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Timothy D. McGonigle

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Timothy D. McGonigle, Prof. Corp.
1880 Century Park East, Suite 516
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-478-7110
Fax: 310-260-9700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006, 2008 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (20%), Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%), Insurance Coverage (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%), Professional Liability: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Timothy D. McGonigle focuses his practice on civil litigation. Through his firm, the Law Offices of Timothy D. McGonigle, PC, located in Santa Monica, California, he represents both individuals and businesses from Los Angeles, Long Beach, the South Bay area and throughout southern California in a wide variety of business disputes. Mr. McGonigle regularly handles cases involving matters such as legal malpractice and attorney fee disputes, breaches of contract, insurance bad faith and denial of coverage, disability insurance disputes that do not involve ERISA and international property disputes. On several occasions, he has helped his clients obtain multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1980, Mr. McGonigle earned his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983. He subsequently studied at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., earning an LL.M. in securities and financial regulation. Mr. McGonigle has been admitted to practice law in California since 1984.

Mr. McGonigle has been recognized by his fellow professionals for his outstanding legal skills with an AV Preeminent* rating through Martindale-Hubbell. To keep those skills current and to further cultivate his relationships with his colleagues in the legal profession, he maintains memberships in a number of professional organizations, including Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the State Bar of California. For a time, he was a member of the board of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California. Mr. McGonigle is also a member of the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles.

About Timothy D. McGonigle

First Admitted: 1984, California

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Educational Background

  • Pepperdine School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Georgetown University, LL.M.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A, 1980


  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  •  Southern California Super Lawyer six times

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California, 1984
  • Member, Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • Member,  Angeles County Bar Association


  • Verdict in favor of doctors wrongfully terminated by medical clinic in the amount of $6.7 million, 2017
  • Mr. McGonigle represented an elderly couple in a case against their insurance company for claims that included breach of contract and bad faith.  The couple’s house suffered substantial water damage, which subsequently caused flooding, damage to property, mold, and other environmental contamination.  After the insurer failed to reasonable adjust their claim and made an offer that was much less than the damage, the couple brought suit, with the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of the insurer on all grounds.  Mr. McGonigle successfully reversed the trial court’s ruling, specifically rejecting the insurer’s argument that the mold exclusion was a bar to the couple’s claim.
  • Mr. McGonigle represented a former District Attorney in a case against him for fraud and legal malpractice. In the underlying case, a businessman hired the former District Attorney to represent him in litigation involving a dispute over attorneys fees owed to the businessman’s lawyers from a dispute over a business venture. The businessman then dismissed the former District Attorney and substituted in new counsel, who went on to lose the case. The businessman then sued the former District Attorney for fraud and legal malpractice. Mr. McGonigle defended the former District Attorney in a five-week jury trial and, just before final arguments, settled the case at no cost to his client.
  • Mr. McGonigle and of counsel, George Braunstein, resolved a case involving the suspension of an obstetrician’s hospital privileges in the doctor’s favor.  A hospital summarily suspended the staff privileges of a highly successful and well-loved obstetrician after false allegations were made against her by competitor doctors.  The doctor’s privileges were suspended for 18 months while an administrative hearing was conducted that concluded that the summary suspension was unwarranted and unreasonable.  During this 18-month period, the doctor suffered significant damages from loss of income and loss of value to her medical practice, and Mr. McGonigle and Mr. Braunstein ultimately obtained a reinstatement of the doctor’s hospital privileges and a successful resolution of a civil suit that was brought to recover damages resulting from the reinstatement. 
  • Mr. McGonigle is representing several brokers in disputes against their former brokerage house, Merrill Lynch. These cases all involve the issuance of loans that were to be forgiven over time, known as Employee Forgivable Loans (EFL), by the brokerage house to the brokers as an incentive to employment.  After Merrill Lynch was acquired by a national bank, numerous issues such as harassment and failure to pay commissions, resulted in the brokers’ forced resignation in favor of seeking new employment. Merrill Lynch then sought to recover the balance of the EFLs issued to its former brokers. Mr. McGonigle is representing the brokers in their claims for damages, and defending them against the brokerage house’s suit to recover the balance of the EFLs.
  • Mr. McGonigle gained a favorable award for a homeowner in a legal malpractice case against her former attorney. Due to her attorney’s failure to properly litigate a previous case, the homeowner was forced to pay $174,000 to her contractor who had sued her for breach of contract due to nonpayment for work performed. After a 12-day trial, Mr. McGonigle obtained a favorable jury verdict for the homeowner. Because the jury disagreed on damages, Mr. McGonigle re-tried the case, and received a $323,069 award in favor of the homeowner.
  • Mr. McGonigle was retained by the insured business owner, who was sued by a hospital for multi-million dollar environmental claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act after the hospital moved into the business’s former location.  The liability carrier for the business denied the claim, claiming that the terms and conditions of its general liability policy did not provide a duty to defend and indemnify the insured for the hospital’s claims.  In the business owner’s suit against the carrier for bad faith, the trial court granted the insured’s motion for summary judgment on the duty to defend.  The insured reached a very favorable settlement with the carrier.
  • Mr. McGonigle is currently representing two plaintiffs in a case against their former attorney, Robert Victor. The plaintiffs allege that Mr. Victor borrowed $510,000 from them with the assurance that it would be paid back within 30 days of request, with $200,000 of the loan to be secured by a trust deed on Mr. Victor’s home. However, after the loan was made it was discovered both that the delivered trust deed was defective and that Mr. Victor had transferred ownership of his home to his wife. Mr. McGonigle represented the plaintiffs in a case against Mr. Victor, which resulted in a finding by the court that, among other things, he acted in an attempt to hinder, delay or defraud the plaintiffs in the collection of their claim. The jury trial portion of the case is set to begin shortly.
  • Mr. McGonigle obtained a $700,000 Jury Verdict on behalf of his client in a Malpractice Case against the Intellectual Property Law firm, Fulwider Patton LLP  and achieved a dismissal of an $18 Million Malpractice case against a former District Attorney after a five week jury trial.
  • Mr. McGonigle represented Alberto Aguilera Valadez, professionally known as Juan Gabriel, an international-renowned singer and composer, in a lawsuit brought by his promoter. In a case involving business torts, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and malpractice on the part of in-house attorneys for the promoter, Mr. McGonigle successfully defeated attempts by the promoter to enjoin Valadez from performing worldwide at concerts produced by anyone other than the promoter.  The case ultimately settled in favor of Mr. Valdez.
  • Mr. McGonigle was retained by a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee in multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against a bankruptcy debtor’s former attorneys. The former attorneys are accused of misrepresenting the bankruptcy debtor in multiple, high-value cases by, among other things, failing to communicate settlement offers which the debtor would have accepted.

Industry Groups

  • Businesses
  • Individual Clients
  • Trusts and Partnerships
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Office Location for Timothy D. McGonigle

1880 Century Park East
Suite 516
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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