Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Roger Booth —Consumer Attorneys Member of the Month

Since graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1991, Roger Booth has handled numerous large, complex cases throughout California. He has extensive jury trial experience and has developed particular expertise in products liability, construction accidents and insurance bad faith.

Booth is a partner in the Torrance firm, Booth & Koskoff, and if you visit the firm’s web site, you will read that “For over 40 years, they have represented people who have suffered catastrophic physical and emotional injuries as a result of unsafe products, unsafe working conditions and other negligent and wrongful conduct.”

But the name “Booth” in the firm’s title only half belongs to Roger; and he can only lay claim to about one-quarter of their four decades of success.

But Roger isn’t complaining.

Lawrence Booth
The other half of the name “Booth” in the firm’s title; and the remaining three decades of successful legal representation, belong to Roger’s father Lawrence Booth.

Larry Booth has a stellar reputation as one of Southern California’s premier trial lawyers over the past forty years. As a member of CAALA, he not only is a former President of the Association, he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1997 (along with colleague Richard Koskoff).

At the rate he is going, Larry’s son Roger is well on his way to matching the accomplishments of his father.

Roger joined his dad’s firm in 1997 and one year later, he (with partner Koskoff) obtained a $1.6 million verdict in a products liability case in Orange County involving a machine operator whose hand was crushed.

He has since obtained many other successful results.

Firestone cases
He handled six cases arising out of the Firestone tire recall, all of which settled in 2001.

In 2004, he obtained settlements of $2,395,000 and $1,180,000 on behalf of two billboard workers who suffered electrical burns after coming into contact with power lines.

Roger has frequently written for legal publications, including many installments of Booth & Koskoff’s monthly “Tort Tactics” column in the South Bay Bar Association Barrister’s Bulletin. He also contributed the lead article on construction accident cases for the June 2006 edition of the Advocate magazine, CAALA’s monthly publication.
Journalistic skills must be part of the Booth family heritage. Roger’s father has been a prolific author for numerous legal publications; and in 1974 became the first permanent Editor-in-Chief of the Advocate.

Although Roger joined CAALA in 1997, he didn’t become involved until last year.

In 2005, California’s trial lawyers faced the threat of a fee-cap initiative and Booth attended a CAALA Town Hall meeting hosted by then-CAALA President Ray Boucher.

After they were introduced following the meeting, Boucher asked Roger if he was related to Larry Booth. When Roger answered that Larry was indeed his father, Boucher invited the younger Booth to get more involved with the Association.

CAALA Network leader
Roger volunteered to be an Area Leader for the South Bay in CAALA’s membership network and organized his area by soliciting volunteers to participate in the network. He went further than most CAALA members by organizing a meeting for network members and educating them about the goals of the network.

“Roger made a significant commitment of time and was responsible for an important step in the network organization efforts,” said CAALA member James Kristy, one of the leader’s of the network program.

In the past few months CAALA called upon members to assist with phone banks and field operations for progressive Democrats running in key California Senate and Assembly races.

One of the most important races was between Jenny Oropeza and George Nakano for the state senate seat in the South Bay. Nakano was backed by business interests and was viewed as a serious threat to the interests of consumers.

Roger stepped up and participated in this important race by participating in phone banks and other efforts to help Oropeza defeat Nakano in the June 6 primary.

While certainly inspired by the accomplishments of his father, Roger Booth is earning his own reputation as a prominent trial lawyer committed to ensuring that his clients receive fair and just compensation. He also is following in his father’s footsteps as a member of CAALA.

When CAALA’s leadership first decided to recognize a member of the month, the purpose was described as “recognizing one of our Association’s unsung heroes.”

Then-First Vice President John Torjesen said “We are looking to honor members who represent the best attributes of CAALA in both their professional and personal lives.”

Lawrence Booth has previously been honored by CAALA. Now it’s Roger’s turn.
For his accomplishments as a consumer attorney and in recognition of his contributions as a member of CAALA, Roger Booth has been selected Member of the Month for July.

--Stuart Zanville