Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Estate and Probate Planning and Litigation

Paul Lannus


925.300.3520, ext. 315
Fax: 925.300.3386
plannus@lclaw.com
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Primary Areas of Legal Practice

Environmental Litigation, Products Liability and Toxic Tort, Litigation Management

Professional Experience

Mr. Lannus represents clients on both the local and national level in all phases of toxic tort and products liability litigation. His representative matters include asbestos, silica, chemical exposure, clean room, mold, and groundwater contamination litigation.

His experience includes the examination of lay and expert witnesses, law and motion practice, oral arguments at court hearings, settlement conferences and negotiations, mediations, and trial preparation. In addition, he has training in drafting licensing, non-disclosure and sales agreements.

Prior to joining Lankford Crawford Moreno & Ostertag, LLP, Mr. Lannus was a senior litigation associate with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, a 500 attorney international law firm.  At McKenna Long, Mr. Lannus served as a primary case handling/senior team attorney with its San Francisco Toxic Tort Group handling asbestos litigation for national and international clients.

He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy (2004) and served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable James Ware, United States District Court, Northern District of California in 1998.  Prior to practicing law, Mr. Lannus worked for a national entertainment company as a logistics manager.

Past and Present Representative Clients

Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC., Luzenac America, Inc., Metalclad Insulation, Corp., Pacific Mechanic Corp., Rudolf & Sletten, Inc.,  Rio Tinto Minerals, Inc., Wismer & Becker Contracting Engineers, and Velan Valve Corp.

Representative Matters and Trial Experience

Mr. Lannus has assisted as trial counsel in multiple asbestos trials, including:

  • Crull v. Metalclad Insulation, (2009) – Alameda County, California;  Malignant mesothelioma – Defense Verdict
  • Villalpando v. Ford Motor Company, (2007) – Alameda County, California;  Wrongful death/Malignant mesothelioma – Defense Verdict
  • Murray v. Pacific Mechanical Corp. (2001)  – San Francisco County, California; Lung Cancer – Defense Verdict
  • Campbell v. C&H Sugar Company (2000) – Alameda County, California;  Malignant mesothelioma – Defense Verdict.
  • Moreno v MTD Holdings Inc. (2009) , San Francisco County, California;  Malignant mesothelioma – Resolved shortly before opening statements.
  • Brodeur v. Ford Motor Company and General Motors (2008), Los Angeles County, California;  Lung Cancer– Non-suit (choice of law).
  • Bakkie v. RAM Auto Parts, Inc. (2006), San Francisco County, California;  Malignant mesothelioma – Resolved during trial.
  • Johnsen v. Ford Motor Company and General Motors (2006) San Francisco County, California; Malignant mesothelioma – Non-suit (choice of law).

Education

  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy (2004)
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • San Jose State University, San Jose (B.A., 1994) Public Administration

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1997
  • Washington
  • United States District Court, All Californian Districts

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
  • Defense Research Institute