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About the Firm

McDowell Shaw Garcia & Mizell has earned the prestigious AV peer-review rating by the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. The firm draws upon the comprehensive background and experience of ten attorneys to provide effective client representation in insurance defense litigation, including personal injury, products liability, professional liability, construction defects and business/commercial litigation. The firm has successfully litigated numerous cases in a variety of issues involving insurance defense law, which encompass such general liability matters as automobile accident cases, assault and battery/excessive force and mold cases.

With extensive resources to investigate, analyze, and litigate suspicious claims and a dedication to detail, McDowell Shaw Garcia & Mizell is well regarded for its vigorous handling of suspicious first- and third-party claims, as well as the defense of insurance carriers and extra-contractual/bad-faith actions. Collectively, the firm’s attorneys have conducted thousands of examinations under oath and depositions regarding suspicious property loss claims, fraudulent personal injury accident claims, and inflated and unreasonable medical payment claims. Hundreds of these suspicious claims have been tried or arbitrated.

The firm has also assisted its clients with investigations of out-of-state first party suspicious claims, including those in Nevada, Oregon, Arizona and elsewhere.

McDowell Shaw Garcia & Mizell is pleased to provide legal services throughout the state of California with its offices maintained in Walnut Creek, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles. From these locations, the firm is able to handle cases venued in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Humbolt, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare and Ventura.

McDowell Shaw Garcia & Mizell also offers its clients throughout the United States onsite, custom training seminars. These seminars cover a variety of legal topics, including litigation techniques, examinations under oath, bad faith issues, questionable medical/chiropractic billings and handling suspicious claims.

Pledged to professional excellence, McDowell Shaw Garcia & Mizell enjoys longstanding relationships with its clients and is proud to include a number of the country’s top-rated insurance companies among those clients.

     Colman Law Group LLP – www.colmanlawgroup.comLitigation services
Known for vigorous and capable defense, we are experienced in mediation, arbitration and litigation matters related to:
•Vehicular accidents
• Premises liability claims
• Insurance defense
• Catastrophic injury/wrongful death
• Construction defect
• Government/municipal liability
• Water mitigation
SIU services
We specialize in aggressively investigating suspicious claims and representing insurance carriers in those cases. Colman Macdonald attorneys are acknowledged leaders in areas such as:
• Examinations under oath
• Coverage analysis and opinions
• Questionable medical claims
• Arson and theft

Orange County Office:
1440 North Harbor Blvd. Suite 90
Fullerton, CA 92835
O: 714.646.4545
F:  714.646.4497
C:  714.862.0386

Hodson P.I., LLC is a full service investigations firm that specializes in Insurance Defense Investigations. Hodson P.I. conducts Surveillance, Witness Interviews, Research and Social Media Investigations throughout California. Established in 2003, we have performed thousands of investigations and gaining the reputation as a leader in field of professional investigations.

For social media investigations, our team utilizes proprietary software that captures not only court ready images and information found on a target’s social media but the needed metadata as well. This information assists our clients in presenting the findings that will hold up in a courtroom setting. Our reports include images, information, and posts on the target’s social media, but also include information pertaining the target on the social media of their friends and family. This gives our clients a more detailed view into the target’s life and personality.

We also can conduct surveillance on a target, providing images, video, and a detailed chronological report stating what our team witnessed at the assigned times set by our clients. This can be useful in insurance defense investigations.

Another service we can offer is obtaining witness interviews on behalf of our clients. This may include conducting research to find their contact information and reaching out to them to arrange a time and place to conduct such an interview. Our office can conduct such an interview using audio, video, transcribed onto paper, or even offer a combination of these options. Our office has staff that is experienced in performing interviews of all types in a professional and timely manner.

2016 Conference Sponsors

Stephen Thompson – S. Thompson Investigations – 714-401-1070
Bill Antkiewicz – Accident Photo Pak – 310-833-0799

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     Colman Law Group LLP – www.colmanlawgroup.com

FireCauseAnalysis     Fire Cause Analysiswww.fcafire.com

Since 1977, Fire Cause Analysis’ team of experts has been delivering cost-effective, quality results in all areas of Fire Investigation, Fire Protection Engineering, Forensic Engineering involving fire & water losses, commercial structures, residential structures, vessels, vehicles, product failures along with expert Claims Analysis, Litigation/Subrogation support and Education/Training. Call Carol McDonald  at 800-726-5939

SGS LogoSafe Gas Services, Inc. & SGS Plumbingwww.sgsplumbing.com

Trained and certified by So Cal Gas Company in the installation of seismic valves. Since 1988 we have specialized in the mitigation of damages caused by gas, water, drain clogs and carbon monoxide poisoning. Services include carbon monoxide, gas and water leak detection. Camera sewer line inspection, hydro getting, general commercial and industrial plumbing repairs.

archangel Archangel Investigations & Protection – www.archangelpi.com

Archangel Investigations was established in Southern California in 1995 specializing in insurance and workers’ compensation investigations, subrosa/surveillance, skip-tracing and AOE/COE Statements.  By offering our clients intelligent solutions with our service guarantee, we continue to provide excellent results as our operations have expanded nationwide. For more information please call us at 888.884.9644

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David Williams – DCW & Associates : 800.899.0442
Richard Harer – Specialized Investigations : 800.714.3728
Steve Thompson – S. Thompson Investigations : 714.401.1070
Graciela Ojeda – MACRO-PRO: 800.696.2511

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David Williams – DCW & Associates : 800.899.0442
Steve Thompson – S. Thompson Investigations : 714.401.1070
Miguel Padilla – So. Cal Gas Co. : 301.488.1682
Flo Johnson – Tessie Cleveland Community Services –  323 309-8794
Dan Evakers – Colman Law Group – 818.546.8686 X-326
Larry Hamilton – The SIU Investigations – 619.251.7898
Mike McKee – NICB Senior Special Agent – 909.919.2212
Brian Mizell – McDowell Shaw Garcia and Mizell – 909.257-6923
Stella Rheinhardt – Sempra Utilities- 213.244-5147