Dennis K. Ames

Orange County Office


Dennis Ames is the managing Shareholder of the firm's Orange County office, a member of the firm's Administrative Committee and the firm's financial officer. Following his clerkship with the firm in 1977, he joined the firm as an attorney in 1978. He opened the firm's San Francisco office in 1981 and relocated to his childhood home to manage the firm's Orange County office in 1986. For more than 30 years he has devoted his practice to the defense of the insurance industry and to the defense of doctors, hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout California.

Mr. Ames is admitted to practice before the State and United States District Courts throughout California. He is approaching his 100th superior court jury trial.

Mr. Ames is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He otherwise has been recognized by his peers, who voted him 2004 Orange County ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year; designated him among "Southern California Super Lawyers" each year since its inception in 2004; and, elected him to the California Medical Legal Committee. He also holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating - AV.

Mr. Ames has been a guest lecturer, in-service provider, faculty member and panelist to numerous university, healthcare provider and risk management organizations, including the USC School of Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital (Los Angeles), Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Physicians Insurance Association of America, the American and Southern California Healthcare Risk Management Associations, and several healthcare insurance providers. He has also provided instruction as an invited faculty member for the annual "Masters in Trial" program of the Orange County and Riverside-San Bernardino Chapters of ABOTA.

Mr. Ames earned his B.A. (Economics), magna cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1975 and received his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in 1978.

Mr. Ames is very active in his selected civic and religious charitable interests. Among them, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Anaheim Memorial Medical Center Foundation; maintains leadership roles in his local Catholic church and Catholic Charities Organizations; and, holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross with the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Mr. Ames is most proud of his 30+year marriage to his wife and high school sweetheart, Brenda, his two great children, Stacey and Mark, and his grand-daughter Aubrey, who is his extra curricular activity.

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