Barbara L. Croutch
Ms. Croutch handles class actions, commercial litigation, personal injury and complex product liability and toxic torts litigation, including asbestos, silica and refractory products. Ms. Croutch has defended major companies in personal injury and wrongful death actions alleging injury due to exposure to asbestos, silica, aluminum oxide, and refractory products. Ms. Croutch also represents clients in a variety of other commercial actions including class actions, antitrust, contract and real estate disputes, unfair business practice claims and international matters.
Trials include: a defense verdict in a $100 million lender liability case involving a major financial institution, a complex marital dispute involving an estate in excess of $350 million, a real estate lease dispute and a multimillion-dollar automobile product liability action.
Ms. Croutch is also a regular volunteer acting as a Judge Pro Tem conducting mandatory settlement conferences as part of the Joint Association Settlement Officers’ Program (JASOP), through the Los Angeles Superior Court.Prior to attending law school, Ms. Croutch was a staff registered nurse (RN) in Critical Care at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles specializing in Intensive Care, Coronary Care, Cardiovascular Surgery and Trauma.
American Bar Association, State Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Board of Registered Nursing, Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Domestic Violence Project, Pillsbury Recruiting/Firm Growth Committee
U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California