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Four Attorneys Join Los Angeles Office

September 10, 2018

Thompson Coe is pleased to announce the addition of four attorneys to the firm's Los Angeles office: Partners, Michael R. Nebenzahl and Robert A. Latham, along with Associates, Monica M. De Leon and Dianna Manukyan.

Our new attorneys, formerly of California-based firm Archer Norris, will expand Thompson Coe's general liability, tort, and personal injury practices with a focus on defense of public entities. They have extensive experience representing cities, school districts, utility companies and transportation agencies in property damage and personal injury matters, including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.

Frances O'Meara, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, is excited with this latest expansion to the Thompson Coe family: "Michael is an outstanding trial lawyer with 35 years of experience. We are very excited to have him and his team on board to enhance the depth of our trial practice."

In addition to the defense of high-stakes personal injury and property claims, our new attorneys bolster the firm's established and exceptional capabilities in the areas of professional liability, employment, bad faith, healthcare and medical malpractice, products liability, and construction defect litigation.

More information regarding each of our new colleagues is set forth below. We are proud to welcome them to Thompson Coe and invite you to contact them to discuss your needs.

male attorneyMichael R. Nebenzahl, Partner
Michael Nebenzahl is a seasoned litigator who focuses his practice on the defense of personal injury litigation on behalf of public entities. Practicing for over 30 years, Michael has tried more than 35 cases to jury verdict. One of Southern California's most experienced and well-regarded trial attorneys, Michael represents clients such as the City of Beverly Hills, City of Pasadena, and the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

male attorneyRobert A. Latham, Partner
A trial lawyer with 35 years of experience, Robert Latham maintains a diverse practice where he represents insurers in bad faith claim handling cases, wrongful death cases, business torts, securities arbitration, trade infringement cases, and corporate raiding matters. A frequent and sought-after speaker, Bob addresses insurers in California and other states for their claim handling and special investigative unit certifications.

female attorney with blonde hairMonica M. de Leon, Associate 
Monica de Leon focuses her trial practice on the defense of public entities in matters of wrongful death and personal injury. She has served as managing associate on several high profile cases involving police shootings, excessive force and wrongful arrest, and employment disputes. In addition to her public entity personal injury defense practice, Monica has experience in medical malpractice, business, employment, real estate, intellectual property, and toxic tort litigation, at both the state and federal levels.

Headshot of Dianna Manukyan, femaleDianna Manukyan, Associate
Dianna defends personal injury matters including wrongful death, brain damage, and catastrophic and emotional injuries.  Her practice focuses on serving the litigation needs of public entity clients in matters involving dangerous conditions of public property and liability stemming from the wrongful conduct or negligent acts of employees.