402 West Broadway, Suite 1140
San Diego, California 92101
Telephone: 619.239.0300
Toll Free: 866.610.3040
Fax: 619.239.0344
Email: info@whiteamundson.com

Practice Areas

White & Amundson serve San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and in all California and federal courts.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

White Oliver & Amundson recognizes the significant costs associated with litigation and the Firm's practice emphasizes cost effective resolution of disputes. As such, Firm members are greatly involved in implementing all methods of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. Furthermore, White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have acted as judges pro tem for the San Diego Superior Court and as professional mediators and arbitrators. Firm members have also served as arbitrators for the San Diego Superior Court Arbitration Program and have been elected to the American Arbitration Association Board in recognition of their expertise.

Appellate Practice

The Firm has extensive and varied appellate experience. Much of the appellate work is a result of the Firm members' trial practice. Additionally, Firm attorneys have briefed novel appellate issues. The Firm produces well-written, cogent, and cost-effective briefs. The appellate issues have ranged from constitutional law challenges, to various public policy statutes, to evidentiary challenges, and jury verdicts requiring analysis of lengthy trial testimony. Further, Firm members have performed appellate work for other law firms and clients on cases that they did not initially handle at trial.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Firm members have extensive experience in business litigation. White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have successfully defended claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, among others. In addition, the Firm's practice includes matters of complex commercial litigation involving alleged violations of antitrust law, trademark and copyright infringement, and other areas of intellectual property. Moreover, Firm members have been retained by major insurers to render advice as to insurers' rights and responsibilities for associated areas of insurance coverage. White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have also been actively involved in litigation relating to business entities through its representation of accounting, legal and real estate professionals.

Construction Litigation

Firm members have extensive experience in all aspects of residential real estate construction defect litigation on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, developers, and design professionals, as well as homeowners. Moreover, firm members provide counseling and litigation services to contractor clients on issues to support initial contract negotiations, and later when on-site issues arise to avoid or minimize potential claims before they occur, with further cost-effective representation through dispute resolution or litigation.

Employment Litigation

As the law evolves, the law of wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other employment-related matters change as well. As a result of their work with corporations and business entities of all types and description, the Firm members have been retained to represent businesses in connection with the handling of cases pertaining to wrongful termination, sexual harassment, age, gender, race and other discrimination and related problems. The Firm also provides risk management consultations and seminars on employer/employee relations and administration of employment policies and procedures.

Insurance Law

White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have trained in insurance defense litigation. As a result, the Firm has cultivated and developed other areas of business and non-insurance clients. However, the Firm has continuing relationships with insurance companies and the Firm members have frequently been employed to render coverage opinions related to many types of insurance, from automobile situations to professional errors and omissions coverage.

Additional areas of expertise in insurance matters encompass the tort of "bad faith" wherein insurer conduct is potentially actionable for failure to defend, settle or pay claims. Firm members are among the leaders in Southern California in the defense of all aspects of insurance "bad faith" situations. As a result of Firm members' experience in defending many of these cases, providing opinions of coverage and doing first-party bad faith work, White Oliver & Amundson has a strong grasp of the duties and responsibilities of an insurer and can advise them accordingly with regard to the proper methods to avoid the payment of meritless claims and exposure to excess liability.

Intellectual Property

In today's business world, a company's key asset is often its intellectual property. As technology emerges, the importance of protecting ideas increases. When disputes over intellectual property arise, Firm members are experienced in addressing such disputes through litigation and/or through dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation or arbitration. Firm members have substantial experience with intellectual property issues involving trade secrets, trademark infringement, unfair competition, franchise disputes, rights of privacy, anti-trust, and interference with prospective economic advantage. Due to the firm's expertise in business litigation matters, Firm members understand the business side of a client's intellectual property dispute and can counsel the client from both business and intellectual property-based perspectives.

Intentional Torts

Firm members have successfully defended various department stores, food markets, general merchandising stores, theaters, entertainment establishments and other business entities and public assembly areas against intentional torts claims, such as false arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution, libel and slander. Additionally, the Firm members' areas of expertise extend to more complex areas of alleged intentional liability. These areas include civil suits which arise from homicides, public and private nuisance, trespass, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and contractual relations.

Personal Injury

The Firm manages and maintains a varied personal injury practice. White Oliver & Amundson is equipped to deal with all aspects of personal injury litigation from the most minor injuries to complex severe injury cases or wrongful death. For instance, while Firm members have significant experience in the defense of automobile accidents and the multiplicity of problems that they cause, they also have a vast knowledge of the legal principles applicable to medical and psychological problems in complex and complicated personal injury litigation.

Premises Liability

As a result of representing a number of retail and commercial concerns, the Firm's attorneys have extensive experience in defending private owners and occupiers of property against claims of unsafe conditions on their premises. Firm attorneys have expansive experience in slip and fall, trip and fall, unsafe surface and defective condition type litigation.

Products Liability

White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of products liability litigation involving design, construction and manufacturing defects. Products defended have included, among other things, vehicles (including trucks, trailers, SUV's and ATC's) shop and gardening equipment, and blood products. The Firm is particularly adept at organizing these cases, preparing a meaningful program for their resolution, and selecting cost conscious and experienced experts. Firm members also consider all legal ramifications of design failure, accident reconstruction, expert analysis and their related matters.

Professional Liability

White Oliver & Amundson firm members are particularly experienced in professional malpractice representation. Firm members have defended legal, accountancy and medical malpractice actions, and utilize their experience and knowledge to provide cost effective management of professional liability actions. This experience extends not only to jury trial verdicts, but also to arbitrations, mediations and all venues of alternative dispute resolution. Firm members are active in advising professional clients on prelitigation claims to avoid costly litigation, often referred to as loss prevention. Mr. White has also been retained to render expert opinions and testimony regarding the standard of care as it pertains to legal malpractice matters.

Real Estate Litigation

The activities of California real estate professionals are increasingly under scrutiny in the current legal climate. Firm members have represented real estate brokers, their firms, and sales associates. That experience has resulted in expansive knowledge and expertise in appraisal practice, economic analysis and other evaluation techniques.

Moreover, White Oliver & Amundson firm members have provided representation for some of the largest developers in San Diego. The firm has represented these developers in cases arising out of almost every type of real estate development, including commercial, single and multi-family residential, condominiums, planned unit developments and master-planned communities.

Tax Litigation

The firm is able to represent clients in tax litigation and dispute resolution proceedings regarding federal taxes before the United States Tax Court and other federal trial and appellate courts. Tax disputes are not something that most clients plan, much less welcome. The complexity of tax laws, however, means that tax controversies do happen and are even inevitable on occasion. Taxpayers should consider involving a tax attorney early-on in tax controversy matters, to assist in efforts to resolve the dispute with Internal Revenue Service without the necessity of resorting to the courts. When these efforts are not successful and settlement cannot be achieved - for example, when there is a substantial controversy as to the fair marketation Program and have been elected to the American Arbitration Association Board in recognition of their expertise.

Appellate Practice

The Firm has extensive and varied appellate experience. Much of the appellate work is a result of the Firm members' trial practice. Additionally, Firm attorneys have briefed novel appellate issues. The Firm produces well-written, cogent, and cost-effective briefs. The appellate issues have ranged from constitutional law challenges, to various public policy statutes, to evidentiary challenges, and jury verdicts requiring analysis of lengthy trial testimony. Further, Firm members have performed appellate work for other law firms and clients on cases that they did not initially handle at trial.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Firm members have extensive experience in business litigation. White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have successfully defended claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, among others. In addition, the Firm's practice includes matters of complex commercial litigation involving alleged violations of antitrust law, trademark and copyright infringement, and other areas of intellectual property. Moreover, Firm members have been retained by major insurers to render advice as to insurers' rights and responsibilities for associated areas of insurance coverage. White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have also been actively involved in litigation relating to business entities through its representation of accounting, legal and real estate professionals.

Construction Litigation

Firm members have extensive experience in all aspects of residential real estate construction defect litigation on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, developers, and design professionals, as well as homeowners. Moreover, firm members provide counseling and litigation services to contractor clients on issues to support initial contract negotiations, and later when on-site issues arise to avoid or minimize potential claims before they occur, with further cost-effective representation through dispute resolution or litigation.

Employment Litigation

As the law evolves, the law of wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other employment-related matters change as well. As a result of their work with corporations and business entities of all types and description, the Firm members have been retained to represent businesses in connection with the handling of cases pertaining to wrongful termination, sexual harassment, age, gender, race and other discrimination and related problems. The Firm also provides risk management consultations and seminars on employer/employee relations and administration of employment policies and procedures.

Insurance Law

White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have trained in insurance defense litigation. As a result, the Firm has cultivated and developed other areas of business and non-insurance clients. However, the Firm has continuing relationships with insurance companies and the Firm members have frequently been employed to render coverage opinions related to many types of insurance, from automobile situations to professional errors and omissions coverage.

Additional areas of expertise in insurance matters encompass the tort of "bad faith" wherein insurer conduct is potentially actionable for failure to defend, settle or pay claims. Firm members are among the leaders in Southern California in the defense of all aspects of insurance "bad faith" situations. As a result of Firm members' experience in defending many of these cases, providing opinions of coverage and doing first-party bad faith work, White Oliver & Amundson has a strong grasp of the duties and responsibilities of an insurer and can advise them accordingly with regard to the proper methods to avoid the payment of meritless claims and exposure to excess liability.

Intellectual Property

In today's business world, a company's key asset is often its intellectual property. As technology emerges, the importance of protecting ideas increases. When disputes over intellectual property arise, Firm members are experienced in addressing such disputes through litigation and/or through dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation or arbitration. Firm members have substantial experience with intellectual property issues involving trade secrets, trademark infringement, unfair competition, franchise disputes, rights of privacy, anti-trust, and interference with prospective economic advantage. Due to the firm's expertise in business litigation matters, Firm members understand the business side of a client's intellectual property dispute and can counsel the client from both business and intellectual property-based perspectives.

Intentional Torts

Firm members have successfully defended various department stores, food markets, general merchandising stores, theaters, entertainment establishments and other business entities and public assembly areas against intentional torts claims, such as false arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery, malicious prosecution, libel and slander. Additionally, the Firm members' areas of expertise extend to more complex areas of alleged intentional liability. These areas include civil suits which arise from homicides, public and private nuisance, trespass, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and contractual relations.

Personal Injury

The Firm manages and maintains a varied personal injury practice. White Oliver & Amundson is equipped to deal with all aspects of personal injury litigation from the most minor injuries to complex severe injury cases or wrongful death. For instance, while Firm members have significant experience in the defense of automobile accidents and the multiplicity of problems that they cause, they also have a vast knowledge of the legal principles applicable to medical and psychological problems in complex and complicated personal injury litigation.

Premises Liability

As a result of representing a number of retail and commercial concerns, the Firm's attorneys have extensive experience in defending private owners and occupiers of property against claims of unsafe conditions on their premises. Firm attorneys have expansive experience in slip and fall, trip and fall, unsafe surface and defective condition type litigation.

Products Liability

White Oliver & Amundson attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of products liability litigation involving design, construction and manufacturing defects. Products defended have included, among other things, vehicles (including trucks, trailers, SUV's and ATC's) shop and gardening equipment, and blood products. The Firm is particularly adept at organizing these cases, preparing a meaningful program for their resolution, and selecting cost conscious and experienced experts. Firm members also consider all legal ramifications of design failure, accident reconstruction, expert analysis and their related matters.

Professional Liability

White Oliver & Amundson firm members are particularly experienced in professional malpractice representation. Firm members have defended legal, accountancy and medical malpractice actions, and utilize their experience and knowledge to provide cost effective management of professional liability actions. This experience extends not only to jury trial verdicts, but also to arbitrations, mediations and all venues of alternative dispute resolution. Firm members are active in advising professional clients on prelitigation claims to avoid costly litigation, often referred to as loss prevention. Mr. White has also been retained to render expert opinions and testimony regarding the standard of care as it pertains to legal malpractice matters.

Real Estate Litigation

The activities of California real estate professionals are increasingly under scrutiny in the current legal climate. Firm members have represented real estate brokers, their firms, and sales associates. That experience has resulted in expansive knowledge and expertise in appraisal practice, economic analysis and other evaluation techniques.

Moreover, White Oliver & Amundson firm members have provided representation for some of the largest developers in San Diego. The firm has represented these developers in cases arising out of almost every type of real estate development, including commercial, single and multi-family residential, condominiums, planned unit developments and master-planned communities.

Tax Litigation

The firm is able to represent clients in tax litigation and dispute resolution proceedings regarding federal taxes before the United States Tax Court and other federal trial and appellate courts. Tax disputes are not something that most clients plan, much less welcome. The complexity of tax laws, however, means that tax controversies do happen and are even inevitable on occasion. Taxpayers should consider involving a tax attorney early-on in tax controversy matters, to assist in efforts to resolve the dispute with Internal Revenue Service without the necessity of resorting to the courts. When these efforts are not successful and settlement cannot be achieved - for example, when there is a substantial controversy as to the fair market value of an estate's assets and thus a significant dispute as to the amount of estate tax owed - the matter must be litigated. If not settled during litigation, the matter must be tried to the court. Our experienced, respected litigators and trial attorneys work with our clients to identify critical issues and methods to best address them, plan strategies for achieving the best possible results, analyze the risks and benefits of litigation and trial, and otherwise guide our clients through what can be an intimidating process. Our attorneys' extensive courtroom experience in state, federal and appellate courts provides clients with the skill and expertise needed to pursue their rights through trial and, when necessary, on appeal.

Wrongful Death Actions

Firm members have been involved in numerous wrongful death cases, including those based on liability for negligence, products liability and intentional acts. White Oliver & Amundson attorneys are knowledgeable of the changing evaluation techniques utilized by accountants and economists practicing in this area. The Firm is particularly result-oriented and utilizes alternative dispute resolution to assist in the successful resolution of wrongful death actions. As a result of firm members' experience, they are particularly capable of selecting and retaining competent and cost effective experts to assist in the preparation of the defense of these cases.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Defense

White, Oliver & Amundson attorneys have extensive experience representing third party entities in childhood sexual abuse matters, having represented clients in more than 100 cases throughout California. The firm has successfully defended organizations, insurance companies, and employers ensnared in complex sexual abuse cases. The firm's attorneys have particular expertise in the discovery process required in these multifaceted cases with specific experience concerning the statute of limitations involving sexual abuse and prosecution exceptions years after crimes have allegedly occurred.