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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 an experienced trial attorney who provides aggressive and innovative legal representation for his clients in product liability, class action, toxic tort, and commercial litigation. Mr. Lonnie has  represented numerous domestic and foreign automobile/mobility manufacturers. An experienced litigator and legal strategist, Mr. Lonnie implements litigation and investigation plans and manages all aspects of discovery for successful resolution of lawsuits and claims. He has earned recognition in providing high level and cost effective representation of corporate clients. Mr. Lonnie is a member of Products, Class Actions & 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.


  • Class action litigation
  • Product liability litigation
  • Mass tort litigation
  • 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.
  • Montes v. General Motors. Plaintiff, a sitting Los Angeles Superior court judge, claimed a brake failure caused him to crash when exiting a highway off ramp. Mr. Lonnie and his co-counsel demonstrated that Judge Montes was driving his Saturn with the park brake partially engaged, compromising the effectiveness of the braking system. 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.

Memberships & Involvement

  • 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
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

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

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation (2019)