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Four Dykema Attorneys Named Southern California Super Lawyers

January 27, 2009

Los Angeles

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announces that four attorneys from its Los Angeles office were named Southern California Super Lawyers 2009 by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles magazine. Law & Politics performs the polling, research, and selection of Super Lawyers in a process designed to identify Southern California lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. They are:

Alex W. Craigie  - General Litigation, Business Litigation
Allan Gabriel  - Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation
John L. Viola  - Insurance Coverage, Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation
Derek S. Whitefield  - Civil Litigation Defense

Alex Craigie is a litigator recognized for his innovative, cost-effective and, where necessary, highly aggressive approach to dispute advocacy.  His practice focuses on general business, construction and real estate litigation, as well as the regional and national defense of product liability suits brought against automotive, consumer and industrial equipment manufacturers.

Allan Gabriel's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secrets, false advertising and right of publicity claims on trial court and appellate levels.  He has substantial experience in handling antitrust, unfair competition, internet related and general business litigation matters for a variety of industries including software development, high tech components, manufacturing, consumer food products, newspaper publication, as well as investors and entrepreneurs.

John Viola practices in the areas of commercial and complex litigation and employment litigation.  He has over 27 years experience in representing business entities on matters including insurance bad faith claims, class actions, deceptive sales practices, insolvencies, employment, ERISA, securities, and real estate. Viola has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, as well as in ADR proceedings. 

Derek Whitefield’s national trial practice is focused on the defense of product manufacturers, business entities, and insurers. He is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the country regarding air bag technology and regulation, and he also has experience defending product liability cases involving motor vehicles, lift trucks, power tools, home appliances, and other consumer products. Whitefield provides product liability avoidance advice, including design review and development of warnings, manuals and brochures and also has experience handling unfair trade practice, commercial and insurance litigation.