Announcing A New Partner
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora is proud to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2015, Catia G. Saraiva will be a new partner.
Roger Dreyer And Robert Buccola Named 2014 Best Of The Bar
“We know there are other attorney directories out there. But ours was developed out of this newspaper’s intimate knowledge of the local legal scene. It recognizes local attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and vetted by a panel of their peers. When it comes to recommendations, there’s no substitute for the opinion of professionals who have worked extensively with — and against — one another.” – Sacramento Business Journal
The Firm Continues To Obtain Justice For The Botell Family
The United States settled the Botell family’s lawsuit earlier this year for $3.5 million, but when the Park Service failed to take action against park employees, including Superintendent Darlene Koontz, Steve Campora and Catia Saraiva wrote to congressional legislators seeking an investigation and Congresswoman Jackie Speier responded.
Proudly Announcing New Partners
The firm is proud to announce that effective June 1, 2014, Robert Bale and Jonathan Hayes will be partners with Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora. All three specialize in personal injury and wrongful death cases and have a long history of success at the firm.
DBBWC Obtains The Largest Automobile Personal Injury Verdict In California
VerdictSearch tracks jury verdicts throughout the country. At the end of the year, it publishes a list of “Top 100” verdicts for that year.
Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora was featured in the “Top 100 Verdicts of 2013” for its work on the Hackett v. Silva Trucking Inc. case, resulting in a record verdict in 2013 for both Sacramento County and the state of California. This was also the 58th largest verdict in the United States.
Mr. Buccola And Mr. Campora Featured In The Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts Of 2013
Three years ago, a semi truck jackknifed on state Route 12 in Sacramento County, colliding with the bus that Debra L. Hackett was driving and paralyzing her from the waist down.
The crash, which also caused skull fractures and injured Hackett’s spinal cord, limited her ability to interact with her four children and husband. She had to spend more than half of each week in a convalescent facility.
Her experience was a sympathetic one for a jury, except for one big hurdle — Hackett wasn’t depressed. Her family visited often, and she received satisfactory treatment from her doctors. She got to visit home three days a week and go to church on Sundays.
Heavenly Ski Resort Settlement Changed Safety Procedures
The retrieval rope broke under high wind conditions, which were consistently in excess of the ZipRider’s operational parameters in the hours before Mark Dickson’s death. Heavenly’s poor maintenance of the rope also contributed to its failure. In the months prior to the accident, Heavenly abandoned the inspection practices mandated by the ZipRider’s manufacturer. On the day Mark Dickson died, the ZipRider was understaffed and no supervisor trained in the ride’s operation was present to ensure that safety procedures were being followed.
Steve Campora: 2013 Consumer Attorney Of The Year
Steven M. Campora, partner with the Sacramento law firm of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, was named 2013 Consumer Attorney of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California.
ABOTA Trial Lawyer Of The Year, Robert Buccola, Featured In Sacramento Lawyer
The article focuses on the ABOTA Lawyer of the Year award, but also outlines Robert Buccola’s background and experience as a Sacramento trial lawyer. The article is written by Jack C. Laufenberg and Rosemary Roberts.
United States Sanctioned For Destroying Evidence
The United States was deemed to be negligent in causing the death of Tommy Botell by court order. During the course of discovery in this case, it became apparent that relevant evidence had not been preserved and/or had been destroyed. Steve Campora and Catia Saraiva filed a motion against the United States seeking sanctions based on spoliation of evidence.
Automotive Experts Retained In A Potential Automotive Defect Case
Chris Wood has already retained a top automotive expert to inspect the vehicle to see what went wrong and caused Mrs. Chaudhary to lose control and leave the roadway. This inspection will follow the California Highway Patrol’s MAIT team inspection, which has already concluded, but the results have not yet been released. There should be sufficient physical evidence and information from the black box to shed light on whether the accelerator pedal stuck and contributed to the incident.
The Firm Participates In Fundraiser For The Child Abuse Prevention Center
The CAPC has a 30-year history of preventing child abuse, neglect and abandonment, and Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora is proud of its mission to prevent child abuse. For more information about the Child Abuse Prevention Center and to see how you can support its mission, please visit its website at www.thecapcenter.org
Roger Dreyer, 2013 Consumer Attorney Of The Year Finalist
A Ford Econoline E-350 van owned by a church went out of control and rolled over four times after a catastrophic right rear tire tread separation. The driver and front-seat passenger were killed and another passenger was injured. The attorneys showed that the tire that failed had been recognized by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration as having a very high incidence of catastrophic failures, and the NHTSA had determined the E-350 had a high propensity for rollovers after catastrophic failures of this particular tire. Goodyear, the tire’s manufacturer, conducted its own investigation and ultimately stopped making the tire in 1999. Ford knew about the NHTSA’s investigation and Goodyear’s discontinuation of the tire, but it never communicated to its E-350 owners or its dealerships that the tire was defective and dangerous. Key Ford executives testified that they didn’t notify dealers about the Goodyear tire problem because they saw it as a “Goodyear campaign” and Goodyear never asked Ford to be involved. The attorneys showed this contradicted Ford’s behavior in nearly a dozen prior recalls of other tires, in which Ford often spent millions of dollars in proactively notifying its customers. A jury awarded a substantial verdict, including punitive damages against Ford.
Best Lawyers’ Sacramento Lawyer Of The Year — Joseph Babich
The members of the law firm of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora congratulate co-founding partner Joseph Babich on this prestigious honor recognizing his years of proven excellence as a litigator. Continuing with the firm’s 25-year history of protecting the rights of victims by holding those responsible for their clients’ losses, Joe has not only helped the clients whom he has represented, but has also conferred as a benefit to the community at large for his work.
2012 Daily Journal Top 100 Lawyer — Roger Dreyer
The members of the firm wish to congratulate Roger on this prestigious honor and recognition for his work in 2011, continuing his and the firm’s 25-year history of protecting the rights of victims and holding those responsible for their clients’ losses responsible in way that not only helps their clients individually, but also helps the communities in which they live.
In 2011, Roger won jury verdicts for clients of the firm in Butte County for more than $31 million, in Sacramento County for more than $60 million and Fresno County for more than $7 million for individuals and families that had suffered catastrophic losses. Whether it was a manufacturer or large trucking companies, accountability and justice were achieved through the diligent effort and hard work of members of the firm’s staff and attorneys who worked with Mr. Dreyer on behalf of the firm’s clients.
ABOTA 2012 Trial Lawyer Of The Year — Robert Buccola
Sacramento, CA — Robert A. Buccola, co-founding partner of the Sacramento law firm of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, was named California State 2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the California chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Product Liability Action Filed — Sacramento Kings
Garcia broke his arm after an exercise ball — known as the Gymnic Burst Resistant Plus Stability Ball — burst open while he was doing a bench press exercise on the ball and lifting weights. At the time of the incident, the projected starting guard-forward was being supervised by a team trainer in the fashion directed by the distributor of the “burst-resistant” ball.