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AMY FISCH SOLOMON, ESQ.

  • Available in Southern California, All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

Formerly a partner with Girardi | Keese, Amy specialized in the areas of professional liability, products liability and catastrophic injury. During her 33 years with the firm, she successfully tried over 45 jury and bench trials in both State and Federal courts. As a trial lawyer, she is known to be an intelligent, respectful, hardworking colleague and adversary who addressed each case with a practical and resolution-oriented approach and in turn has earned the respect of the legal community. Since 1997, she served on numerous court mediation panels and programs, and quickly gained a reputation as having a personable and straight forward mediation style.

Amy says, “In mediation, I hope to exhibit my long-standing belief that with each difficulty lies an opportunity. I am dedicated to uncovering all issues in a case whether they are obvious or buried deep beneath the surface with the goal of helping the parties reach a settlement and obtain closure.”

Specialties

Hobbies & Interests

In her spare time, she enjoys wine tasting, hiking, classical ballet and dogs. She previously showed basset hounds at dog shows and confirmed two champions.

Testimonials

This case didn’t settle but Ms. Solomon did a great job and I would use her again without reservation. The specific facts and issues presented by this case just didn’t make it ripe for settlement at this juncture despite her efforts. She provided good insight into challenges of the case.
- Attorney on a Premises Liability Matter

She was familiar with the issues and the parties, making her extremely effective in resolving the dispute.
- Attorney on a Fee Dispute matter

[Amy] communicated well with my client who was disabled.
- Attorney on an Elder Abuse Matter

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Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Neutral, Judicate West (Current)
  • Attorney, Girardi | Keese, specializing in professional liability, products liability, catastrophic injury (1989-2019)
  • MSC Settlement Officer, L.A. County Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program (2017-Present)
  • MSC Settlement Officer, Glendale Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program (1997-2008)
  • MSC Settlement Officer, Santa Monica Superior Court CRASH Settlement Program (1997-2007)
  • Volunteer Panelist, Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Panel (1997-2007)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1987)
  • B.A., California State University Northridge (1984)
  • Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, ADR Training
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2016-Present)
  • Associate Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2003-Present)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2003-Present)
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (1997-2003); Executive Committee (2003-2008); President (2008)
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorney of California (1998-Present)
  • Commissioner, California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Committee (2014-2017)

Achievements & Awards

  • Lawdragon Magazine, "500 Leading Litigators in America" – 2007-10, 2013-2019)
  • Daily Journal, "Top Women Litigators" – 2002-05, 2007-2019)
  • Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Super Lawyers" (2004-2018)
  • Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Super Lawyers Top 50 Women" (2007-2018)
  • Inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (2016)
  • Daily Journal, "Top 25" Personal Injury Lawyers in California (2015)
  • Loyola Law School Civil Justice Program's Champions of Justice Award (2015)
  • Amy Solomon and Robert Fink, “Voir Dire in Auto Cases,” Advocate Magazine (February 2013)
  • Daily Journal, "Top 100" Lawyers (2008, 2009, 2012)
  • Lawdragon Magazine, "The Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America" (2006, 2009-2012)
  • Author, “Structural Changes,” Trial Magazine (June 2011)
  • Loyola Law School Distinguished Alumna (2009)
  • Recipient, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' "Ted Horn Memorial Award" in Recognition of Service to the Bar (2009)
  • “AV” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (The highest rating available to a lawyer based on confidential peer review of members of the Bar and the Judiciary for ability and ethical standards.)

Legal Experience

  • All types of Medical Negligence including Elder Abuse
  • All types of Personal Injury
  • Mass Torts
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sexual Assault

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

A.D.A Act

  • Plaintiff, an African American teenager shopping with girlfriend at a big box store, claims security guard wrongfully accused him of shoplifting based on surveillance video. Plaintiff believed race-based discrimination. Defendant claimed no racial profiling or civil rights violation.

Professional Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

  • Plaintiff was 5 days post-op after hip replacement surgery and returned to ER with urinary retention. Orderly at defendant hospital failed to secure plaintiff's foot in wheelchair causing his operated leg to be pulled out of place which caused a total dislocation of the new hip. An open reduction was required to relocate the joint. However, nerve damage had occurred causing plaintiff to suffer a foot drop.
  • Medical malpractice action involving plaintiff patient in a rehab facility post stroke. Physical therapist, during therapy session, failed to pay close attention to the patient which caused a piece of equipment to strike plaintiff in the eye causing severe injury. Plaintiff underwent 5 surgeries in an attempt to repair the damage.

Tort

General Negligence

  • Plaintiff, a janitor at a hospital, picked up trash from floor while cleaning and was pricked in finger by a needle. Subsequently, Plaintiff developed Hepitatis C.
  • Mortuary employee mishandled remains of plaintiffs' family member. Plaintiffs received the wrong urn and were lied to about it by the employee. Shortly after, the mortuary disclosed the family had been lied to and replaced the wrong urn with the correct one.

Personal Injury

  • Plaintiff, an 86 year old woman, trips and falls on sidewalk while attempting to get on MTA bus. Sidewalk has a 2 inch level discrepancy due to tree roots pulling up sidewalk. Plaintiff trips and fractures nose, strikes head suffering head trauma, abrasions and bruises. Plaintiff also sustained low back injury.

PI Assault and Battery

  • Bullying incident at a Jr. High School leading to physical altercation and concussion.

PI Auto

  • Plaintiffs, driver and passenger, were stopped at an intersection preparing to turn right when defendant, travelling 50mph rear-ended the plaintiffs' car causing soft tissue injuries and TBI resulting in PTSD.
  • A vehicle with 4 passengers was struck by a semi on the freeway causing Plaintiff’s car to collide with sound wall on shoulder. 3 passengers sustained soft tissue injuries and driver had shoulder and knee arthroscopies. Prop 213 issues involved with 2 plaintiffs.
  • Motorcycle v. Auto on 10 freeway. Disputed liability with no witnesses other than plaintiff and defendant. Contusions, abrasions, neck and back injuries.
  • Uninsured motorist action where Claimant rear-ended by driver with minimal policy. Claimant's injuries included lumbar laminectomy and repeat cervical fusion.
  • Plaintiff hit in marked cross walk on green light by automobile turning right. Injuries included head trauma, severe abrasions, cuts and bruises.
  • Semi tractor-trailer hydroplanes on freeway in heavy rain - Plaintiff following behind is unable to avoid collision with semi. Plaintiff and passenger sustain severe head injuries, facial fractures, shoulder surgery.
  • Defendant made an illegal U-turn in front of plaintiff causing collision. Plaintiff sustained neck and back injuries. Treatment consisted of physical therapy, chiropractic and pain management through facet injections in both neck and back.
  • Auto v. cyclist case where defendant driver made left turn in front of cyclist proceeding straight. Impact caused Plaintiff to strike passenger side of car, roll across hood and fall to pavement on drivers' side. Injuries included cuts, abrasions and torn meniscus.
  • Binding arbitration of admitted liability rearender case causing soft tissue as well as herniation of cervical disc in 48 year old male.
  • Plaintiff t-boned in intersection by Defendant driver who failed to yield to Plaintiff. Defendant driver was in the course and scope of a type of mobile ride share company. Plaintiff had neck and back injuries which resulted in multi level cervical fusion.
  • Plaintiffs were the driver and 2 passengers of car which had come to a stop on the freeway due to traffic ahead. Defendant, a private bus transport failed to stop his vehicle prior to striking the plaintiffs' car at a high rate of speed, pushing it into the car in front of them. Airbags deployed in plaintiffs' car. The driver had some minor soft tissue injuries. Front passenger suffered a ruptured disk in the lumbar spine as well as soft tissue injuries. The other passenger sustained soft tissue injuries and diagnosed with a concussion.
  • Defendant makes a left turn in front of plaintiff's vehicle, failing to yield right of way. Plaintiff sustained injuries to knee, neck, shoulder and burns from air bag deployment. Plaintiff had knee surgery due to injury sustained - Defendant claimed knee injured prior to date of accident.
  • Plaintiff was rearended on an interstate highway after coming to a stop due to heavy traffic ahead when suddenly rearended by Defendant which pushed Plaintiff into car in front. Plaintiff's airbag deployed fracturing Plaintiff's sternum.
  • Plaintiff was involved in a 5 car chain reaction rear ender. Defendant was last car who struck Plaintiff which pushed Plaintiff into car in front. Plaintiff sustained fractured sternum, neck and back strains, contusions bilateral lower extremities. Unable to work for 4 months.
  • Plaintiff proceeded straight through an intersection when Defendant turned left in front of Plaintiff causing neck, back, shoulder and knee injuries requiring diskectomy, physical therapy, PCP injections.
  • Plaintiff a driver for a ride share company was struck by an uninsured motorist - Plaintiff sustained cervical, lumbar injuries and large contusions resulting in 2 lumbar fusions and an impending cervical fusion.

Premises Liability

  • Plaintiff was entering a restaurant when a fluorescent bulb fell on her shoulder while a subcontractor was changing the light. No warning cones or other measures taken to cone off the area. Plaintiff sustained a shoulder injury requiring arthroscopic surgery to repair.
  • Plaintiff injured at a gym by another patron causing fractured finger requiring surgery and leaving permanent defect on dominant hand. Issues of signed release/waiver vs. gross negligence.
  • Plaintiff was at a children’s' playschool for a child's party. Plaintiff a grandmother of one of the children, fell during a play game. Claimed soft tissue injuries and back pain.
  • Plaintiff struck on head by ice machine door at fast food restaurant causing traumatic brain injury.
  • Plaintiff fell into a hole in a parking garage sustaining soft tissue injuries to neck, shoulder, hip and back. Plaintiff treated conservatively for 5 months. No residuals.
  • Premises liability matter where tenant used leased premises for purposes outside the scope of the lease agreement. Said improper use resulted in injury to plaintiff, who sustained a compression fracture of the ankle requiring several surgeries to repair.
  • Plaintiff slipped and fell in restroom of a building striking her head causing a closed head injury, neck and back injuries.
  • Five year old boy injured when 150 pound steel gate which was left unsecured falls on his head causing skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Plaintiff left with hemiplesia and facial disfigurement.
  • Employee of big box store drops a box of lights on the plaintiff striking her hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Soft tissue injuries, no future damages.
  • Plaintiff fell when sidewalk curb broke away due to tree root erosion. Defendants were the adjacent landowner and the city. Plaintiff tore rotator cuff and knee in the fall requiring surgical intervention.
  • Plaintiff tripped and fell on uneven sidewalk uprooted by tree roots leaving a greater than 1" deviation. Plaintiff lurched forward and broke her fall with both hands, fracturing 5th metacarpal on left hand and fracturing ulna and radius on the right. Right arm surgically repaired with plate. Plaintiff also struck mouth on ground causing a tooth to break requiring an implant.
  • Trip and fall at a public school property due to uneven walkway causing a more than 6" differential in the walkway. Plaintiff was a toddler being carried by parent when parent tripped and fell causing child to strike head on concrete walkway leading to skull fracture and a brain bleed. School district claimed design immunity.
  • Minor plaintiff was injured while sliding down a water slide at defendant's pool. Plaintiff suffered a partially amputated thumb of non-dominant hand.

Wrongful Death

  • Auto v Motorcycle case causing death to motorcyclist. Plaintiff is the biological mother of the adopted decedent. Issues as to whether corporate entities were liable due to respondent superior vs. independent contractor.