Georges A. Haddad
Georges Haddad is a trial lawyer who represents clients in defense of general civil and commercial litigation, including bet the company defense of catastrophic injuries, mass torts, environmental claims and Proposition 65 matters.
Georges is an experienced litigator and advocate for clients cases nationwide. His experience includes matters stemming from products liability, mass torts, warranty claims, to commercial contract disputes. His clients include major manufacturers in the appliance sectors, automobile manufactures, global retailers, and local municipalities.
Georges serves as national coordinating counsel for several clients. In that role, he is designated trial counsel and oversees a team of local counsel in multiple state and federal jurisdictions, ensuring that matters with large verdict potential are fully and adequately prepared for resolution. He is also responsible for formulating and executing strategic initiatives.
Georges also serves as trial counsel for several leading automobile manufacturers with respect to consumer warranty claims under California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. In this role he has successfully represented his clients by prevailing on dispositive motions, negotiating settlements, and taking cases to verdict.
Georges was part of a team that created a sea change in the law in favor of the manufacturers of automobiles under California’s Song-Beverly Act. In the case of Rodriguez v. FCA US LLC 77 Cal. App. 5th 209 (2022), the California Court of Appeals affirmed the Trial Court’s award of summary judgment in FCA’s favor, thereby eliminating used cars as a category of protected vehicles under the Song-Beverly Act. Georges and his team defended the matter, prepared the summary judgment and participated in the drafting of the appellate briefing.
One of Georges’ areas of interest is Proposition 65, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. His experience in this area includes evaluating products for contents identified as violating Proposition 65, drafting and updating warning labels, responding to 60-day notices from claimants alleging non-compliance, and managing trial and settlement of Proposition 65 cases.
Georges is devoted finding creative cost-effective ways to manage cases, while vigorously defending his clients’ interests inside and outside the courtroom. He has achieved numerous successful results for his clients through settlement negotiations, mediations, dispositive motions, and when necessary, at trial.
Before joining Clark Hill, he served as a law clerk for three magistrate judges in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Jim Rodgers Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Youth Development, 2000
San Ramon Valley YMCA Rose Award, 1998
San Francisco Bar Association, 2007-present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2007-present
San Diego County Bar Association, 2006-present
DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, 2007-present
American Inns of Court, Wallace Chapter, Associate, 2006