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Yoka & Smith, LLP

445 South Figueroa Street, 38th FloorLos Angeles, CA 90071-1602
Phones: 213-427-2300
Fax: 213-427-2330
shsmith@yokasmith.com
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Yoka & Smith LLP is a firm of trial attorneys dedicated to providing the highest quality representation in civil litigation matters. We specialize in trial practice and the defense of general tort litigation, including personal injury, products liability, catastrophic injury, business and transactional matters, insurance defense, employment, class actions and complex actions, toxic tort, construction law, premises liability, subrogation, and  environmental tort litigation. The firm is dedicated to providing our clients with a zealous and creative protection of their interests on a cost-effective basis, providing both results and value.

Our primary emphasis has and continues to be our trial practice. All of our members are experienced trial attorneys and we possess the technological infrastructure that enables us to successfully litigate extremely complex and high exposure matters that were once only the province of much larger firms. Utilization of technology in a flexible and focused way has allowed us to provide this higher level of capability without sacrificing the personal contact and attention our clients have come to expect.

Within our litigation practice, we have a particular emphasis on product liability defense. Our clients include tire and aftermarket wheel companies, manufacturers, retailers and lessors of heavy equipment such as forklifts, specialty process engineering firms, manufacturers of petrochemical and electrical equipment, and fitness  and recreational equipment manufacturers and retailers. We are well equipped for 21st century trial practice and make wide use of state of the art trial presentation software and hardware.

Our attorneys are extremely familiar with the industries in which we practice; we hold memberships in our clients’ trade organizations and we actively follow developments within those industries. This familiarity allows us to partner with our clients in pursuing a result that considers not only the immediate matter but the total impact upon their business as a whole.

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Languages
SpanishFrenchJapaneseTaiwaneseChineseRussianItalian
Practice Areas
Products Liability 70%Catastrophic Injury 10%Class Actions 5%Complex Actions 10%Toxic Torts 5%
Litigation
100%
Honors
Fortune 500 Go-To Law Firm of the World's Leading Companies, 2007 - 2013The Best Lawyers in AmericaSuper Lawyers 2013
Representative Clients
American Claims Management, Inc.Axis InsuranceBenelux-Apex, B.V.Britax Child Safety, Inc.Carl Warren & Co.Cirrus Wind, LLCClaims Resource Management, Inc.CNA Insurance CompanyColder Products Company Colorado Casualty Group CompWest Insurance CompanyConco Cement CompanyContinental Automotive Systems, Inc.Continental Tire the Americas, LLCCooper Tire & Rubber CompanyDover ResourcesEaton CorporationEsuranceFalcon Real Estate Investment Management, Ltd.Fitness International, LLCGeorge Hills Company, Inc.Goodyear Dunlop Tire North America, Ltd.Harco National Insurance CompanyICON Health & Fitness, Inc.J &W Electric companyJarden Inc.J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc.Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.Kaiser Foundation HospitalsLiberty Mutual Insurance Group - [Golden Eagle; Indiana Ins.; Safeco Ins.; Wasau Ins.]Logan Coach, Inc.Prime Healthcare Management, Inc.PolyOne CorporationQBE North America American Pacific Industries, Inc. - [Unigard, General Casualty]SCI California Funeral Service, Inc.Service Corporation InternationalSigma ChiSturm Ruger & Co., Inc.The Gavilon Group, LLCThe Goodyear Tire & Rubber CompanyThe Jacmar CompaniesUSXpress Enterprises, Inc.Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company Utility Trailer Sales, Inc.Waste Management WM Recycle America, LLCZurich
People
Attorneys
Case, Aaron (Associate) Chen, Chad (Associate) Childs, Mary (Associate) Faenza, Christopher E. (Partner) Felchlin, Peter W. (Associate) Gordon, Jeffrey J. (Partner) Henry, Bret R. (Associate) Kim, Sung Ho (Sean) (Associate) Latiolait, Anthony F. (Partner) Leyel, Christopher P. (Partner) Lofton, Lauren A.R. (Associate) McCann, Daniel F. (Partner) McCann, David T. (Partner) McMahan, Martin S. (Associate) Smith, Alice Chen (Partner) Smith, Stephen H. (Partner) Yoka, Walter M. (Partner) Pisieczko, Lauren (Associate) Park, John K. (Associate) von der Lancken, Nicholas (Associate) DeMetruis, Christine C. (Associate) Giovacchini, Gina (Associate) Davis, Benjamin A. (Associate) Avrith, Shauna W. (Associate) Byrge , Kimberly A. (Attorney) Hummel, Rebecca S. (Associate) Moya, Rene J. III (Associate) Frieman, Davida M. (Associate) Sharp, Alexander J. (Associate)
Office Information
Address
445 South Figueroa Street, 38th FloorLos Angeles, CA 90071-1602
Office Hours
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Phone
213-427-2300
Fax
213-427-2330
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