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Clay Robbins III - Los Angeles, CA

11111 Santa Monica Blvd.Suite 1750 Los Angeles, CA 90025

Updated: 03/01/2024

Los Angeles Aviation Accidents Lawyer

Overview

Clay Robbins III is an attorney and shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Wisner Baum (formerly Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman). A third-generation California lawyer, Clay concentrates his practice on commercial transportation accident litigation and mass disasters...

Clay Robbins III is an attorney and shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Wisner Baum (formerly Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman). A third-generation California lawyer, Clay concentrates his practice on commercial transportation accident litigation and mass disasters.

For more the 35 years, Clay has championed the rights of victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits across the nation stemming from major accidents involving aviation, boats, buses, trains, tractor-trailers and auto defects.

Prior to joining Wisner Baum, Clay was a partner at the Los Angeles law firm of Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy for more than 20 years. He worked on many of the firms high profile catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Among the many cases he handled, he successfully represented the plaintiffs in an aviation insurance bad faith action resulting in the recovery of over $9 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

In a truck accident case, Clay successfully represented the heirs of a trucker who was killed in a highway accident involving another long-haul truck, obtaining a seven-figure resolution on behalf of his clients.

Clay also represented the interests of a young woman who suffered life-changing injuries, including brain damage and hemiplegia, after her airbags failed to deploy when her vehicle was forced off the road and collided with a utility pole. An ensuing product liability case against the manufacturer of the airbag control module resulted in a multi-million-dollar verdict in favor of Clay's client at trial, and then retained that judgment by successfully representing his client's interests before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Another transportation lawsuit against a major bus company and bus manufacturer resulted in Clay obtaining justice on behalf of passengers who sustained profound injuries in a devastating bus crash. The case concluded with a multi-million-dollar award for the represented parties.

Clay has also worked on numerous boating accident cases. He has litigated personal injury and wrongful death cases for passengers injured on tour boats, pleasure craft, cruise ships, charter boats, and competitive fishing boats. He has also represented seaman injured on commercial ships. He is currently representing several passengers injured in Hawaii while on a lava boat that came too close to the active lava flow from the Kilauea volcano. Passengers were injured when lava bombs came raining down on them. Clay has extensive experience with federal and general maritime law.

Throughout his career, Clay has received numerous honors and awards, as well as the coveted peer review rating of A.V. Preeminent (the highest possible rating for preeminent legal ability and ethics) from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys. He has also been appointed Judge Pro Tem by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

In his free time, Clay enjoys traveling with his wife, Kimberly, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and running and fishing in the Pacific Northwest with his brother. Clay is also a diehard fan of UCLA athletics.

About Clay Robbins III

Practice Areas

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Truck Accidents
  • Tire Defect
  • Wrongful Death Law

Litigation

  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder, Attorney

Representative Clients

  • Twardowski v. Continental Airlines, 535 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • Montalvo v. Spirit Airlines, 508 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • Damon v. Air Pacific Ltd., 203 F.App’x 33 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Cortez v. Air New Zealand, Ltd., 203 F.App’x 33 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Blotteauz v. Qantas Airlines, 171 F.App’x 566 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Caman v. Continental Airlines, 455 F.3d 1087 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Rodriguez v. Ansett Australia, Ltd., 383 F.3d 914 (9th Cir. 2004)
  • Casteneda v. County of Los Angeles, 76 F.3d 385 (9th Cir. 1996)
  • Broadnax v. Municipal Court, 8 F.3d 25 (9th Cir. 1993)
  • McCalden v. California Library Assoc., 919 F.2d 538 (9th Cir. 1989)
  • Haddad v. Lockheed, 720 F.2d 1454 (9th Cir. 1983)
  • Winn, et al., v. Pioneer Medical Group (2016) 63 Cal. 4th 148
  • Dore v. Arnold World Wide, Inc. (2006) 39 Cal.4th 384
  • Mancuso v. So. Cal. Edison (1991) 232 Cal.App.3d 88
  • Mannino v. Superior Court (1983) 142 Cal.App.3d 776

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2003

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (Member)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (Member)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member)
  • Loyola Law School Alumni (Member)
  • Ninth Circuit Historical Society (Member)
  • Supreme Court Historical Society (Member)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (Member)
  • California Association for Nursing Home Reform (Member)
  • American Association for Justice: Aviation Law Section; Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; Leader’s Forum
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1981
    J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1978
    B.A.
    Honors: Dean's List
    Major: Psychology

Past Positions

  • Fish, Falkenhainer & Downer, An Association of Independent Counsel, Of Counsel, 1996 - 1997
  • Chase, Rotchford, Drukker & Bogust, Associate, 1981 - 1996
  • Chase, Rotchford, Drukker & Bogust, Partner, 1987 - 1996

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Clay Robbins III

Included on the 2024 Southern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Clay Robbins III on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2021
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyers

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Office Information

Address

11111 Santa Monica Blvd.Suite 1750 Los Angeles, CA 90025

Publication

Representative Cases

  • Twardowski v. Continental Airlines, 535 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • Montalvo v. Spirit Airlines, 508 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2008)
  • Damon v. Air Pacific Ltd., 203 F.App’x 33 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Cortez v. Air New Zealand, Ltd., 203 F.App’x 33 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Blotteauz v. Qantas Airlines, 171 F.App’x 566 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Caman v. Continental Airlines, 455 F.3d 1087 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Rodriguez v. Ansett Australia, Ltd., 383 F.3d 914 (9th Cir. 2004)
  • Casteneda v. County of Los Angeles, 76 F.3d 385 (9th Cir. 1996)
  • Broadnax v. Municipal Court, 8 F.3d 25 (9th Cir. 1993)
  • McCalden v. California Library Assoc., 919 F.2d 538 (9th Cir. 1989)
  • Haddad v. Lockheed, 720 F.2d 1454 (9th Cir. 1983)
  • Winn, et al., v. Pioneer Medical Group (2016) 63 Cal. 4th 148
  • Dore v. Arnold World Wide, Inc. (2006) 39 Cal.4th 384
  • Mancuso v. So. Cal. Edison (1991) 232 Cal.App.3d 88
  • Mannino v. Superior Court (1983) 142 Cal.App.3d 776

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We were so blessed to have found such a professional, devoted, caring and compassionate lawyer. Outstanding!!

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of Wisner Baum LLP replied on Aug. 04, 2023
Your kind words were deeply appreciated. Please know that I considered it a privilege to have had the opportunity to represent such fine people as you and your family, albeit under such tragic circumstances. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers. I wish each of you all the best that each future day has to offer. Fondly, Clay

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