Wesierski & Zurek LLP was founded on November 1, 1987, by Christopher P. Wesierski and Ronald Zurek. They both worked together at two separate firms as associates, then junior partners and eventually partners. Chris Wesierski served on the executive committee and was one of the managing partners at that previous firm. The firm has been rated A-V (the highest ranking possible) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell organization since inception.
Initially, Wesierski & Zurek LLP was comprised of five attorneys. The Firm slowly grew and eventually grew to its present size. The Firm now has attorneys who handle almost any type of litigation. The Firm’s attorneys are known for their tenacity and thoroughness, while at the same time being mindful of maintaining control over the costs of litigation.
Currently, the firm has seven members of ABOTA (American Board Of Trial Advocates) which is an organization which requires that an attorney be asked to join and then approved for membership only if the attorney has tried 20 civil cases to verdict. Those attorneys are Christopher P. Wesierski, Ronald Zurek, Thomas G. Wianecki, Terence P. Carney, Thomas W. Ely, Frank D’Oro and Thomas B. Cummings. Chris Wesierski, Tom Wianecki, and Ron Zurek are also approved as Advocates of ABOTA, which means that they have each tried at least fifty cases to verdict. Thomas B. Cummings is approved as a Diplomate which means that he has tried at least one hundred cases to verdict. The firm is quite proud to offer this depth of trial background and experience to its clients.
The Firm currently has seven senior partners, two of counsel attorneys, three junior partners and associates. Our attorneys have expertise that can be further analyzed by reviewing our practice areas listed on the home page of this website.
We have been selected as one of the top “Go-To” litigation law firms in the country for Fortune 500 companies by the American Lawyer Magazine for the years 2010 and 2011.
The following lawyers were selected Super Lawyers for 2009 and 2010: Christopher Wesierski, Ronald Zurek, Thomas Ely and Thomas Wianecki.
Christopher P. Wesierski has been selected each year since its inception and all the others since one or two years after. Their names are found in the magazine under civil litigation defense.
In August of 2009 and 2010, Christopher Wesierski was selected by OC Metro Magazine as one of the top attorneys in Employment/Labor Law and Insurance defense. Mr. Wesierski is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and 10 out of possible 10 by AVVO.
The Firm enjoys an outstanding reputation from San Diego to San Luis Obispo to San Bernardino. Our attorneys have trial experience in cases covering many different venues, including state court, federal court and tax court. Most of our clients have come to us from word of mouth, and some clients have called because they have noticed the Firm’s favorable results in a jury report.
The Firm has handled cases utilizing as many as five attorneys and a paralegal in trial and has handled one day trials using only one attorney. The Firm welcomes all inquiries regarding any type of case and our background and expertise as to that area. Our win-loss record is remarkable with over 95% of our verdicts being favorable.
Practicing in a variety of areas at both the state and federal levels, Wesierski & Zurek LLP is proud of its attorneys’ extensive litigation backgrounds. The Firm’s areas of expertise include general civil litigation, insurance “bad faith” defense and coverage work, business litigation, appellate practice, insurance defense, products liability, professional liability, the representation of employers and employees, premises liability, store owners, restaurant owners, transportation companies, complex litigation involving real property (land subsidence), toxic torts and discrimination.
Wesierski & Zurek has experience in the representation of apartment owners or managers in regard to any claim or lawsuit being pursued by apartment owners, or against apartment owners or managers by tenants, applicants or guests. For many years, the firm has successfully represented apartment owners in the prosecution of unlawful detainer actions, where necessary, as well as communicating with tenants for enforcement of the rental agreement and house rules and negotiation of contracts.
Wesierski & Zurek also has extensive experience in providing defense for apartment owners on any type of claim pursued by a tenant, applicant or guest, including claims arising out of injuries on the apartment property, claims of discrimination of any form under the Fair Housing laws, claims that conditions on the property might violate provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act or the existence of mold or any other condition creating alleged habitability problems for tenants.
For many years, Thomas B. Cummings has served on the Board of Directors for the Apartment Association of Orange County, and remains in that position to the present time.
The Firm is privileged to represent many Fortune 500 companies and smaller businesses as well. Current or past clients of the Firm include:
- 21st Century Insurance Company
- Allstate Insurance Company
- Argo Select
- Assael BMW
- Atlantic Mutual Insurance Group
- Balboa Insurance Group
- Bayshore Motor Group
- Black & Decker U.S. Inc.
- BMW of Beverly Hills
- Bristol Farms
- California Joint Powers Insurance Authority
- Carl Warren and Company
- Chaparral Motor Sports
- Circle “K” Corporation
- City of Los Angeles
- City of Newport Beach
- County of Orange
- Daniel Food Enterprises
- Coach USA
- Elmore Toyota
- Employers of Wausau
- Family Restaurants, Inc.
- FNF Trinity Property
- Gallagher Bassett
- Grocers Insurance Company
- Hitachi Printing Solutions America Inc.
- How’s Markets
- Hunt Pacific Management Corporation
- John Paul Mitchell Company
- Joint Powers Authority
- Joya Food Enterprises, Inc.
- K.V. Mart Co.
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
- Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
- Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.
- Keeling & Company
- Kraft Foods, Inc.
- Laidlaw Transit Inc.
- Lexus of Mission Viejo
- Marriott International
- Mercury Insurance Group
- Midas Auto Service Experts
- Midas Muffler Company
- Mustek, Inc.
- National Auto and Casualty Company
- New Albertsons, Inc./Supervalu
- Olen Properties
- Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)
- Pacific Specialty Insurance Company
- Pearle Vision, Inc.
- Pepsico, Inc.
- Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles
- Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc.
- Pizza Hut, Inc.
- Pro and Sons Ranch Market
- Progressive Insurance
- Ralphs Grocery Company
- Red Robin Restaurants
- Regents of the University of California
- Ritz Carlton Hotels
- Safeco Insurance Company
- Santa Margarita Ford, Inc.
- Sedgwick Claims
- St. Paul Insurance Company
- St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
- Starwood Hotels
- State Farm Mutual Insurance Company
- Taco Bell Corporation
- Travelers Insurance
- Toyota Lincoln Mercury of Hollywood
- Unified Grocers
- Vallarta Supermarkets, Inc.
- Vallarta Food Enterprises
- Volvo Construction Equipment North America, Inc.
- Volvo Penta of the America’s, Inc.
- Yum! Restaurants International
- Zixta Enterprises
- Zurich Insurance