Thomas C. Hurrell

Thomas Hurrell

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Born in 1960, Mr. Hurrell attended college at the University of California at San Diego, and earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1985.  He started with the predecessor firm of Hillsinger and Costanzo immediately after law school and passed the California Bar Exam that same year.

Mr. Hurrell quickly jumped into the trial arena his first year of practice, and he averaged trying six to eight cases a year as he progressed into his legal career. He became one of the youngest members in the country of The American Board of Trial Advocates at the age of 32. He now holds the rank of Advocate in that prestigious organization.

During the last five years as Managing Partner of the Firm, Mr. Hurrell has continued to specialize in the defense of Product Liability, Government Liability, Professional Liability, and General Liability litigation.  He has achieved a remarkable success rate in the last decade, often achieving major victories.

Most recently, these included defense verdicts in multiple civil-rights cases against law-enforcement agencies, and defense verdicts in several wrongful-death cases involving allegations of medical negligence that were evaluated prospectively by mediators and the bench as being virtually incapable of being won by the defense.

In 2004 Mr. Hurrell tried a major action involving allegations of mold contamination and related illnesses by 25 individual plaintiffs in which the settlement demand was $12 million dollars. After two months of trial, the jury came back with a token judgment awarding these plaintiffs minimal damages for inconvenience, but denying them any damages for personal injury.

Mr. Hurrell is the Managing Partner of Hurrell Cantrall LLP, and is a frequent lecturer on topics of trial strategy and loss prevention.

He is a Member of the State Bar of California; the Los Angeles County and the American Bar Associations; the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association; and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He is actively involved in his community, having just completed a term on the City of Sierra Madre’s Planning Commission. He is also a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot.

He and his wife Lisa live in Pasadena where they keep busy raising five children.

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