March 19, 2015
Three of our professional liability partners, Connie M. Anderson, Michael P. Obert, and Karen Dicke, will discuss the unique nature of FINRA arbitrations.More
Mr. Formica is experienced in all phases of litigation with an emphasis on civil litigation, including cases involving product liability, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, premises liability, governmental entity defense and professional liability. Mr. Formica also has significant experience defending commercial entities in environmental and toxic tort litigation.
Prior to joining Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Mr. Formica represented clients at trial and mediation in a large array of product liability and general negligence cases involving automobiles, tires, industrial equipment, industrial lawn mowers, swimming pools, refrigerators, commercial freezers, premises liability, consumer class actions, general construction, roofing, plumbing and manufacturing. Mr. Formica has successfully defended professionals in malpractice and other tort claims. Mr. Formica is well versed in professional standards involving accident reconstruction, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Guidelines, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards and the National Fire Protection Association’s 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.
District of Columbia Bar
Dozier v. Shapiro (2011) 199 Cal.App.4th 1509 Nonsuit affirmed because standard of care testimony was properly excluded from trial. Plaintiff’s attorney obtained treating physician’s agreement to criticize defendant’s care without complying with the requirements for designating a “retained expert.” The treating physician was “transformed” into a retained expert, when plaintiff’s attorney gave him additional information and asked him to testify at trial to opinions formed on the basis of that additional information.
Rosales v. County of San Bernardino – 2014
Villamariona v. CBS Corporation – 2014
Garcia v. Gutierrez – 2014
Jolon v. Wildwood Express, Van-G Trucking, Inc.– 2014
Thompson v. US Swimming – 2013
County of Mono v. Kodiak et al.
West Covina Unified School District v. Toro et al.–2012
Related Properties v. Tojo, Inc.–2013 – (Nevada)
County of Monterey v. LVI et al.– 2013
Watt Ventures v. Anthony Doors et al.– 2013
Mr. Formica has served as a presiding judge at numerous national mock trial competitions and remains involved with the George Washington University Law School Alumni Association. He is also involved in the local Los Angeles community and surrounding areas. He has volunteered at Enrich LA, as a voice for a non-profit focused on adding edible school gardens to public schools; AYSO's Region 88, as a volunteer soccer coach; and the YMCA, as a youth camp counselor and director. In addition, Mr. Formica has provided pro bono services to individuals in civil trials and immigration removal proceedings.
Mr. Formica is fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Juris Doctor, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2002