Adam J. Savin

Adam J. Savin is a litigation and trial attorney at Savin & Bursk and is a co-Founder of the firms Encino office which emphasizes on complex and serious injury cases. Growing up Mr. Savin was a competitive gymnast in the all-around division who competed at national and international competitions. He started when he was about 4 years old and by age 13 he was putting in 3-6 hours a day in his training. He was a several time State and Regional Champion and competed at the National Championships.

What drives Mr. Savin is challenge, pushing through obstacles and doing the impossible. Mr. Savin believes that his competitive nature and dedication to accomplishing a goal is an attribute engraved in his DNA since childhood. These attributes follow Mr. Savin in his pursuit of justice for his clients.

Mr. Savin has devoted his practice to helping people and families who have suffered serious and catastrophic life altering injuries. Coming from an athletic background he understands how serious injuries can have serious and dream shattering consequences to a person’s life.

Mr. Savin’s primary focus is in complex Personal Injury cases with cross-over Workers’ Compensation claims. These cases involve serious injuries that occur on the job but as a result of someone else’s negligence. Common occurrence are trucking/auto accidents, construction zones, and defective products.

The advantage Mr. Savin has is the fact that he is a proven litigation and trial attorney in workers’ compensation and personal injury civil litigation. Mr. Savin is among only a handful of attorneys in Los Angeles who actually handle civil jury trials as well as administrative trials before a judge at the workers’ compensation appeals board. This unique skill set is used to bring tremendous knowledge and value to his clients in these complex hybrid cases.

Mr. Savin has been privileged to lecture and teach fellow attorneys the nuances in these types of cases. He has lectured on this topic for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) annual convention which is the nation’s largest trial lawyer’s convention. Mr. Savin has also lectured on this topic for the California Applicants Attorneys Association (CAAA) and he has also been spotted as a guest on numerous podcasts, radio and zoom seminars. Similarly, Mr. Savin has been published in a prominent legal magazine where he discusses these hybrid crossover cases and how to deal with certain aspects of these claims.

Mr. Savin has extensive litigation and trial experience in all sorts of automobile accidents, trucking/tractor, motorcycle, boating, construction site accidents, slip and falls, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries, sexual molestation and misconduct, products liability, dog bite cases, medical malpractice, and other injury related claims.

Mr. Savin is a native Californian who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Adam graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and from Southwestern University School of Law in the exclusive Scale accelerated program in 2010.

Mr. Savin has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list every year since 2017, an achievement limited to only 2.5% of attorneys, and in 2021 he was named Super Lawyers “Up and Coming 100.” Mr. Savin is also a lifetime member of numerous prestigious organizations including Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Trial Lawyers Association as well as Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum; organizations that are by invite only and limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

If you ask Mr. Savin about his favorite award he will tell you it is the Above The Policy Lawyers award which honors lawyers who have settled or tried a case where the insurance company paid more money than the maximum insurance policy limit. Mr. Savin has obtained Verdicts and Settlement well above insurance policy limits including some that were over a million dollars in excess of the insurance coverage. Only a very small number of lawyers have accomplished verdicts and settlement above the insurance policy limits and the award recognizes the negotiation, investigation, and superb litigation skills of the lawyer.

Mr. Savin is proud to have a perfect 10.0 Avvo ‘Superb’ rating and is also a recipient of Avvo’s prestigious Client’s Choice Award. Mr. Savin is also a proud member of organizations such as the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, California Applicants Association, and the American Association for Justice; organizations which advocate and fight for the rights of injured workers and the rights of the everyday consumer. He also supports local charities and is active with the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity (LATLC) organization which gives back to the community.

Adam J. Savin is an energetic, innovative, and charismatic attorney who will exceed his client’s expectations. He is a strategic fighter who is always three steps ahead of his opponents, and he is in it to win it.


Edward M. Morgan

“Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit and victory, sir!” I still remember shouting these exact words at the top of my lungs as a lanky 9 year old kid before the start of every class at a damp and musty second floor Tae Kwon Do studio in the small Midwestern town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At the time, I never really understood why our instructor made us recite these same six words before every single class–I remember rushing through them (while barely mumbling through the word “indomitable”) so that I could get to the warm-ups as quickly as possible and start the fun drills, like practicing flying back kicks or sparring with the other kids in my oversized head gear and gloves.

Even though it’s been decades since I was that 9 year old kid from South Dakota, it was only recently that I realized that those six strange words, the ones that I had to recite like a broken record player darn near every day, actually resonated with me more than I ever imagined they would. Those words, and what they mean and stand for, stayed with me throughout childhood and my adult years, and helped me become the person, the father, the friend, and the lawyer that I am today.

Those who know me – my family, my friends, my colleagues, and my clients – know that I hold the value of respect close to my heart, I fight for what’s right, I don’t break easy, I stay composed, I don’t give up, and I do everything in my power to win. I’m not suggesting that I am perfect, because I am not. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life. But I am also human. I’m no different than you. I’m no different than those around you.

Growing up, my parents weren’t doctors or lawyers. Before we immigrated to the U.S. in 1990, my dad was a refrigerator and A/C repairman and my mom was a pre-school teacher. In South Dakota they both found jobs as furniture makers – my dad worked the day shift and my mom the night. Looking back, it was probably then, in that cold and gritty Midwestern town, that I learned the value of hard work, fortitude, never giving up, rolling up your sleeves, and fighting for the right cause, no matter how bad the odds may be stacked up against you.

Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and I am now a personal injury lawyer. I have the privilege of serving and being the voice for those human beings who may otherwise not have a voice, or whose voice may not be loud enough to be heard and acknowledged by the multi-billion dollar corporations and insurance companies who often hurt people and refuse to take responsibility or make things right. That privilege that I earned and that I hold, I take very seriously.

I fight for people who I believe in. I fight for the underdog. I fight for what is righteous. I do whatever it takes to protect my clients. I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them, until the very end,no matter what may lie ahead, to hold wrongdoers accountable. And, if by doing that, I can help improve the lives of those people who need it most, those who have been down for too long and just need someone to lend them a hand when no one else will, then maybe I can look back at my career when it’s all said and done and know that I did something right. And that, I can be proud of.

University of California, Davis, 2006
Southwestern Law School, 2010
Super Lawyers, “Rising Star”
Tens of millions recovered for clients


Brian J. Kim

Most lawyers choose this profession. I was born in it, molded by it.

Growing up, my mom and dad ran a small law firm in mid-City Wilshire in Los Angeles. As a young kid, it was not unusual to find me poking around at the office during afterschool hours. There, I used to watch different people from all walks of life come in and out of the doors. My dad was also a pro tem judge. He would often take me to court with him where he would let me sit in the front row of the gallery. The people in court wore spiffy suits and used fancy words that I didn’t understand. It was a big, scary place where people were so formal – even my dad looked intimidating wearing a jet-black robe. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the courtroom he introduced me to at such a young age, would later become home.

One day, when I was about 8 or 9 years old, I watched the conference room door open. A middle-aged man walked out. He had a kind looking, but weather-beaten face. My dad followed shortly after him and gave him a grin. “Congratulations, I am happy for you”, my dad said. The man’s eyes looked wet. “Thank you” he whispered back. He hesitated like he wanted to give my dad a hug, but as if his better judgment got the best of him, he awkwardly stuck his hand out instead. The two shook hands and parted ways. When the man left, I went into the conference room by myself. Inside, there was a box of pears and an envelope with $50 inside. I asked my mom what had happened and all she explained to me was that the man had come to pay what he could. Since mom and dad were okay with it, I didn’t think anything of it.

Twenty years later, I went to law school. Besides learning the black letter law, law school impressed upon me a desire for power: you would never be a big successful attorney unless you got one of the highly coveted jobs working for powerful people and corporations. But the story of the man who had paid my parents with a box of pears and fifty bucks had stuck with me. I remember thinking how my mom and dad had gotten it wrong. How could you devote your life to representing poor, weak people? There was no respect – no glory or honor in that. I told myself that I was not going to make that same mistake.

After law school, I got my first job representing a powerful Fortune 50 company. My friends would introduce me as a “corporate attorney” and I noticed that people treated me differently. I liked the new feeling of power and respect. I remember sometimes thinking that, unlike my mom and dad, I had made it.

My dad passed away unexpectedly and suddenly in 2014 at only 62 years old. The funeral was packed. The pews were filled, attendees lined the walls, and even poured out onto the sidewalks outside the church we attended. The church was overflowing with people whose lives had been touched by my dad. As I stood there and looked at all of the different faces, most of whom I had never seen before, I realized at that moment that I had gotten it all wrong. Mom and dad had been right all along: real strength comes from the dying breed of warriors who are willing to stand up for the voiceless when no one else will – regardless of whether they only have pears and fifty bucks to offer. I quit my job representing the powerful and rich.

Integrity. Grit. Compassion. Advocacy.
These were the core values my mom and dad imprinted on my two brothers and me – and which I hope to imprint on my three children. These are also the same values that I take with me as both a sword and a shield, whenever I go to battle for a client. My love of the courtroom was what brought me to the practice of law nearly a decade ago, but doing right by people is something that is woven into my DNA.

Notable Settlements and Verdicts:
For nearly a decade, Brian has helped recover more than $100 million for individuals with life-altering injuries, which include:

  • $45,000,000 - Verdict in wrongful death/negligence case (Rachel Fernandez vs. State of California).
  • $12,500,000 - Settlement in premises liability/negligence case resulting in traumatic brain injury against one of the largest pharmacy store chains in U.S.
  • $11,000,000 - Settlement in motor vehicle versus pedestrian collision involving near amputated leg while client was pushing disabled vehicle on the freeway.
  • $10,000,000 - Verdict in traumatic brain injury case involving a motor vehicle collision (Antonio Pureco v. David De La Torre Carillo).
  • $5,975,000 - Settlement in premises liability case involving permanent disfigurement caused by burn injuries in a condominium fire.
  • $3,250,000 - Settlement in wrongful death/premises liability and ADA case against major open-air outlet mall in California.
  • $3,000,000 - Verdict in wrongful death/vehicle negligence case (Estate of Oscar F. Palma v. Frank McKenzie, et al.).
  • $3,000,000 - Settlement in sexual battery case involving an A-List celebrity.
  • $2,500,000 - Settlement in wrongful death/medical malpractice case against Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.
  • $2,050,000 - Verdict in wrongful death/vehicle negligence case (Estate of Eleanor Minami v. Sonia Ekmakji).
  • $2,000,000 - Settlement for 79 year old woman struck on the head by a canopy/tent pole while at an outdoor event and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury .
  • $1,960,000 - Settlement against the State of California in a road defect case resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $1,250,000 - Settlement in a mild traumatic brain injury case involving a motor vehicle versus motorcyclist collision in San Diego, CA.
  • $1,000,000 - Settlement in a motor vehicle versus pedestrian case while client was under the influence of methamphetamines.
  • $1,000,000 - Settlement in police shooting case against confidential police agency.
  • $1,000,000 - Settlement for bicyclist who was sideswiped by a commercial truck resulting in back injury requiring lumbar surgery.
  • $900,000 - Settlement for client who suffered back injury requiring lumbar surgery caused by collapsed asphalt due to negligent excavating.
  • $860,000 - Settlement for driver and passenger who was struck by commercial vehicle resulting in permanent back injuries.
  • $843,910 - Verdict for 68 year old woman involved in motor vehicle collision causing injuries requiring lumbar surgery (Noemi Lalama v. Dominic Manzella).
  • $750,000 - Settlement for elderly client who sustained hip fracture from moving taxicab while being loading into vehicle.
  • Numerous other six and seven figure verdicts and settlements.

Education and Honors:

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (2011)
  • Loyola Marymount University (2004)

Since 2018, Los Angeles Magazine recognized Brian as a Southern California “Rising Star” an honor reserved for lawyers under the age of 40 who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California receive this distinction.

Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court - Central District
  • United States District Court - Eastern District
  • United States District Court - Northern District
  • United States District Court – Southern District

Shireen Ghobadi

Shireen Ghobadi is a litigation attorney who has focused her career on fighting for justice. She represents the injured and stands side by side with her clients in their battle with insurance companies. When Shireen takes on a case, she relentlessly, zealously and vigorously fights for the cause to the very end – because that’s just what it takes to win.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Shireen graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Honors in Political Science. Her innate passion for the law quickly developed into a multi-layered legal education as she embarked on her international journey in the country that birthed the common law. Shireen obtained her law degree at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom where she studied the historical and foundational roots of the common law legal system we have in place in the United States today. She then moved to Los Angeles where she attended UCLA School of Law and graduated with a Masters of Law specializing in International Human Rights Law.

Shireen began her career as a criminal defense attorney, passionately fighting to strengthen the voice of those who do not have the means to speak for themselves. It was through her experience as a criminal defense attorney where she learned that her clients are her most valuable tool in the courtroom. Shireen quickly understood that the key to winning a case was not limited merely to her comprehensive understanding of the law. Rather, it has been proven to her time and time again that a case is only as strong as the foundational understanding she has of the lived realities of each of her clients. After three years of practicing criminal defense, Shireen switched gears to civil law and focused her practice on representing people who were injured because of the negligence of another. She attributes her success to the individualized and strategic approach she takes in fighting to get her clients the results and justice they deserve.


Maureen Hennessey

There is a weight that will hit you when you set foot inside a courthouse as a plaintiff. I know the scary and daunting feeling of being at the mercy of our judicial system, firsthand. I watched as my own lawyer delivered his opening statement skillfully, and with total confidence. It made me think, could I be this person for someone else? Do I have anything of value to offer? The voice in my head kept saying, “I’m just not one of those people”, but the spark had already been lit. Despite my initial self-doubt, I felt a longing to change lives. I left a secure job, took the dive, and never looked back.

As a plaintiff’s attorney, I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to give injured people a voice. It is my belief that there is no substitute for time spent with clients, and there are no shortcuts that can be taken getting to know each client. I devote significant attention and resources to each case, because I know that a custom-tailored, “small shop” approach is what produces the best results.

Prior to joining Savin Bursk Law, I practiced as a defense attorney for nearly 10 years in both California and Washington State. Many of those years were spent in medical malpractice, where I excelled at mastering the medicine on each case, and distilling down a huge volume of medical information to the essential focal points of the case. Today, I draw upon my extensive medical malpractice experience to implement winning case strategies on behalf of my clients.

Education: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Admissions: Washington and California state courts; United States District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Memberships: Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA); the Los Angeles County Bar Association