Stefano Formica is a partner at Vaziri Law Group, A.P.C.
Stefano is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University Law School, where he served as a member of the Mock Trial Board. After graduating from law school, Stefano worked as an associate in a prestigious insurance defense firm and later became a partner at one of the nation’s largest litigation firms. He has successfully represented clients involving automobile accidents, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and catastrophic injuries.
Stefano is an experienced trial attorney, having successfully won several multi-million dollar verdicts including the largest trip and fall verdict in California for the year of 2017. Stefano has been successful in trying cases with very difficult facts- a skill he has honed throughout his over 13 years of practice. He attributes his success to preparation and understanding each client’s case through their eyes, and truly immersing himself in their situation. Only then can a jury be given “all of the facts”- both positive and negative. He believes in giving the jury as much information as possible and letting them decide what is fair and just.
Stefano lives in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles and enjoys hiking, yoga, and surfing. Stefano is a Los Angeles native and speaks Spanish and Italian fluently. He is also an avid Laker and UCLA fan.
Notable Verdicts and Settlements:
2018- $1.1M settlement in a lane change dispute where the defendant admitted liability on the eve of trial.
2017- $1.1M settlement against a commercial trucking company on behalf of an individual who was operating in the course and scope of his employment, and required a spine fusion surgery.
2017- $4.55M settlement against a commercial trucker, on behalf of 6-day laborers, including one with a Traumatic Brain Injury and multiple catastrophic injuries.
2017- Barnett v. Westfield Group, a $3.1M verdict against a multi-national on behalf of an 87-year-old patron. This was the largest trip and fall verdict in California for 2017.
2016- Trip and fall verdict in Alameda County on behalf of an 80-year-old plaintiff in a residential complex.
2016- Verdict involving two occupants of a vehicle that was rear-ended in Riverside, California.
2016- Verdict in a dog-bite incident involving a 13-year-old who was attacked by his neighbor’s unleashed dog.
2016- Verdict in Orange County for over $500,000 involving a pedestrian who was struck while in a crosswalk, despite having admitted to entering the intersection after a flashing “don’t walk” was given.
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