George M. Lindahl
Los Angeles, California
phone: (213) 488-3900
fax: (213) 486-9883
Complex Business and Tort Litigation
Professional Responsibility and Ethics
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Central District of California
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court Northern District of California
U.S. District Court Southern District of California
U.S. District Court District of Arizona
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1974 - J.D.
Honors: Thurston Society (Top 10%)
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1971 - A.B.
Honors: With Honors
California Forms of Pleading & Practice, Chapter 76, "Attorney Professional Liability", Matthew Bender & Co., 1994
California Torts, Chapter 32, "Liability of Attorneys", Matthew Bender & Co., 1985
Faculty: The Jack Daniels Los Angeles ABOTA
Trial School, 2002 - 2003
Recognized as one of America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for Southern California in 2018
Recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Recognized as among "The Top Attorneys in Business Litigation" in
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 2008-2010
Recognized in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Super Lawyers Business Edition
Recognized in "Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers"®, supplement to the November 25, 2012 and November 24, 2013 editions of the Los Angeles Times
American Board of Trial Advocates, 1990 - Present
International Association of Defense Counsel, 1986 - Present
Co-Chairman, Industry Liaison Committee, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 1993
Mr. Lindahl has tried many major lawsuits in federal and state courts, including nearly 50 jury trials and many bench trials and arbitrations.
In 2016, Mr. Lindahl successfully defended a law firm and two of its partners in a three month trial of a breach of contract and fraud action filed by another law firm seeking a referral fee from a $42 million class action settlement.
In 2012, Mr. Lindahl defended a law firm in a two week jury trial of a legal malpractice case in which plaintiff claimed that the defendant law firm negligently defended an underlying class action with “bet the company” exposure, thereby causing a $7 million sale of the client’s business to fall through and the client to incur excessive legal fees. Mr. Lindahl successfully moved at the outset of trial to preclude the plaintiff’s principal $7 million damage claim and the jury ultimately rendered a verdict only for a small fraction of the damages claimed by plaintiff. The verdict was less than plaintiff’s lowest settlement demand.
In 2011, Mr. Lindahl defended a law firm and one of its former partners in the trial of a seven week legal malpractice case arising from an allegedly mishandled architectural copyright infringement action in which the jury rendered a verdict against the former clients for nearly $6 million. The former clients’ lowest pre-trial settlement demand was $4.5 million. Mr. Lindahl secured a dismissal of the former partner during jury deliberations, just before the jury rendered a 11-1 verdict for him. The jury was deadlocked as to claims against the law firm and a mistrial was declared.
In 2011, Mr. Lindahl defended two law firms in a declaratory relief action filed by a third law firm seeking to share equally in an anticipated class action fee award of approximately $13 million.
After a bench trial, the court rendered a judgment for the defendant law firms on all of plaintiff’s numerous claims for relief.
The two law firms subsequently shared equally in the $13 million fee award.
In 2010, Mr. Lindahl successfully defended an intellectual property law firm and one of its partners in a five week jury trial of a legal malpractice case filed by an international perfume manufacturer which alleged that the defendants negligently advised it concerning its sale of 30,000 seized counterfeit perfume bottles bearing its trademark, thereby dramatically reducing the value of the ensuing trademark infringement lawsuit, filed by the defendant law firm in federal court in New York, by $13 million to $27 million. The jury returned a defense verdict in less than three hours.
In 2010, Mr. Lindahl defended a large construction company in a five week jury trial of a catastrophic burn and loss of consortium action arising from an electrical fire and explosion at a manufacturing plant.
The case revolved around the testimony of approximately 15 experts, including electrical engineers. Plaintiffs had made statutory offers to compromise totalling $5 million at the outset of the case and their counsel in closing argument asked for a verdict of over $12 million.
Defendants offered $500,000 to settle.
After seven days of deliberation, the jury rendered a verdict of approximately $1.8 million.
In 2009, Mr. Lindahl successfully defended at trial a law firm which was sued by a commodities brokerage and its owner in a legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty case alleging that the defendant law firm engaged in conflicted representation and negligently drafted a buy-sell agreement for a closely held business.
Plaintiffs contended that ambiguities in the agreement triggered litigation by the surviving spouse of the co-owner of the business which plaintiffs were forced to settle for $2.75 million after incurring approximately $1 million in legal expenses. Plaintiffs sought approximately $3.75 million in damages and made a settlement demand of $1,650,000 to the defendant law firm.
The court granted defendant’s motion for nonsuit.
Mr. Lindahl has acted as an expert witness and consultant for both clients and attorneys in legal malpractice and fee dispute litigation in federal and state courts regarding standard of care, fiduciary duties, ethical obligations, reasonableness of fees, the value of
legal services and related issues. In a recent Los Angeles Superior Court case in which Mr. Lindahl testified on behalf of the client, a fee disgorgement award of approximately $1.5 million was rendered against the attorney.
Mr. Lindahl frequently represents attorneys in State Bar investigations and disciplinary proceedings.