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Geoffrey T. Hill

Trial Counsel

E ghill@wfbm.com
T (714) 634-2522
| F (714) 634-0686

Overview

Geoffrey Hill is a trial counsel at Walsworth who focuses his practice on asbestos and all types of general liability matters.

Geoffrey is a seasoned litigator with more than 15 years of experience representing a variety of businesses, insurance companies, and other clients in insurance bad faith claims, personal injury cases, and business litigation matters. He has extensive experience developing case strategy, conducting discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing and arguing motions, and preparing witnesses for trial. Geoffrey has served as lead trial counsel on more than 15 jury trials and high-value cases in California, and has argued multiple cases before the California Court of Appeal. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), one of the preeminent national organizations for experienced trial lawyers.

Before attending law school, Geoffrey was a legislative correspondent for California Senator Dianne Feinstein, where he worked on energy and environmental issues related to air pollution, forestry, offshore oil drilling, and fuel economy standards.

Representative Successes
  • Purdue v. Quiroz (San Diego County) – Obtained a defense verdict in a matter where the client’s vehicle made an illegal U-turn in front of a bus. The plaintiff, a passenger on the bus, had a prior back surgery before the accident and a surgery afterward. At trial, an orthopedist also testified plaintiff needed another back surgery. Plaintiff asked for damages in the amount of $2.7 million. The jury found that the client was negligent for making the U-turn; however, the jury did not find that this negligence was a substantial cause of plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Brown v. Gonzalez (Los Angeles County) – Obtained a defense verdict in a pedestrian v. auto accident case where the client’s SUV hit a minor plaintiff in a cross-walk causing substantial injuries. The client was ultimately arrested for hit and run, and the police report identified two witnesses that named the client as the driver of the vehicle. During trial, differences between the witnesses’ versions of the accident were exploited and evidence of negligence by the plaintiff was shown, resulting in a defense verdict for the client.
  • Sapronetti v. County of San Bernardino – Obtained a dismissal of plaintiff’s employment law action against the County of San Bernardino after successfully demurring to the Fourth Amended Complaint. In this matter, the plaintiff claimed that the County unlawfully denied him an inter-department transfer in retaliation for making workplace related harassment complaints. In order to evade the statute of limitations, plaintiff renewed his transfer request and claimed each denial was its own act of retaliation. However, after four successful demurrers, the Court sustained the County’s last demurrer without leave to amend based on the doctrine of futility.
Industry Involvement

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Beyond the Office

Outside of the office, Geoffrey volunteers with the ‘Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club. He also loves to travel and look for great food.