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Alexander R. Wheeler

Lawyers protecting you

Alex is a partner in the firm and leads PARRIS’ Class Action and Business Litigation practice groups. Alex also represents the Firm’s clients in severe personal injury and wrongful death cases in both the mass- and single-plaintiff context. Alex has been selected to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List. Alex has been appointed as Lead Class Counsel in dozens of federal and state class actions and has obtained over $400 million in verdicts and settlements over the course of his career. Alex was also on the faculty at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he taught “Advanced Trial Practice”.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (2012-Present)
  • Antelope Valley Trial Lawyer of the Year (2009)

Speaking engagements

Illinois Trial Lawyers Conference – Cognitive Science and Behavioral Economics in the Courtroom:

  • Event Chair (2016)
  • Framing (And Re-Framing) The Narrative (2016)
  • In the Line of Fire (2016)
  • Linguistic Programming for Lawyers (2016)

 

Bridgeport Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference:

  • Event Chair (2016)
  • Speaker – Ascertaining Ascertainability (2015)
  • Speaker – Busting Through Arbitration Agreements (2015)
  • Speaker – Discovery Strategies in Class Action: When Less is More and When it Isn’t (2015)

 

Consumer Attorneys Association Seminars (CAOC):

  • Speaker – Understanding Verbal and Non-Verbal Juror Responses (2015)
  • Speaker – Mediation isn’t Neutral, Using Mediation to Persuade the Mediator, the Defense, Your Clients, and Yourself (2015)
  • Speaker – The Art of the Persuasion (2015)
  • Speaker – Scalia’s Glue: Finding and Developing Key Certification Evidence (2014)
  • Speaker – Using Social Media to Market Your Practice (2013)
  • Speaker – Law Office Management (2013)
  • Speaker – In The Line Of Fire: Framing, Crafting And Responding To Explosive Questions (2011)
  • Speaker – Click – Establishing Instant Connections (2010)
  • Speaker – Conversational Hypnosis (2009)
  • Speaker – The Growth Mindset Lawyer (2008)

 

Los Angeles County Bar Association:

  • Speaker – Nuts & Bolts of Employment Class Actions (2013)

 

OC Trial Lawyers Association:

  • Speaker – Creating Rapport (2012)

 

Kern County Chamber of Commerce Annual Employment Law Seminar:

  • Speaker – Missteps in Employment Litigation (2011)

Reading list

  • The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
  • The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making by Scott Plous
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman
  • The Political Mind by George Lakoff
  • Don’t Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff
  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
  • In the Line of Fire by Jerry Weissman
  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Published Cases

  • Ruiz v. Moss Bros. Auto Group (2014) 232 Cal.App.4th 839
  • Jimenez v. Allstate Ins. Co., 765 F.3d 1161 (9th Cir. 2014)
  • Farmers Ins. Exchange v. Superior Court (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 96
  • Compton v. Superior Court (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th873
  • Bonnel v. Best Buy Stores, L.P., 881 F.Supp.2d 1164 (N.D. Cal. 2012)
  • Avalos v. Foster Poultry Farms, 789 F.Supp.2d 1156 (E.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Catsouras v. California Dept. of Highway Patrol (2010) 181 Cal.App.4th 856
  • Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., 722 F.Supp.2d 1148 (C.D. Cal. 2010)
  • Whalen v. United States, 93 Fed.Cl. 579 (2010)
  • Whalen v. United States, 85 Fed.Cl. 380 (2009)

Publicity

Alex has been quoted frequently in the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Law 360 – and has appeared on several Los Angeles-area television news stations – in connection with his representation of clients.

Results

  • In June of 2015, Mr. Wheeler obtained in Los Angeles Superior Court a jury verdict of $20.9 million on behalf of three of his clients that were injured in a head-on car crash.
  • Trial counsel, with R. Rex Parris, on Marciano v. Fahs, which resulted in $370,000,000 jury verdict – the largest verdict in the United States in 2009.
  • Served as Lead Class Counsel in wage-and-hour class action against large public utility company, which settled for $29,000,000.
  • Obtained a post- jury verdict settlement of $10,500,000 in a personal injury case against DHL Express, USA;
  • Served as Lead Class Counsel in dozens of wage-and-hour and consumer class actions that have settled for $1,000,000 and higher.
  • Currently representing putative class members in pending wage-and-hour and consumer class action cases all over California and the United States.

Bar Admission

State Bar of California
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Education

Juris Doctorate Degree - Pepperdine Law School (2005)

Bachelor of Arts Degree - University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)