California Mesothelioma Lawyers

Simmons Hanly Conroy is a national mesothelioma law firm with over 20 years of experience fighting for victims of asbestos exposure. With offices located in San Francisco and the Los Angeles area, we are prepared to help mesothelioma patients and their families across the state of California pursue the justice they deserve.

Our mesothelioma lawyers have recovered more than $9.6 billion on behalf of thousands of clients affected by mesothelioma, including over $907 million for families in California alone. Call (800) 326-8900 now to see if our California mesothelioma lawyers can help your family.

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El Segundo Office

100 N. Pacific Coast Highway

Suite 1350

El Segundo, CA 90245

San Francisco Office

455 Market St.

Suite 1270

San Francisco, CA 94105

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Working with Mesothelioma Clients Across California

When you or a family member is diagnosed with mesothelioma, everything changes. While no amount of compensation can fix the pain caused by this cancer, our mesothelioma law firm can file a lawsuit on your behalf to help lessen financial burdens and allow you to focus on your health and loved ones.

Our California mesothelioma lawyers will handle every step of the legal process on your behalf. We only get paid if your case results in compensation, and contacting us is free. We’ll even travel to meet you whenever and wherever is convenient for you.

Over the past 20 years, we have represented many clients throughout all of California, including families in:

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Top Mesothelioma Verdicts in California

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our California mesothelioma attorneys are dedicated to fighting to get our clients the results they deserve. In doing so, our firm has secured several Top 100 Verdicts in California, according to both the National Law Journal and VerdictSearch, which track the nation’s largest jury verdicts each year.

Top 100 Jury Verdict & Daily Journal Top 10 Plaintiffs’ Verdict of 2019 in California

$34 Million

A Los Angeles jury awarded $34 million to Janet Putt and her husband Arthur, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working at service stations in Southern California and Indiana in the late 1960s and ‘70s. During his work, he was repeatedly exposed to asbestos-containing brakes manufactured by Ford.

Top 100 Jury Verdict in 2018

$30.2 Million

A Los Angeles jury awarded $30.2 million to Lori Morgan and her husband Norris, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working as a construction supervisor in Southern California. During his work, he was repeatedly exposed to asbestos-containing transite pipes sold by J-M Manufacturing (J-MM).

Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Verdict

$60 Million

The family of the late Pietro Macaluso in California received a $60 million mesothelioma verdict. Decades after working around asbestos products as a laborer, Pietro was diagnosed with mesothelioma and passed away shortly after.

California Mesothelioma Settlements

Our California asbestos attorneys have recovered over $907 million to help California families affected by mesothelioma pay for medical bills and hold those who harmed them accountable.

A few of our mesothelioma settlement and verdict amounts recovered for our California clients are listed below.

Supervisor in a hard hat at work

$15 Million

Secondhand Exposure Victim
Livermore, CA

Construction worker drilling

$7.2 Million

Laborer & Wire Installer
Lancaster, CA

Aircraft mechanic at work

$5.6 Million

Airline Industry Worker
Santa Barbara, CA

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  • $7.5 million for a brick tender and laborer in Lakewood with mesothelioma
  • $5.1 million for a union HVAC worker in Sacramento
  • $4.3 million to a logger with mesothelioma in Camarillo
  • $3.5 million for a union carpenter and U.S. Navy veteran in Fairfield
  • $2.2 million to the wife of an engineer who suffered from pleural mesothelioma
  • $3.2 million to the family of a 68-year-old worker in the food processing industry
  • $4 million to the family of a Los Angeles area teacher who died of mesothelioma
  • $2.54 million for a part-time auto mechanic diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • $3 million to a 69-year-old U.S. Navy veteran and telephone technician
  • Nearly $1.2 million for the family of a San Diego woman with peritoneal mesothelioma
  • $3.43 million to a 43-year-old California woman in the medical industry
  • $2.69 million to the family of a shipyard worker affected by malignant mesothelioma
  • $3.6 million for the family of a Los Angeles laborer diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.4 million to a U.S. Navy veteran from California
  • $1.8 million to an electrician who passed away from mesothelioma
  • $2.7 million to the family of a California plasterer
  • $2.9 million for the family of a California pipefitter
  • Nearly $1.7 million for a 69-year-old California UAW member with pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.3 million to an 85-year-old beautician near Los Angeles
  • $2.5 million for a 78-year-old California switchman diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • $1.3 million in mesothelioma settlements granted to an 85-year-old beautician near Los Angeles
  • $2.8 million for the family of a woman who died from secondhand asbestos exposure
  • $1.8 million to a 64-year-old California resident who worked in the food and dairy industry
  • $4.3 million for the family of a 52-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who died from mesothelioma
  • $1.4 million for the family of a San Diego shipbuilder
  • $2.3 million to a 65-year-old homemaker with peritoneal mesothelioma
  • $1.6 million to a California shipyard worker and painter who died from pleural mesothelioma
  • $3.29 million for the family of a 74-year-old California man
  • $2.4 million to a U.S. Navy veteran who worked as a boiler tender

Our firm represents people harmed by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers on an individual basis, so the results above are reflective of each individual’s mesothelioma story. Results will vary by case depending on the individual’s exposure, age, diagnosis and several other factors.

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Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit in California

Our California mesothelioma lawyers are prepared to help you understand the lawsuit process and guide you through the legal system. We have more than 40 mesothelioma attorneys at our firm who focus solely on helping people like you.

Each senior attorney operates within a small team of several experienced attorneys, legal staff members and registered nurses, which ensures you’ll receive personalized attention while your case progresses.

Your legal team can pursue mesothelioma compensation in several ways:

  • Asbestos Trust Fund Claims: Over $30 billion is estimated to still be available in asbestos trust funds for mesothelioma victims and their families — and you don’t have to step foot in court to get it.
  • Mesothelioma Lawsuits: Filing a lawsuit can secure significant compensation from the companies responsible for your asbestos exposure and illness.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans make up 33% of all mesothelioma cases because asbestos was used across all branches of the military. VA benefits can offer victims health care and monthly compensation.

Together, your team can handle every step of the legal process on your behalf, from collecting evidence for your case to filing your claim in time.

Deadlines to Taking Legal Action

California has a unique set of laws called statutes of limitation that restrict how long mesothelioma patients and their family members have to file a mesothelioma lawsuit. This makes it particularly important to contact mesothelioma attorneys in California as soon as possible after your diagnosis.

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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in California

Our knowledgeable California mesothelioma attorneys have helped many past clients identify where they were exposed to asbestos, a dangerous mineral that can cause asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

Quick Facts About Asbestos

  • Over 3,000 household and industrial products contained asbestos, including roofing shingles, talcum powder, automobile brakes, insulation, boilers and more
  • Asbestos is a natural mineral that is durable and resistant to heat and electricity
  • Multiple industries, including manufacturing, steel working, shipbuilding and more, used asbestos
  • Inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma to develop 10-50 years after initial exposure

More than 1 million U.S. workers were exposed to asbestos during the 20th century, and many face serious health risks to this day.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve gathered evidence on thousands of California job sites where asbestos was used. It’s possible we’ve already represented someone who worked at the same spot as you.

Let us put our experience to work for your family. Call (800) 326-8900 now to get started for free.

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Asbestos Sites in California

Over the years, a number of building and work sites in California have been tied to asbestos exposure. The following is a partial list of some of those sites that have been linked. Please note this is not a complete list, and it does not necessarily reflect current conditions.

  • Burbank
  • Lockheed Martin Aircraft Service
  • Lockheed Martin Aircraft Terminal
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base
  • U.S. Marine Base Field Medical School
  • Long Beach
  • Long Beach Naval Station
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
  • California Shipbuilding Company
  • Todd Shipyard
  • Procter & Gamble Plant
  • USS Cavalier
  • U.S. Naval Shipyard
  • Los Angeles
  • Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) Refinery
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • ARCO Twin Towers
  • Los Angeles County Jail
  • Tishman Office Building
  • Firestone Tire Store
  • Ford Assembly Plant
  • Southern Edison Building
  • Texas Corporation Office Building
  • Tishman Office Building
  • University of California Medical Center
  • Union Pacific Switchyard
  • U.S. Rubber Tire & Synthetic Rubber Plant
  • Western Pipe & Steel Company
  • Richmond
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Chevron Refinery
  • Willamette Shipyard
  • Shell Oil Refinery
  • Richmond Kaiser Shipyards (#1- #4)
  • San Bernardino
  • Norton Air Force Base
  • San Diego
  • Camp Kearney
  • Campbell Shipyard
  • Conair Aircraft Plant
  • Consolidated Aircraft Corp
  • Industrial Command U.S. Naval Repair Base
  • Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar
  • National Steel & Shipbuilding (General Dynamics NASSCO)
  • Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island
  • Naval Housing
  • Naval Station (NAVSTA) 32nd Street
  • Naval Supply Center
  • Naval Training Center (NTC)
  • Point Loma Naval Submarine Base
  • Port Nimitz Naval Base
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Building
  • San Diego Marine Base
  • San Diego Military Station
  • San Diego Naval Base
  • San Diego Naval Shipyard
  • San Diego Power Plant
  • San Diego Radio School
  • Silver Gate Power Plant
  • Southwest Marine Shipyard
  • U.S. Navy Troop Transport Ship
  • Valley Electric
  • San Francisco
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
  • San Francisco Naval Shipyard
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
  • Treasure Island Naval
  • Moore Drydock Shipyard
  • U.S. Naval Base
  • Western Pipe & Steel Shipyard
  • Candlestick Park Office Building
  • Western Pipe & Steel
  • Southern Pacific Railroad Office Buildings A and B
  • U.S. Steel Shipyard
  • Wilmington
  • ARCO Refinery (Atlantic Richfield Co)
  • Consolidated Steel Shipyard
  • Texaco Refinery
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Union Oil Refinery
  • ARCO Oil Company
  • UNOCAL Oil Refinery
  • Standard Oil

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These are not the only California sites that used asbestos.

Because asbestos was used extensively on ships, around 33% of all mesothelioma cases have been linked specifically to shipyards and the U.S. Navy, which has multiple bases across the state of California.

If occupational asbestos exposure may have caused you or a loved one to develop mesothelioma, contact a mesothelioma attorney in California today for a free legal consultation.

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Meet Our Award-Winning Mesothelioma Attorneys in California

When you work with the California mesothelioma attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy, you get the personal support of a local legal team with the resources and reach of a national law firm. Meet a few of our firm’s many award-winning mesothelioma lawyers below.

Our Mesothelioma Clients in California

Every person diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease has a unique story. Here at Simmons Hanly Conroy, we believe there is power in sharing those stories. Our lawyers have helped many people over the decades secure mesothelioma compensation. We are honored to have been able to make a significant difference in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

As you learn about our clients’ stories, please understand that recovery results vary. No two stories and no two cases are exactly alike. Each mesothelioma case reflects the unique parts of each person’s story.

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Art Putt

Art’s Fight Against Mesothelioma

Art spent years working as an auto mechanic, servicing brakes that contained asbestos. Decades later, he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.

Art and his wife Jan worked with a California asbestos lawyer to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible for his exposure to asbestos. Our firm took their case to court and was awarded a life-changing verdict for the couple and their children.

Since 2020, Art and Jan have used natural remedies in hopes of slowing the progression of his cancer. Doctors initially gave him less than a year to live — but nearly five years later, Art continues to live his life to the fullest.

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Norris and his Wife Lori

Norris’ Pleural Mesothelioma Journey

Norris, a Los Angeles native, avid hiker and firm client, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma at the age of 64. He had worked as a construction supervisor and frequented job sites that contained asbestos.

When he became sick and learned how some companies intentionally hid the dangers of asbestos, Norris knew he wanted to take legal action and hold them accountable.

Our California asbestos exposure lawyers fought hard for compensation on behalf of Norris and secured meaningful compensation from a jury.

When Norris passed away a few months later, he knew that his family would be provided for.

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California Mesothelioma Lawyer FAQs

What is an asbestos exposure or mesothelioma lawsuit?

A mesothelioma lawsuit is a type of legal action taken against companies that made or used products containing asbestos.

Since many companies knowingly hid the dangers of asbestos from their employees and consumers, victims may be able to hold asbestos companies accountable and pursue compensation for injuries they suffered as a result of the company’s products.

Who can file a mesothelioma legal claim?

You may be able to file a mesothelioma legal claim if:

  • You were diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
  • You’re the family member or estate representative of someone with mesothelioma

Even if your loved one has passed away from mesothelioma, you may still be able to pursue compensation on their behalf.

Call (800) 326-8900 now to learn if you may be eligible to file a claim with the help of a mesothelioma lawyer in California. It costs nothing to speak with us.

How long do I have to file a mesothelioma claim in California?

You have only a short window of time after your mesothelioma diagnosis to file an asbestos claim due to statutes of limitations, which are state-specific deadlines on when you can file a lawsuit.

Once these deadlines pass, it’s too late to take legal action for your illness.

Because of this, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. Our team can listen to what’s going on and let you know if you still have time to take legal action.

How much does a California mesothelioma attorney cost?

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, there are no initial or out-of-pocket costs to work with a California asbestos attorney.

We work on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for you.

Reach out to our team now to see if you qualify for compensation — for free.

Will I have to travel to file a mesothelioma claim?

Our California asbestos lawyers will come to you, wherever you may be and whenever it’s convenient for you. We will travel to meet with you in the comfort of your own home or in a location of your choosing.

Though we can’t guarantee you won’t ever have to travel during your case, it’s very unlikely you will need to leave the area you live in to receive compensation.

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Legal Reviewer Benjamin GoldsteinReviewed by:Benjamin Goldstein

Partner, Simmons Hanly Conroy

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Ben Goldstein is a partner at Simmons Hanly Conroy. Based in the firm’s San Francisco office, Ben serves as the firm’s West Coast Asbestos Litigation Manager. He has been representing plaintiffs injured by exposure to asbestos, benzene and other toxic substances and environmental contaminants for over a decade. Ben has been the responsible attorney on dozens of multi-million dollar results on behalf of victims suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other diseases caused by toxic exposures. His work involves every phase of litigation, including complex settlement negotiation and trial.