Rebecca J. Chmura

SUMMARY

Ms. Chmura is a trial attorney at the firm’s Orange County office. Ms. Chmura’s practice primarily focuses on commercial transactions, general casualty litigation, professional liability, public entity liability, general business litigation, labor and employment, and trial including the representation of public entities, architects, engineers, homeowners associations and board members, and legal professionals. As part of her practice, Ms. Chmura has represented public entities in matters involving civil rights violations, wrongful imprisonment, Monell claims, and personal injury claims based on dangerous conditions and design defects.

Ms. Chmura received her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California where she was a Trial and Appellate Practice Fellow and a staff editor for the Whittier Law Review. Ms. Chmura completed her undergraduate studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

EXPERIENCE

Architect Dismissed from Multi-Million Dollar, Multi-Party Litigation through an Anti-SLAPP Motion and awarded Fees and Costs: Ms. Chmura defended her client, an architect, in a large, multi-million dollar, multi-party litigation for their work on a public project with the County of Riverside. Many defendants in this matter filed Anti-SLAPP motions and those motions were taken under submission for almost three weeks each. However, Ms. Chmura brought an Anti-SLAPP motion for her client and after oral argument the motion was granted and the order was signed on the spot. Her client was also awarded fees and costs in a separately noticed motion.

Negotiated Favorable Settlement for City: Ms. Chmura represented a city that was sued by an individual and her husband for tripping and falling on a City street whom allegedly suffered long term physical and emotional damages from the incident and her spouse suffered a loss of consortium. Ms. Chmura, through aggressive written discovery and depositions, was able to convince the plaintiffs to settle with her client for a minimal dollar amount which was less than 7% of the plaintiffs’ opening demand.

Negotiated Fast and Favorable Settlement for Global Design Consulting Firm: Ms. Chmura represented a global design consulting firm which brought suit against a construction and building company focused on multi-family and mixed-use communities for unpaid fees on several projects across California. Through aggressive negotiations and in only a few months, Ms. Chmura was able to convince the defendants to settle with her client quickly with almost their full demand.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

The State Bar of California
Orange County Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS/SEMINARS
  • Victory “Going and Coming” (article about Newland v. County of Los Angeles)
  • ICRMA University – Seasonal Workforce, Best Practices