Dommond E. Lonnie


The language of the law is often complex. The language of technology, science, medicine, and economics can be even more so. Dommond Lonnie's ability to simplify those complexities in products liability, toxic tort, class action, and other consequential cases is a big reason he is so effective in defending his clients' interests. Dommond's powerful courtroom advocacy and mastery of the issues have led to a lengthy track record of success in jurisdictions across the country.

While Dommond's clients appreciate his cost-effective and creative strategies when they face substantial exposure in catastrophic injury cases, they also value his frank, actionable, and responsive counsel. He prides himself on telling clients what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear, so that they can make informed, thoughtful decisions.

A careful listener and quick study, Dommond immerses himself in every detail and angle of a claim while never forgetting that strategic choices can have business implications that go far beyond the matter at hand.

Particularly known for his work in automotive liability cases and his defense of original equipment manufacturers, Dommond has represented numerous domestic and foreign businesses and has substantial product liability experience in matters involving crashworthiness, airbags and restraints, fires, suspensions, tires, rollovers, brakes, and fuel systems. Dommond's work in such cases has earned him recognition by Legal 500 US 2023 as one of the top four lawyers in the United States for automotive litigation, recognized as a “Hall of Fame” lawyer.

Dommond establishes strong, enduring connections with his clients, but he also develops productive working relationships with opposing counsel that facilitate early, efficient resolutions and minimize avoidable, costly, and tangential disputes. A consummate professional and gifted advocate, Dommond's hard work and personal commitment have paid dividends for clients in countless matters.

There is simply no substitute for mastering every factual, legal, business, and technical issue in products cases. If you don't understand everything, you are likely to miss something.
    • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D.
    • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
  • Bar Admissions

    • California, 1989
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2023 and 2024

    • Named to Los Angeles Business Journal's "Leaders of Influence: Top Litigators & Trial Attorneys" List, 2021

    • Nominated for and recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s annual “Leaders in Law” award program, 2020
    • Named to the Hall of Fame (Only 4 Lawyers Nationwide) by The Legal 500 United States for Automotive Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action, 2022; Automotive Litigation, 2022-2023; Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation, 2019-2021

    • “Top Appellate Reversals of 2019,” Los Angeles Daily Journal
    • Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC), Member
    • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • American Bar Association
    • National Bar Association
    • California State Bar
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Section
    • Southern California Defense Counsel
    • Langston Bar Association

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