The Trial Lawyer Winter 2018 - Page 13

TOP100TRIALLAWYERS The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation- only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. It is our mission to promote a unique and professional networking op- portunity for trial lawyers, while developing progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the American right of trial by jury. Ben Yeroushalmi Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi • Beverly Hills, CA What was the first job you had? I worked in my uncles’ 1-Hour Photo Shop in the summers of junior high. I did everything from cleaning floors to making deliveries. What’s your proudest moment as a trial lawyer? Right after we settled a case at trial, the judge came out of her chambers, looked me in the eyes and said: “You’re tough!” I attribute my success to… My parents, for instilling the values of integrity and hard work, and my wife, for always believing in me. What is your most notable verdict or settlement? We reached a $2.2 million settlement for the family of the late Elaine Essa, three years after defendants offered $250,000, and the mediator thought at most the case should settle for $325,000. This story stands out because others viewed the withholding of Elaine’s life sustaining mediation for three months, which caused her death, as a MICRA capped “medication error.” It even took three “bites” to get the case past the demurrer stage. But I always believed that what the defense tried to frame as a “dropping of the ball” was in fact the inevitable result of a deliberate decision by Elaine’s custodians- her attending physician and her nursing home- to abandon her. Almost 20 depositions and over $150,000 in advanced costs later, my clients were vindicated. What is your fantasy job? Fighter pilot. What is your guilty pleasure? Afternoon coffee. What do you like to do in your time off? Play with my kids. What’s your favorite hobby? Travel. What’s one word that describes you? That’s for others to judge. What newspaper do you generally read daily? Wall Street Journal. What advice would you give a young attorney? Be honest with yourself. If the law is not for you, have a sensible plan to do something else that makes you fulfilled and happy. If you do love the law, never give up. How do you relax? I try to involve — NTL MEMBERSHIP NEWS & NOTES — myself in creative projects unrelated to my practice. What’s your most embarrassing moment in life? I had a new phone in college which I had not yet completely learned how to use, and the ring tone went off in the middle an LSAT class. I kept trying but could not shut it off. Short of banging it on the desk, I tried everything! Everyone stopped and stared for what felt like an eternity, but the music played on until it decided on its own it wanted to play no more.