Founders





  • Bentham IMF provides litigation finance to plaintiffs and law firms for large commercial disputes. Bentham is one of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world, deploying capital needed to bring meritorious cases to trial or resolution. Bentham is committed to correcting economic imbalances  in our justice system and creating a level playing field for litigants. The company is the U.S. arm of publicly listed IMF Bentham Limited (ASX: IMF).

  • Michael Bidart

    Michael Bidart is the Managing Partner for the firm, Shernoff Bidart Eschevernia Bentley, and he leads the firm’s HMO Litigation and Property/Casualty Departments. His areas of practice include: HMO Litigation, Healthcare, and Property/Causality, with 100% of his practices devoted to litigation. Mr. Bidart has been named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine every year since 2004 and has been a Super Lawyer Top 100 Attorney every year since 2004. He has been profiled in the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and California Lawyer Magazine, which have recognized him as one of California’s most influential lawyers. The Wall Street Journal has also noted that Mr. Bidart’s success in healthcare litigation helped to reignite the debate in Congress over whether patients should have the right to sue their health plans.

  • Richard Bridgford

    Richard Bridgford is the founding partner at Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian. He has successfully handled numerous trials, arbitrations, mediations, appeals and pre-litigation disputes, all as first chair. These matters include disputes in the following areas as 85% plaintiff and 15% defense counsel: 100% plaintiff’s counsel in class actions involving consumers, homeowners (construction defects), employees (wage hour) and products cases, breach of contracts, business/commercial fraud, construction defect, construction delay, real estate contracts, real estate fraud, broker/finder, estates (beneficiary/trustee disputes), insurance bad faith and coverage, interference with contract and business relations, unfair competition, trade secrets/intellectual property, wrongful termination, catastrophic personal injury, auto accidents, and general business. Mr. Bridgford has also served as a long time Board and Advisory member at the Second Harvest Food Bank and Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and is a Trustee on the UCI Foundation. He is a graduate of Stanford and Stanford Law School and lives with his wife and five children in Newport Beach.

  • Robert Clifford

    Robert Clifford is the founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, which concentrates its practice in helping victims of personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, consumer and health care fraud, product liability, and aviation and transportation disasters. Bob Clifford is also an advocate for the consumer and has filed several class actions, holding companies accountable for their defective products and fraudulent business practices.

  • Thomas V. Girardi

    Thomas Girardi is widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation's top trial lawyers and with nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, he has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. He is currently at Girardi Keese law Firm. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar:  prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases).  While the majority of the Fellows come from the U.S., the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries.  Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process. The International Academy of Trail Lawyer’s purpose is to promote reforms in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, to promote the rule of law internationally and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.

  • John Manly

    John Manly is a senior attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, who represents victims of sexual abuse. His litigations of civil actions involve childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment and electronic harassment; Marsy's Law representation of crime victims; legislative advocacy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Sexual abuse cases include sexual bullying, clergy abuse, abuse in school, and many more. Mr. Manly was named one of California's "Top 100 Attorneys" and one of California’s top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers by the Los Angeles Daily Journal because of his work.

  • Patrick McNicholas

    With more than 25 years’ experience as a trial lawyer, Partner Patrick McNicholas from McNicholas & McNicholas LLP, exclusively represents victims in catastrophic injury, product liability, sexual assault and other consumer-oriented matters, such as civil rights and aviation disasters. Mr. McNicholas has authored a multitude of articles on various topics from the “Effective Use of Your Expert Witnesses” to “Preparing an Employment Case for Trial.” He also serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Compass, an organization he co-founded that works tirelessly to provide a continuum of stability and support through education for kids living in the inner city.

  • Mark P. Robinson, Jr.

    Mark P. Robinson, Jr. is the founder, senior partner and sole shareholder of Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., based in Newport Beach, California. He has established a prominent legal practice devoted to consumer safety and has worked on thousands of products liability case. Mr. Robinson also takes part in a variety of associations and was the 2014 National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges with chapters in all 50 states. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a highly selective professional society of trial lawyers and judges (including the justices of the United States Supreme Court) whose members are selected only by invitation. He is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2011, he was chosen to serve on the Judicial Council of California Court Case Management Internal Committee.

  • Roman Silberfeld

    Trial lawyer Roman Silberfeld has an impressive record of courtroom success across many challenging disciplines in the field of complex civil litigation. Mr. Silberfeld’s trial and appellate experience includes business and high technology matters, product liability, professional negligence and mass tort litigation, with particular emphasis on multi-state, multi-party, and class action litigation. Mr. Silberfeld gained national recognition for his role as lead trial counsel in litigation brought on behalf of client Celador International, creator of the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” game show.  The case’s $269.4 million jury verdict—plus $50 million in prejudgment interest—is the largest verdict, at the time, ever obtained in a “Hollywood accounting” lawsuit.  In addition, Mr. Silberfeld has repeatedly served as the court-appointed Lead Counsel or Chair of court-appointed litigation committees in multi-party, complex litigation. A member of the Robins Kaplan LLP Executive Board, Mr. Silberfeld also serves as the firm’s National Trial Chair.

  • Gerson H. Smoger

    Gerson Smoger has represented a wide range of clients in personal injury and consumer litigation with a special interest in birth and early childhood injuries, injuries related to the brain and neurological system, and injuries caused by errant pharmaceuticals or environmental exposure. Dr. Smoger has served as a lead counsel in a number of significant cases, such as groundwater contamination by Teledyne, Fairchild, and IBM; chlorine gas exposure in Alberton, MT; childhood lead contamination in Herculaneum, MO; and consumer class actions ranging from the fraud of "light" cigarettes to the option ARM mortgage loans that almost brought down our financial system. In 2012, Dr. Smoger received the Public Justice Foundation's Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his role as lead trial counsel when he represented 16 children suffering from lead exposure caused by the Doe Run lead smelter, leading to a jury award in excess of $358M. He has also been acknowledged as a "SuperLawyer" every year since that program began.