STEPHEN J. TOMASULO
practices in the area of complex civil and business litigation. Mr. Tomasulo has represented a wide array of clients ranging from large publicly traded entities to small, privately held businesses and individuals. Mr. Tomasulo has substantial experience with business and real estate disputes as well as personal injury claims, including chemical exposure cases.
Mr. Tomasulo graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Economics. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the U.C.L.A. School of Law. While at U.C.L.A., he served as a judicial extern to Judge Alarcon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Tomasulo was admitted to the California bar in 1995 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Tomasulo is a member of the litigation sections of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association and has been recognized three times as one of California's Rising Star Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine.
Banking Class Action Suit
Represented defendant banking institution in class action suit brought by beneficiaries of structured settlement trusts who alleged that the bank had allowed more than $100 million in trust assets to be improperly transferred. Was a member of the team that obtained a favorable resolution on behalf of the bank.
Banking Multi Million Bond Default
Represented defendant banking institution in a national class action arising out of a $130 million bond default. Was a member of the team that obtained a favorable resolution for bank.
Business Torts Competitor's Products
Served as lead counsel for plaintiff manufacturer of stainless steel products that were sold to the United States Government for military purposes in an action against a competitor for intentional interference with contract and related business torts. Tried the case to a successful verdict in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and prevailed on the subsequent appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Defense for Breach of Contract
Served as lead counsel for defendant national railroad in a breach of contract and declaratory relief claim relating to a public agency's rights to operate commuter trains on rail lines owned by the railroad. The potential exposure to the railroad exceeded $100 million. Obtained a defense verdict for the railroad in arbitration which included the recovery of $581,000 in fees and costs.
Defense of Real Estate Property Rights
Served as lead counsel for defendant national railroad in a real estate dispute in which landowners alleged that the railroad had abandoned property rights, those rights had reverted to the landowners and the railroad violated their rights by attempting to sell those rights on the open market. Obtained defense verdict at trial and prevailed on subsequent appeal.
Recovered Damages from Train Derailment
Served as lead counsel for plaintiff national railroad in an action to recover damages sustained in a major train derailment. Negotiated favorable settlement with defendant shipper that had allegedly placed a defective railcar in service on the train that included significant recovery for the railroad.
Insurance Suit Fire Damages
Represented plaintiff subrogated insurer in action against electric utility company arising from fire that caused more than $20 million in damages. Helped negotiate favorable settlement that included significant recovery for insurer.
Landowner Eminent Domain Action
Represented landowner in eminent domain action arising from a taking by a public agency for roadway improvements. Obtained verdict at trial that greatly exceeded agency's settlement offer and included the recovery of fees and costs.
Legal Malpractice Arbitration
Represented large law firm in suit alleging legal malpractice and related claims. Plaintiff clothing manufacturer alleged that law firm's negligence in handling a lawsuit brought by its fabric suppliers led to a disastrous result which ultimately put the company out of business. Was part of team that obtained defense verdict in arbitration that included the recovery of attorney's fees.
Railroad Contract Breach
Represented plaintiff national railroad in a breach of contract claim against a public agency arising from a railroad construction project. Negotiated favorable settlement which included a significant recovery for the railroad.
Employment Suit Resolution
Represented industrial film laboratory in suit brought by approximately 50 employees alleging that exposure to chemicals in the laboratory caused them catastrophic physical injuries. Was part of team that obtained successful resolution for laboratory.