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Robert L.  Kaufman, Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, has 37 years intensive civil litigation experience in defense of liability claims.  He has served as lead counsel in over 100 jury trials and nearly 150 appellate matters.  In addition to his membership in the Federations of Defense & Corporate Counsel, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and chairs its Substantive law Committee on representation of Public Entities.  He also has been a long-time member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He has been honored in multiple years by SuperLawyers Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine,  and Los Angeles Magazine by being named to their listings of Top Attorneys in Southern California in the area of civil litigation, and has been designated as one of the top attorneys in the Southern California region by the American Registry., 

The majority of the balance of his work has been in the areas of product liability and major personal injury defense (including bodily injury allegedly arising from DES, Reyes Syndrome, Bendectine and asbestos), and insurance law (“Bad Faith”) litigation, primarily representing defendants.  This latter experience included being the senior trial attorney on a team representing a target insurer in bad faith cases arising out of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in Southern California.  His trial experience has also included litigation of a wide variety of other types of claims, including use of force by peace officers, serious auto accidents, contractual and commercial disputes, surface water liability, premises liability claims, and construction defect.  He has been the principal counsel in over 150 appellate cases across the country, including briefing and arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Superior Court and Jolly v. Abbott Laboratories, et al. (both decided by the California Supreme Court in 1988), as well as Hegyes v. George (California Court of Appeal, 1991).


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