Brian Poulter

Brian Poulter is an experienced trial attorney who devotes his practice to representing individuals and their families in matters of personal injury and wrongful death. Brian has litigated and tried to verdict numerous commercial trucking, premises liability, and products liability cases, as well as countless auto, dangerous condition, security excessive force, and severe pedestrian and bicyclist injury cases. Through hard work, compassion, and creativity, Brian has obtained amazing results at trial and through settlement, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for his deserving clients over the years against negligent individuals, public entities, and corporations.

Brian was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Port Neches, Texas. He is the youngest of two siblings and the son of Lee and Junella Poulter. Having grown up in a blue-collar, working-family household, Brian was taught the value of hard work at a very young age. Nothing was ever given—everything had to be earned. Brian credits his hometown and his parents’ work ethic for his success in life and in the courtroom.

Brian graduated in the top 10% of his class at Port Neches-Groves High School where he was a two-year letterman in baseball and football. After his time at PN-G, Brian attended Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management with honors from the McCoy College of Business. After two years of working for a Fortune 100 company, Brian decided to pursue his dream of becoming a trial lawyer.

Brian began his legal studies at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. After finishing his first year of law school in the top 5% of his class, Brian transferred to Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California to become a trial lawyer. Loyola is ranked consistently as a top 10 law school nationally for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report. Brian specifically chose Loyola because of its reputation for cultivating some of the best young trial lawyers in the country.

After Loyola accepted Brian, he tried out for Loyola’s nationally-ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, known colloquially as “the Byrne Team.” Brian was 1 of 12 team-members selected to represent Loyola at trial advocacy competitions all over the country. He would spend two years on the team and eventually serve as team captain. It was during this time that Brian honed his trial advocacy skills, which he continues to perfect to this day. Over the next two years, Brian and his teammates met on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 – 10 P.M. (after his regularly scheduled classes), as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 A.M. to often as late as midnight. The process was grueling but incredibly rewarding. Brian received over 3,200 hours of individualized attention from some of the best in the business, such as Susan Poehls, Sean Kennedy, Joshua Carton (as seen on The Staircase | Netflix Original), Mark P. Robinson, Tom Girardi, Amy Fisch Solomon, Chris Ardelan, and David deRubertis just to name a few.

Brian graduated from Loyola after having tried over 150 mock jury trials, which were often judged by ABOTA members with over 100 civil jury trials each to their credit.  Brian’s significant awards and achievements while on the Byrne Team included: 2012 “Top Gun”—an honor given to the top 16 individual trial advocates in the country;  2012 International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award; 2012 National Trial Competition—Southern California Regional Champion; 2012 National Trial Competition—National Elite 8; and the Byrne Trial Advocacy Scholar—$20,000 scholarship for excellence in the art of trial advocacy.

CATASTROPHIC INJURY & WRONGFUL DEATH

Brian joined the team at Stalwart Law Group in December of 2018 to run the firm’s personal injury practice. Before joining the team, Brian cut his teeth at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP—one of the nation’s pre-eminent personal injury law firms. While at PSB, Brian was fortunate enough to work side-by-side with some of the best plaintiff’s personal injury trial lawyers in the country, including Rahul Ravipudi (2017 CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year) and Spencer Lucas—both ABOTA members.

Brian litigated highly complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases while at PSB. He also served as the firm’s handling attorney for the Porter Ranch litigation, which stemmed from the October 23, 2015 massive gas injection well blowout of well SS-25 in the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility operated by Southern California Gas Company.  Brian personally oversaw over 6,000 clients’ cases.  Litigation is ongoing.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

In 2018, Brian was lead trial counsel in the case of Jesse Bias v. Phoenix Express Group, Inc.  Brian’s client, Jesse Bias, was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler while working. The photos from the collision showed minor property damage to Jesse’s vehicle.  The defense routinely called Jesse a liar, pointing to the fact that he told his workers comp doctor just a week after the crash that he was fine, and that he wished to get back to work.  The reality was that Jesse was not fine.  After years of conservative care and treatment, Jesse opted to have surgery to his lumbar spine.  For his trouble, the defendant’s insurance company offered Jesse a mere $150,000 for his trouble.  Brian convinced Jesse to take his case to trial to show the insurance company that he wasn’t going to be pushed around.  After a weeklong trial, the jury returned a 12-0 trial verdict of $1,036,338.86.  Brian then filed a post-trial motion for expert fees, costs, and prejudgment interest, which resulted in a net judgment of over $1.4 million dollars.  Brian’s verdict was published and featured in both the Daily Journal and ALM’s Verdict Search.

In 2017, Brian assisted attorneys Rahul Ravipudi and Matthew Stumpf in the case of Moradi v. Nevada Property 1, LLC with discovery, law and motion, and pre-trial workup. The Moradi case involved allegations of excessive security force against Las Vegas nightclub Marquee and the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino, which left their client with a traumatic brain injury.  Brian took and defended depositions of multiple witnesses, treating physicians, and experts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Chicago.  Before trial, the Cosmopolitan moved for summary judgment, alleging that it was absolved of liability because the security guards were Marquee employees.  Brian successfully defeated the motion and the case proceeded to trial against both defendants.  Panish Shea & Boyle attorneys Rahul Ravipudi, Tom Schultz, Debbie Chang, Matthew Stumpf, and Jake Douglass tried the case to a Las Vegas jury over 4 weeks and obtained $209,500,000 trial verdict—$58 million in past and future non-economic damages; $102 million in past and future loss of earnings; and $59.5 million in punitive damages.

In 2016, Brian obtained a seven-figure, confidential settlement for his minor client who sustained severe injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder after an 85-foot tall tree located in a park owned and maintained by a government entity fell on top of her while attending a summer camp.

In 2016, Brian obtained seven-figure, confidential settlement for his client who was injured in an auto collision on the Foothill FWY in Upland, California.  For years, the defense lied about how the collision occurred and offered pennies on the dollar to settle the case.  Believing in his client, Brian prepared the case for trial, which ultimately settled the day before jury selection for the insurance policy limits.

In 2016, Texas-based firm Saucier & Smaistrla, P.C. asked Brian to associate into the case of Shaw v. Gengle, et al. as lead trial counsel with trial beginning in one month.  The case involved a near head-on collision at 30+ MPH.  Brian’s client sustained neck injuries, which required surgery. At the time of trial, she had only undergone 16 sessions of physical therapy because she was pregnant with triplets. Prior to Brian’s involvement, the defense offered $12,000 to settle the case at mediation. The case proceeded to trial in August of 2016, and after 5 days of trial, Brian obtained a $391,000 trial verdict.  He then filed a post-trial motion to recover an extra $300,000 in attorney’s fees and costs because the defendant refused to accept responsibility before trial.  The court granted Brian’s motion, and the parties reached a confidential global settlement amount, resulting in a net recovery of over $500,000, which was a 4,000 % increase above the insurance company’s original settlement offer.  Brian’s verdict was published in both the Daily Journal and ALM’s Verdict Search.

In 2015, Brian obtained a confidential, seven-figure settlement for his client—former two-time Olympic gold medalist, Craig Buck.  Craig was an avid cyclist who spent his mornings riding his road bike on Santa Barbara’s back roads.  As he descended the hill, a truck pulled out in front of him, causing life-altering injuries.  The police report cited Craig as the sole cause of the collision.  Because of this, the driver’s insurance company blamed Craig and refused to compensate him for his injuries.  Brian investigated the driver’s background and uncovered a troubling history of violence towards cyclists.  Within days of disclosing this information to the carrier, the driver’s insurance company tendered the entire underlying and excess policy limits.

CONTACT INFORMATION

t: 310-954-2000 Ext. 103
e: brian@stalwartlaw.com

EDUCATION

  • Texas State University, B.B.A.
  • Loyola Law School | Los Angeles, J.D., Byrne Trial Advocacy Scholar

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • ABOTA Sidebar

NOTEWORTHY

  • Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Personal Injury, 2018 & 2019
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles “Rising Star” Nominee, 2018
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Sidebar Program (Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters), 2018
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Verdict Club