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Richard Bridgford

Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian
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Richard Bridgford
Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian
Newport Beach,
 CA

FOUNDING PARTNER

Mr. Bridgford is a successful trial attorney with 35 years of experience and has obtained significant financial awards for his clients in jury trials, judge trials, arbitrations, mediations, appeals and pre-litigation disputes, all as first chair.

He presently acts as plaintiff’s counsel in the following mass tort and class action litigation:

Mass tort 2017 Las Vegas shooting lead with more than 200 death and injury cases

Mass tort Northern California and Southern California wild fires (currently represents more than 5,000 victims of the 2017 and 2018 fires)

Class actions on defective copper pipe cases for product defect (over 15 class actions)

Class action wage hour reporting time issue (over 10 class actions)

Wrongful death construction and train-related accidents (largest death recovery in Placentia Yorba Linda train crash)

Mr. Bridgford also represents individuals and businesses in breach of contracts, business/commercial fraud, construction defect, construction delay, real estate contracts, real estate fraud, and broker/finder actions. He has handled high value estates (beneficiary/trustee disputes), insurance bad faith and coverage, unfair competition, trade secrets/intellectual property, wrongful termination, personal injury, and high value auto accidents. Liability exposure on these cases has ranged from $500,000 to $13.5 billion dollars.

He graduated from Stanford undergrad with a B.A. in Economics and a perfect GPA in 1982 and Stanford Law School in 1985. Before starting his firm, he was an attorney at Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices as well as Hamilton & Samuels in Newport Beach. Prior to his work in private practice, he was an extern in the White House Office of Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

Representing both plaintiff and defense, Mr. Bridgford has handled numerous trials, arbitrations, mediations, appeals and pre-litigation dispute involving:

breach of contracts

partnership disputes

business/commercial fraud

construction defect

construction delay

real estate contracts

real estate fraud

broker/finder

estates (beneficiary/trustee disputes)

insurance bad faith and coverage

unfair competition

trade secrets/intellectual property

wrongful termination

personal injury claims

public utility litigation 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND AWARDS:

2022 U.S. News Best Lawyers

2014 Man of Character Award, Boy Scouts of America

2011 American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award

2009 National Philanthropy Foundation Award for Orange County

University of California, Irvine Foundation, Board Member

University of California, Irvine School of Law, Chair of Deans Advisory Board

University of California, Irvine School of Law, Board of Visitors

Civil Justice Research Initiative at UC Irvine School of Law, Founding Member

Orange County Second Harvest Food Bank, Board Member

St. Jude Hospital, President’s Circle member

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Our Lady Queen of Angels Parrish Building Fund

Urban Compass

ACADEMIC RECORD:

Stanford University Law School – J.D., 1985

Stanford University – B.A. in Economics, 1982

Phi Beta Kappa

PRACTICE AREAS:

Business Litigation

Mass Tort Litigation

Wildfire and Utility Litigation

Plaintiff Consumer Class Actions

Insurance Litigation

Bad Faith and Coverage

Real Estate Litigation

Construction Defect Litigation - Over $9.0 million in recovery in Copper Pipe Leaks Litigation

Trust and Estate Litigation

Employment

Plaintiff Employee Wage and Hour Class Actions

Trade Secrets

Unfair Competition

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS:

California State Bar

All U.S. District Courts in California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


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