Stuart J. Purdy

STUART J. PURDY is a recognized trial lawyer and shareholder with Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC.  Stuart manages the firm’s California office while serving as one of the lead trial lawyers for the firm.  He has been instrumental in obtaining significant verdicts and settlements over the years.  He primarily practices in the areas of product liability and catastrophic injury with experience in medical malpractice actions.

Stuart has been recognized repeatedly as a “Super Lawyer” since 2015.  Prior to that, he was recognized as a California Super Lawyer Rising Star awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in Southern California.  He was also an invited member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40.  Stuart’s verdicts have repeatedly made lists of Top Verdicts including one of the top 10 “most meaningful verdicts” in the Daily Journal in California 2013; a top 100 verdict in The New York Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts 2013; a top 50 verdict in California 2016 in the Daily Journal; and a Daily Journal top 20 verdict in California 2019.  His trials have been included in California appellate decisions setting precedent in his field.

Stuart graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  Prior to law school, he attended Colorado State University where he obtained a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and graduated magna cum laude.

 

Practice Areas

  • Toxic Torts
  • Mesothelioma/Asbestos
  • Products Liability

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 2005, J.D.
  • Colorado State University, 2001, B.S. in B.A. Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Major: Business with an emphasis in Finance

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California (2005)
  • USDC, Central District of California (2008)
  • USDC, Northern District of California (2014)
  • USDC, Southern District of California (2014)

Representative Cases

Cabibi v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angelas Superior Court, No. BC665257

Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Date:  September 27, 2019
Outcome: Significant Verdict for Plaintiff.  Recognized as one of the top 20 verdicts in California for the year 2019. Also noted by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 verdicts in the United States for 2019. Also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the most impactful verdicts for the year 2019.
Description: Nancy Cabibi, age 71, contracted malignant mesothelioma from her use of cosmetic talcum powder products that contained asbestos, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and J&J’s Shower to Shower. The jury determined that J&Js products contained asbestos and thus were defectively manufactured. The jury also determined that exposure to asbestos from J&Js products substantially contributed to cause Nancy Cabibi’s mesothelioma.

Philip John Depoian and Julie Pastor Depoian vs. American International Industries, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC607192.

Practice Area: Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Date: October 16, 2016
Outcome: Significant verdict for Plaintiffs
Description: Mr. Depoian, a longtime aide to Mayor Tom Bradley and a prominent political figure in his own right for more than three decades, was diagnosed in May 2015 with mesothelioma. Mr. Depoian was exposed to asbestos in talc products at a barber shop where his father worked and through his use of products including Old Spice, Clubman, Kings Men and Mennen Shave Talc. Asbestos and talc are natural silicate minerals often mined in the same deposits, but asbestos can cause cancer and should not contaminate talc products.  Defendant Whittaker Clark & Daniels was the largest talc supplier in the country and was certifying that the talc it was supplying contained no asbestos.

Phillips v. Honeywell, Fresno County Superior Court, No. 12CECG04055

Practice Area: Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Date: May 28, 2014
Outcome: Significant verdict for Plaintiffs
Description: James Phillips worked with cars his entire life. He was exposed to asbestos when installing, removing, and replacing brakes while employed in Mariposa, CA at various garages and on his personal vehicles over the course of many years.  He also worked for many years as a plumber.  He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2012 and passed away one year later on February 17, 2013. The jury found Honeywell (Bendix brakes) to be one of the companies responsible for Mr. Phillips’ death.  In addition, the jury found that Honeywell (Bendix) had displayed a conscious disregard for the rights and safety of others and made a punitive finding to punish and deter Honeywell. Michael Sutherland and Suszi Sutherland v. Highland Stucco and Lime Products

 

Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC486980

Practice Area: Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Date: March 19, 2013
Outcome: Significant verdict for Plaintiffs
Description: Plaintiff Michael Sutherland worked as a drywaller for several companies throughout Southern California in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. In April 2012, Sutherland, then 61, was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos. Sutherland claimed that he was exposed to asbestos from products he worked with and around as a drywaller, including stucco, joint compound, roofing cement, and piping.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Southern California Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2016 – 2020)
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40 (2015 – present)
  • Southern California Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters (2013 – 2015)
  • Top 10 “Meaningful Verdicts” in California Award (2013)
  • Top 100 Verdicts, New York Law Journal (2013)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
2019 Top 20 Verdict
"It is a true honor when clients trust you to navigate them through the waters of our legal system and an assignment I take very seriously."
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