Mr. Warren is the principal shareholder in the Firm. Formerly an equity partner with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon and Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, he was both Los Angeles Managing Partner and a member of the Management Committee with both firms. Mr. Warren has represented manufacturers, distributors and various service providers in product liability, toxic tort and personal injury actions for over 30 years and has extensive trial experience in high exposure cases. In addition to serving as regional trial counsel for several multinational corporations, he also serves as National Coordinating Counsel for the first and second largest manufacturers of recreational equipment in Taiwan, overseeing all products liability litigation in the United States for these two entities. Mr. Warren also advises the Firm's clients on various risk avoidance measures, including assisting with the drafting of warnings and owner's manuals, reviewing advertising programs to minimize unintended warnings claims, and managing voluntary CPSC national recall efforts.

E-mail: swarren@swarrenlaw.com
Phone: 562.433.9688

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  • Defense verdicts in two jury trials involving claims of chronic lung disease arising out of exposure to potentially toxic metal
  • Non-suit in a jury trial involving a bicycle v. armored truck accident
  • Defense verdicts in two jury trials involving claims of design defect in pool timers
  • Defense verdict in a jury trial representing the nation's largest armored transport company arising from a serious intersection collision
  • Defense verdict in a jury trial involving a claim of inadequate supervision arising out of the "trip-and-fall" of a senior citizen resident of a retirement community.
  • Defense verdict in a jury trial involving a claim of design defect in a mountain bike manufactured in Taiwan
  • Non-suit in a jury trial involving a claim of design defect in a piece of heavy industrial equipment
  • Defense verdict in a jury trial representing a general aviation manufacturer arising out of an aircraft accident at Orange County/John Wayne International Airport
  • Defense verdict in a jury trial arising out of the "dart out" of an adult male into traffic




State Bar of California (Lawyer Referral Service Standing Committee, 1985-1999; Special Master)
Nebraska State Bar Association
American Bar Association (Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services, 1990-1993, 1996-2002, 2008-2011 (Chair))
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Lawyer Referral and Information Service Advisory Committee, 1984-2004)
Long Beach Bar Association
Defense Research Institute, Inc.
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice



Supreme Court of the United States of America
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court: Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California



University of San Francisco, cum laude, J.D.
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.



Recipient, Larry Long Award for Outstanding Contributions to Lawyer Referral Services in California, presented by the State Bar of California (1992).
Southern California Super Lawyers 2011, 2012


  • Adjunct Professor, Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa (1993-1998, 2001)
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, multiple (1997-2001)
  • Instructor, Intensive Advocacy Program, University of San Francisco School of Law, multiple (1995-2004)
  • American Bar Association National LRIS Workshop, multiple (1985-2013)
  • State Bar of California Annual LRIS Workshop, multiple (1985-2000)
  • "The American Legal System," American Chamber of Commerce, Taipei, Taiwan (November 1996)
  • "Federal Tort Reform," Product Liability Seminar, Hong Kong (November 1995)
  • "Federal Tort Reform," Product Liability Seminar, Taipei, Taiwan (May 1995)
  • "Problem Cases: The Unattractive Client," Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and California Trial Lawyers Association Damages Seminar (June 1993)
  • "Growing Your Business: Strategies and Ethical Considerations," Los Angeles County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Convention & Trade Show (March 1993)
  • National Association of Bar Executives Annual Conference (1991, 1993 and 2001)


Co-drafter, Minimum Standards for a Lawyer Referral Service in California (Adopted by California Supreme Court, 1987)
Co-drafter, Model Supreme Court Rules Governing Lawyer Referral and Information Services (Adopted by ABA House of Delegates, 1993)
Author, Building a Profitable Practice with an LRIS, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 29, No. 7 (Fall 2006)
Co-author, Regulation of Lawyer Referral Services: The California Experience, Lawyer Referral Network, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 1992)
Author, Establishing a Specialty Panel, Lawyer Referral Network, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 1991)






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