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Senior Partner Profiles


David R. Cooksey has been principally engaged in Insurance Defense during the course of his career. However, his practice has ranged extensively to include Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith, Professional Errors and Omission, Construction Law, Premises Liability and Professional Liability.

 

Mr. Cooksey was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 1, 1946. He attended the University of California at Irvine from 1965 to 1969, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 1976, he received his degree of Juris Doctor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. That same year, he commenced the practice of law with the firm, which had been founded in 1967 by his father, Paul Cooksey.

 

Mr. Cooksey has served as Superior Court Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator. His memberships include the Orange County Bar Association and the Association for Southern California Defense Counsel. He has participated in numerous appeals, the most notable of which is Nally v. Grace Community Church, (1988) 47 Cal.3d 278, 525, Cal.Rptr. 97, 763 Pacific 2d 948.

David R. Cooksey

Services

 

  • Real Estate

 

Education

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2008),

    • Summa cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2011),

    • Editor, Stanford Journal of Law Business and Finance

 

Bar Admissions

 

  • California

 

 

Robert L. Toolen, a senior partner with the firm, heads a litigation department covering a broad range of civil trial practice. With over thirty years of litigation experience, Mr. Toolen has maintained over the years a trial practice in the area of church related law, insurance defense and bad faith, business torts, contracts, and personal injury. Having defended religious organizations since 1977, and holding a Cambridge Certificate in Risk Management for Churches and Schools, he provides counsel to churches and non-profit organizations in issues of managing risk. He has also served as a lecturer to the Insurance Industry in church related and First Amendment issues, and authored the notable appeal in Jeffrey E. v. Central Baptist Church, (1988) 197 Cal.App.3d 718.

 

As a mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Toolen has assisted litigants in resolving hundreds of cases. He is able to use his extensive experience as a litigator to effectively mediate and arbitrate disputes, both in the private and court sponsored setting.

 

Mr. Toolen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970, and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University in 1974. He has been an active member of the California Bar since 1974, and joined the firm in 1977, becoming a partner in 1986. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Southern California Mediation Association, and Christian Management Association.

Robert L. Toolen

Services

 

  • Real Estate

 

Education

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2008),

    • Summa cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2011),

    • Editor, Stanford Journal of Law Business and Finance

 

Bar Admissions

 

  • California


Kim P. Gage is a partner in the firm’s business litigation team. He has been a driving force in expanding the firm from a local Southern California firm to a regional firm.

 

His primary focus for the past decade has been on the representation of financial institutions in State and Federal Court litigation, bankruptcy and loan workouts, and in establishing policies and procedures for those clients designed to avoid litigation and to avoid losses in bankruptcy. He lectures frequently on secured creditors’ rights, and the effective enforcement of those rights, pre-litigation, in litigation, and in bankruptcy.

 

Mr. Gage joined the firm in 1978, and has been a partner since 1987. Admitted to practice in California State and Federal Courts in 1978, Mr. Gage has handled legal matters, sophisticated litigation, and sophisticated Chapter 11 bankruptcies throughout the Western United States, including Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

 

Mr. Gage graduated from University of California, Los Angeles cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 1978.

Kim P. Gage

Services

 

  • Real Estate

 

Education

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2008),

    • Summa cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2011),

    • Editor, Stanford Journal of Law Business and Finance

 

Bar Admissions

 

  • California

Patrick J. Duffy

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Patrick J. Duffy represents Fluor Corporation in complex litigation, primarily involving toxic torts, personal injury accident lawsuits, and employment litigation. He has also represented IBM Corporation, Chevron, UNOCAL, and other corporations over the past 37 years.

 

Mr. Duffy is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and Orange County Bar Association. He has served as Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, and as an instructor at Pepperdine Law School seminars. He has also lectured and written extensively on labor and employment law issues.

 

Mr. Duffy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Arizona State University in 1963, and earned his LL.B. from the University of Arizona in 1965. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1966, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America and all of the United States District Courts, Northern and Southern Divisionsre about you.

Services

 

  • Real Estate

 

Education

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2008),

    • Summa cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2011),

    • Editor, Stanford Journal of Law Business and Finance

 

Bar Admissions

 

  • California

Phil M. Woog

Phil M. Woog is the manager of the firm’s Construction Defect Department, which specializes in the representation of residential developers and general contractors. The Construction Defect Department has more than ten litigators, and the firm’s growth in this arena is due, in large part, to the efficient resolution of these complex matters.

 

Mr. Woog also handles complex insurance coverage matters for a number of different insurance carriers. He regularly lectures to insurance companies and bar associations on coverage issues, particularly in the area of Construction Law. He has participated in numerous appeals, the most notable of which is Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles v. Aetna, (1996) 50 Cal.App.4th 329.

 

Mr. Woog was born in Merced, California on August 3, 1957. He attended the University of Nebraska and, in 1984, received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from California State Fullerton. In 1987, he received his degree of Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law. He joined the firm in 1985 as a law clerk and progressed through the firm to become a partner in 1995.

Services

 

  • Real Estate

 

Education

 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2008),

    • Summa cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Stanford Law School (J.D., 2011),

    • Editor, Stanford Journal of Law Business and Finance

 

Bar Admissions

 

  • California