Philip G. Dorn
Academic and Professional Credentials
Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D. 1976, Law Review for Two Years, Graduated in the Top Ten of the Class for Day Students
Colgate University, B.A. Peace Studies 1973
Admitted to California State Bar, U.S. District Courts (Central and Southern Districts of California) and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Background and Experience
Mr. Dorn retired in March of 2006, from being in-house counsel at Farmers Insurance Exchange, after 16 years of handling myriad cases for Farmers, including: automobile accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death and wrongful handling of remains (negligent infliction of emotional distress). Farmers designated Mr. Dorn as a “Specialty Trial Attorney”. Mr. Dorn would handle Farmers’ high-exposure cases which would range in exposure from six figures to eight figures. (Farmers had only one other attorney in the entire State of California who was designated as a “Specialty Trial Attorney”.) Mr. Dorn joined our firm in April of 2006.
Mr. Dorn became a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) in July of 2002. He has tried 30 Civil Jury Trials and one Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA) Court Trial to conclusion in the fields of medical malpractice, automobile accidents (including cases of paraplegia, quadriplegia and brain injury), wrongful handling of remains (burial and cremation resulting in emotional distress), slip/trip/stumble and fall cases and premises liability cases (including an electrical explosion with third to fourth degree burns on over 15% of two teenagers’ bodies). Mr. Dorn’s longest jury trial lasted four months. He has tried two other cases that lasted over one month each. Out of his 30 Civil Jury Trials, he has 18 defense verdicts, one verdict for the plaintiff but a net verdict of zero after deducting good faith settlements, and two plaintiff verdicts.
Mr. Dorn has also handled several Appellate cases, including Yates v. Shore, 229 Cal.App. 3d 583 (1991). Mr. Dorn is AV Preeminent, Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards Reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary, rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Dorn has substantial experience as an arbitrator and mediator with over 20 years of experience.
Mr. Dorn was an all-state swimmer in high school where he broke the varsity school record in his freshman year. He was a lifeguard while in high school and in college. He coached swimming for a number of years, both in New Jersey and in California. Two of the swimmers that he coached went on to win silver medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.