Alan R. Templeman

Alan R. Templeman joined Lowthorp Richards in 1977 after obtaining trial experience defending insurance companies for five years. Selected as one of the top 10 National Trial Lawyers of the Year by Public Justice, he also was named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2012. Alan is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible from the only national peer-review rating service for attorneys.

Alan has obtained notable verdicts throughout California in cases involving personal injuries, insurance bad faith, injuries to athletes, product liability, wrongful death, flooding and land subsidence, fire and agricultural losses, professional liability stockbroker and investment advisor fraud and wrongfully terminated employees. His cases have resulted in monetary benefits to his clients, and have aided consumers and the public by causing manufacturers, universities and the NCAA to change their practices and policies. (See client outcomes.)

His cases have reduced the danger to athletes using metal baseball bats, caused contractors to provide safer highway construction zones, and have made health insurers reconsider decisions to deny coverage for life-prolonging procedures to cancer patients and caused public entities to take steps to refrain from directing storm water into homes and agricultural properties.

A cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Alan earned his juris doctor in 1971 from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Prior to law school, Alan served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves, with active duty from 1963 to 1968, including acting as Naval Advisor in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He was recently honored as a distinguished graduate of Bay Village High School in Ohio.

Alan is former president of the Central Coast Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Consumer Attorneys of California, former president of Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County, Ojai Valley Wine & Food Society and South Jetty Surfing Ambassadors.

Alan and his wife, Jeanne, live in Oak View and Ventura. Their son, Brett, is also a partner in the firm.

Representative Jury Verdicts:

  • Fox v. Healthnet – Verdict of $89 million against HMO for denial of treatment to cancer patient.
  • Wood v. Beech Aircraft – First substantial verdict in Ventura County against a general aviation manufacturer for wrongful death.
  • Airport Ranch v. Beserra – Verdict and attorney fees awarded in excess of $1 million plus permanent injunction ordering removal of defendant’s berm which caused flooding to plaintiff’s property during 2005 floods.
  • Medrano v. County of Ventura/Pennock v. County of Ventura – Two different cases arising from 1998 flooding which caused a loss of support of two residential properties. Verdicts totaled approximately $1 million, including over $500,000 in emotional distress damages for occupants of homes.
  • Deardorff v. State of California – Verdict totaling almost $1 million to several vegetable growers whose crops were damaged by Cal Trans’ spraying of pesticides.
  • Rosales v. Axel – Substantial verdict for flooding of client’s home caused by diversion of flood waters onto client’s property by neighboring rancher.
  • Wilson v. Gliksman Securities – Substantial verdict for funds lost by an investor against the brokerage house including emotional distress damages, which nearly doubled client’s economic losses. Subsequent to this case we represented 40 investors who were defrauded by Prudential Bache with regard to oil limited partnership. Our first two clients were awarded the entire amount of their damages at arbitration. Prudential Bache then settled the claims of the remaining clients for the full value of their claims. Other attorneys with similar cases settled their cases for a small fraction of their clients’ losses.
  • Paredes v. Orthopedic Specialists – One of the very few verdicts against a physician for professional negligence ever awarded by a Santa Barbara County jury.
  • Hipskind v. Shelledy – Reportedly the highest verdict recorded in Santa Barbara County for soft tissue spinal injury in a rear-end collision. Verdict was over 25 times the defendant’s offer.

Appellate Decisions:

Sanchez v. Hillerich & Bradsby 2002 Cal.App. LEXIS 5186, 104 Cal.App.4th 703, 128 Cal.Rptr.2d 529 (2002). Appellate Court held that manufacturers of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, the NCAA, the Pac-10 Conference, and University of Southern California could be held responsible for injuries to players who are hit by a line drive due to the increased velocity of batted balls caused by high-performance metal bats. This case was a factor in the NCAA finally requiring that the high-performance bats be de-tuned.

Stanchfield v. Hammer Toyota 37 Cal.App.4th 1495, 44 Cal.Rptr.2d 565 (1995). In one of my rare defense cases, we received an Appellate decision affirming a nominal verdict against the dealership despite multimillion dollar claim of damages because former manager did not retain subsequent employment despite having opportunities to do so. This case, for the first time, held that a former employee must maintain subsequent employment rather than merely obtain subsequent employment or his claim for damages will be reduced.

Recent Settlements:

  • $15.7 million for severely injured 35-year-old against construction companies performing repairs along State Route 118 near Moorpark.
  • $3.6 million settlement of which $2.4 million was for annoyance and inconvenience to residents of a beachfront community against an oil company for failing to maintain creek and drainage ditches on their property.
  • $1 million for a couple who lost oak trees, out buildings, cattle, and suffered erosion from subsequent rains due to contractors who negligently started the Piru fire.
  • Substantial settlement for homeowners in 2017 for damages caused to their property by post-fire runoff.