Gregory L. Bentley

Top rated personal injury attorney in Newport Beach, California

Bentley & More LLP
Gregory L. Bentley
Bentley & More LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Insurance coverage; view more

Licensed in California since: 1990

Education: Western State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023
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Bentley & More LLP

4931 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660 Visit website

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A steadfast advocate for consumers and partner at Bentley & More LLP, Gregory L. Bentley handles personal injury cases on behalf of people in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, California. He routinely obtains seven- and eight-figure awards on behalf of people who have suffered incidents related to issues such as products liability and bad faith insurance.

When a motor vehicle accident left a client with catastrophic spinal cord and brain injuries, Mr. Bentley went to trial and secured a $31.5 million jury verdict. He has pursued a number of claims involving e-cigarettes, returning a $1.85 million verdict for a consumer who suffered severe burns when the product exploded.

These are just a few of the many ways Mr. Bentley has helped people get back on their feet after a serious accident. He is always prepared for a challenge such as litigating against powerful corporations. For his accomplishments, he holds an Avvo “Superb” rating; the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association gave him its Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year award; he has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and the Consumer Attorneys of California granted him its Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

As president of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mr. Bentley continually demonstrates his commitment to protect people against negligence. He is also a member of a number of other organizations such as the Orange County Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the American Board of Trial Advocates and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Bentley received his law degree from the Western State College of Law at Argosy University.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Insurance coverage

Focus areas

Personal injury - plaintiff, Bad faith insurance

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 50% Insurance coverage

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.bentleymore.com/greg-bentley

Verdicts/Settlements:
  • A staunch advocate for patient’s rights, Mr. Bentley took on a major HMO representing over 90 patients who lost kidney transplant opportunities following the forced transfer of their care for cost saving purposes. The litigation efforts resulted in a $17 million settlement and the transfer of all patient care back to qualified hospitals.
  • Nationally recognized e-cigarette injury lawyer First jury verdict against an e-cigarette company in the United States — recovering a $1.9 million verdict on behalf of an injured user. Over $44 million recovered to-date on behalf of injured users against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of e-cigarette products. National leader handling 200 cases in California, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Educating consumer attorneys about the issue – Greg Bentley has repeatedly been published and appeared at Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and others regarding e-cigarette injuries. At the forefront of press coverage bringing attention to the harmful product – with appearances in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, Daily Journal, Sacramento Bee, ABC Los Angeles, NBC Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles, KCAL 9 Los Angeles, Fox 11 Los Angeles, Seattle News outlets, New Jersey news outlets, and the Dr. Oz Show. You can read some of Mr. Bentley’s media coverage here regarding e-cigs here: E-Cigs Are Exploding In People’s Faces – BuzzfeedE-Cigarette Users Sue Over Exploding Devices – Wallstreet Journal. Mr. Bentley was also a guest on the Dr. Oz show—bringing national attention to the widespread e-cigarette explosion problem. You can watch Mr. Bentley’s appearance here: https://youtu.be/ieexNnl9rDI.
  • January 2020, Mr. Bentley recovered $6 million on behalf of a mother who’s nineteen-year-old daughter was killed when her car careened down an embankment on the mountain winding Bouquet Canyon Road crashing into a tree, causing her tragic death. Through 39 depositions, numerous expert studies and analysis, and local resident declarations, Mr. Bentley and his team established that the road constituted a dangerous condition for it’s lack of a guardrail. As a result of the litigation, the County of Los Angeles has now installed a guardrail on this mountain winding road, which if it had been in place at the time, would have prevented the tragic death. (Parks v. County of Los Angeles), 2020
  • February 2020, Mr. Bentley reached a confidential eight-figure settlement on behalf of a wide-range of clients injured by alleged product defects suffering a variety of injuries., 2020
  • In December of 2020, Mr. Bentley obtained a confidential 8-figure settlement on behalf of multiple homeowners who lost their homes in the 2017 Northern California wildfires. Despite maintaining insurance with the same carrier for years, and despite the insurance company recommending and even selecting the policy limits, the devastating wildfires left the homeowners without adequate insurance to even begin rebuilding their lost homes. This underinsurance problem—all too common in the property insurance industry—was instigated by insurers falsely promising to conduct detailed estimates of replacement cost value, falsely claiming they revised that estimate yearly to account for changes in construction costs, and by relying on software that knowingly underestimated the cost to rebuild insureds’ homes.  Despite the vast majority of homeowners believing they are adequately insured, these factors have combined to leave upwards of 80% of homes throughout the United States underinsured in the event of a total, catastrophic loss., 2020
  • In April 2014, Mr. Bentley, Matthew Clark and Clare Lucich teamed up on a pro bono basis with the Inner City Law Center in representing 28 people in a lawsuit that sought to seek change in horrible living conditions. Due to the team’s litigation efforts, the matter settled on the eve of trial for nearly $4 million, including a global recovery for the clients in the amount of $680,000 in monetary damages, relocation benefits of $93,150 and a full $3,000,000 renovation of the building, including 100 units of newly refurbished affordable housing in Los Angeles. Mr. Bentley donated his fee to the Inner City Law Center to help it advance its worthy cause (Villegas, et al. v. Vista Cahuenga)., 2014
  • In December 2012, Mr. Bentley was successful in obtaining a $2.3 million jury verdict in Glendale Superior Court on behalf of a 26-year Monterey Park Police Sergeant who suffered severe injuries after being struck by an Athens Services truck that pulled away from the curb directly in front of the client driving on the wrong side of the road. The client suffered significant orthopedic and urological injuries, including fractures of both wrists and a torn urethra (Wiese et al. v. Athens Disposal Company, Inc. et al.)., 2012
  • Jennifer Ries v. VAPCIGS
  • Believing that a Medical Group should not cut costs at the expense of medically necessary care, Mr. Bentley obtained a $820,000 jury verdict against a large Medical Group for their interference with a patient’s contractual rights to receive medical benefits under an HMO policy. His client suffered severe headaches for a long time and was wrongfully denied a timely brain MRI to diagnose what turned out to be a massive brain tumor (Medeiros v. Beaver Medical Group).
  • Bentley was lead counsel on behalf of 11 clients (2 adult church leaders and 9 high school students) involved in a tragic head-on collision on Highway 395, resulting in 4 deaths and major injuries to the survivors. Due to his litigation efforts, Mr. Bentley was able to uncover numerous Caltrans memorandums dating back to 1965 confirming Caltrans’ knowledge of the dangerous propensities of a 6” Type A dike along State highways, which caused wayward vehicles to violently “launch” back into oncoming traffic. This complex case resulted in 60 depositions, the production of thousands of documents and extensive expert workup. The matter settled against multiple defendants for an amount in excess of $20 million (Evans v. Caltrans, et. al.).
  • In July 2014, Mr. Bentley and Mr. More successfully obtained a $3.8 million jury verdict on behalf of a former student of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District who suffered severe injuries to his right hand during metal shop class (Zavala v Newport-Mesa Unified School District –OC Register article)., 2014
  • Bentley frequently represents clients whose insurance company fails to defend them or settle cases filed against them for amounts within their policy limits. Through an assignment of rights and covenant not to execute, Mr. Bentley obtained a Judgment against American States Insurance Company in the amount of $6,196,175 for their failure to settle a case on behalf of an insured who caused severe injuries, including wrongful death, following a head-on collision (American States Insurance Co. v. H.L.C.D, Inc.).
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • CAL ABOTA Board, 2014-2016
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, 2009-2012
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • President, Riverside/San Bernardino ABOTA Chapter, 2015
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, 2016-2017
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, Pres-2009-2012
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • President, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter, Executive Committee
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Insurance bad Faith and Personal Injury Matters
  • Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Las Vegas Convention
  • Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar, Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention
  • Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar, Rutter Group
  • Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar, Pasadena Bar Association
  • Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar, University of La Verne College of Law
  • Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Honors/Awards:
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, 2012
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year (Government Entity) by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Chapter President Award, 2010
  • William M. Shernoff Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, 2012
  • Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year (Products Liability) by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Jennifer Brooks Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011-2017
  • Selected as a Top 100 Lawyer by the Daily Journal
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Award by Consumer Attorneys of California, 2014
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Office location for Gregory L. Bentley

4931 Birch Street
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 949-783-8479

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