Eric Strongin

Eric Strongin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Ladera Ranch, CA

Smith | Hall | Strongin, LLP
 | 999 Corporate Drive, Suite 220
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Phone: 949-529-2250
Fax: 949-386-7253
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Eric Strongin is a skilled trial attorney and founding partner of Smith | Hall | Strongin, LLP.  His practice focuses on: (1) serious personal injury; (2) insurance coverage and insurance bad faith litigation; and (3) business litigation. Mr. Strongin has a track record of success in handling such matters and has successfully tried or resolved hundreds of matters on his clients’ behalf.  In 2001, he was named to the “Who’s Who in American Law.”  In 2012, he was recognized by the City of Lancaster, California for “Excellence in Trial Advocacy."  Each case that Mr. Strongin handles is done with a careful eye towards successfully preparing and presenting the case for trial.  Mr. Strongin does not engage in needless or excessive discovery.  Rather, his focus is to get all of the necessary information to prove his clients' case, and then effectively and agressively advocate their position at trial.

About Eric Strongin

Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage: https://s-hlawyers.com/team/eric-b-strongin/

Honors/Awards:

  • Content editor for the San Diego International Law Journal and was appointed a national member of the Order of Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy. Member of the University of San Diego School of Law National Mock Trial Team Moot Court criminal procedure/criminal law competition winner Co recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates’ Most Outstanding Trial Team designation Honorary diploma for Spanish proficiency from the Instituto de Cervantes in Madrid, Spain.
  • Mr. Strongin is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the most recognized attorney rating service. “AV Preeminent” is the industry’s highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide. , AV Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Orange County Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Case Biopsy: Fire/Construction Defect Case,” presented at Forensic Expert Witness Association’s (FEWA) “Forensic Expert Witness Association 2009 Annual Conference: Diverse Disciplines … Common Concerns,”(February 26, 2009).Privacy & Data Security Law Journal (February 2009).“Protecting the Rights of Those Who Defended Us,” 21 Whittier L. Rev. 631 (2000) (coauthor).“Slave/Forced Labor Litigation: Illuminating a Dark Corporate Past,” proceedings of the Consumer Attorneys of California’s 38th Annual Convention (1999); reprinted in proceedings of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association’s Last Chance Seminar (1999) (coauthor). “When Paper Doesn't Cut It: Understanding E-Discovery Law and Putting in Place an Effective EDiscovery Strategy,”    

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • November 2018 -- Partner Eric Strongin obtained an $11.8 million dollar award on behalf of a client after he was brutally assaulted following an altercation in Oceanside, California., 2018
  • Obtained $750,000 for victim of residential toxic mold. Plaintiff sustained life-altering injuries after being exposed to toxic mold while living at the home she rented with her husband in San Clemente, CA. Plaintiff and her husband moved into a home that the owners knew, and failed to disclose, had a history of leaks. Although the roof was eventually repaired, the owners of th home never took the important steps of removing the wet building materials, including drywall and portions of the ceiling, that had become wet or damp when it would rain, and the roof would leak, and remediating any fungal growth. Failure to remove the wet building materials created the perfect environment for mold growth since materials such as drywall are a perfect food source for the mold. It was only after vigorous litigation by partner, Eric Strongin, and when the parties were just days away from starting, what would be a 10 to 15-day jury trial, that the defendant landlords relented, and the matter was settled in plaintiff’s favor in the amount of $750,000. As a result of these efforts, plaintiff was able to move out of the home, and able to pay for costly medical treatment that she needs to recover from the effects of exposure., 2018
  • Eric Strongin of Smith | Hall | Strongin, LLP secured a verdict, after costs, of $335,000 against the Bicycle Casino after the decedent suffered a cardiac arrest and casino security interfered with bystander efforts to perform CPR.  Immediately after the decedent collapsed, bystanders began performing CPR.  Thereafter, casino security, who were trained as the casino's first response team, and were CPR certified, intervened—stopping bystander CPR.  Although the first security guard on the scene had removed a mask from his belt to perform CPR and rescue breathing, once the head of security arrived on the scene, he sent that guard away for crowd control.  The head of security and security guards that remained with the decedent misinterpreted the decedent's agonal gasps as breathing and as a result seven minutes went by without any CPR causing an oxygen deficit in the decedent.  Once paramedics arrived on the scene, they immediately began performing CPR, and that combined with the use of an AED, they were able to restart the decedent's heart (return of spontaneous circulation).  Unfortunately, after 20 days in the hospital, the decedent’s daughter, a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, made the decision to take the decedent off life support due to lack of brain function., 2017
  • Eric Strongin of Smith | Hall | Strongin, LLP secured a verdict in favor of a tenant against a Landlord and its property manager for $480,000 (appx.).  Mr. Strongin was able to increase the recovery amount after the parties filed appeals, and the parties settled for $530,000.  Defendants had previously offered only $5000 to settle the case.  The tenant/plaintiff rented a newly rebuilt home in Laguna Beach.  Shortly after moving into the property, she reported what she believed to be mold growing in one of the cabinets in the garage.  While living at the home, plaintiff contended that she suffered from migraine headaches, gastrointestinal problems and respiratory problems as a result of the mold and moisture issues emanating from the garage. She reported the issue to the property manager who sent over a handyman to spray the visible area of growth in the garage cabinet and paint over the area with a stain resistant paint.    A month or two after moving out of the property, Plaintiff noticed a contractor truck in front of the home.  After speaking with the contractor, she was informed that the entire garage area of the home had extensive moisture intrusion problems that the contractor was repairing as a condition of the sale of the home.    SETTLEMENT RESULT DATE:  May 2017 Miramontes Properties, LLC, Del Mar Realty Group and Property Management, and Does 1 to 50, inclusive (30-2014-00701850-CU-BC-CJC) Hon. Ronald L. Bauer Orange Superior    16-JV_1316   TOPIC: Real Property SUB TOPIC: Breach of Lease FURTHER DESCRIPTION: Breach of the Implied Warranty of Habitability ATTORNEY: Plaintiff - Eric B. Strongin (Smith Hall Strongin LLP, Ladera Ranch). Defendant - David R. Sugden, Jeffrey M. David (Call & Jensen APC, Newport Beach). MEDICAL: Plaintiff - Robin A. Bernhoft, M.D., FACS, FAAEM, DABEM, environmental medicine, general surgery, Ojai. Defendant - Marvin Pietruszka, M.D., anatomic and clinical pathology, Reseda. TECHNICAL: Plaintiff - Mark Levy, CIEC, CMC, CMR, indoor environmentalist/mold inspector, Marina del Rey. Defendant - Mark Levin, J.D., MPH, industrial hygiene, Orange., 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Most Outstanding Trial Team - University of San Dieg School of Law, 2001
  • Evidence Advocacy - American Jurisprudence Award, 2001
  • Order of Barristers - for excellence in courtroom advocacy
  • City of Lancaster Recognition Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2012

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Brigham Young University J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

Industry Groups

  • Fine Art And Specie Insurance Professionals
  • Insurance Professionals Of Orange County
  • J. Ruben Clark Law Society
  • North American Contingency Association
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Eric Strongin

999 Corporate Drive
Suite 220
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

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Last Updated: 8/6/2019

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