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ORANGE (COUNTY) IS THE NEW BLACK

For Personal Injury and Employment Plaintiffs, JML Law’s Expansion into OC Has Been a Huge Hit

“I always knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer. I was born and raised in Texas which is the birthplace of many great trial attorneys,” says D. Aaron Brock, Partner at JML Law in Orange, CA. “Orange County reminds me a lot of Texas and I feel that helps me in litigating in a county that is considered by many attorneys to be unfriendly to plaintiff’s cases,” he adds.
However, the attorneys at JML Law are no shrinking violets. Though they may be the new kids on the block in Orange County, they are far from new to the practice of personal injury and employment law. “JML has been an established plaintiff’s firm in LA County for almost 30 years. Due to the increasing need and demand for our services in Orange County, we opened our office here in January 2013. It is much more convenient for our clients to have us here rather than having to drive to LA,” he adds.

BREAK OUT STARS
JML Law was founded by Joseph M. Lovretovich in the 1980’s in effort to represent the rights of the individual, with a special emphasis on employment law. As Principal Partner at JML Law, APLC, Lovretovich’s reputation as a top trial attorney was earned through precedent setting cases including Colmenares v. Braemar Country Club, which substantially expanded the definition of disability in California. He also successfully argued the case of Dee v. Vintage Petroleum, which added substantial protections for the victims of racial prejudice.

It was Lovretovich’s reputation that drew Brock to JML Law upon earning his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2005. “I spent the first three years of my career at JML Law mostly doing  employment law, but wanted to work in personal injury. I left the firm for a while and joined a plaintiff’s personal injury firm and spent the next several years trying PI cases,” he explains.

A conversation with Lovretovich in 2012 would change the course of Brock’s career. “He suggested we add Personal Injury to the firm’s areas of specialty, and he gave me the opportunity to start the Personal Injury practice in Orange County in 2013,” Brock says. Lovretovich believed the reason for blending the two practice areas was clear. “Often times our clients need legal representation in a number of areas, and we find employment law to be a complementary practice area to personal injury, so our Orange County office was designed to be a full service plaintiff’s firm, to help individuals during their greatest times of need,” he adds. Brock subsequently became the Orange County Partner alongside his Los Angeles counterpart, Partner David Tibor.

SPECIALIZED TALENT
In addition to Lovretovich’s recognition as a “Super Lawyer” in employment law by Super Lawyer magazine since 2007, JML Law boasts several talented and dedicated young lawyers. Partners Brock and Tibor have been recognized as “Rising Stars” by the same publisher every year since 2009, and associates Ellen Cohen and Karen Cho have recently been added to the same list for their work in employment law. However, JML Law’s personal injury accolades continue to grow as Brock is now recognized in the “Top Ten California Personal Injury Attorneys under 40.”
Brock’s personal injury and employment law expertise are complimented by those around him. His Orange County team also consists of JML Law Associates Brad Benham and Christopher Brandes.

A fellow native Texan, Benham moved to California in 2005 to attend Pepperdine University School of Law, where he was simultaneously trained by the #1 nationally-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He also served as the President of the Pepperdine’s Student Bar Association, through which he spearheaded numerous charitable works and student programs. To date, his work on cases has resulted in millions recovered for victims. His focus at JML Law is on fighting for an individual’s rights in both their personal injury and employment claims.

Brandes provides fluency in Spanish for JML’s Orange County based office. Specializing in employment law, Brandes earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where he served as Justice for the Sammis Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, helping raise funds for several scholarships directed at assisting underprivileged students in pursuit of a higher education. Brandes also maintained an externship at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office Major Fraud, Hardcore Gang and Preliminary Hearing units. After law school, Chris joined JML Law as a law clerk and eventually as an attorney, finding his niche in employment law.
“Law today is incredibly specialized and it is rare for a firm to specialize in both employment law and personal injury. However, because we take on civil rights cases, the decision to take a case is not based on the amount the case is worth, but the worthiness of the case. We have the capabilities to litigate very large complex cases against high profile defense firms and insurance companies who have unlimited resources, and we take on smaller cases as well,” Brock says.

But one thing remains consistent no matter the size of the case, and that is the fact that Brock says all of JML’s clients can count on frequent communication and status updates. “A big complaint we’ve heard from clients is that they have had difficulty communicating with previous attorneys. The assistant, paralegal or receptionist screen phone calls, putting barriers between the attorney and client. We don’t do that. We provide our cell phone numbers to each of our clients, and encourage them to reach out to us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Likewise, Brock says that the attorneys at JML’s Orange County office are more than happy to conduct client meetings at the clients’ homes, in an attempt to reduce the inconvenience and stress an injured victim is already experiencing.
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Similarly, all of JML Law’s clients can count on all of the attorneys in the firm to work incredibly hard, from start to finish. “When we were first getting started, we worked every day for months. When you start a firm, you don’t really shut it down. You power through every day to build your practice. In fact, I kept a cot under my desk for quick power naps,” he says. But the hard work is paying off for Brock’s clients.
“One of the first clients we assisted after opening our office was a young man living in a homeless shelter after suffering traumatic head injury. Before the injury he was employed and married, but he was now separated, and unable to work with no money, and nowhere to turn. We pursued his civil claim and assisted in finding him housing. We recently resolved his case with a substantial settlement so that he can pay back the government for the medical bills. Plus he will be able to receive the medical care he needs, with enough money to provide for himself for the rest of his life.”

17aIn August of last year, Tibor obtained a judgment of $250,000 for several Anaheim car wash workers who were being forced to remain on the job without pay when it was not busy, just in case the business picked up. When they complained, their employment was terminated.
Those types of cases are precisely why Brock and the lawyers of JML Law do what they do. “Our typical client is someone who recently lost their job, or suffered a devastating personal injury, and because of that they are struggling financially, and wondering how they will pay for the medical services they need to recover from their injuries,” he says.
As far as the future is concerned for JML Law, Brock says things are looking bright. “We’re very happy with our decision to expand into Orange County. It has been incredibly rewarding. We have exceeded in just over a year what we had hoped to achieve in five years, and that is very exciting.”

Contact:
D. Aaron Brock
JML Law APC
www.jmllaw.com
aaron@jmllaw.com
714-456-9176
2100 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite 150
Orange, CA 92868

Karen Gorden

Karen Gorden is a Staff Writer for Attorney Journal.

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