Gregory L. Bentley - Don't Delete - Keep in case they want to bring it back.

Mr. Bentley is a trial attorney specializing in the representation of consumers on a wide variety of cases, including insurance bad faith and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters. Mr. Bentley's track record reflects a career dedicated to protecting consumers.

Mr. Bentley's efforts on behalf of his clients has been recognized by his peers. He was honored in 2014 by Consumer Attorneys of California with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award. He was named the 2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, 2013 Jennifer Brooks Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association and the 2013 Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year (Government Entity) by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He was a finalist in 2012 for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, and nominated for the award again in 2013 and 2014.

He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine (2010-2015) and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in the State of California by The National Trial Lawyers Association (2011-2014). He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving on the Executive Committee of the San Bernardino/Riverside Chapter. He is the Past President of the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire and currently serves as the 1st Vice President for the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Mr. Bentley's trial success is highlighted by a July 2012 $31.5 million jury verdict against Caltrans and a left-turning driver on behalf of a Los Angeles County prosecutor who suffered catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries as a result of an accident on SR 138. The evidence established that the "skewed" intersection caused drivers to "cut the corner" and "beat the gap" when making left turns, exposing a substantial risk of injury to oncoming motorists. The jury returned a verdict finding that the intersection constituted a dangerous condition and also found that the left-turning driver was negligent. The verdict will provide the client the means to pay for his significant lifetime medical needs. (Evans v. Caltrans, et. al. - Victorville Daily Press article)

In July 2014, Mr. Bentley successfully obtained a $3.8 million jury verdict on behalf of a former student of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District who suffered severe injuries to his right hand during metal shop class. Bryan Zavala was a 16-years-old first time metal shop class student using the high speed industrial machine to taper a steel rod as part of his metal hammer fabrication project when his hand got pulled into a gap between the machine and the edge of the work table causing life-changing, debilitating injuries to his right hand. Mr. Bentley effectively asserted that the gap was 3 times greater than allowed under OSHA safety guidelines and that the machine was dangerous and never should have been used in the class. Mr. Bentley also asserted that the teacher of the shop class improperly taught an unsafe grinding technique posing further dangers to the students. (Zavala v Newport-Mesa Unified School District - OC Register article)

Mr. Bentley and Mr. Bidart obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $17.5 million on behalf of a teenage boy rendered a quadriplegic following a diving accident at a camping activity. The verdict provided the client the means to pay for his significant lifetime medical needs. (Cantwell v. BSA)

In April 2014, Mr. Bentley and Matthew Clark and Clare Lucich of SBEB teamed up on a pro bono basis with the Inner City Law Center in representing 28 people in a lawsuit that sought to seek change in horrible living conditions. Due to the team's litigation efforts, the matter settled on the eve of trial for nearly $4 million, including a global recovery for the clients in the amount of $680,000 in monetary damages, relocation benefits of $93,150 and a full $3,000,000 renovation of the building, including 100 units of newly refurbished affordable housing in Los Angeles. Mr. Bentley and SBEB donated its fee to the Inner City Law Center to help it advance its worthy cause. (Villegas, et al. v. Vista Cahuenga - Los Angeles Daily Journal article)

Mr. Bentley was lead counsel on behalf of 11 clients (2 adult church leaders and 9 high school students) involved in a tragic head-on collision on Highway 395, resulting in 4 deaths and major injuries to the survivors. Due to his litigation efforts, Mr. Bentley was able to uncover numerous Caltrans memorandums dating back to 1965 confirming Caltrans' knowledge of the dangerous propensities of a 6" Type A dike along State highways, which caused wayward vehicles to violently "launch" back into oncoming traffic. This complex case resulted in 60 depositions, the production of thousands of documents and extensive expert workup. The matter settled against multiple defendants for an amount in excess of $20 million.

A staunch advocate for patient's rights, Mr. Bentley took on a major HMO representing over 90 patients who lost kidney transplant opportunities following the forced transfer of their care for cost saving purposes. The litigation efforts resulted in a $17 million settlement and the transfer of all patient care back to qualified hospitals.

A staunch consumer advocate, Mr. Bentley served as the President of the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire (2010 & 2011), is a multiple recipient of the Consumer Attorneys of California President's Award (2010-2013) and is the Committee Chair of the Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire Palm Springs Seminar (2010 - 2013). He has been married for 26 years and has 3 children. He may be reached via email by clicking here.