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Walter M. Yoka

Walter M. Yoka

Partner
Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
213-427-2300
Fax:
213-427-2330
Email:

A nationally recognized trial attorney with particular focus on products liability, Walter Yoka has tried numerous complex and high profile cases to verdict on behalf of Yoka & Smith's corporate clients and successfully argued in California's Supreme and Appellate courts.  Among his many affiliations, Mr. Yoka is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is serving as the 2014 President of the Los Angeles chapter.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the ABOTA Lee B. Wenzel Civility Award.  He is also a member of the Product Liability Advisory Counsel and International Society of Barristers. He served as President of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC) and the California Defense Counsel.  In 2003, he was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve on the Judicial Council Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts on the Fair and Efficient Administration of Civil Cases, and formerly served as a member of the Judicial Counsel Civil & Small Claims Committee.  Chief Justice George also appointed him to serve on the Civil & Small Claims Advisory Committee on Electronic Discovery.  He was inducted into the ASCDC Hall of Fame in 2008.  Mr. Yoka has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2004, selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006, and Los Angeles Times' Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers list.  Additionally, Mr. Yoka was recognized by Southern California's Best Lawyers, as the "Los Angeles Best Lawyers Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year" for 2012, and he was also recognized by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year - Product Liability Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation Defendants" for 2014. Yoka & Smith has been chosen as a Fortune 500 Go-To Law Firm of the World's Leading Companies since 2007.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Business Torts/Litigation
  • Class Actions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1987

Education

  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1980
  • California State University, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1977

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California's Best Lawyer
  • Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Yoka & Smith has continually been chosen as a Fortune 500 Go-To Law Firm of the World's Leading Companies
  • Southern California's Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year - Product Liability Litigation Defendants" for 2012
  • Southern California's Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year - Product Liability Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation Defendants" for 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California State Bar, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, Executive Committee, Los Angeles Chapter President
  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Treasurer, Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Treasurer, Member
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Past President, Board of Directors
  • California Defense Counsel, Past President
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Judicial Appointment Committee
  • Judicial Counsel Civil & Small Claims Committee, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Los Angeles County Superior Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Morgan, Wenzel & McNicholas, Associate/Partner, 1979-1994

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