Gary N. Stern is known as a lawyer’s lawyer, passionate about his clients and equally passionate about bringing honor, dignity and respect to the legal profession. For 37 years, he has represented people, not large companies, insurers, the wealthy or the privileged. At the same time, those who know Gary know that as steadfast as he will be in the pursuit of justice for his clients, he is committed to professionalism at every stage of a proceeding, earning the respect and admiration of opposing counsel, judges, mediators, arbitrators and his fellow trial lawyers.
Mr. Stern’s practice focuses on product and premises liability cases, elder abuse cases involving nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, medical malpractice and automobile and truck accident cases. He has tried and settled hundreds of cases resulting in six and seven figure recoveries. In a recent case Mr. Stern obtained over $7 million in long term annuities that will pay out over $40 million for a 20 year old student left a quadriplegic when emergency room doctors failed to recognize and treat a subdural hematoma. He obtained $5 million for two mine workers severely injured when a coupling failed on a construction boom. He obtained a successful result while on appeal in 1992 in a case that marked the first trial of a nursing home abuse case following the expansion of the law governing available damages for nursing home residents. In the mid 1990’s, Mr. Stern fashioned a settlement of a road design case in Moreno Valley that not only saw a wrongful death recovery for the parents of a 16 year old student killed while riding his bicycle to school, but resulted in a 10 year acceleration of the then new city’s general plan for installation of bicycle lanes that have undoubtedly saved many lives since those lanes were constructed.
Mr. Stern’s 37 years of legal experience began while he was earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. He served as a Field Representative and Legislative Aide for Congressman Henry A. Waxman and Assemblyman Herschel Rosenthal, where his work was instrumental in passing legislation that protects renters from security deposit abuses and legislation that provides senior citizens with preference in civil trial date calendaring.
Mr. Stern is widely published in the areas of elder abuse and nursing home reform, disability discrimination, medical malpractice and the judicial arbitration system. In addition, he is a well-respected speaker on elder abuse law.
He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles where he has served on that organization’s Government Affairs Committee. In addition, Mr. Stern has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
A community activist, Mr. Stern has volunteered his time for a wide variety of organizations, including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Los Angeles, the State of California Respiratory Care Board and the Glendale Crescenta Volunteers Organized in Conserving the Environment.
Mr. Stern is married to Sandy. His son Daniel is a special education teacher working with autistic children. His daughter is an entertainer and cast member with Disney on Ice as well as a public relations and media mentor for the Disney on Ice owners, Feld Entertainment.