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Angela Jae Chun

Angela Jae Chun is a trial lawyer and the owner of the Law Office of Angela Jae Chun, a plaintiff’s law firm committed to providing individuals who have suffered injury or loss with quality and ethical legal representation. Her firm provides client-focused, skilled advocacy for people who have been harmed due to the wrongful conduct of another person or corporation. Angela has a multi-faceted practice
representing only plaintiffs in serious personal injury, products liability, employment, maritime and wildfire cases in both state and federal court. Angela does the work and fights hard to obtain justice for her clients.

Angela’s firm is uniquely situated. She has the skill and financial fortitude to represent individuals against major corporate defendants to trial. She also has the expertise and respect of other attorneys and law firms to collaborate when necessary on mass tort wildfire and other consumer violation cases against corporations whose wrongful conduct harmed large numbers of people. Angela is currently Of Counsel to Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP – San Diego’s most experienced plaintiff’s law firm established in 1972 – and is the lead wildfire litigation counsel representing nearly 1,000 fire victims who lost their loved ones, homes and businesses in the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires due to the negligent maintenance by PG&E of its power lines and equipment.

Prior to starting her own law firm, Angela honed her skills working for two of the top plaintiff’s law firms in San Diego. She was an associate attorney at CaseyGerry for 7 years and obtained multiple six and seven figure results at trial or settlement before trial, including a $5.4 million dollar verdict in a bench trial in federal court against the United States. Additionally, she obtained a $4.5 million dollar
settlement on behalf of a young boy who lost his father in a brake defect case. She also worked with a team of lawyers to obtain a $5 million dollar confidential settlement for truck driver who suffered crush injuries while unloading pipes – requiring amputation in one leg – and a $4.5 million dollar confidential settlement for widow in wrongful death action after her husband was killed in a mining incident due to
negligent maintenance of mining equipment.

Angela also gained valuable trial and complex litigation experience working as an associate attorney at Tosdal, Smith, Steiner & Wax, a prominent plaintiffs’ employment and personal injury law firm. During that time, Chun tried five jury trials in both state and federal court representing individuals, teachers, and sheriffs in employment and personal injury matters, including the only jury trial won against a jet ski
manufacturer, Sea Doo, for causing orifice injuries to two teenage girls who fell off the rear of the jet ski and into the jet ski’s powerful jet stream, which expelled 800 lbs of pressure. The jury awarded $4.5 million dollars in compensatory damages and $3 million dollars in punitive damages for recklessly failing to warn jet ski users of the risk of orifice injuries. Angela also tried in federal court a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action for unpaid overtime. In this donning/doffing case she represented sheriffs required to work “off the clock” and unpaid for time spent donning/doffing equipment and gear before and after shifts. The liability case was tried and won in federal court to a jury.

While at TSSW, Angela also handled numerous complex state wage and hour class actions, including cases in which she represented shipyard workers and linen truck drivers – handling both from case inception to settlement – working with class members, obtaining declarations in support of class certification, drafting motion for class certifications and notices to class members re class settlement and dealing directly with claims administrators to make sure class members got paid. All these cases resulted in seven figure awards.

Angela also worked closely with her mentor Tom Tosdal and a team of lawyers on their successful representation of families and businesses in the 2007 San Diego power line fire cases against utility company SDG&E. She spent hundreds of hours working with the families who lost their homes, businesses and all their personal belongings to ensure that they received full and fair compensation for their losses. She saw first-hand the harm and devastation suffered due to the negligent failure of SDG&E to safely and properly maintain its power lines. Through the collective efforts of a team of lawyers led by Tom Tosdal, SDG&E paid over $500 million to compensate the families and businesses for their losses. Chun has again teamed up with her mentor Tom Tosdal and CaseyGerry to form Power Line Fire Lawyers
and Camp Fire Trial Lawyers to bring the highest quality of legal representation for those affected by the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires against PG&E.

Born and raised in Central California, Angela is the daughter of South Korean immigrants who moved to the United States in pursuit of the American dream in 1975. She is a proud second generation Korean- American who learned the true meaning of hard work by watching her parents sacrifice everything for Angela and her two brothers. From a very young age, Angela always knew she was going to be a lawyer. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an emphasis in Public Law and a minor in Law and Society. She earned her law degree from California Western School of Law in 2006.

Angela is most proud of her family. Her biggest accomplishment is marrying her husband and best friend, Philip, who she met at UC San Diego. A hero in his own right, Philip has served over 20 years in the US Army and is currently a firefighter for Orange County Fire Authority. Together, they happily raise their two young daughters, Ellie and Mia, and their dog, Margo. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, boot
camp, kickboxing and spending quality time with her family.

You can learn more about Angela here.

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