Dana Fox Named Top 100 Lawyer of 2021 by Daily Journal
Los Angeles, Calif. (September 21, 2021) - Los Angeles Partner and Co-Chair of Lewis Brisbois’ General Liability Practice Dana Alden Fox was recently featured in the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers special report for a third consecutive year. The report includes interviews with the most highly-regarded attorneys in California.
During his interview, Mr. Fox described the challenges that COVID-19 has presented for individuals involved in trials, telling the Daily Journal that courtroom restrictions caused a recent jury selection to take eight days. “Eight days is long enough to try a whole other case,” he said. “These are hard days for everyone in court, especially for jurors. We’ve been hearing comments like, ‘We’re packed in tight and there are no windows in the room, so we’re concerned.’ It makes a trial, which is difficult and clunky to begin with, even more clunky. Everyone wears a mask, which makes it difficult to hear. The most common question is, ‘What?’”
In addition, Mr. Fox discussed a Los Angeles trial in which he is representing a school district against allegations that one of its teachers sexually molested students. The trial was recently paused to allow the plaintiffs to appeal the judge’s ruling over cumulative emotional trauma evidence. Mr. Fox explained, “We spent a lot of time and effort to pick a jury and now this has thrown a monkey wrench into the proceedings.”
Mr. Fox similarly described a matter involving a $60 million claim against his hotel client, which arose from a six-year-old’s near drowning in a hotel hot tub and resulting brain damage. Mr. Fox prevailed at trial with a 12-0 complete defense verdict. Explaining that this trial was one of the first in-person trials to occur in Orange County during the pandemic, Mr. Fox noted, “Some of these cases have to be tried.” Moreover, the entire trial was webcast by Courtroom View Network. “At first I couldn’t understand why they would choose this trial to televise. Then, I realized that we were the only show in town,” Mr. Fox said.