Christopher P. Wesierski
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, ABOTA, International Society of Barristers and Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent.
- Wrongful Termination
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability
- Finding Coverage Under
- Insurance Policies Bad Faith
- Products Liability
- Breach of Contract
- Sexual Harassment
- 17200 Claims
- Agent Malpractice
- Malicious Prosecution
- Appraiser Malpractice
- Business Litigation
- Auto Liability
University of San Diego, 1978 J.D.
California State University at Long Beach, 1975, B.A.
Prior to forming Wesierski and Zurek LLP, Mr. Wesierski was the managing senior partner at the Orange County office of a large defense firm. He also served on the executive management committee for that firm.
Mr. Wesierski attended California State University at Long Beach where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He studied law at the University of San Diego and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1978.
Mr. Wesierski was admitted to the California State Bar in 1979 and is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Labor & Employment Law Section of the California State bar and he is an Advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is AV Premier rated by Martindale-Hubble (highest ranking) and is ranked 10 (out of a possible 10) by AVVO. Mr. Wesierski is a member of ABTL (Association of Business Trial Lawyers). He has been selected as one of the top five employment and insurance lawyers in Orange County by OC Metro.
He has also been admitted to the Ninth Circuit of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for all districts in California. He was on the editorial board for James Publishing as to sexual harassment publications. Mr. Wesierski is a Master Bencher in the Robert Banyard Inn of Court. Chris Wesierski is a member of the executive board for Orange County ABOTA. He is a member of the executive board for the Robert Banyard Inn of Court. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Foundation.
Mr. Wesierski has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal court in such diverse areas of law as wrongful termination, medical malpractice, premises liability, insurance coverage bad faith, products liability, defamation, breach of contract, sexual harassment, 17200 claims, agent malpractice, malicious prosecution, appraiser malpractice and auto liability. Mr. Wesierski has also arbitrated numerous cases to successful conclusion.
He is a specialist in Mary Carter agreements and has consulted as an expert in this area. He has published an article concerning Mary Carter agreements in the Insurance Counsel Journal and has been quoted in the California State Bar Magazine on that topic. Mr. Wesierski has lectured for the Rutter Group and has been asked to teach a trial practice course for a local law school. He has also given trial seminars to various insurance companies, corporations and other companies as well as such groups as the California Hotel and Motel Association and the National Food Service in Portland, Oregon and Beaver Creek, Colorado as well as Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California. He has cases that have been published on appeal in employment matters. He has published articles on Employment Law in five magazines (found below).
On November 11, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach, California, Christopher Wesierski participated on a panel entitled: Valuing Employment Cases: A Peek Behind the Curtain to the Orange County Bar Association.
October 2013 – Chris Wesierski was asked to speak to a class at Whittier Law School by the teacher who is a judge. He spoke on October 9, 2013 with another lawyer about civility.
September 2013 – Chris Wesierski spoke at the Santa Barbara Professional Liability Conference that was held on September 20-21, 2013. He joined a panel of defense counsel to discuss tactics and strategies as well as the theory behind reptile.
August 2013 – Christopher P. Wesierski has been selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law. American Lawyer Media, a leading provider of news and information to the legal industry, has teamed with Martindale-Hubbell™ to highlight “Top Rated Lawyers” in the October 28th issue of The Recorder.
May 2013 – Chris Wesierski was asked to speak on Friday May 17, 2013 at the American Inns of Court National Symposium.
He was asked to speak on a panel titled “Advocacy in an Impersonal World: Does Civility Matter?” The moderator was a Court of Appeal Justice and also on the panel was a Supreme Court Justice from Ohio, a professor at South Carolina who is the director of the Professionalism school there, and a partner at a National firm in Dallas.
Other featured speakers included Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Ken Feinberg (the mediator for the 9/11 settlements) along with the Mayor of New Orleans and all the deans of the Louisiana Law Schools.
There were also other speakers from England or the Supreme Courts of their own states on topics such as the future of advocacy and the art of the advocate.
March 2013 – Christopher P. Wesierski has been selected to serve on the Board of the Orange County Bar Association Masters Division. According to the OC Bar, the Masters Division is an elite division of attorneys who have been in practice for at least 25 years. Its Board members and Officers are “an impressive and diverse group of leading jurists and attorneys from Orange County.”
On Friday, March 1, 2013, Chris Wesierski was a featured speaker on the topic of “Civility Matters” at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel 52nd Annual Seminar. The seminar was held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Karl Rove was the keynote speaker.
The brochure for the Civility Matters seminar describes the 1.5 MCLE credit in Legal Ethics course as “a program that uses real life examples of incivility to illustrate what you do not want to do. The law is a profession, not a business. Civility is profitable and it makes life a lot easier. Scorched earth tactics waste time and money and rarely lead to success. Civility takes some effort and the panel will discuss strategies for achieving a more enjoyable practice of law.”
Joining Mr. Wesierski on the three-person panel was The Honorable William W. Bedsworth, Associate Justice, 4th District Court of Appeal and William B. Smith, Esq. of Abramson Smith Waldsmith.
January 2013 – Chris Wesierski has been selected by Super Lawyers and ranked in the top 50 attorneys in Orange County pursuant to nomination, research and blue ribbon process.
October 2012 – Chris Wesierski was part of a panel speaking on ethics and sex with a client or others at the Turnip Rose.
October 2012 – Christopher P. Wesierski and Roxana Amini recently published an article in the Los Angeles Lawyer, October 2012 issue. The title of the article is “Weighing the Balance – The bona fide occupational qualification exception allows employers to hire only those who pass specific size and weight requirements”.
September 28, 2012 - Chris Wesierski gave another presentation through the CRF (Constitutional Rights Foundation) at Saddleback to a number of high school students regarding juries.
September 2012 – Christopher P. Wesierski and Andrew Brown recently published an article in Verdict Magazine, Volume 2, 2012. The title of the article is “Social Media, Discriminating, and Privacy Rights in an Employment Context.”
August 2012 – Christopher P. Wesierski, Laura J. Barns and Ashley A. Reagan recently published an article in Advocate, August 2012 issue. The title of the article is “The Fallacy Behind Recent Employment Class-Action Decisions. A Second Look at Recent Cases Reveals more Employee-Friendly Case Law.”
June 2012 – Christopher P. Wesierski and Roxana Amini recently published an article in Orange County Lawyer, June, 2012 issue. The title of the article is “When Bad-Mouthing the Boss is Protected by Law.”
May 2012 – Christopher P. Wesierski and Roxana Amini’s article, “The Continuing Violation Doctrine: Implications of Shelley v. Geren” was published in Verdict Magazine, First Quarter, 2012. The article is a follow up to an article written by Mr. Wesierski in 1997. It addresses the “continuing violation doctrine,” which allows an employee to combine an employer’s wrongful conduct when making a discrimination claim. It provides an exception to the rule that an employee making a discrimination claim is barred by the statute of limitations if he/she does not file the claim in a timely manner. Mr. Wesierski and Ms. Amini’s article discusses the difference between federal and California law and how the greater protections provided under federal law are slowly eroding.
February 15, 2012 – Mr. Wesierski’s trial work earned recognition as one of California’s “Top 20 Defense Verdicts of 2011″ by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.
November 2011 - Mr. Wesierski was elected to the prestigious International Society of Barristers. You have to be asked to join that group and membership is limited to 600 members nationwide.
September 2011 – Mr. Wesierski was asked to speak to high school students on Constitution Day along with select attorneys and judges.
October 26, 2011 – Chris Wesierski and a plaintiff counsel will present a civility program to members of the bench and bar.
October 27, 2010. Chris Wesierski did a presentation on cross-examination of key witnesses at Turnip Rose to a group of lawyers and judges.
June 25, 2010. Clash of the Titans. Chris Wesierski was selected by Orange County ABOTA to head the defense team for the Masters in Cross-Examination program at Chapman Law School on June 25, 2010. Mark Robinson was the head of the plaintiff team with formidable lawyers on each team. The two teams cross-examined lay persons and experts throughout a one-day seminar with a one-hour talk on ethics. The two teams had so many excellent trial attorneys that it was billed as the “Clash of the Titans.”
March 25, 2010. EXPERTS: Who Do You Need & How Do You Examine Them? Christopher Wesierski was selected by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association to participate as Defense Attorney on a panel consisting of a Plaintiff’s Attorney, Defense Attorney and Judge to give their perspective to selecting experts in various cases. There will be a live examination of expert witnesses and direct and cross-examination of the experts.
October 28, 2009. Chris Wesierski was asked to give a live presentation on voir dire at Robert Banyard Inn of Court on October 28, 2009 at the Turnip Rose restaurant along with a judge and another attorney.
October 23, 2009. Chris Wesierski spoke at a collaborative event at UCI Irvine School of Law on Friday October 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm. The brochure describes it as the first collaborative event between the new UC Irvine School of Law, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association and American Board of Trial Advocates. It goes on to state “Many of California’s premier jurists, scholars and attorneys will share their views and insights with you…”
January 17, 2009. Christopher Wesierski was asked to give a one hour presentation to the Orange County Bar in their 17th Annual Last Dash Legal Education Seminar along with a distinguished retired jurist and a counsel for the plaintiff side on putting the “civil” back in civil litigation on January 17, 2009 at Whittier Law School.
In May 2009, Mr. Wesierski was the defense coordinator, while in January 2008, he handled the direct exam of the expert in regard to accident reconstruction and biomechanics at Chapman Law School for an audience of over one hundred. In 2006, he was the defense coordinator for all of the attorney speakers on the defense side of the case, in 2003, he was one of the speakers, and in 2001, he was the defense coordinator as well.
Most recently, Chris Wesierski was selected as one of the top attorneys in Orange County for both Employment/Labor matters and for Insurance situations by OCMETRO. As the cover of the magazine stated “OC’s Top Lawyers – Is your attorney among them? It’s the list every business owner and savvy professional Must Read!” He has received this accolade four years in a row.
Mr. Wesierski was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer again for 2012. He has received this honor every year since 2004 by votes tabulated and sent to over 65,000 lawyers in Southern California. Only three percent of licensed attorneys in Southern California were selected for this award which includes lawyers from every type of practice including public interest lawyers, in-house counsel, prosecutors and public defenders.
In November 2003, Mr. Wesierski was presented the prestigious Angelo Palmieri award for maintaining the legal profession’s highest tradition of professionalism and civility by the Robert Banyard Inn of Court.