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Randall J. Lee

Partner

E rlee@wfbm.com
T (415) 781-7072
| F (415) 391-6258

Overview

For more than 25 years, Randy has represented corporations, businesses, partnerships, and public entities in trials, arbitrations, hearings, and mediations in federal, state, and administrative courts. His practice includes construction, product, and general and premises liability claims.

In environmental and toxic tort matters, Randy has handled litigation involving alleged violations of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. His representation has included a variety of clients from small mom-and-pop businesses to Fortune 500 companies involved in product manufacturing, distribution, supply and retail. These clients include businesses and companies in the food, health, fashion, manufacturing, advertising and consumer products industries. Given the complexity of the law and potential economic impact of Proposition 65 litigation, Randy provides personalized attention to clients and works with each client to formulate the most efficient and economical strategy for disposition of a claim.

Randy is fluent in Chinese and Japanese.

Representative Successes
  • City of Modesto Redevelopment Agency, et al. v. Various Defendants – Obtained a defense verdict for a commercial laundry and dry cleaner in the jury phase of a four-month groundwater contamination trial. Our client and one dry cleaning product distributor were the only defendants to receive defense verdicts. The jury found other defendants—the chemical solvent and equipment manufacturers—liable for a defective products. Additionally, the jury found malice against two of the chemical manufacturers and one of the equipment manufacturers, eventually awarding verdicts in excess of $178 million against them.
  • Plaintiff v. Apparel Company – Obtained a dismissal for a case in which the plaintiff alleged that vinyl/PVC belts sold by client in California contained Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (“DEHP”) at a level requiring a Proposition 65 warning.
  • City of Oakland v. Client – Reached a favorable settlement with the City of Oakland in which the plaintiff claimed the client’s activities contributed to the release of hazardous substances at a parcel site at the Jack London Square Marina.
  • City of Lodi v. Client – Reached a nominal settlement with the City of Lodi in which the plaintiff alleged that the client’s dry cleaning business tenant contaminated the soil and ground water with volatile organic compounds. It was proven that the main dry cleaning activities were performed off site at another location.
  • Plaintiff v. National Retail Restaurant Chain – Obtained dismissal through dispositive motions for premises liability matter in which plaintiff alleged injuries from a slip and fall from a leaking bathroom sink.
  • Plaintiff v. City Housing Authority – Reached a favorable settlement for a City Housing Authority in a premises liability matter in which plaintiff alleged injuries from a slip and fall at a location not confirmed to be on a City Housing Authority Notably, plaintiff was already suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and was using a walker-wheelchair at the time of the fall, and had filed a bodily injury claim against a retail store just one month prior.
  • Plaintiff v. Local Hotel – Represented hotel client in a claim alleging negligence and premises liability after plaintiff slipped and fell in a pool of water from a guest room air conditioning unit.
  • Plaintiff v. Local Restaurant – Represented restaurant in a claim for negligence, intentional tort and premises liability. Plaintiff alleged that the restaurant allowed alcohol to be served to intoxicated customers and employees without a liquor license, which resulted in an altercation in which plaintiff was seriously injured.
  • Oakland Cathedral Building LLC v. Ardex Engineering Cement and The W.W. Henry Co – Obtained a defense verdict in a product liability, breach of contract, and breach of warranty claim against the manufacturer of construction material.
  • Numerous cases involving the San Francisco Housing Authority – Successfully defend the largest landlord in San Francisco with 6,800 units, defending landlords, homeowner’s associations, property management companies in mold claims.
Industry Involvement

Professional Affiliations:

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Investigating and Defending Catastrophic Automobile Events”
  • “What the Tweet: Emerging Issues in the Use and Collection of Social Media Evidence”
  • “Hot Topics in Tort Litigation”
  • “Benzene Litigation: From the Mountains to the Sea”
  • “Ethics 101 for Insurance Carrier Selected Defense Counsel”
  • “Benzene Litigation: Recent Trends and Developments”
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