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I am proud to announce that the organization Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) recently granted approval for me to form and chair a new bicycle litigation group within the CAOC. The organization Consumer Attorneys of California is comprised of more than 3,000 attorneys who represent plaintiffs and consumers seeking recovery in a variety of civil cases related to issues such as: defective products and drugs; wrongful death; civil rights violations; job-related injuries; wrongful acts of financial institutions and insurance companies; and medical issues. These cases frequently place individual plaintiffs up against large companies who frequently have greater power and access to resources. The attorneys of the CAOC work diligently, investing their own efforts and resources, to take on these worthwhile cases, receiving payment only when the case succeeds.

Over the last several years, I have dedicated an important portion of my trial practice at Choulos, Choulos & Wyle to working with plaintiffs on cases related to bicycle accidents and injuries, and the opportunity to chair a litigation group specifically focused on these issues is an honor. Being an avid bicycler myself, as well as a resident of the Bay Area where cycling is popular not only as a recreational activity, but as a means of transport, I understand and appreciate the importance of protecting cyclists from injury and ensuring their recovery when unfortunate events occur.

The creation of this bicycle litigation group will enable attorneys throughout California to better represent their individual clients in seeking recovery for bicycle-related injuries by providing legal advocates with the information, training opportunities, and networking they need to succeed. At the same time, the litigation group will endeavor to promote legal and policy changes that will enhance the rights and protections afforded to such individuals.

As I work to create a litigation group that achieves these ends, I invite other interested CAOC members to join me. I very much look forward to collaborating with other practitioners to make biking in California a safer and more enjoyable activity for our families and communities. If this you are a CAOC member and this is a practice area that interests you, I encourage you to contact me to see how you can become involved with or benefit from the newly-formed group.

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