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Dommond E. Lonnie Member

Areas of Practice


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


University of California, Los Angeles, J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

Dommond E. Lonnie is a seasoned trial attorney who provides aggressive and innovative legal representation and advice for his clients in product liability, class action, commercial and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Lonnie has represented numerous domestic and foreign businesses and has substantial product liability expertise in crashworthiness, airbags/restraints, fires and  suspensions/tires/rollovers, airbags/restraints, fires, brakes, and fuel systems cases. An experienced litigator and legal strategist, Mr. Lonnie implements litigation and investigation plans and manages all aspects of litigation and pre-suit claims to successful resolution. He has earned recognition in providing high level client service through timely and effective communication. Mr. Lonnie is a member of the Products, Class Action & Professional Liability practice group and the Director of Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group, a multidisciplinary practice group focused on providing high quality legal service to automotive and mobility manufacturers.


  • Director – Automotive Industry Group

  • Diversity & Inclusion – Executive Board Member

Significant Matters

  • Stroud v Kia Motors. Plaintiffs sought $87 million dollars in damages alleging wrongful death and paralysis of 6 year old boy following severe automobile crash involving a Kia Optima. Jury delivered defense verdict following 3 week trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.  Defense verdict - February 2020.
  • In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation, 9th en banc opinion reversing appellate court ruling that denied approval of class action settlement. Opinion filed June 2019.
  • Brands/Leyba v General Motors. Plaintiffs claimed automobile crash and their injuries were caused by ignition switch defect. Plaintiffs’ claims were part of class action lawsuit filed against General Motors. Summary judgment granted in favor of General Motors. Summary Judgment order issued October 2019.
  • Phillips v. Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Rollover roof crush case in San Bernardino County, involving a 36 year old advertising executive who was rendered quadriplegic during a rollover of her Jeep Grand Cherokee. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for one hundred million dollars. Mr. Lonnie served as second chair counsel in this hard fought product liability trial, which included a full week of evidentiary hearings. The jury returned a defense verdict after a 2 1/2 month trial.
  • Vaea v. General Motors. Wrongful death case involving the rollover of a Pontiac APV minivan. The Vaea family claimed defects existed in a tire and axle/spindle, resulting in the rollover and partial ejection of the decedent. The defense established the axle/spindle and wheel were damaged as a result of the rollover, and that the decedent was not belted. The Jury returned a defense verdict.
  • Trotta & Bang v. General Motors. This case involved a claim of throttle and brake defects. The plaintiff claimed her Cadillac Deville accelerated out of control during a funeral procession. She also claimed a defective seat belt allowed her to be ejected from the vehicle. Dommond served as second chair trial counsel. The defendants obtained a non-suit judgment.
  • Templeton v. Kia. Rollover case at highway speed where plaintiff claimed traumatic brain injury. Favorable settlement reached on first day of trial.
  • Parra v. GM. Defective fuel tank placement and crashworthiness case where plaintiff suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 55% of his body (and left leg amputation) following a high speed rear impact into his 1991 Chevy Blazer. Favorable settlement.
  • Huq v. GM. Seatbelt design case where plaintiff alleged defect caused her chance fracture. Favorable settlement.
  • Morgan v. GM. Handling/stability, seatbelt, airbag, roof structure case where plaintiff claimed he was rendered a paraplegic after his 2014 Chevrolet Silverado left the highway and rolled over multiple times. Favorable settlement.
  • Jennings v. GM. Occupation classification system case where plaintiff claimed defects in a 2004 Chevy Silverado caused him to suffer severe traumatic brain damage following multiple crashes into freeway barriers. Favorable settlement.

Memberships & Involvement

  • 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

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation, 2019-2020

“Top Appellate Reversals of 2019,” Los Angeles Daily Journal

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell