IN THE NEWS
Founding partners, Wilkie Cheong and John “Jack” Denove are in the news in the Daily Journal. Cheong is quoted “We’ve certainly been around for a while, but I think if you ask around, we have a good reputation, and we’ve earned it.”
Jack is described as a terrific lawyer by opposing council. “He’s gotten some great results over the years, and he’s certainly someone you do not take lightly.”
Read more in the Daily Journal article
The Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities is an organization of trial lawyers that raises and donates money to help support education, our community in education, children issues and the homeless. Mr. Denove has been recognized as one of the original 24 members who founded the organization. Cheong & Denove encourages lawyers and non lawyers to support this worthwhile charity.
John Denove and Mary Bennett frequently attend the Fundraising events in support of the organization.
To learn more about Los Angeles Trial lawyers Charities, go to: (external link, opens in new window).www.latlc.org .
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits:
John Denove tried a medical malpractice action against Citrus Valley Medical Center. The client was co-administered antibiotics through an IV line. She developed complex regional pain disorder, myofascial pain disorder and chronic pain syndrome. The Hospital denied any wrongdoing, denied causation and disputed the nature and extent of the damages. After a three-week trial, the jury found in favor of the injured client. The image at right is one of the trial exhibits used by trial attorney, Mr. Denove.
The result of any case depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case; and case results listed below do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by the this firm or any of its attorneys or associates.
Civil Rights Lawsuit:
Attorneys at the firm tried a Federal Civil Rights/Section 1983 case involving a claim of excessive force against the LAPD regarding a fatal shooting. The jury found in favor of the mother of the deceased. (LA Times article (external link, opens in new window))
Forklift Accident Lawsuit:
John Denove tried a forklift accident (external link, opens in new window) case. The client claimed that the forklift operator negligently struck him when he was in a cargo area. He suffered carpal tunnel syndrome, aggravated a pre-existing degenerative spine condition and developed a piriformis syndrome. He eventually underwent a piriformis/pudendal surgery. Despite the fact that their client did not complain of any back or piriformis complaints for 53 days, they were successful at trial. One of the exhibits prepared for trial is shown at left.
After beginning trial in Long Beach, John Denove settled a negligence case against Burger King for a injury wherein his 74 year old client broke her neck while leaving the restaurant. As part of the settlement, Burger King agreed to make the premises wheelchair accessible. In addition, Mr. Denove was able to negotiate the right to pursue an Unruh Civil Rights Act violation in arbitration for discrimination against his client who was denied wheelchair access. Mr. Denove contends that the failure to provide wheelchair access as required by the California Building Code was the cause of her injury. Burger King alleged that Mr. Denove’s client did not fracture her neck in the fall but had suffered from a chronic neck fracture for years. A comparison of x-rays taken before and after the fall disproved this defense.
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John Denove settled two medical malpractice lawsuits against the United States of America. The clients are veterans. They went to the VA for treatment for macular edema. The doctors intended to treat the condition with Avastin. Each of them had injections into their eye but instead of Avastin, Velcade (a chemotherapy drug) was injected. Both men sustained serious loss of vision. A lawsuit was filed in federal court. A equitable settlement was reached. A third veteran was also mistakenly injected with Velcade. His case is scheduled to go to trial in the United States District Court in June.
Insurance Bad Faith:
John Rowell and Wilkie Cheong represented a client in an insurance bad faith case. They alleged that the insurance company failed to defend their client. The insurance company argued that no defense was called for under the insurance policy. They were able to settle the case during a mediation in San Francisco that started in the morning and ended late that night.
John Rowell successfully settled a products liability case against a major tire manufacturer and a major automobile manufacturer. John contended the tire had suffered a tread separation while his two clients were driving the vehicle on the freeway. John contended that as a result of the tread separation and the pick-ups lack of stability, the vehicle rolled over at freeway speeds, causing serious injuries to both of John’s clients. After the accident, examination of the tire which came apart showed it had sufficient tread and did not exhibit any unusual wear patterns. John took depositions of key tire engineers and tire plant manager level employees of the tire manufacturer, and was able to show, using the manufacturer’s own documents and tire x-rays, that the tire contained manufacturing defects and was badly designed. John retained nationally renowned experts who were prepared to testify that the design and manufacturing defects were the cause of the tread separation. Using the pick-up manufacturer’s internal documents and publicly available materials regarding design of the front axle of trucks and pick-up trucks, John was also able to show the front axle and front steering design made the vehicle extremely difficult to control in the event of a tread separation.
Prior to the start of trial Mr. Rowell, during the course of investigation of this case, discovered that the automobile manufacturer had used a design which decreased roof strength. Mr. Rowell secured experts that would have testified that the roof design was the cause of a collapse of the roof over one of his client and made her injuries worse. He was able to settle with the automobile manufacturer before starting trial against the tire manufacturer.
After selecting a jury, John Rowell and John Denove successfully settled a products liability case against a major tire manufacturer. Mr. Rowell contended the ten year old tire had suffered a tread separation on the freeway and was then rear-ended by a big-rig. He further contended that as a result of the tread separation and the pick-ups lack of stability, the vehicle rolled over at freeway speeds, causing serious injuries to the client. After the accident, examination of the tire which came apart showed it had sufficient tread and did not exhibit any unusual wear patterns. John took depositions of key tire engineers and tire plant manager level employees of the tire manufacturer, and was able to show, using the manufacturer’s own documents and tire x-rays, that the tire contained manufacturing defects and was badly designed. John retained nationally renowned experts who were prepared to testify that the design and manufacturing defects were the cause of the tread separation. Using the pick-up manufacturer’s internal documents and publicly available materials regarding design of the front axle of trucks and pick-up trucks, John was also able to show the front axle and front steering design made the vehicle extremely difficult to control in the event of a tread separation. At that point, both the tire and the automobile manufacturers agreed to settle.
Wilkie Cheong successfully arbitrated a case for an elderly disabled woman who was injured when her wheel chair fell off of a curb that was non-compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. This case was placed in arbitration following a settlement of the negligence action.
John Denove was appointed to serve a two year term on the Judicial Council of California’s Civil and Small Claims Advisory committee. Advisory committees are standing advisory groups created by rule of court or the Chief Justice to make recommendations and offer policy alternatives to the Judicial Council for improving the administration of justice within their designated areas of focus.
Justice Day – John Denove traveled to Sacramento and met with a number of Assemblypersons and Senators to discuss upcoming legislation which impacts consumers and litigants.
BAR ASSOCIATION EVENTS
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
As past president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a nation-wide organization of trial lawyers founded in 1957, John Denove continues to attend executive committee meetings of the Los Angeles chapter.
John Denove served as a faculty member for the ABOTA Masters in Trial® program in Los Angeles. The MIT program demonstrates the skills and techniques that the nation’s leading trial advocates use in voir dire, opening statements, direct and cross-examination and closing arguments.
John Denove has been selected as a faculty member at the Jack Daniels Trial School® program.
The ABOTA Foundation is the educational arm of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a membership organization of more than 7,500 civil trial attorneys who have been invited to join because of their outstanding trial skills, integrity and civility in the courtroom. To learn more about the American Board of Trial Advocates, go to (external link, opens in new window) www.abota.org .
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
John Denove was invited to be a webinar speaker on the topic “Understanding Chronic Pain: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You.”
John Denove was invited to be a webinar speaker, sharing a review of the top 10 trial advocacy books that are available and giving an overview on each book and the keys to trial success that can be found within.
John Denove is serving on the roundtable panel at the CAOC Sonoma Seminar, to discuss the topic: Trial Skills, The Ins And Outs Of Handling Witnesses.
John Denove was re-elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.
To learn more about Consumer Attorneys of California, visit (external link, opens in new window) CAOC.org
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
John Denove was requested as a speaker at the CAALA New Lawyer Roundtable.
John Denove has been selected as a prestigious member of the Plaintiff Trial Academy (PTA) Faculty. This is the sixth consecutive year of the PTA, and Mr. Denove has been selected each year to the Faculty.
John Denove has been selected to participate in the Settlement Officers program at the Mosk Courthouse. The Court currently offers this as one of the mechanisms for civil cases to be resolved prior to trial.
Mr. Denove is a past president of CAALA and a recipient of their Trial lawyers of the Year Award. Mr. Denove is on CAALA’s Board of Governors and chairs the Governmental Relations Committee.
To learn more about Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, visit (external link, opens in new window) CAALA.org
Cowboy Lawyers Association (CLA)
Members are lawyers and judges who love horses, the Old West and the great outdoors. They ride ponies, chase cows, make lifelong friendships and never talk shop on the trail!
To learn more about the Cowboy Lawyers Association go to (external link, opens in new window) CowboyLawyers.org
Italian American Lawyers Association
To learn more about the Italian American Lawyer’s Association, and to find about their monthly events, go to (external link, opens in new window) iala.info
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
To learn more about the Los Angeles County Bar Association, go to their website (external link, opens in new window) lacba.org
American Association for Justice
John Denove attended the AAJ convention in Los Angeles.
To learn more about American Association for Justice (AAJ) and to find about their events, go to (external link, opens in new window) justice.org
Beverly Hills Bar Association
John Denove was a requested speaker at the Beverly Hills Bar Association event on the topic of “Better Closing Arguments: Do’s and Don’ts.”
To learn more about the Beverly Hills Bar Association and to find about their events, go to their website (external link, opens in new window) hba.org
John Denove participated in ABOTA Masters in Trial Program on the case: “Truck Crushes Pedestrian in Parking Lot. Who wins? Who loses?”
John Denove was a speaker at the Western Trial lawyers Association (WTLA) Summer Seminar on the topic “The Use of Non-verbal Communication to Persuade the Jury.”
An article titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About Voir Dire” by John Denove was published in the Advocate, the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California.
John Denove received acknowledgement from the Advocate the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for Southern California and Plaintiff , the magazine for Northern California plaintiffs’ attorneys, for his article, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.”
Mary Bennett is a former Assistant Editor of the Advocate.
John Denove has been inducted into the Consumer Attorneys Hall of Fame. The CAALA Hall of Fame includes members who are being recognized as the “best of the best.” According to the CAALA past-president, Ray Boucher, “Those selected exhibit the highest integrity and standards in the legal profession. They have had distinguished legal careers, made significant contributions to the law and to society and have given back to the community and the legal profession.”
John Denove has been honored by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with the Champion of Justice Award. The Champion of Justice Award honors those who make significant contributions to the civil justice system. To read more about the Champion of Justice award, visit the Loyola Law School website . (external link, opens in new window)
John F. Denove has consistently been selected to be included on the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, an award for legal excellence earned by only 5 percent of lawyers in the state.
John Denove was again selected as one of Los Angeles’ Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers in America.
To see more Awards & Recognition the firm has received, click here to visit the Awards page.
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