Ted B. Wacker

Ted B. Wacker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker
 | 1000 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-706-7100
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2015, 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Ted Wacker is the owner of his own firm the Law Offices of Ted B. Wacker (TBW Law). He has been a trial attorney involved in litigating cases for over 20 years and a Past-President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers' Association (OCTLA). He specializes in catastrophic injury cases including individual personal injury cases involving accidents, medical malpractice, elder abuse as well as mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device cases.

    In November 2016, Mr. Wacker recently settled a brain injury case for $12.65 Million in which the liability of the defendant was hotly contested.  In addition, Mr. Wacker had the two largest settlements for personal injury cases in Orange County in 2014 and 2015 with the cases settling for $7 Million and $8 Million respectively.  Mr. Wacker was previously selected as a California Super Lawyer for 2013 and 2014. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum and recognized as a top trial attorney by the National Trial Lawyer's for 2012. Mr. Wacker was formerly a partner at the nationally recognized plaintiff's trial firm of Robinson, Calacgnie and Robinson where he was part of the trial team in the national Vioxx litigation which resulted in a record $51 Million verdict in the Barnett trial and a global settlement for all Vioxx cases for $4.65 Billion. He also previously opened the Orange County office of AlderLaw and while there he tried 4 cases to verdict with one settling during trial for more than three times the pre-trial offer and one verdict amount nearly ten times the pre-trial demand.

    He has previously been a member of the Federal Multi-District Rezulin litigation Science and Expert Committee. In addition, Mr. Wacker has previously served on the Science and Expert Committees of both Baycol and Zyprexa at the state and national-MDL levels. The Baycol and Zyprexa cases resolved for multi-million dollars.

    He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1991, where he received American Jurisprudence Awards in Products Liability and Creditors' Remedies. During law school, he served as a judicial extern in the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, for the Honorable Patricia Benke.

    Mr. Wacker is licensed to practice by the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California. He is a member of the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, American Association of Justice (AAJ), Consumer Attorneys' of California (CAOC), Consumer Attorneys' of Los Angeles (CAALA), Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and has been on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Trial Lawyers' Association (OCTLA) for the past 11 years and a member of the Executive Committee for the past 6 years and currently the Immediate Past President.

    About Ted Wacker

    Admitted: 1992, California

    Professional Webpage: http://tbwlawfirm.com/about-us/


    • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2014
    • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2013
    • Top Trial Attorney, National Trial Lawyer's, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Million Dollar Advocates forum
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers' Association (OCTLA): Board of Directors for the past 9 years and a member of the Executive Committee for the past 4 years and currently the First Vice President.
    • Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)
    • Consumer Attorneys' of Los Angeles (CAALA)
    • Consumer Attorneys' of California (CAOC)
    • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
    • American Bar Association
    • California Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Panelist, Mealy's Vioxx Litigation Conference, 2007
    • Lecturer, ATLA's Litigation at Sunrise in Hawaii, 2006
    • Lecturer, CAOC Annual Convention in Los Angeles, 2006
    • Author, "Defeating a Kelly-Frye Challenge", Orange County Trial Lawyer's magazine, the Gavel, 2006
    • Lecturer, Harris Martin Drug Litigation Conference, 2005
    • Lecturer, Harris Martin Drug Litigation Conference, 2005
    • Author, “Merck played Dodgeball' in Marketing Vioxx to Consumers”, Journal of the Consumer Attorney's Association of Southern California, Advocate, 2005
    • Lecturer, Mealy's Baycol Litigation Conference, 2004
    • Lecturer, "Rezulin: Proving the Silent Injury Case", ATLA Mid-Winter Conference , 2003
    • Author, "Baycol: Another ill-fated drug removed from the market by the FDA", Journal of the Consumer Attorney's Association for Southern California, Advocate, 2002


    • In 2012, he settled a 2002 rollover case resulting in a traumatic brain injury against the defendant auto manufacturer and insurance company for destruction of the vehicle for $6.35 Million. He also recently settled a case for $3.25 Million involving an uninsured drunk driver who hit a vehicle resulting in significant injuries to a 9 year old boy. The defense claimed the entire accident was caused by the drunk driver but settlements were secured against the auto manufacturer for failing to have standard side air bags and other defendants for visibility obstructions at the intersection. He has been involved in numerous multi-million dollar trials., 2012
    • In August 2010, Mr. Wacker was co- counsel with Kimberly Valentine in the case of Lefforge v. St. Edna, Orange County Superior Court, before the Honorable Gregory H. Lewis, in which the jury awarded $3.1 Million as well as punitive damages against St. Edna. Briefly, the case involved allegations of medical malpractice and Adult Dependent Elder Abuse involving a patient Barbara Lefforge who was administered an overdose of Morphine resulting in anoxic brain injury. The case resolved for a confidential settlement amount prior to the punitive damage phase of the trial. The case was featured in an article by the Orange County Register., 2010
    • In 2010, he was co-lead counsel in the case of Poole v. Picazo which involved a disputed liability motorcycle versus automobile accident that left the plaintiff a paraplegic at the age of 25. The jury returned a verdict in November 2010 for $14.5 Million and found the defendant 100% responsible. This verdict was recently featured in the 2010 The Daily Journal - Top Verdict in California., 2010
    • Mr. Wacker was also intimately involved in the Vioxx litigation on a national level following the removal of the drug on September 30, 2004 due to an increase risk of cardiovascular accidents. He is currently a member of the Vioxx MDL Science and Expert Committee. In August 2006, Mr. Wacker was a member of the trial team in the Vioxx case of Barnett v. Merck, which resulted in a $51 million verdict against Merck. In November 2007, Merck agreed to resolve all individual Vioxx cases for a global settlement amount of $4.85 Billion., 2007

    Industry Groups

    • AAJ
    • Banyard Inns Of Court
    • Board Of Directors OCTLA
    • CAOC
    • Orange County Bar Association
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    Office Location for Ted B. Wacker

    1000 Newport Center Drive
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

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