Conal Doyle

Conal Doyle

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Conal Doyle's reputation as a fearless advocate has been earned by achieving significant verdicts and settlements in difficult cases. California's legal newspaper, The Daily Journal, honored his jury verdict in Castaneda v. State of California as one of California's Top 10 verdicts of 2010 and his record setting $26.8 million verdict in McKnight v. Spain as one of 2013's Top 10 verdicts. The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles ("CAALA") honored him as the 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year, and he has been listed for the past three years in Best Lawyers In America. These are just some of the many accolades that have come from a career filled with improbable and unprecedented victories in tough cases.

The foundation of this success is a passion for justice and a commitment to client service. Conal was born without his right leg, and like many of his clients, has overcome great obstacles and endured daily struggles. These experiences provide him a unique insight into his clients' challenges, and help him guide his clients through difficult times.

One of the best examples of Conal's groundbreaking legal work is his representation of former immigration detainee Francisco Castaneda and his family. Mr. Castaneda died of penile cancer because state and federal doctors denied him a biopsy to rule out cancer. The Castaneda family brought two lawsuits: one against the State of California and the other against the United States of America.

Conal obtained a $1.735 million jury verdict against the State, which was more than 170 times the pre-trial offer of $10,000. He then settled the case against the United States for another $1.95 million. Along the way, Conal argued before the United States Supreme Court in Hui v. Castaneda, and represented Mr. Castaneda before Congress. The Castaneda cases have been credited with providing a catalyst for the reform of the immigration detention system.

These courtroom successes have been reported in media outlets around the world, including a piece on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes." The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association honored him with the 2011 Civil Justice Award for his unprecedented work on behalf of the Castaneda family. And the National Law Journal recognized him as its national "Appellate Lawyer of the Week" for his argument before the Supreme Court in Hui v. Castaneda.

Conal specializes in representing plaintiffs in civil litigation, and has a national reputation as an advocate for amputees in injury and bad faith insurance claims. His article, "Glimpsing the Future for an Amputee," is used as a guide for litigating limb loss cases by attorneys across the country. Other attorneys frequently ask him to act as lead trial counsel on serious injury cases.

Conals, Professional Recognitions include: The National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts-2013, The Daily Journal Top 10 Verdicts-2013, 2012 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award, 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year-Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2011 Attorney of the Year-The Recorder, The Best Lawyers In America-2012 (Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury), Finalist-2011 CAOC Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2011 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, The National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100- 2008-2011, The Daily Journal - Top 20 Under 40 in California 2010 Super Lawyers, The Daily Journal - Top Verdicts 2010, Martindale Hubbell - AV Rating, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association - 2011 Civil Justice Award, The National Law Journal-Appellate Lawyer of the Week 2010, Tampa Bay Magazine-Tampa's Top Attorneys (Medical Malpractice), and the 2011 Public Justice Achievement Award-Public Justice Foundation.

Conal devotes a significant portion of his practice to public interest work and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Foundation, a non-profit public interest law firm. Mr. Doyle frequently acts as "lead cooperating counsel" on cases with Public Justice, where he donates a portion of his fees as a pro bono contribution to the organization. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charity.

Conal attended Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1997 graduating Cum Laude and Eckerd College-St. Petersburg, Florida, B.A., 1993.

Mr. Doyle is a right leg amputee. He is an avid alpine skier and has competed in Giant Slalom and Slalom alpine races against the best disabled athletes in the world, including the U.S. Ski Team, Canadian Ski Team, and Australian Ski Team. He is a former member of the Board of Directors (1998-2002) of Self-Reliance, Inc. and is active in community efforts to improve the lifestyles of Americans with disabilities. He regularly draws on his unique life experiences in representing clients who have sustained significant injuries or have suffered discrimination due to their disabilities.

Mr. Doyle is a frequent lecturer and author on the topics of civil trial practice, civil rights, and personal injury litigation at law schools, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and the FBI NAA National Convention, where he has been recognized as an expert in civil rights litigation. He has also been quoted and featured frequently in national newspapers, radio, and television regarding constitutional law issues and civil rights.