Mark Algorri is a founding partner of DAA and was born in Los Angeles and raised in Arcadia, CA. He graduated from UCLA in 1976 and obtained his J.D. in 1979 from the University of San Fernando Valley College of Law. While at UCLA, at the age of 22, Mark managed and produced rock-and-roll bands, including Van Halen. His days with Van Halen have been chronicled in Greg Renoff’s recent bestselling book, Van Halen Rising.
After law school, Mark joined Louis DeWitt’s Century City based criminal defense trial firm where he began trying criminal jury trials. By the middle 1980’s, Mark, who was now a partner with DeWitt, began handling complicated plaintiff’s personal injury cases, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. In 1990, he received a $1.4 million verdict for injuries suffered in an industrial accident.
In 2016, Mark was trial counsel in Barickman v Mercury Insurance Co, a significant 4th District Court of Appeal case that created important insurance bad faith law. Mark has now tried over 75 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, including criminal cases.
In 1992, Mark was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes® with Ed Bradley in a case that exposed dangerous automobile car seats that were used by many manufacturers. The seat backs would collapse and catastrophically injure or kill the occupants during rear end accidents.
That case helped to bring about more stringent automotive safety standards. Mark has also been extensively interviewed on many other news programs including those on ABC, NBC, CBS and Reason®.
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