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Cornelius P. Bahan (Neil) is the founder and sole attorney of his own firm located in San Clemente and Newport Beach, California. He has lived and practiced in San Clemente since 1981. He concentrates his practice on representing plaintiffs in civil litigation with a particular focus on catastrohic injuries and misconduct by insurance companies denying benefits. His practice has involved major recoveries against Cal Trans and Nissan where their design defects led to quadriplegia. In medical cases he has gotten major verdicts arising out of brain damaged infants and wrongful death Other the areas of insurance bad faith, legal and medical malpractice, auto accidents as well product liability and other personal due to either hospital or doctor malpractice. His insurance cases have taken him to London, New York, Chicago and San Francisco pursing cases against Lloyds of London, Allstate, AIG, Farmers and AAA for bad faith claims handling. Mr. Bahan also represents clients throughout California in individual and class action cases involving other matters of civil liability such as fraud, medical device failures, legal negligence, and serious auto accidents and obtained numerous multimillion-dollar awards on behalf of his clients.
After graduating with a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1969, Mr. Bahan earned his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1972. He began his career defending insurance companies in tort liability cases but switched to plaintiff representation more than 30 years ago and has been passionately pursuing justice for claimants ever since. He is admitted to practice in the state of California.
Mr. Bahan shares his extensive knowledge and experience in civil litigation by giving lectures to several professional organizations and groups, including the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. For many years he taught the annual California State Bar course reviewing the full spectrum of civil litigation changes and developments during the previous years. .
Mr. Bahan is a member of the Orange County and South Orange County Bar Associations as well as California Consumer Lawyers Association, the national American Association for Justice. Additionally he has been a long time member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Over his career he has been honored as Trial Lawyer of the year by Orange County chapter of ABOTA and is routinely selected as a “Super Lawyer”.
Admitted 1972, California
• International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)
• American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
• American Association for Justice (AAJ)
• Consumer Attorneys of California
• Robert Banyard Inns of Court
• Southern Orange County Bar Association
• Orange County Bar Association
• Orange County Trial Lawyers
• California, 1972
Scholarly Lectures and Writings:
• Inns of Court: Technology in the Courtroom
• Bad Faith Litigation, CEB
• Government Liability/Responsibility, Orange County Trial Lawyers
• Western Society of OB/GYN
• Birth Injury Litigation, Orange County Bar Association
• Current Developments in Civil Litigation, CEB
University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., 1969
San Clemente Office
113 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672
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