Gregory Owen

Gregory Owen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Valencia, CA

Owen Patterson & Owen
 | 23822 West Valencia Boulevard, Suite 303, Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: 661-799-3899
Fax: 661-799-2774
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2008, 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%)
Attorney Profile

 

As a preeminent lawyer in the legal community, the work of senior partner, Greg Owen, has set new standards in the practice of law and furthered the plaintiffs’ cause nationwide. His intelligent and committed approach to the law has earned him national recognition and respect among his fellow lawyers.

Greg has successfully handled a wide variety of cases, ranging from simple auto, motorcycle and premise liability cases to complex cases such as international air disasters and defective pharmaceutical multi-district litigation. In 2000, he discovered the deceptive practices of Merck & Co. regarding its arthritis drug, Vioxx. Owen, Patterson & Owen filed the first Vioxx complaint in the nation on July 23, 2001. In 2008, the MDL litigation resulted in a $4.85 billion settlement.

He represents plaintiffs in such areas as product liability, personal injury and wrongful death. His achievements include a recent, record setting $35 million pretrial settlement on behalf of a 12-year-old brain damaged Palmdale girl. He recently represented hundreds of plaintiffs who were injured by a widely used drug. The nationwide litigation settled for $68 million.

Baptism by fire is perhaps the best way to describe his on the job training as a trial lawyer. In 1982, a few weeks after passing the California Bar examination, his boss, mentor and renowned trial lawyer Richard Voorhies handed him his first case. Varella v. Vons was set for trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court the following week. The pretrial offer was $5,000. After 7 days of trial, the jury awarded $798,000. His second trial took place one year later. Haims v. AMF was a two month product liability trial, which resulted in a $14.5 million jury verdict.Since then, Greg has successful litigated thousands of cases, allowing innocent victims of accident or injury to move forward in their lives.

Greg’s second trial took place one year later. Haims v. AMF was a two month product liability trial, which resulted in a $14.5 million jury verdict. Since then, Greg has successfully litigated thousands of cases, allowing innocent victims of accident or injury to move forward in their lives.

In 2005, Law and Politics first published Super Lawyers, which lists the top 5 percent of lawyers as nominated by their peers. Greg has been named to the list of Super Lawyers year after year.

Valley Magazine honored Greg in 2008 as one of the top 25 lawyers in “the valley,” which includes Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale and the San Fernando Valley from North Hollywood to Calabasas. He was the only personal injury lawyer included on the list. He was also named by Law Dragon as one of the 3000 leading lawyers in America. Martindale Hubbell has awarded Greg its AV rating, which is reserved for only those lawyers who have demonstrated to their peers exceptionally high ethical standards and legal abilities. Martindale Hubbell has also listed Greg in its prestigious publication “Preeminent Lawyers in America.” He has been a life member in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for more than 30 years and recently been accepted as a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

The knowledge Greg gains in each unique case is very fulfilling. These cases have included police brutality, security guard negligence, defective tires (tread separation), defective sporting goods (including trampolines, gymnastic mats, bicycles, off-road and street motorcycles, bicycle, motorcycle and equestrian helmets, free-standing basketball hoops), swimming pools, Jacuzzi drains, defective automobiles, home wall heaters, in-wall murphy beds, childrens’ toys, and propane tank explosions, to mention a few.

Greg has been a member and ardent supporter of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) for the past 32 years. He has been on several PAAC committees, been appointed to the Board of Governors by the president and lectured at its annual conventions.

Greg is also an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), an organization dedicated to maintaining high standards and practices in the field of trial work.

It is at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) conventions that Greg gets to visit with the many lawyers he works with throughout the country. This national association of trial lawyers tackles those issues which are of great importance to clients nationwide and the lawyers who represent them. Greg has lectured at various AAJ conventions, with his most recent lecture being on the subject of pharmaceutical litigation.

Greg is an active member of his community. He has served on the Board of Directors and acted as Pro Bono legal counsel to The Williams S. Hart Boy and Girls Pony League for the last 27 years. More than 2,500 families participate annually in the largest little league in the nation.

A firm believer in the value of education, Greg helped establish the Franklin Scholarship Foundation, which has enabled many deserving East Los Angeles students to earn college degrees. He has coached numerous softball, baseball and soccer teams over the last 30 years. This wonderful cycle continues as he is now coaching his daughter, Juliette’s, softball team. While he is not a criminal law attorney, he has provided pro bono legal assistance to many teenagers in his community who have taken a wrong turn in their lives.

Greg is a native of California. He was born and raised in East Los Angeles, where many of the city’s ethnic gangs originated and thrived. At age 11, he was shot in the arm in a drive-by shooting. It was his interaction with the district attorney prosecuting the perpetrators of this crime against him that piqued his interest in law. In 1970, along with a small group of Franklin High School students and a biology teacher who was attending law school at night, Greg initiated a program called “Court Watchers.” Volunteers sat in Los Angeles court rooms and charted the court room “activities” of Judges who the media had accused of bias. The data compiled over a two-year period ultimately proved very little. Greg was pleased to find how little bias the study revealed.

Greg attended Southwestern Law School, and he is very proud of his daughter, Gerry, who also graduated from his legal “alma mater.” He is married to Susy, who is also his law partner.

The primary goal of many lawyers is making money. The only wealth that matters in this world are Greg and Susy’s children. They are Gerry, Erika, Greg, Beau, Blaire and Juliette Grace.

About Gregory Owen

Admitted: 1982, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.opolaw.com/greg-owen

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 100 Verdicts of 2013:Gomez v. Aguirre $25 Million verdict: Reversing vehicle struck child, causing multiple fractures., Top 100 Verdicts of 2013, VerdictSearch
  • California's $1 Million Dollar Verdicts, California's $1 Million Dollar Verdicts, The Reporter
  • Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members., Million Dollar Advocates Forum & Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee: With nearly 2,800 members, CAALA is the nation’s largest local association of plaintiffs' attorneys representing a powerful advocacy for victims’ rights and equal access to justice. The association’s consumer attorneys protect people from unsafe products, unsafe medicine, unfair business practices and unscrupulous, negligent corporate conduct, subscribing to the highest standards of quality legal representation and ethical conduct., Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee, Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • Top 10 Plaintiff's Verdicts of 2013: Gomez v. Aguirre $25 Million Verdict - Reversing vehicle struck child causing multiple fractures., Top 10 Plaintiff's Verdicts of 2013, Daily Journal
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
  • The Martindale-Hubbell® RATINGSPeer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings™ based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) - AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence., 5.0 "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association; State Bar of California; California Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Consumer Attorneys Association of America (Member, Board of Governors); Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA); Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $4.85 Billion Settlement: Vioxx (2007) Owen, Patterson & Owen uncovered the deceptive and dangerous practices by Merck pharmaceuticals and filed the first complaint on July 23, 2001. OPO represented hundreds of Vioxx victims throughout the country. $68 Million Settlement: In Re Rezulin Cases (2004) Against major pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer. Owen, Patterson & Owen represented hundreds of patients who were injured by this defective drug. $14.25 Million Verdict: Haims v. Amercian Machine & Foundry, Inc. (1985) College gymnast rendered quadriplegic due to defective mini trampoline and foam pit. $25 Million Verdict: Humeston v. Merck (2007) Ex-marine suffered heart attack caused by defective drug, Vioxx. Owen, Patterson & Owen served as co-counsel. $6.3 Million Verdict: Moore v. Brother's Market (1992) Security guard struck 21-year-old store patron with handgun which discharged and resulted in paraplegia. $30 Million Global Settlement: Miramonte Child Sexual Abuse (2013) Children abused by teacher. $25 Million Jury Verdict:Gomez Hit & Run (2013) Small child run over by drunk driver. $3.2 Million Jury Verdict: Herron v. Nederlander Greek, Inc. (2011) Slip and Fall. $12.5 Million Jury Verdict: Schwartz v. Oakdale Heights (2010). $30 Million Global Settlement: Aiello Metrolink Train Crash (2009). $35 Million Dollar Settlment: Triana v. Vons Small child crushed by falling light pole in parking lot.

Educational Background:

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, B.A., 1977 Southwestern University, J.D., 1981  
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Office Location for Gregory Owen

23822 West Valencia Boulevard, Suite 303
Valencia, CA 91355

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Last Updated: 11/19/2018

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