Jerome L. Ringler: Partner with Ringler Kearney Alvarez, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

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                           Jerome L. Ringler: Partner with Ringler Kearney Alvarez,
                           LLP, Los Angeles, CA
                           [By Kenneth Davis]
                           When Jerome L. Ringler decided as an undergrad at Michigan State University that he wanted a career in the legal field,
                           he had a very clear idea of the type of attorney he wanted to be.




“I always wanted to be a trial attorney as a      losing track of signals. Ringler represented         complex and sophisticated matter that needs
young man,” he said. “I didn’t want to be a       Pamela Macek, who was injured in the                 to be presented clearly and simply to a jury.
lawyer who just drafted papers. I didn’t want     collision. In addition to her physical injuries,     And you’ve usually got highly complicated
to be a lawyer who represented corporations       she suffered from post-traumatic stress              issues that need to be briefed and argued
in their acquisitions and mergers. I wanted       disorder due to the accident. Ringler won            to the court, so the combination is indeed a
to be a trial attorney. I thought it was an       a $9-million verdict for Macek in December           challenge.”
exciting profession and one that would be         2004. He said it was the largest post-
both challenging and rewarding.”                  traumatic stress disorder verdict ever won in        Ringler graduated from Michigan State
                                                  the United States.                                   University in 970 with a B.A. in English.
Ringler stuck with his plan; he has been a                                                             After graduation, he took a year off from
successful trial attorney for more than 30        In June of this year, Ringler won a $2-             school to work and then went on to the
years and has tried close to 80 civil cases to    million-dollar verdict for a woman who was           University of San Francisco School of Law,
verdict. His practice focuses on catastrophic     seriously injured in a 2003 Metrolink crash in       earning his law degree in 974. After law
personal torts (including wrongful death          Burbank, which occurred when a commuter              school, he joined the Santa Monica-based
torts), business torts, and class actions. He     train derailed after slamming into a pickup          firm Fogel, Feldman, Reinhardt & Rothschild,
has been involved in a number of headline-        truck at a railroad crossing.                        where he worked as a trial lawyer. Ringler
making cases over the years.                                                                           became an equity named partner with
                                                  Additionally, he won a $60-million-verdict in
                                                                                                       the firm in 988, and the firm name was
                                                  2002 for a group of doctors in a class action
For instance, Ringler tried the lead case                                                              changed to Fogel Feldman Ostrov Ringler.
                                                  who alleged that they were defrauded by an
among the 50 cases arising from the Orange                                                            He remained at the firm for more than 25
                                                  insurance company. And in 2003, he won a
County Metrolink disaster. On April 23, 2002,                                                          years before joining Robins, Kaplan, Miller &
                                                  $6-million-verdict for one of his clients in a
a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train                                                           Ciresi, LLP, in its Century City office. At both
                                                  misappropriation of trade secrets case.
collided head-on with a Metrolink commuter                                                             firms, he tried civil litigation cases.
train in Placentia, CA. Three people were
                                                  Ringler said that what he enjoys most about
killed, and more than 60 were injured in the                                                          After working at Robins Kaplan for two years,
                                                  his job is “the rush of the courtroom.”
crash. Federal investigators concluded that                                                            Ringler decided to form his own firm in Los
the accident was caused by an inattentive         “The actual trial of lawsuits is what’s exciting,”   Angeles, Ringler Kearney Alvarez, which he
Burlington Northern crew that missed a            he said. “Obviously, you can’t win them if           opened almost a year ago.
warning signal and the lack of an automatic       they’re not properly prepared, but the prep is
breaking system.                                  more the obligation of a good lawyer, and the        He explained why he opened his own firm:
                                                  trial is more of the fun, at least for me.”
Many victims of the crash sued Burlington                                                              “I wanted to have a practice where
Northern & Santa Fe Railway Company.              He said one of the most difficult challenges         basically we handled only seven- and
The suits alleged that an improved braking        of his work is being diligent about preparing        eight-figure cases,” he said. “I wanted a
system, long recommended by the Federal           his cases properly.                                  very small boutique practice. [The firm
Railroad Administration, could have                                                                    has six attorneys]. And I wanted to be in a
prevented the crash. The suits also alleged       “They’re very complicated,” he explained.            circumstance where I could handle complex
that the crew was fatigued and overworked         “They have multiple levels of complexity.            litigation, and I had lawyers around me
and that the conductor had a history of           It is very challenging because you’ve got            capable of handling very complicated and


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sophisticated litigation, both in the personal   different type of practice. And as a result,        Ringler said the highlights of his professional
tort and the business tort world, and that’s     they never really get on track to practice the      career were the two times he was named
why I formed this firm. And I wanted to have     kind of law they wish because the experience        Trial Lawyer of the Year-once by the Los
a small firm that was very focused only on       they’re getting is all in a different area. And I   Angeles Trial Lawyers Association in 987
plaintiff’s contingency practice.”               understand it’s hard to know in advance quite       and once by Verdictum Juris, a jury-verdict
                                                 often, but if they already know in advance          publication, in 996.
Over the years, Ringler has lectured             what area of law they want to practice […]
extensively throughout the trial bar to          they should try to find firms that actually         Ringler was born and raised in Michigan and
groups such as the American Board of             practice within that area-so they are exposed       has been married for almost 20 years. He
Trial Advocates and the Los Angeles Trial        to the area […] they’re naturally drawn to.”        said his interests include skiing and golfing.
Lawyers. In addition, he used to lecture                                                             He’s also an avid reader of fiction.
on Saturday mornings in the Los Angeles          Ringler said the person who has influenced
Superior Court to lawyers who had just been      him the most in his professional career is          He discussed some of the goals he’d like to
admitted to the bar. Ringler said he and         renowned trial lawyer Gerry Spence.                 accomplish with his practice in the future:
other veteran attorneys would give the new
admittees advice and tips.                       “I’ve lectured with him, and I’ve always found      “Well, I’d like to see this firm that I’ve just
                                                 him inspirational in terms of what he had           started a year ago prosper and hopefully be
“We’d talk to them about the courthouse          been able to accomplish in the courtroom as         in a position that when-and that’s some time
and where things are,” he said. “And we’d        a trial lawyer,” Ringler said. “And I just think    down the road-I retire that it’s strong enough
talk to them about how to file a lawsuit and     he’s a great trial lawyer and one of the finer      to continue to survive and move forward,” he
the stages of prosecution and some general       trial lawyers this country’s produced.”             said. “So I’d like to have it on firm, sound,
information about the basic concepts and                                                             and successful footing before I hang up my
procedures […] they need to follow on appeal.    Ringler said he considers one of the most           spurs.”
And we’d also have mock trials.”                 important issues facing the legal community
                                                 today to be the right to a jury trial.              ON THE NET
Ringler had the following advice for young
                                                                                                     Ringler Kearney Alvarez, LLP
lawyers:                                         “The right to the jury system is being
                                                                                                     www.rkallp.com
                                                 attacked continually by corporate America,”
“My only advice would be to try and go with      he asserted. “And the most significant issue
                                                                                                     Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP
a firm that’s going to allow them to practice    facing all Americans, as far as the legal
                                                                                                     www.rkmc.com
in the area of law they truly wish to involve    system is concerned, is the continual assault
themselves in,” he said. “I think a lot of       by large corporate interests to take away
                                                                                                     American Board of Trial Advocates
young lawyers who begin practice want            Americans’ right to a jury trial. And that
                                                                                                     www.abota.org
to be involved in a certain type of practice     right needs to be protected at all costs, in my
but, unfortunately, are with firms that do a     humble estimation.”




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