Pascale Gagnon

Pascale Gagnon: Attorney with Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley A Professional Corporation

Biography

Experience

Pascale Gagnon is of counsel attorney with the Los Angeles office. Over the years, Ms. Gagnon's practice has focused primarily in the areas of professional liability (attorneys, insurance agents/brokers, real estate agents/brokers, and accountants), directors and officers liability and business litigation (including contract, defamation/libel, publicity and privacy rights) as well as premises liability, personal injuries, construction defects, funeral services and has represented insurers in intervention actions. Ms. Gagnon holds a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate (Shodan), which has given her hands-on knowledge of the industry to provide legal advice and services to the martial art community, both from a business and a liability standpoint.

Ms. Gagnon is a graduate of University Laval in Quebec, Canada, where she began her legal career in 1992, after being admitted to the Quebec Bar. Ms. Gagnon then moved to Los Angeles where she has been pursuing her career after being admitted to the California State Bar in 2000. Ms. Gagnon is fluent in both English and French, and as such has been and continues to assist clients in both languages.

Being licensed both in California and Quebec, Ms. Gagnon provides legal advice and litigation services to individuals and businesses located both in California and in Canada. She is a current member of the State Bar of California, the Barreau du Quebec and PLUS.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Professional Liability
  • Lawyers
  • Insurance Agents and Brokers
  • Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • Accountants
  • Insurance Services
  • Directors & Officers
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Contract/UCC
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Professional Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(213) 312-2051  Phone
(213) 312-2001  Fax
www.rmkb.com
University Attended:
College of Rimouski, Qc, Canada, D.E.C., 1988
Law School Attended:
Laval University, Qc, Canada, LL.B., 1991
Year of First Admission:
1992
Admission:
USDC: Northern District of California; USDC: Central District of California; 2000, California; 1992, Quebec; USDC: Eastern District of California
Memberships:

Memberships & Associations

•Barreau du Quebec (Quebec Bar Association)
•State Bar of California
•Los Angeles County Bar Association

Languages:
French
Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Fire, premises, electric surge, rent control; Alameda County Superior Court; Property Owner; Premises Liability, Product Liability; This case arose of a fire destroying an entire apartment building in Berkeley, California. The tenants filed a multi-plaintiffs case wherein they claimed damages, including but not limited to loss property, loss of rent control benefits, emotional distress. The fire's origin was the control panel of the property elevator, due to a deficient design and/or manufacturing of the control box and a faulty surge in the power provided to the building. It was alleged that the property was not properly maintained and/or up-to-code, thereby leading to its destruction.; A settlement was reached by our client (owner of the property) wherein the claims of the residential tenant plaintiffs were fully resolved, leaving the cross-complaint by the commercial tenant as against the designer/manufacturer of the elevator control box, the elevator maintenance company and California Edison.; Primary Right, Statute of Limitations, Legal Malpractice; Santa Barbara County, Anacapa; Attorney and Law Firm; Employment, Lawyers, Professional Liability; Plaintiff sued the attorneys having represented her in workers' compensation matters with her past employee for legal malpractice, amongst others. She contended that they had not secured her the best settlement possible and had agreed to terms with regard to the handling of the settlement funds (trust) that were not in her best interest and leading to her not having free access to the settlement funds -- which were not proper compensation.; The action was dismissed at the pleading stage - following three demurrers based on the primary right doctrine applied in relation to the statute of limitation defense. Plaintiff appealed the dismissal and the appeal affirmed the trial court's decision.; Brain Injury, Earning Capacity, Post Concussion Syndrome, PTSD; Los Angeles County, Central District; Plaster and Paint Contractor; Catastrophic/Personal Injury, Premises Liability; Plaintiff was injured when a plank of our client scaffolding inexplicably dislodged and fell on her head while she waited for her car after exiting from the restaurant where she had just had dinner. The scaffolding had been erected to the establishment located next door to that where Plaintiff had been and had been left up at the end of the day upon the request of a representative of the owner of the restaurants, i.e., that where work was being performed and that where Plaintiff had been.; Plaintiff claimed that she suffered a traumatic brain injury with ongoing and permanent symptoms preventing her to return to her premorbid occupation -- she was a licensed attorney, albeit unemployed since passing the bar, who was studying for her real estate license and planning the opening of a juice bar. She claimed in excess of $5 million in economic damages, including loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, past and future medical specials.; Settled for $650,000 three days before trial.
ISLN:
915114922

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