Jorge A. Ramirez Partner

     

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Jorge Ramirez focuses his practice in the areas of general liability, professional liability, product liability, construction defects, workers’ compensation, surety liability, municipal liability and business litigation. He has conducted hundreds of arbitrations and mediations in Nevada and Arizona. Jorge has represented clients before the Nevada Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Additionally, his litigation experience includes cases involving contract disputes, trade infringement and collection matters. Jorge’s insurance litigation experience encompasses matters involving insurers’ subrogation rights and declaratory relief actions.

Jorge began his career as a plaintiffs’ attorney and then served as staff counsel at two major insurance carriers to enhance his opportunity to obtain trial experience. These positions as well as his employment with a multinational design and construction firm in Mexico City have given him a distinct advantage with both clients and juries. Jorge’s perspective enables him to concentrate on positioning his cases in the most effective posture for resolution or to obtain excellent trial and appellate results.

Known for his negotiation skills, Jorge builds a strong case beginning with discovery, and he uses his experience to facilitate movement toward a positive outcome. These skills have led insurance companies in complex casualty and workers’ compensation cases to hire Jorge to monitor their claims so that appropriate reserves are set and early resolution obtained, whenever possible.

Areas of Focus

Casualty
Jorge is experienced in a wide range of general liability matters. He has represented clients in personal injury cases resulting from catastrophic injuries, industrial accidents, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, transportation accidents, premises accidents, security issues and dog bites. Jorge represents large transportation carriers in casualty cases, and has represented state and municipal governmental entities in various personal injury and construction-related cases. In addition, Jorge has monitored casualty cases for various insurance companies, and his evaluation and development of effective litigation strategies has resulted in nearly all of his monitoring assignments having a favorable and expedient resolution for the client.

Workers’ Compensation
Jorge takes a direct approach to workers' compensation defense, ruling out fraud and seeking opportunities for third-party liability. When evaluating a case, he determines the events leading up to the accident and how the accident occurred, and he reviews and assesses a copy of the medical file. Jorge has monitored workers’ compensation cases for various insurance companies, usually obtaining substantial savings for the client in both medical and indemnity expense.

Professional Liabiliy
Jorge’s professional liability experience includes representing design professionals, directors and officers, real estate agents/brokers and appraisers, medical rehabilitation and senior living facilities, and various design professionals. He is experienced in representing landscape designers in cases involving both commercial and residential properties. Jorge also has represented civil, structural and mechanical engineers in cases involving soil compaction and high-rise commercial and residential properties.

Product Liability
In the area of product liability, Jorge has handled matters concerning manufacture, warranty and failure-to-warn issues. He has represented manufacturers making products such as medical devices, cranes, hoists and rigging, batteries, power tools and fire protection equipment. Jorge’s ability to evaluate cases has helped obtain favorable settlements for his clients even when punitive damages are alleged.

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment for a commercial lessor in a premises liability case in which the plaintiff claimed to have suffered lifelong debilitating injuries when a hammer allegedly fell from the roof of the commercial premises onto his neck. Through discovery, Wilson Elser obtained testimony from witnesses that established the plaintiff’s entire “flying hammer” injury was bogus.

Obtained summary judgment for a commercial landlord in a premises liability case in Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court in a nightclub shooting case. The plaintiff claimed that the landlord and its tenant owed the $10 million in restitution awarded in the criminal trial as damages due to their alleged failure to provide adequate security. The district court judge granted Wilson Elser’s motion for summary judgment in its entirety to its landlord client.

Represented a major window manufacturer in numerous cases throughout Nevada involving alleged product and construction defect. Nearly all cases were resolved without any indemnity payments being made.

Obtained summary judgment in large mechanic’s lien case involving a construction defect, which resulted in a $1.2 million judgment for our subcontractor client on his mechanic’s lien claim. In the case, the owner had counterclaimed for construction defect. However, discovery revealed that the owner had destroyed evidence during the pendency of the litigation. We also were successful in having the construction defect claims dismissed via dispositive motion practice as a result. There was, therefore, no offset to the favorable judgment obtained by the subcontractor client.

Argued an appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court involving issues about the lower court granting the client subcontractor’s summary judgment in a mechanic’s lien and alleged construction defect case. The appeal resulted in the affirmance of a $1.2 million judgment for our subcontractor client on its mechanic’s lien and dismissal of all construction defect−related claims.

Obtained summary judgment in a contract dispute case wherein the client was awarded a $1.5 million judgment. The subcontractor client was subsequently awarded its attorney fees and costs as well.

Reduction of charge from wrongful death to slip and fall in $1.2 million case resulted in a settlement of $12,500 when the plaintiff wanted more than $2.5 million.

Represented an insurance company at trial before Nevada’s Second Judicial District Court in an underinsured motorist case. Obtained a jury verdict below the tortfeasor’s policy limits for the insurance company. Subsequently successful in having the plaintiff pay a portion of the insurance company’s attorney fees because the plaintiff did not beat the insurance company’s offer of judgment.

Represented a homeowners association in a class action lien dispute case. There were two named plaintiffs that went through the first phase of the class action trial. Trial resulted in a directed verdict against one named plaintiff and a judgment below the homeowners association’s offer of judgment against the other named plaintiff.

Obtained affirmation of the summary judgment obtained on behalf of a large hotel and casino before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The lower court’s summary judgment dismissed allegations of the hotel and casino’s security breaches in a sexual molestation case. The Appellate Court decided the issue on the briefs alone.