Ted Wacker has been a trial attorney involved in litigating cases for nearly 25 years and past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers’ Association (OCTLA). He specializes in catastrophic injury cases including individual personal injury cases involving accidents, medical malpractice, elder abuse as well as mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Mr. Wacker was selected as a California Super Lawyer for 2013 – 2017.
Mr. Wacker is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum and recognized as a top trial attorney by the National Trial Lawyer’s for 2012. He was formerly a partner at the nationally recognized plaintiff’s trial firm of Robinson, Calacgnie, Robinson, Shapiro and Davis and more recently the managing partner of the Newport Beach office of Alder Law. In 2013 and 2014, he has tried numerous cases and won every case he tried and in every case received higher verdicts than the last demand or offer with one verdict amount of nearly ten times the pre-trial demand. He also settled a case for $1 Million against a water truck company for injuries sustained when the water truck stalled on the 22 freeway and was struck by plaintiff in which the plaintiff was found at fault by the police. Another case settled for $1.5 Million when vehicle ran over a young woman’s leg while she was riding a bicycle in Huntington Beach.
In 2016, he settled a brain injury case against a trucking company for $12.65 million in a hotly disputed liability case. In 2015, he settled two motorcycle accident cases for $8 million and $7 million respectively.
In 2012, he settled a 2002 rollover case resulting in a traumatic brain injury against the defendant auto manufacturer and insurance company for destruction of the vehicle for $6.35 Million. He also settled a case for $3.25 Million involving an uninsured drunk driver who hit a vehicle resulting in significant injuries to a 9 year old boy. The defense claimed the entire accident was caused by the drunk driver but settlements were secured against the auto manufacturer for failing to have standard side air bags and other defendants for visibility obstructions at the intersection.
In 2010, he was co-lead counsel in the case of Poole v. Picazo which involved a disputed liability motorcycle versus automobile accident that left the plaintiff a paraplegic at the age of 25. The jury returned a verdict in November 2010 for $14.5 Million and found the defendant 100% responsible. This verdict was recently featured in the 2010 The Daily Journal – Top Verdict in California.
In addition, in August 2010, Mr. Wacker was co- counsel with Kimberly Valentine in the case of Lefforge v. St. Edna, Orange County Superior Court, before the Honorable Gregory H. Lewis, in which the jury awarded $3.1 Million as well as punitive damages against St. Edna. Briefly, the case involved allegations of medical malpractice and Adult Dependent Elder Abuse involving a patient Barbara Lefforge who was administered an overdose of Morphine resulting in anoxic brain injury. The case resolved for a confidential settlement amount prior to the punitive damage phase of the trial. The case was featured in an article by the Orange County Register.
Mr. Wacker was also intimately involved in the Vioxx litigation on a national level following the removal of the drug on September 30, 2004 due to an increase risk of cardiovascular accidents. He is currently a member of the Vioxx MDL Science and Expert Committee. In August 2006, Mr. Wacker was a member of the trial team in the Vioxx case of Barnett v. Merck, which resulted in a $51 million verdict against Merck. In November 2007, Merck agreed to resolve all individual Vioxx cases for a global settlement amount of $4.85 Billion.
He has previously been a member of the Federal Multi-District Rezulin litigation Science and Expert Committee. In addition, Mr. Wacker has previously served on the Science and Expert Committees of both Baycol and Zyprexa at the state and national-MDL levels. The Baycol and Zyprexa cases resolved for multi-million dollars.
He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1991, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Products Liability and Creditors’ Remedies. During law school, he served as a judicial extern in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, for the Honorable Patricia Benke.
Mr. Wacker is licensed to practice by the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California. He is a member of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, American Association of Justice (AAJ), Consumer Attorneys’ of California (CAOC), Consumer Attorneys’ of Los Angeles (CAALA), Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and has been on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Trial Lawyers’ Association (OCTLA) for the past 12 years and a member of the Executive Committee for the past 6 years and currently past President.
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
University of San Diego School of Law, 1991
“Baycol: Another ill-fated drug removed from the market by the FDA”, Journal of the Consumer Attorney’s Association for Southern California, Advocate, April/May 2002
“Merck played Dodgeball’ in Marketing Vioxx to Consumers”, Journal of the Consumer Attorney’s Association of Southern California, Advocate, September 2005
“Defeating a Kelly-Frye Challenge”, the Orange County Trial Lawyer’s magazine, the Gavel, in 2006.
Mr. Wacker has lectured at various conferences in the area of pharmaceutical litigation including the following
ATLA Mid-Winter Conference in Maui, Hawaii, February 2003 entitled, “Rezulin: Proving the Silent Injury Case”
Mealy’s Baycol Litigation Conference, Houston, Texas, January 2004
Harris Martin Drug Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, January 2005
Harris Martin Drug Litigation Conference, April 2005, in West Palm Beach, Florida
CAOC annual convention in Los Angeles in 2006 and ATLA’s Litigation at Sunrise in Hawaii in 2006.
In 2007, he also spoke with a panel of other trial attorneys at the Mealy’s Vioxx litigation conference in Key Biscane, Florida.