Brian Chase, Scott Ritsema of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Named ‘Attorneys of the Year’ by Prestigious CAOC

  Brian Chase, Scott Ritsema of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Named
  ‘Attorneys of the Year’ by Prestigious CAOC

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- November 14, 2012

Bisnar | Chase California Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP
( today announced partner Brian Chase and attorney Scott
Ritsema have won the Consumer Attorneys of California’s (CAOC) prestigious
‘Attorney of the Year’ award.

The winners were announced at the CAOC’s Annual Installation and Awards Dinner
in San Francisco this past weekend.

This is the second time Chase has been awarded an Attorney of the Year
distinction, the first in 2004 when he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by
the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. This is the first Attorney of the
Year distinction for Ritsema.

CAOC and its esteemed Consumer Attorney of the Year Award recognizes
plaintiffs' attorneys who have achieved significant results for their clients
and who have significantly helped consumers or have helped change consumer law
for the better in the state of California.

CAOC outlined the reasons why Chase and Ritsema were named Attorneys of the
Year in a release issued this past weekend, highlighting the attorneys’
representation of an auto defects case in which a jury awarded victim Jaklin
Romine $24.7 million for a defective car seat that rendered her a

According to the CAOC announcement, “In Romine v. Johnson Controls, Inc.,
Bisnar | Chase represented Jaklin Romine, who was properly seat belted when
she was rear-ended at a Pasadena intersection while waiting to make a left
turn. Her seat collapsed rearward and she was thrown into the back seat,
breaking her neck and back. Chase and Ritsema presented evidence that the
seat, designed by Johnson Controls, was too weak to withstand foreseeable rear
impacts, thus subjecting occupants to catastrophic risks. They also showed the
company had been well aware of the dangers and risks of weak seats since the
1990s. Johnson Controls had actually developed a design that was more
structurally sound to prevent seats from collapsing in accidents such as this
but chose to put profits ahead of people.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of Brian and Scott and the entire Bisnar | Chase team
for their passion and enthusiasm in protecting the rights of innocent
victims,” said John Bisnar, founder of Bisnar | Chase. “In particular, Brian
and Scott have proven they’re top notch, successfully and unwaveringly going
head-to-head with big corporations to make them pay for negligence and
wrongdoing. This prestigious award by CAOC confirms what we already know to be
true – our attorneys are some of the best in the business. I’m thrilled
they’re on our team and not on the other side of the courtroom.”

CAOC is a professional organization made up of nearly 3,000 attorneys who
represent plaintiffs seeking accountability from those who do wrong. The
Consumer Attorney of the Year Award nomination process is stringent and
involves case evaluation that takes into consideration the following factors:

  *Whether the case demonstrates how the civil justice system works to
    provide justice to victims, changes behavior, takes dangerous products off
    the market, or holds wrongdoers accountable
  *Whether the case exemplifies how trial attorneys use their skill and
    determination to create a more just society
  *Whether the case demonstrates a particular skill of the attorney in
    achieving the result
  *Whether the attorney faced unusual obstacles, great risk, or incredible
    odds he or she had to overcome
  *Whether the case and/or attorney stands out in comparison to similar case
    results or settlement offers

Brian Chase is a native of Southern California, a graduate of California State
University, Long Beach, a graduate of Pepperdine School of Law and a 19-year
personal injury attorney. He has litigated dozens of jury trials and has
represented both local and national auto product liability and catastrophic
injury cases, obtaining judgments and settlements exceeding $100 million.

Formerly from Michigan, Scott Ritsema is known as a bulldog plaintiff’s
attorney who fights for the rights of the seriously injured. He was admitted
to the California Bar in 1988 – the same year in which he won the Order of the
Coif Award. He’s brought 16 trials to verdict and has conducted over 50
arbitrations to conclusion.

About Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP

Bisnar | Chase represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost
a family member due to an defective product, negligence or auto accident in
California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury
and wrongful death cases involving car accidents, work related injuries,
negligence and defective products made by Fortune 500 companies. For more
information, visit


Bisnar | Chase
Jennifer Lange, (949) 916-4820 – Direct
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