Daniel Callahan | Callahan Consulting
Daniel J. Callahan has distinguished himself as one of the top trial attorneys in California, both as an Orange County business attorney and Santa Ana injury attorney, and has repeatedly been recognized by his peers for his incredible accomplishments. Mr. Callahan was the winner of the prestigious OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award three times, in 2000, 2004, and 2012. He has been named one of the Top 10 Attorneys in the United States by the National Law Journal. He was voted California Business Trial Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. In addition, Mr. Callahan has been named one of the Top 100 trial lawyers by the American Trial Association, featured in the Best Lawyers in America for sixteen years straight, 2005-2021 and listed by Super Lawyers as one of The Top 10 Lawyers in Southern California for 2013.
The reason for the accolades is simple: preparation and results. Since founding Callahan & Blaine, Mr. Callahan has won many jury trials and obtained scores of seven and eight-figure settlements on behalf of his clients.
Notable verdicts include a $934,000,000 jury verdict obtained in 2003, after a three-month jury trial in a complex business dispute entitled Beckman Coulter vs. Flextronics. This unanimous verdict was the largest in California in 2003 and remains the largest in Orange County history. Mr. Callahan went on to obtain a $50,000,000 settlement in a road design case against the City of Dana Point. Exclusive of large class actions, this is one of the largest personal injury settlement in United States history. Most recently, after a two-month jury trial, Mr. Callahan obtained a $38 Million settlement on behalf of a class of newspaper delivery drivers against The Orange County Register. This is the highest employment settlement in Orange County’s history. Mr. Callahan is equally skilled in representing defendants. He has secured many total defense verdicts against some of the most respected plaintiff attorneys in the county.
Mr. Callahan grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he went on to receive his BA, magna cum laude, from Western Illinois University in 1976, and graduated with honors from the UC Davis School of Law in 1979, while serving as Editor of the Law Review. He began his career in Hawaii before relocating to Southern California and starting his own firm by opening the doors on St. Patrick’s Day, 1984.
Mr. Callahan has given nationwide seminars on litigation and published multiple articles on litigation strategy and practice. He has been a speaker at multiple continuing education seminars and regularly speaks at the State Bar of California’s annual convention on topics ranging from advanced trial skills to the use of technology in the courtroom. For the past several years, he also has given seminars on jury selection and opening statements at local, state, and national conferences.
Brian McCormack | Callahan & Blaine
Brian McCormack is a nationally recognized trial attorney and a principal at Callahan & Blaine. His practice focuses on high-stakes, complex civil litigation, including traumatic brain and spine injury, personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and product liability litigation.
Mr. McCormack’s history of outstanding results has earned him a reputation for excellence among both clients and peers. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County, California, and was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.
Honors and Awards
• The Best Lawyers in America
• OCTLA Trial Attorney of the Year
• Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County
• Western State University College of Law – Hall of Fame
• Top Attorneys in Southern California
• Best California Attorneys
• The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers, Civil Plaintiff
• Lawyers of Distinction – Top 10% in the U.S. – Personal Injury
• America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%
• American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers – 10 Best
• Super Lawyers
Professional Associations and Memberships
• American Association for Justice, Member
• Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
• Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Jason Casero | Callahan & Blaine
Jason Casero has a broad base of experience in all phases of litigation, arbitration, and internal investigations. As an Orange County business lawyer, he has represented multi-national corporations and prosecuted the rights of litigants in a variety of practice areas, including real estate, intellectual property, and business litigation. He regularly consults with business clients regarding best practices and mitigation of legal risk. His pro bono efforts have ranged from assisting individuals escaping persecution, to protecting non-profits from predatory attacks.
Jason has a passion for oral advocacy and is a winner of the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court Competition. In addition to his practice, he has continued to pursue this passion through his volunteer efforts as a coach during Fordham Law School’s Mentor Moot Court Competition. He has also served as a moot court judge during the prestigious National Moot Court Competition co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and served as a guest lecturer on intellectual property issues.
As a proud member of a military family, Jason maintains a keen interest in the rights of veterans and their loved ones.
Brett Bitzer | Callahan & Blaine
Brett Bitzer is an experienced trial attorney successfully representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex multi-million dollar cases throughout the state of California.
In 2003, Mr. Bitzer obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno where he majored in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Division 1-A tennis team. In 2009, Mr. Bitzer graduated Order of the Coif and With Great Distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. After passing the California bar in December 2009, Mr. Bitzer worked for a very successful boutique civil litigation firm in Sacramento specializing in trial work. In 2015, Mr. Bitzer got married to Jessica Jorgenson, a Southern California native, which brought Mr. Bitzer to beautiful Southern California.
Mr. Bitzer learned early on in his career that while many attorneys hold themselves out as civil litigators very few of them are actually trial attorneys. Mr. Bitzer chose to be a trial attorney and has dedicated himself to the craft ever since.
Mr. Bitzer’s greatest strength is his ability to successfully and efficiently prepare a case for trial. While not every case should be tried, Mr. Bitzer is a firm believer that the only way to maximize a case’s settlement value, for either a plaintiff or defendant, is to prepare it as if it is going to trial. For example, Mr. Bitzer recently represented an employee who had been wrongfully terminated and not paid his stock options. The defense did not prepare the case for trial and, for that reason, was forced to quadruple its settlement offer the day before trial once it was made clear that Mr. Bitzer was prepared to take the employment lawsuit to verdict.
Similarly, Mr. Bitzer substituted in as counsel for a plaintiff in a complex legal malpractice action two months before trial and after the case had been pending for over three years. Mr. Bitzer quickly prepared the case for trial, successfully amended the complaint to allege more precise claims and damages, and the case settled days before trial for over double the settlement offer obtained by the prior counsel. The reason being, Mr. Bitzer was prepared to take the case to verdict and the defense was not.
Most recently, Mr. Bitzer obtained a judgment (including attorneys’ fees) on behalf of an Orange County business owner who sold his medical laboratory and was not paid the final installment payment. The main defense was that the judgment should be solely against a defunct entity that had no assets which would have resulted in a pyrrhic victory for the client. In response, Mr. Bitzer was able to present overwhelming evidence to successfully persuade the Court that the corporate veil should be pierced holding the individual defendants personally liable and making the judgment collectible for the client.
Mr. Bitzer has also had success in defending business owners and individuals. Sometimes a defense case must be tried because the plaintiff’s counsel is unreasonable and has overvalued the case. Specifically, Mr. Bitzer recently represented a business owner being sued by a former employee for wrongful termination and pregnancy discrimination. The plaintiff’s counsel pre-trial offer was in excess of $2 million dollars which would have bankrupted the client and was more than the claim was worth. After a four-week jury trial, Mr. Bitzer successfully obtained a motion for new trial on damages reducing the jury’s verdict (9-3) from $787,000 to $190,000 and the client was able to stay in business and avoid bankruptcy.