General Liability/Catastrophic Injury

Public Entity Litigation

Thompson Coe represents a large number of public entities, including municipalities, school districts, counties, public transportation agencies, and utility companies. With its roots in insurance defense litigation, the firm has grown and expanded into a wide and diverse practice of law in many areas of law for both public and private clients. In this context, the firm has represented these entities in personal injury, wrongful termination, discrimination, premises liability, road design, traffic engineering, and property damage litigation.

Our Public Entity Litigation Team is led by Michael R. Nebenzahl, who has been representing clients such as the City of Beverly Hills for over two decades, and his defense verdict for the Rose Bowl in a 2008 brain damage case resulted in being named to the Daily Journal's List of Top Ten Defense Verdicts.

Our Public Entity Litigation Team has developed the specific expertise necessary to properly guide a case through this complex and unique area of these agency practices. We are well versed in the procedural and substantive defenses and immunities afforded by the [California] Tort Claims Act.  We have successfully defended any number of matters at the Claims stage, on motions for summary for judgment and at trial with non-suits and defense judgments.

Our team routinely handles:

  • Tort Claims Act Compliance
  • Dangerous Conditions of Public Property
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • ADA Compliance
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Public Contracts

Representative Clients include:

  • City of Beverly Hills
  • City of Pasadena (and the Rose Bowl)
  • County of Imperial
  • LACMTA
  • LAUSD
  • City of Calabasas
  • City of Goleta
  • City of Agoura Hills
  • City of Camarillo
  • City of Santa Paula
  • City of Malibu
  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency