Victor W. Santochi


Victor Santochi is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability Practice. He has more than 35 years of experience representing insurance carriers, insureds, self-insureds and municipalities in the defense of premises, trucking, habitation and products claims, in both the personal injury and property damage areas. Of the self-insureds, Victor has defended national hotel and restaurant chains and recently obtained a dismissal for a high-end luxury hotel based on their broad-form release covering the use of their spa facilities. His jury trial results include a defense verdict involving the alleged wrongful death of a 9-year-old foster child. He has been with the firm for over a decade, with prior appointments including that of Regional Vice President of Litigation at Reliance Insurance (overseeing both in-house and panel firms defending construction, general liability commercial trucking/auto cases.) Additionally, he served as National Director of Specialty Litigation for Farmers Insurance Group having functional responsibility for construction defect, restaurant, habitation, professional liability and commercial casualty matters. Mr. Santochi also volunteers as L.A. Superior Court Arbitrator, Mediator and ‘Crash Settlement’ Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court.


  • Author, New California Case Means Changes for Wrongful Death Claims for AIG's Legal Insight Newsletter, May 2014
  • Author, California's Expedited Jury Trials Act for ACE Insurance's Claims Bulletin, December 2010
  • Author, “’Civility’, without it we all lose” DRI’s ‘For the Defense’, June 2001
  • Author, Reliance Insurance’s Manual of Staff Counsel Operations, 1989


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Other Admissions
    • United States Tax Court
    • United States Court of Federal Claims


United Stated District Court (California Central District)

Ninth District Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

United States Tax Court

United States Court of Claims

California Bar


  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Breakfast Club of Los Angeles, Chairman, 2004-2013
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute, Chair of the Publications Committee for The Ethics and Professionalism of the DRI, 2001-2002
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Italian American Lawyer Association of Los Angeles

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating, since 1987 (highest rating for ethics and professionalism)
  • Commissioner to the California State Bar’s Judicial Evaluation and Nomination Committee ‘J.N.E.’ 2004-2007
  • Los Angeles Bar Association’s Judicial Election Commission, 2003-2004
  • Special Master for the Los Angeles Superior Court, 1999- Present
  • Probation Officer for California State Bar, 1998-Present


Southwestern University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1977

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts in History, 1974

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