Richard concentrates his practice on commercial, tort and business litigation and trial, including complex and multidistrict litigation.
Richard Lazenby is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is recognized globally for his practice and is listed as a Leading Aviation Attorney by Aviation Expert Guides 2017. Richard is also listed in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and in Who’s Who Legal: Transport. He was highly recommended for his work by Legal 500 when Condon & Forsyth was selected as one of the top aviation law firms. In 2007 and 2008 he was honorably selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer “Rising Star” and is currently rated a Southern California Super Lawyer.
Richard is an experienced litigator and first-chair trial lawyer with nearly two decades of experience. His litigation practice includes jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations in both state and federal courts in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Richard is also recognized for his participation on the defense team in several high-profile major domestic and international aviation disasters.
Richard’s practice focuses on defending various tort and business liability claims, including personal injury, wrongful death, breach of contract, civil rights, intentional torts, and civil liability for criminal activity. He has significant experience with a variety of clients. A representative list includes: product manufacturers, commercial airlines, general aviation operators, vendors and suppliers, repair and maintenance facilities, transportation and delivery services. He also has significant experience in pre-litigation dispute resolution, and assisting clients with participation in criminal investigations and responding to criminal grand jury and trial subpoenas.
Richard is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (1998), and has a BA in Criminal Justice from Stockton University (1995). He is also a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy (2000). He is a member of the Los Angeles and American Bar Associations, as well as the State Bar of California. Prior to joining the firm, Richard served as a Law Clerk for Judge John G. Himmelberger (Ret.) at the Atlantic County Superior Court in New Jersey (1996).
Representative Recent Successful Defenses:
Griffith v. Hawaiian Airlines. Richard successfully defended the airline in a burn injury lawsuit which resulted in a voluntary dismissal. (2017)
Register v. United Airlines. Richard successfully defended the airline in a discrimination and civil rights lawsuit which resulted in a voluntary dismissal. (2017)
Del Rio v. Ipeco, Inc. Richard successfully defended a product repair and service facility in a personal injury lawsuit which resulted in a voluntary dismissal (2016), and subsequent voluntary dismissal of the parent manufacturing company from lawsuit filed in improper jurisdiction. (2017)
Rosen v. Hawaiian Airlines. Richard successfully defended the airline in a serious personal injury lawsuit which resulted in a voluntary dismissal. (2016)
Fontalvo v Sikorsky. Richard successfully defended product manufacturer in a wrongful death helicopter crash lawsuit which resulted in a voluntary dismissal. (2016)
David v. United Airlines. Richard successfully defended the airline in a breach of contract and personal injury lawsuit which resulted in a dismissal on summary judgment. (2016)
Estate of Jenni Rivera v. Bombardier. Richard successfully defended the product manufacturer in a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit which resulted in a voluntary dismissal. (2016)
Nguyen v. Korean Airlines. Richard successfully defended the airline in a breach of contract and personal injury lawsuit which resulted in a dismissal on summary judgment. Richard also handled the successful appeal upholding the lower court’s dismissal. (2015)
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Contributing editor to IATA Liability Reporter (1999-2006)
Regularly invited speaker at various defense, product liability, and aviation conferences and seminars.