Our History

The history of West Coast Trial Lawyers begins in 2000, when co-founders Allen Patatanyan and Neama Rahmani first met. They had performed very well in law school, and were both recruited and hired by the largest law firm in Los Angeles to defend big corporations against civil lawsuits filed by other companies and individuals. Together, Allen and Neama represented some of the largest companies in the world, such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church. But their passion lay elsewhere, so Allen and Neama left the comfort and the salary of the corporate law firm to pursue justice on behalf of ordinary people.

For Allen and Neama, the decision was easy. They had taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and to ensure justice for all, not just corporations who could afford to pay hundreds an hour in legal fees. Allen immediately began representing people who had suffered harm, while Neama joined the government (first the Department of Justice, then the Ethics Commission) to prosecute drug trafficking and public corruption cases. After a very successful stint as a prosecutor, Neama rejoined Allen, and together with their team of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants at West Coast Trial Lawyers, they work as trial lawyers for the people. We try cases on behalf of those who have been victimized by unlawful or unsafe conduct, and use our civil justice system to stop the conduct and protect others in the community.

Our Philosophy

At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we believe that all people deserve the highest quality legal representation with uncompromising integrity. We represent clients from all walks of life: rich, poor, United States citizens, and those without immigration status. Everyone is entitled to justice, not just those who can afford to pay huge legal bills. Our system of justice falls apart if only wealthy corporations and insurance companies can hire the best and brightest lawyers.

Our goal is to provide ordinary people the best legal representation with the best results. We believe in our clients and their cases, so we work on a contingency fee basis. That means our clients pay no attorney’s fees or costs until we win their case.

Our Results

Over the past fifteen years, our attorneys have represented thousands of clients and have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements. We are trial lawyers, and we get the best settlements from insurance companies because we prepare every case with the intention of going to trial. By holding wrongdoers responsible for their misconduct, we ensure justice for our clients and make the world a safer place for all of us.