August 21, 2014
Lou Michels, Jim Hendricks, Rachel Krause and Lisa Sween will discuss Supreme Court workplace law decisions from 2013 and their effect on companies, management and employees alike.More
Mr. Formica is an attorney in the firm’s general liability department. Mr. Formica has represented many local and international insurers at all stages of the litigation process, including trial and arbitration. He currently represents private and public entities in catastrophic personal injury, general negligence and wrongful death matters.
Prior to joining Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Mr. Formica represented insurers in primary and third party subrogation and insurance defense matters. He has represented Fortune 500 companies 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 is skilled in business litigation, having successfully defended actions involving multi-million dollar contract disputes. In addition, 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.
County of Mono v. Kodiak et al. – Subrogation claim for property damage involving allegations of negligence in roofing and construction.
West Covina Unified School District v. Toro et al. 2012 – Subrogation claim involving a warehouse fire and a commercial riding lawnmower.
Related Properties v. Tojo, Inc. 2013- (Nevada) - Subrogation claim involving a fire and installation of lighting in 1 million square foot retail setting.
County of Monterey v. LVI et al. 2013 - Subrogation claim involving a water loss in a county courthouse.
Watt Ventures v. Anthony Doors et al. 2013- Subrogation claim involving a fire in a retail shopping mall.
Pure Style Girlfriends v. My Clear Essentials LLC 2011 - Obtained a favorable settlement in trademark infringement case including damages and destruction of infringing items.
Danhov Inc. v. Zarharian 2010– Breach of contract claim involving fine jewelry.
Figmaka v. LACMTA 2010- Personal injury claim involving a passenger on a city bus.
Mr. Formica is involved in the local Los Angeles community and surrounding areas. He enjoys volunteering for groups such as: 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 YMCA, as a youth camp counselor and director. In addition, Mr. Formica has provided pro bono counseling and defense to indigent small business owners.
Mr. Formica is fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Juris Doctor, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2002