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March 2010
Laura GianniFounded in 2004 by partners Laura Gianni and Marcus Petoyan, Gianni Petoyan has achieved countless multi-million dollar settlements for individuals seeking compensation for injuries in cases involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices, medical malpractice, employment and other catastrophic injury cases.

Although their aggressive approach and significant experience in going up against big companies are obviously appealing traits, it is the firm members' compassion for their clients that really sets them apart from other firms. "We understand that the most difficult part of any lawsuit from a client's perspective are the emotional consequences following the financial and physical devastation of a severe injury," Ms. Gianni says. "These lawsuits represent more than just 'a case' to our clients."

The firm works to alleviate the emotional consequences of a lawsuit for their clients by providing them with the personal attention and insight necessary to make informed decisions in complex litigation cases. Their goal is ultimately to settle cases within a reasonable time frame, which they accomplish through a unique approach to litigation that involves extensive preparation, from the initial factual investigation to discovery and through negotiation. The firm also has significant trial experience and a reputation for presenting well-qualified medical and scientific experts at the time of trial.

Another factor in the firm's success has been Ms. Gianni's ability to provide the cases with a unique female perspective. She notes that in many of the firm's cases the proportion of women who are affected is much higher than men. "Many of the pharmaceutical cases involve exclusively or mostly women," she says. "We've dealt with cases that involve birth control devices, patches and pills, diet drugs, hormone replacement therapy and drugs which may cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy."

Ms. Gianni has devoted her legal career to representing victims of catastrophic injuries. She has litigated pharmaceutical products cases at the national level since 1995 and has served on numerous state and federal committees for the litigation of pharmaceutical products cases. She is presently the only woman appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2051–currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida–in which she represents individuals who have suffered serious neurologic injury due to zinc toxicity from the use of denture adhesives. Read More


February 2010
Marcus Petoyan, a partner in the law firm of Gianni ♦ Petoyan, was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer with a specialty in Medical Malpractice, by Law and Politics and Los Angeles Magazine, an honor accorded to only 5% of Southern California attorneys after an extensive evaluation by a blue ribbon panel of preeminent peers in the field. Mr. Petoyan was previously selected a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, with the additional distinction for family and consumer and personal injury litigation.

September 2010
On Wednesday 9/22/10, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury returned a 12-0 verdict in favor of plaintiff Johnny Mosuer, a 39 year old professional chef, and against his former employer, uWink restaurant. The three woman, nine man Jury found uWink wrongfully terminated Mr. Mosuer for his refusal to violate Health and Safety code section 113996, dealing with food temperature and safety. The jury also found uWink guilty of intentional infliction of emotional distress, as its conduct was outrageous and beyond all possible bounds of decency. The jury concluded uWink's actions were malicious, oppressive and despicable, subjecting uWink to a finding of punitive damages. The parties reached a confidential settlement of the matter as the trial of punitive damages was to commence. uWink was founded by CEO Nolan Bushnell, who also founded Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants. The Centers for Disease Control estimates there are 76 million cases of foodborne illness annually in the United States, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Mr. Mosuer, who has been certified in food safety for over 10 years, was represented by Marcus Petoyan, a partner at the law firm of Gianni ♦ Petoyan in Pacific Palisades, California.

February 2009
Marcus Petoyan, a partner in the law firm of Gianni ♦ Petoyan, was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer with a specialty in Medical Malpractice, by Law and Politics and Los Angeles Magazine, an honor accorded to only 5% of Southern California attorneys after an extensive evaluation by a blue ribbon panel of preeminent peers in the field. Mr. Petoyan was previously selected a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2007 and 2008 with the additional distinction for family and consumer and personal injury litigation.

June 2007
The law firm of Gianni ♦ Petoyan filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client against Guidant Corporation in the Superior Court of California, for the County of Los Angeles. The suit, which was later removed to Federal Court alleges product liability against the company for a defective cardiac pacemaker implanted into the Plaintiff. Laura Gianni, a partner at the law firm, stated in June of 2005, Guidant Corporation recalled over 100,000 implantable defibrillators due to an internal short circuit that could lead to a serious, life-threatening event. Ms.Gianni also stated that in July 2005, Guidant recalled an additional 28,000 cardiac pacemakers due to a defective seal, permitting moisture to interfere with electronic circuits. The FDA has classified the recall ad Class I, resulting in a reasonable probability of serious adverse health consequences.

February 2007
The law firm of Gianni ♦ Petoyan filed a lawsuit on behalf of a client against Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, alleging product liability against the company for a defective birth control patch sold to the Plaintiff. Laura Gianni, a partner at the law firm, stated that since its introduction in 2002, over four million used the patch as their sole means of preventing pregnancy. Ms.Gianni cited a recent Associated Press article that reported the FDA found a 300% increase in blood clot related incidents associated with the patch. In November 2005 and again in September 2006, the FDA warned Women the patch exposes users to 60% more estrogen than birth control pills with an increase incidence of thromboembolic injuries.

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