Practice Areas

Insurance Defense/Commercial Claims

Rivera & Associates have successfully handled a significant number of cases for insurance carriers including motor vehicle negligence, slip & falls, wrongful death, bodily injury & property loss, and ADA claims as well as bad faith cases. Our experience allows us to provide our clients with efficient and thoughtful analysis.


Employment/Discrimination

Rivera & Associates have defended employers against a wide range of employment claims. We handle claims against employers involving issues such as harassment and discrimination based on protected status (e.g. race, gender, ethnicity, disability, etc.), failure to accommodate, whistle blower claims, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Our expertise and strong rapport with our clients, their management teams, and their employees enable us to provide exceptional legal services with outstanding results. Our priority is to attain the best resolution for our clients while providing advice and counsel to help avoid future litigation.


Defective Products

Rivera & Associates have effectively litigated a wide range of defective product lawsuits. Whether the matter involves a claim of failure to warn or defective manufacturing or design, our attorneys specialize in discovering the relevant facts of each case and providing the necessary legal background so that our clients may decide which means of resolution is most effective.


Civil Rights/Law Enforcement Defense

Rivera & Associates have extensive experience representing law enforcement agencies and officials in litigation involving an array of civil rights issues including excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure, deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, and numerous other such claims by arrestees and incarcerated individuals.


Construction Litigation

Rivera & Associates have experience in successfully defending Developers, Subcontractors and Property Management Companies, as well as litigating Cross-Complaints for Indemnity. Whether it be single family residences, commercial buildings or personal injury, the expertise and reputation of our attorneys as well as our centralized location make Rivera & Associates a respected name in the ever-evolving field of construction litigation. Further, our attorneys take pride in working closely with risk managers to resolve construction matters by the most cost-effective means possible.


Public Entity Defense

Rivera & Associates have successfully defended public entities and their employees in both state and federal courts in a wide array of suits including:

  • Civil Rights & Government Tort Claims
  • Employment/Discrimination Cases
  • Class Actions
  • Medical Malpractice/Deliberate Indifference to Serious Medical Needs
  • ADA Claims
  • Municipality Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Religious Expression Claims
  • In Custody Suicides and Deaths


Appeals

Rivera & Associates have significant experience in appellate practice, particularly before the United States Court of Appeals in and for the Ninth Circuit and the Third District Court of Appeal. We are particularly proud of our success in the matter of Jeffers v. Gomez , 267 F.3d 895 (9th Cir. 2001) which helped to define the evolving qualified immunity doctrine in excessive force cases. Additionally, we are proud to say that three of our lawyers are members of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.


Legal Malpractice

Rivera & Associates have experience representing the interests of counsel before the State Bar. Our handling of these cases is discreet in order to maintain not only the confidence of our clients but the integrity of the judicial system as a whole. We have successfully tried cases before the State Bar Court in addition to reaching successful pretrial resolutions for our clients.