Attorneys > John C. Hentschel
Skilled litigation attorney with extensive experience in general liability, product liability and professional liability matters, including commercial disputes, construction accidents, toxic and environmental exposure, and serious personal injury matters. Proven ability to manage litigation, and to achieve positive and cost-effective results for clients. Licensed to practice in all Courts in the State of California since 1990.
General civil trial practice, responsible for all phases of litigation in premises and product liability matters including pre-trial and trial strategy; discovery planning and execution including drafting and responding to written discovery and conducting party, percipient witness and expert depositions; motion practice including both drafting and responding to discovery and dispositive motions; authored settlement conference and mediation memoranda; and client reporting.
FEBRUARY 2005-MARCH 2010
Lead attorney responsible for defending general liability, professional liability, and product liability matters. Handled all aspects of litigated matters from filing through their final resolution. Tried or arbitrated six cases to verdict. Successfully briefed and argued procedural and dispositive motions.
AUGUST 1999-FEBRUARY 2005
Managing attorney in charge of the Continuing Education of the Bar’s (CEB) civil litigation continuing legal education curriculum. Devised and implemented 18 to 20 programs per year in the fields of litigation, legal technology, legal ethics, employment law, and substantive tort theory. Served as the CEB Liaison to the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California Litigation Section.
AUGUST 1990-JULY 1999
Represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of cases, including antitrust, defamation, environmental, insurance coverage/bad faith, medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability matters. Tried one bench trial with partner, resulting in a $6 million verdict; arbitrated six matters, all to successful verdicts.
Member: State Bar of California. Member: Defense Research Institute, Toxic Tort & Environmental Law, ADR, and Technology Committees.
Finding Fault with Ault - Why the Exclusion of Subsequent Design Change Evidence in Product Liability Cases Makes Sense, Even in California, (Coauthor Craig A. Livingston), Defense Counsel Journal, July 2011
ACOEM's Updated Position Paper on the "Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment" - What the Attorney Should Know, JD Supra, April 2011
Preparing For, Taking & Using Depositions, California Continuing Education of the Bar, September 2005
Punitive Damages: Maximizing Your Client's Success or Minimizing Your Client's Exposure, California Continuing Education of the Bar, January 2005
Suing and Defending the Professional, California Continuing Education of the Bar, September 2004
CACI: California's New Civil Jury Instructions, California Continuing Education of the Bar, January 2004
Defending Your Client in a Misdemeanor Case, California Continuing Education of the Bar, September 2003
Fundamentals of Wrongful Employment Termination, California Continuing Education of the Bar, September 2002
Preparing Witnesses for Deposition and Trial, California Continuing Education of the Bar, July 2002
The Internet, E-Mail, and Lawyers, California Continuing Education of the Bar, January 2002
Best Oral Argument, Moot Court: Spring, 1988; Finalist, Advocate of the Year: Fall, 1988. Represented USF School of Law in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition: 1989 and 1990.
Member, Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society)
Father of four children. Enjoys coaching soccer, basketball, skiing, and is learning how to surf.