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Brian R. Magaña, Retired

Brian R. Magaña Cases of Note

Brian Magaña has devoted his career to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and tort litigation. Over the past three decades, Mr. Magaña has represented clients in nearly every facet of personal injury litigation, including: medical malpractice; products liability, including medical device failures and drug liability; auto accidents; the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA); maritime, offshore and Jones Act; industrial and construction accidents; pipeline accidents; assaults and batteries; recreational boating accidents and premises liability cases. In addition, Mr. Magaña has prosecuted insurance bad faith cases, where an insurance company has failed to honor its obligations, both in first party claims (where the insurance company has failed to honor its obligations to the policyholder) and third party claims (where the insurance company has failed to meet the duty of good faith and fair dealing in when processing a claim or coverage dispute made against someone else’s insurance policy). Mr. Magaña is fluent in Spanish.


  • B.A., Economics (with honors), University of California, Los Angeles, 1970
  • J.D., University of Washington, 1973


  • State Bar of California, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


  • American Association for Justice (Formerly ATLA)
  • State Bar of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Board of Governors)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Mexican-American Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Century City Bar Association

Professional Experiences:

  • Mr. Magaña was voted by his peers in Los Angeles County as a “Super Lawyer” in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media and announced in Los Angeles Magazine.
  • Volunteer Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Courts
  • Rated A.V. (highest possible rating for preeminent legal ability and ethics) by Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys
  • Completed 10 week courses on Anatomy For Attorneys, Physiology For Attorneys taught through the Medi-Legal Institute at U.S.C. Medical School
  • Served on independent review board of clinical testing laboratory reviewing protocols and patient information for proposed human clinical testing of pharmaceuticals, 1985 – 1988
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Maritime Bank of California, 1989 – 1992
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Iraida Foundation, a private foundation for the establishment and operation of Hospice and Home Care Services for Terminal Cancer Patients, 1990 – 1991
  • Faculty A.B.A., National Institute on Automobile Products Liability, 1992 and 1993
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