Daniel DeSantis, Esq.

Senior Trial Attorney

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Daniel DeSantis, Esq. is a senior trial attorney in Wilshire Law Firm’s award-winning personal injury department. Through thousands of cases, Daniel has recovered more than $60 million in settlements on behalf of his deserving clients, aggressively fighting against insurance companies, government entities, and their counsel to obtain the absolute best result for his clients.

Additionally, Daniel’s jury verdicts have collectively resulted in over $6 million recovered for his injured clients. Most notably, he obtained a jury verdict on a $0 pre-trial offer that was 4x the defendant’s insurance policy. He has also hit several other jury verdicts where he has multiplied the defendant’s pre-trial offer to settle. Daniel is consistently in the courtroom and in 2022 he was admitted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as one of its youngest members ever.

In 2018, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) recognized some of his leading jury wins by nominating Daniel for the prestigious Rising Star award. Over 1,200 lawyers qualify for this honor, and Daniel made the top 13 nominees. Daniel’s jury verdict wins continued through 2020 and 2021, and CAALA twice again nominated him for the Rising Star award. 

A graduate of CAALA’s Plaintiff Trial Academy, Daniel’s legal success has also been recognized by Super Lawyers with his selection to the Southern California Rising Stars list each year since 2018.

When he is not advocating for his clients, Daniel serves as an active Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) where he gives back to his local L.A. community.

As for his educational background, Daniel earned his Juris Doctor at the University of San Diego School of Law after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Practice Areas

 

EDUCATION

 

Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • US District Court for the Southern District of California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., University of Indiana, Bloomington

ACCOLADES

  • 2021 TopVerdict.com, Top 10 Wrongful Death Settlements in California (Lopez v. Docking Co.)
  • 2021 TopVerdict.com, Top 20 Wrongful Death Settlements in California (Diaz, et al. v. Tanimura & Antle, et al.)
  • 2021 TopVerdict.com, Top 100 Jury Verdicts in California (Arellano v. Avatek, Inc.)
  • 2021 TopVerdict.com, Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in California (Driver v. Trucking Co., et al.)
  • 2021 TopVerdict.com, Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in California (ML v. Bus Co.)
  • 2021 TopVerdict.com, Top 50 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements in California (Aragon v. Hedvat)
  • 2021 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Rising Star Nominee
  • 2021 Super Lawyers, Up-And-Coming Top 100
  • 2020 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Rising Star Nominee
  • 2018 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Rising Star Nominee
  • 2020 TopVerdict.com, Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in the United States (Munoz v. Hindelang)
  • 2020 TopVerdict.com, Top 20 Personal Injury Jury Verdicts in California (Stewart v. Wake)
  • 2020 TopVerdict.com, Top 20 Premises Liability Settlements in the United States (Minor v. Landlord)
  • 2020 TopVerdict.com, Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in California (Minor v. Landlord)
  • 2019 TopVerdict.com, Top 100 Motor Vehicle Accident Jury Verdict in California (Cardona v. Vongkavivathanakul)
  • 2019 TopVerdict.com, Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements in California (Pro Ami v. Mast)
  • 2021 Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star
  • 2020 Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star
  • 2019 Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star
  • 2018 Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 Recipient
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member

 

MEDIA

 

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Advocate Magazine: “Two Important and Medically Related Depositions” (2022)
  • CAALA Trial Skills Seminar, moderator (2022)
  • CAALA Litigation Lab, Cross Examination of Defense Experts, moderator (2022)
  • TBI Med-Legal Webinar, Plan of Attack On A Clear Liability Case, speaker (2022)
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association: Premises Liability Case Strategy Discussion, speaker (2022)
  • Great Trials Podcast: “Episode 075: Daniel DeSantis and Jon Teller │Stewart v. Wake│$1.382 Million Verdict” (2021)
  • CAALA Webinar: Locking in Liability For Your Slip, Trip, and Fall Cases, speaker (2021)
  • CAALA Trial Skills Seminar: Back to Basics – Jury Selection, speaker (2021)
  • CAALA Las Vegas Convention: Medicine for Lawyers – The Surgical Spine, speaker (2021)
  • Advocate Magazine: “Plan Of Attack When The Defense Denies Liability On A Clear-Liability Case” (2019)

 

RESULTS

  • $1,700,000 – Jury Verdict (Estate of Ling v. Georgiou, et al., Case No. NCU14-0001) / $1,000,000 – Mid-trial settlement with one co-defendant
  • $1,382,000 – Jury Verdict (Stewart v. Wake, Case No. BC707130) – 5.5x pre-trial offer of $250,000
  • $823,045 – Jury Verdict (Garcia, et al. v. Hernandez, et al., Case No. BC594703) – 2.5x pre-trial offer of $350,000
  • $740,060 – Jury Verdict (Arellano v. Lam, et al., Case No. 18STCV07212) – $1,000,000 policy limits tendered post-verdict, $600,000 pre-trial offer
  • $618,998 – Jury Verdict (Guseinov v. Jaramillo, et al., Case No. GC049017)
  • $427,459 – Jury Verdict (Cardona v. Vongkavivathanakul, Case No. BC724343)
  • $406,025 – Jury Verdict (Awadalla v. Baros, Case No. 19STCV24636) – $100,000 liability policy, $125,000 pre-trial offer, $550,000 resolution post-verdict
  • $400,000 – Jury Verdict (Bagwell v. Miller, Case No. BC613634) – 4x greater than the $100,000 liability policy, $0 pre-trial offer
  • $380,000 – Jury Verdict (King v. Gordon, Case No. RIC1901908) – 3.5x the pre-trial offer
  • $61,000 – Jury Verdict (King v. Tsung, Case No. BC586944) – 8x the pre-trial offer of $7,500

 

RECOGNITIONS

 

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