Craig Beardsley’s primary focus is on litigation. He has personally handled hundreds of court trials, jury trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution over the past 30+ years. These matters include casualty defense, class actions, construction defect litigation, products liability, professional liability, insurance coverage and bad faith, ADA defense, Employment/Sexual Harassment, toxic torts, CEQA, commercial, real estate, public entity liability, redevelopment and eminent domain, and oil and gas, among others. Mr. Beardsley also advises clients in various commercial/business matters, including real estate, oil and gas, service and retail, risk management, litigation avoidance, ADA compliance and employment matters.
Mr. Beardsley’s accomplishments include acting as lead trial counsel in litigation throughout California, in both State and Federal courts, and acting as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and for the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County Superior Courts since 1975. His reported decisions include Goodley v. Wank & Wank (1976) 62 Cal.App.3d 389, the often-cited and leading authority on the assignability of legal malpractice claims, and Taggart v. Super Seer Corporation (1995) 33 Cal.App.4th 1697, involving the business records exception to the hearsay rule. In 1995 and 1996, Mr. Beardsley acted as Chairperson of the San Joaquin Chapter, March of Dimes Walk America.
Mr. Beardsley earned a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1970 and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco in 1973. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1973. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California) and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Associations to which he belongs include the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Kern County and American Bar Associations, as well as the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Top