James Kamanski has been a litigation and trial attorney since 1994 and has successfully defended individuals and businesses in a variety of tort litigation matters including orthopedic injury, eye injury, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, third-degree burn, forest fire causing properly loss and environmental damages, and professional liability claims. In addition to deposing experts from various fields ranging from mechanical and product safety engineering, construction site practices and Cal-OSHA regulations, industrial hygienists, biomechanics, human factors, vocational rehabilitation, life care planning and economics, Mr. Kamanski has also deposed hundreds of healthcare providers from virtually every medical specialty.
James Kamanski has tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict and is named a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. He has achieved outstanding results in the defense of his clients. Representative results are below.
Defensed at trial predatory lending case against licensed notary alleging conspiracy with broker to defraud homeowners and strip equity from home causing plaintiffs to suffer default and foreclosure. Plaintiffs initially demanded $7 million, mostly in punitive damages. The demand was reduced to $150,000 just before trial. Result: Defense verdict on all counts. Plaintiffs responsible for $40,000 in costs.
In a multi-million dollar roadway construction case involving allegations of traumatic brain injury, blindness in one eye, severe orthopedic injuries, lifetime pain, permanent disability and an extensive life care plan, prevailed on motion for judgment on the pleadings on all causes of action striking at the core of plaintiff's liability claim, and leading to a settlement on behalf of subcontractor client and its hiring contractor, in conjunction with an excess insurer, for $1.85 million--representing a small fraction of plaintiff's initial demand.
In a product liability case resulting in paraplegia and a multi-million dollar demand, settled on behalf of client for $25,000 where a co-defendant facing the same product liability theory settled for $400,000 and the premises owner settled for $4,000,000.
Defensed at jury trial low-impact rear-end auto collision involving thousands in medical bills by showing plaintiffs could not have been injured.
Obtained dismissal in trip-and-fall case by demonstrating claimant was pressing a fraudulent claim and persuading his counsel to withdraw from representation.
Against one of the most recognized plaintiff firms in the state specializing in tactics to "remove the lid" on policy limits, settled on behalf of an air conditioning installer a $1 million policy limit demand for $250,000 involving a fall and complex broken ankle, allegations of permanent disability, and where plaintiff's medical experts formulated an over $400,000 life care plan for trial.
Secured summary adjudication on 5 of 6 counts alleging express and implied indemnity made by a commercial landlord against its tenant when an "invitee" of the tenant fell in a common area stairwell and suffered injury. Established our client had no right of control over the stairs and therefore neither the express nor implied indemnity claims had any merit, and that the landlord's interpretation of the causation terms of the lease triggering contractual indemnity was incorrect. Result: Eventual dismissal of entire case against client for a waiver of costs.
Settled $5,000,000 demand for alleged total blindness in one eye for $15,000 before trial.