Consumer Attorneys Hall of Fame

Since the early 1950s, when the Consumer Attorneys Association was founded as the Lawyer's Roundtable, thousands of plaintiffs’ attorneys have been members of the organization.

Twenty of those past and present members have been recognized as the “best of the best,” and have been inducted into the Consumer Attorneys Hall of Fame that was created in 2005.

The inaugural group of inductees in 2005 were Ned Good, Browne Greene, Raoul Magaña, Charles O’Reilly, Robert Steinberg and the late Sam Shore.

Each of the twenty has achieved “legendary” status in the pantheon of the most distinguished members of Southern California’s plaintiffs’ bar.

When former Consumer Attorneys President Ray Boucher proposed the idea of a Hall of Fame to the Board of Governors and Executive Committee, he said that the purpose “is to honor the best of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.” In reality, the Hall of Fame honors the best of the Los Angeles plaintiffs’ bar for the past half century.

“Those selected exhibit the highest integrity and standards in the legal profession,” said Boucher. “They have had distinguished legal careers, made significant contributions to the law and to society and have given back to the community and the legal profession.”

Consumer Attorneys
Hall of Fame
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(2010)
DAVID GLICKMAN (DECEASED)
(2010)
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(2008)
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(2006)
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NED GOOD (DECEASED)
(2005)
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INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (2005)

Ned Good
Ned Good was born in Chicago, but went to college in Los Angeles, graduating from the University of Southern California where he earned his BS and LLB. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1952, beginning a career as an active trial lawyer that spans five decades.

Mr. Good has earned international recognition as a specialist and pioneer in the Aviation Accident practice area. He and his firm have handled numerous major aviation cases, setting records for the largest settlements and verdicts in many cases and establishing one of the most important principles of liability law in aviation cases in California.

Mr. Good has been one of the few highly qualified and high time active aviation lawyer pilots in the United States. He has been a frequent lecturer, teaching aviation subjects to trial lawyers, law schools and pilot associations. Active in both the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association (now CAALA) and the California Trial Lawyers Association (now CAOC), Mr. Good served as president of both organizations.

Browne Greene
As a preeminent leader in the Southern California legal community, Browne Greene’s accomplishments have set new standards in the practice of plaintiffs’ law and furthered the cause of consumers nationwide. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from George Washington University (BA and LLB).

In his career he has won more million and multiple million dollar jury verdicts than any other attorney in the history of California. For more than 20 years he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors from local, state and national legal and consumer advocacy organizations, recognizing his legal prowess and unequalled record representing and standing up for the rights of injured clients.

Mr. Greene was a pioneer in the area of arbitration and a force behind the first arbitration plan implemented by the Courts. He is a past president and active member of both Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Consumer Attorneys of California.

Raoul Magaña
Raoul Magaña graduated from the University of California’s Boalt Hall of Law in 1935. In 1946, he founded a practice protecting the legal rights of injured railroad workers at a time when most were not fairly compensated for their losses. He and his firm, Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy, represented thousands of clients, securing substantial awards that caused corporations to consider the safety and protection of consumers in the design and manufacture of their products.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Magaña was considered by his peers to be one of the greatest and most eloquent trial lawyers to ever grace a courtroom. In 1969, he became President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Charlie O’Reilly
In 1972, Charlie O’Reilly graduated as the top student in his class from the Evening Division of Loyola Law School. He has been involved ever since in landmark cases that have been among the most important civil cases of the past three decades. These were precedent-setting cases against entities such as the Church of Scientology, the Ford Explorer, the California Highway Patrol and local police departments.

Mr. O’Reilly’s most famous case involved an epic 22-year battle with the Church of Scientology that received worldwide attention and included two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court and successful defenses of numerous countersuits. O’Reilly was twice recognized as the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year, one of only two CAALA members to receive the honor twice.  

Sam Shore

As one of the first M.D./J.D’s to practice in the Los Angeles area, Sam Shore was an innovator of Medical Malpractice when it was a new specialty in law. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in Pennsylvania and was a highly regarded surgical specialist in Los Angeles for 15 years when he entered the University of Southern California, earning his law degree before he was forty.

Mr. Shore taught Law & Medicine at numerous universities, and post-graduate courses at both of his professional alma maters. He was perhaps the only person who testified as an expert at State and Federal Courts on both medical and legal malpractice issues. He was in the “ice-breaking” group of specialists in Professional Negligence to achieve National Board Certification on behalf of the American Bar Association. Mr. Shore passed away in 1996.

Robert Steinberg
Steinberg earned his undergraduate degree and LLB from UCLA. After serving in the US Army, he briefly practiced as a solo attorney before joining Rose, Klein and Marias, his “home” for more than 44 years. He began trying civil jury cases in the late 1950s. Mr. Steinberg tried scores of cases and achieved many significant verdicts in construction accident and defective machine cases, frequently establishing new law in those areas.

For more than 25 years, his practice has become one of near-total immersion in asbestos exposure litigation. He successfully handled the first asbestos jury trial in Southern California. Mr. Steinberg continues to represent asbestos-diseased plaintiffs not only locally, but also nationally through his leadership on a number of creditors’ committees, corporate boards, and as Select Counsel for the Beneficiaries of the Manville Trust.