With over twenty-eight years of experience, Alan Richard Brayton is recognized as one of the West’s leading attorneys representing injured individuals and their families in all types of personal injury, products liability and mass tort litigation.
He also enjoys a national reputation as one of the foremost attorneys representing victims of asbestos-related disease and has represented clients from virtually every state. He has been recognized by the Consumer Attorneys of California for his particular experience as a Trial Lawyer in the areas of Products Liability and Professional Negligence.
He has successfully tried and settled numerous cases involving victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, products liability, medical malpractice and personal injury, and has handled and argued cases involving a wide range of issues before the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal and various Federal Courts. Under his leadership, Brayton Purcell has become one of the premier trial firms in the western United States.
Early in his career, Mr. Brayton won one of the first asbestos cases ever tried in San Francisco Superior Court, and he successfully tried the first asbestos case in Solano County. He has been instrumental in the development of General Orders that govern the conduct of asbestos litigation in various counties throughout the State of California.
He also has extensive experience working with asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts, and currently serves as Chair of the Trust Advisory Committee for several Trusts involved in providing compensation for current and future asbestos victims.
He recently served as Co-Chair of the Unsecured Creditor’s Committee in the Chrysler Bankruptcy, and was recently appointed by the Bankruptcy Court to serve as Litigation Manager for litigation stemming from this bankruptcy.
In addition to supervising the firm and working as a trial lawyer, Mr. Brayton has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California and reviews and comments on proposed legislation that affects consumer rights and access to the justice system.
He has testified before Congress on behalf of asbestos victims to oppose industry efforts to relax stringent asbestos control standards and has been an invited speaker at a symposium on asbestos-related disease sponsored by the University of California at San Francisco Medical School.
He also has been an invited speaker at numerous legal conferences on topics involving asbestos litigation, bankruptcy and trial advocacy. Mr. Brayton is an active member of and Past President of the Public Justice Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to protecting people, the environment and access to the courts.
Mr. Brayton continues his involvement by serving on the organization’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Case Evaluation Committee. An active member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Brayton has held various leadership positions in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.
He has served as the Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Involvement Task Force and on the Task Force on Strategic Alliances as well as various committees, and has served on the Section’s Leadership Council.
Mr. Brayton is admitted to the California Bar (1977), the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Third Circuits, U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California and Hawaii and the Court of Military Appeals.
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