The whole district is rotten to the core. The Del Rey Principal was more interested in selling her Mary Kay cosmetics to the employees at the school rather than looking out for the kids. That principal has been implicated in another lawsuit, where a first grader was abused by other students, even after the parents complained and nothing was done to protect the boy. Thank goodness that Marc Grossman stands up for the victims of this abuse and is willing to go after the real source of the problems. Shame on the district for ignoring the kids, then hen caught, blaming the boy and his parents. The whole corrupt bunch needs to be fired.
A Victorville Jury, yesterday, awarded $241,000 damages for a First Grader who was molested by other children in the Victor Valley School District at Del Rey Elementary School in 2005. The Plaintiff alleged that the school district failed to protect him and was negligent in responding to the escalating pattern of bullying he had been subjected to. Attorneys for the victim questioned whether the District spent more upon its defense for over five years, than it will ultimately pay in damages. “How can they do that?” asked attorney Marc Grossman, “when they’re laying off teachers and complaining about limited budgets” He proceeded “it seems like they wasted hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars accusing the victim instead of simply taking accountability for their actions. Trial attorney for the plaintiff, Brian Hannemann noted that “the school district actually asked the jury to find the 6 year old victim negligent for entering the older children’s restroom.”
Calling further into question the school district’s decision to spend so many years and so much money denying accountability is that Del Rey Elementary School teacher Rogelio Cardenas plead no contest in 2007 to the continuous sexual abuse of a child. This prompted 45 different complaints from Del Rey parents about the safety problems with Del Rey Elementary school. The school district has recently settled a string of lawsuits brought by some of the victims of Cardenas in connection with lawsuits alleging neglect by the Del Rey principal and administration. Grossman, who also represented several of those victims, noted that in those matters as well, the district spent excessive amounts of money denying any responsibility before finally making an offer to settle with the molestation victims right before trial.
The Daily Bulletin ran this great story on how the California School System is directing their attention to foster children. Read More
clock May 9, 2013 16:21 by author Marc
Getting a license to practice law in California is unfortunately far too easily accomplished and consumers are all too frequently victimized by incompetent and unethical attorneys. In a profession not known to begin with for it’s ethics, the downturn in the industry has sadly even dropped the bar lower for many attorneys. Many attorneys, in order to deal with their own economic hardships, expand their practices into areas that they are not qualified in. Many attorneys, in order to deal with their own economic hardships, compromise the representation of their clients in ways that cause the clients to incur fees for no reasons. Atytorneys with unsophisticated clients may victimize their clients for many years and may in fact never be exposed for the harm they cause to their clients and even those unfortunate enough to be on the opposite side of a case with an incompetent attorney. I have witnessed countless times consumers go to an attorney for protection of a certain type, pay the attorney for services, and be worse off than had they not sought the help of an attorney at all. I see this in family law wherein there is massive incompetency in the field and I also see this in real estate where many attorneys rely on their client’s naivety to run up bills that in many cases leave their clients in a worse position than had the services not been provided. There is no decision to be made more carefully in a legal matter than the choice of counsel. If a client has doubts about their attorneys’ competency, they should take these doubts seriously and investigate them with other counsel. Sadly, even when an attorney is confronted with mistakes they have made which have harmed their client or others, it is highly unusual for them to ackowledge their error and fix it.
At the Law Offices of Marc Grossman, I am protecting the reputation handed down to me of four generations of Grossmans in the Inland Empire and know that there is nothing more important that I will leave for my children. The core of who we are is “Smart” and “Honest” lawyers which seems to be a rare commomdity now days.
Post Script – August 21, 2013 – There was a particular attorney who inspired the above article. It turns out we have a mutual friend/client who came to me looking for advice about whether or not he had a lawsuit and whether or not he could file a Lis Pendens. As soon as I heard the facts, I was able to tell him without hesitation and unequivocally that he did not have a solid claim and that he had absolutely no right to file a Lis Pendens. I’ve now found out that my friend ended up hiring this attorney who inspired this article and they did file a lawsuit and a Lis Pendens. The Lis Pendens was summarily ordered to be removed when challenged as it only could have been filed by someone who utterly failed to understand what a Lis Pendens is in the first place. I’ve also learned that this attorney now brands himself on his letterhead as being a “Real Estate” lawyer – this is just sick. As a result of the incompetence of this attorney who now holds himself out as a real estate expert, a questionable lawsuit was filed, a property was tied up, tens of thousands of dollars were WASTED on attorney fees fighting over a Lis Pendens that only existed as a result of the attorney’s utter ignorance of the law and all stemming from some client’s poor choice of counsel. At the end of the day, everyone involved will lose except for the attorney who has created income for himself through incompetence. Sadly, attorneys like this will continue to ilk out small four figure sums from unsuspecting clients and sometimes more, causing collateral damage in similar sums to others who get saddled with the unnecessary fees and burdens that accompany his incompetence. In all likelihood, the sums he causes others to lose through his incompetence or lack of ethics will never be recoverable and he will not be held accountable until he does something which causes massive damage to someone which seems all but a certain eventuality. This is a small town folks – ask around, check references, and remember anyone can call themselves anything they want to whether or not they can walk the walk.