Greg Coolidge joined Carpenter & Zuckerman as an attorney in October 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Greg had practiced as an attorney for thirteen years during which he litigated more than 100 toxic injury cases on behalf of workers suffering from various diseases caused by their exposure to toxic chemical products. These workers included lithographic printers, machinists, mechanics, aerospace workers, painters, and other workers exposed to benzene-containing chemical products who contracted leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other cancers; foundry workers, abrasive blasters, mold makers, and other workers exposed to silica dusts, aluminum oxide dusts, and metal fumes and dusts who contracted interstitial lung disease, asthma, and other lung diseases; food flavoring workers exposed to diacetyl who contracted bronchiolitis obliterans; workers exposed to silica and organic solvents who contracted autoimmune diseases; and x-ray technicians exposed to hydroquinone-containing x-ray developers who contracted leukemia. Greg litigated these cases against many of the world’s largest chemical companies, including Chevron, Dow Chemical Company, BASF Corporation, Safety-Kleen Corporation, and hundreds of other companies that manufactured the toxic chemical products that caused these workers to contract these diseases. Many of these workers and their families represented by Greg obtained substantial eight-figure, seven-figure, and six-figure settlements from these chemical companies.
Greg has also successfully litigated several cases before the California Court of Appeal, including: Hernandez v. Superior Court (2003) 112 Cal.App.4th 285 (a trial court, even in an action designated as complex litigation, is not permitted to order a plaintiff, as part of a case management order or otherwise, to disclose the opinions of his experts prior to the simultaneous designation and depositions of these experts, because such constitutes a violation of the attorney work product doctrine and C.C.P. Section 2034); Tellez-Cordova v. Campbell-Hausfeld (2004) 129 Cal.App.4th 577 (the component part defense does not apply to failure to warn or design defect causes of action asserted against the manufacturers or distributors of machines, such as power saws and grinders, which emit or release toxic substances during the intended and foreseeable uses of the machines).
Greg received a degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, in 1992, and received an M.A. in Political Science from University of California, Riverside in 1996. During this period he was a recipient of three Graduate Council Fellowships.
Greg received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in May, 2000, graduating magna cum laude. While attending law school, he had numerous accomplishments, including: Served as Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern University Law Review; Finished as Second Place Oralist and Finalist Writer in Southwestern University’s Intramural Moot Court Competition; Received multiple academic awards, including CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in the following categories: Torts, Legal Research and Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Foundation of Torts; and Awarded Dean’s Merit Scholarship. During the Summer of 1998, Greg was a law clerk for Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, California, and during the Summer of 1999 he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi of the United States District Court.
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