more than $1.0 Billion on behalf of clients over the last 20 years. As explained by Susolik, "The firm specializes in the one thing that matters most to clients: winning."

Callahan & Blaine's attorneys have achieved many awards and honors over the years. For example, both Dan Callahan and Ed Susolik have been named to the "Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California" list by Super Lawyers magazine since 2009, which is made more remarkable by the fact that only ten Orange County attorneys annually receive that distinction. Similarly, partners Michael Sachs and Brian McCormack have achieved numerous judicial victories in recent years, and represent the next generation of Callahan & Blaine trial lawyers.

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Edward Susolik
Supervising Trial Attorney
Michael J. Sachs
Supervising Trial Attorney
Brian J. McCormack
Supervising Trial Attorney
Stephen E. Blaine
Supervising Trial Attorney
Javier H. van Oordt
Supervising Trial Attorney
David J. Darnell
Senior Trial Attorney
Scott D. Nelson
Senior Trial Attorney
David E. Hayen
Senior Trial Attorney
Jim Rouse
Senior Trial Attorney
Ryan J. Williams
Senior Trial Attorney
Robert Scott Lawrence
Senior Trial Attorney
Christopher B. Queally
Senior Trial Attorney
Sarah C. Serpa
Senior Trial Attorney
Raphael Cung
Senior Trial Attorney
Laura M. Morris
Senior Trial Attorney
Peter S. Bauman
Senior Trial Attorney
Damon D. Eisenbrey
Senior Trial Attorney
Jason Casero
Senior Trial Attorney
Richard T. Collins
Senior Trial Attorney
Stephanie A. Sperber
Senior Trial Attorney
John D. Van Ackeren
Senior Trial Attorney
Saleem K. Erakat
Senior Trial Attorney
Sharon Yuen
Senior Trial Attorney
S. Daniel Rashtian
Senior Trial Attorney
James M. Sabovich
Senior Trial Attorney
Kamran Salour
Senior Trial Attorney
D. Scott Abernethy
Senior Trial Attorney
Jill A. Thomas
Senior Appellate Attorney