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When Alina Landver launched her Beverly Hills, California tort and business litigation practice in 2014, she was making a drastic change: from serving as the top in-house lawyer at a renowned fashion design house to becoming a tort and business litigation attorney.
In making the transition from corporate law to tort law and business litigation, Landver was determined to be a catalyst for change in people’s lives. The early returns are good. In her practice representing accident victims who suffer from neurological, spinal and musculoskeletal injuries, she recently secured a seven-figure settlement for a severely injured, low-income client.
Such cases are a world away from her former life as an in-house lawyer. “I had great training from savvy management teams,” says Landver, who for eight years served as general counsel, vice-president and director of intellectual property and trademarks for the French designer Christian Audigier at both his eponymous company and the Ed Hardy® brand. “But when I decided it was time to transition to litigation, I knew I needed to expand my expertise.”
A native of Los Angeles, she finds it beneficial to take advantage of legal conferences concentrating on personal injury and business litigation issues—from truck and motorcycle accidents to slip-and-fall injuries to business torts—where she has been introduced to emerging law on catastrophic injuries and business practices. She also began tracking websites that cover medical advances in understanding pain and trauma. Judging from client testimonials posted on her website, Landver has achieved notable success.
While one would be hard pressed to find many similarities between corporate law and civil litigation, the ability to use technology to produce successful outcomes is one of them. For her clients, who include entrepreneurs and commercial real estate investors along with personal injury victims, Ms. Landver deploys data and analytics to dive deeper into research and to examine current verdicts and settlements. Data-fueled research tools are “a huge part of my practice arsenal,” she says.
Landver’s transition to tort and business litigation practice has been a successful one, but she didn’t do things the easy way. For younger attorneys and those considering the legal profession, she has one suggestion drawn from personal experience. “I would recommend working for the first two years at a litigation firm,” she says, noting that the skills necessary to negotiate favorable settlements and judgments are difficult to learn on your own.
In the next few years, Ms. Landver looks forward to identifying new opportunities to be a catalyst for change in her clients’ lives. This includes expanding her Beverly Hills practice throughout Southern and Northern California and educating others in her profession. “I love hearing my clients’ appreciation for my hard work after putting my heart and soul into every matter,” she says. “The power to effect change in the lives of others is very rewarding.”
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