Plaintiff is a monthly magazine for plaintiffs' trial attorneys in Northern and Central California, with 5,000+ copies mailed to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Coast, Fresno and the Central Valley, San Jose, Monterey, Sacramento and all of Northern California. California trial lawyers, also known as California Consumer Attorneys, represent plaintiffs in civil cases, usually on a contingency-fee basis. Contingency fee means that the trial lawyer's compensation is a percentage of the amount recovered for the plaintiff, either from a settlement or by a verdict in a jury trial. The fee is “contingent upon" a recovery of money for the injured person. If there is no recovery for the injured person, then no legal fee is owed to the attorney.
Plaintiff trial lawyers represent people injured or killed in auto accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and dog attacks; by dangerous products (products liability), on dangerous sidewalks and roadways, by slip and fall accidents in stores and by accidents on public transit such as buses and trains. Trial lawyers also represent workers injured on the job and employees who are discriminated against, harassed or wrongly fired by their employers. These consumer attorneys (a/k/a trial lawyers) will sue an insurance company on behalf of a policy holder when the insurer fails to make good on its insurance policy.
For patients injured by doctors and hospitals, it is the trial attorneys who sue for medical malpractice. Consumers who are ripped off by large corporations such as banks and utility companies often turn to consumer attorneys to file class-action lawsuits against these large corporations because a single individual cannot otherwise seek justice against them. California trial attorneys truly are the ones who fight everyday to preserve the rights of the ordinary citizen in the civil courts of California.
Advocate magazine is owned by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and published for the benefit of plaintiffs' trial attorneys in Southern California. Published since 1963, it is a peer-reviewed legal publication, written and edited by leading plaintiffs' attorneys. 10,000+ copies are mailed monthly to plaintiffs' attorneys throughout all of Southern California, from Los Angeles and Orange counties to San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties. Advocate is the largest magazine in the United States for trial attorneys. In addition to Los Angeles plaintiffs' attorneys, others receiving the magazine include all members of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association and many who belong to the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and the Consumer Attorneys of Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties).
Jury Verdict Alert is a news service for civil verdicts awarded in the state and federal courts of California. Cases reported on include personal injury law, employment law, legal and medical malpractice, consumer protection, civil rights and insurance law. The factual information on California civil verdicts is solicited from the attorneys who won the verdicts, and verified whenever possible by opposing counsel. The announcement of the verdicts and awards is sent by e-newsletter to over 10,000 California trial attorneys. It is also distributed on social media. The full reports are posted on the Web site, where they are available free of charge. Attorneys (and the general public) can use these reports to look up current verdicts for specific types of injuries, to find attorneys who regulalry win large verdicts or represent plaintiffs in specific types of cases. Expert witnesses who testify in civil trials can be vetted with jury verdict reports, and fact patterns can be reviewed to understand how a case is best presented to a jury.
The parent company, Neubauer & Associates, Inc., is owned by Richard and Deborah Neubauer. The Neubauer family is familiar to many Southern California trial lawyers as the publishers of Confidential Report for Attorneys, a leading verdict and settlement reporter for 35 years. From that newsletter they created Verdicts on Disk®, the nation's first PC-based database of verdicts and settlements. The database was sold in 1999 and subsequently merged into Verdict Search, an ALM Company. Neubauer & Associates, with offices in Oceanside and San Francisco, has published Advocate magazine since 2002.