Mark B. Chassman is an experienced litigation and trial lawyer who practices in the areas of complex business, commercial, employment, and criminal defense litigation in Federal and State courts. Mr. Chassman has extensive litigation experience in the following areas: corporate, real estate, construction, products liability, contracts, employment, criminal, and general commercial litigation. Mr. Chassman has tried in excess of 50 jury and court trials. Mr. Chassman authored an article entitled "Termination for Convenience - Costs Recoverable" published in The Construction Lawyer, Issue 7:3 at 3 (August 1987) He has two published appellate decisions. The first was in the matter of Brinderson-Newberg Joint Venture, et al. v. Pacific Erectors, Inc., 690 F.Supp. 891 (C.D. CA 1988). The second was a California Court of Appeal (Second District) decision affirming the denial of an award of attorneys' fees in a Proposition 65 case [Consumer Cause, Inc. v . Mrs. Gooch's Natural Food Markets, Inc.,et al. (2005) 127 Cal.App.4th 387.] In 2005, as the principal attorney in a petition for writ of mandate to the Second District Court of Appeal, Mr. Chassman was successful on behalf of defendant in a real estate development case in reversing a trial court's ruling denying a motion for leave to amend an answer to add dispositive affirmative defenses. Markoff v. Aaronoff, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. SC080757; Aaronoff v. Superior Court, Court of Appeal Case No. B187963.
Named in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine in Business Litigation/Employment & Labor/General Litigation.
Mr. Chassman is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization in which eligibility for membership requires completion of a prescribed number of jury trials, the display of skill, civility, and integrity, and the nomination and election by the existing members, which include some of the best trial lawyers in America.
Mr. Chassman is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum by acting as the principal counsel in multiple cases in which his verdicts have exceeded two million dollars.
In 1982, Mr. Chassman graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with special emphasis in finance and real estate from California State University, Northridge. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 1985. Mr. Chassman has been admitted to the California Bar and all of the United States District Courts in California since 1985. Mr. Chassman is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the State of New York.
Prior to September 1993, Mr. Chassman was associated with the construction law firm of Monteleone & McCrory and the New York City law firms of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon and Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance). While associated with these international law firms, Mr. Chassman gained extensive business litigation and trial experience in Federal and State courts, principally on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.
For over 2 years, Mr. Chassman was a Deputy Public Defender. In September 1993, Mr. Chassman opened his own law firm and his practice has continued to focus on complex business and criminal litigation and trial work.