McGee, Lerer & Associates

Firm Overview

Since day one our firm has specialized in representing serious injury victims. Founding partners Catherine Lerer and I are a husband and wife team.

What sets our firm apart is the importance we place on providing personalized service to our clients and getting them maximum compensation. We are not a "personal injury mill" (i.e., a law firm that handles a high volume caseload, most of the work is performed by non-attorneys. and cases are turned over quickly for less than full value). We are selective in the number of cases that we take on so that we are able to provide the personalized attention that each client deserves. When you hire McGee, Lerer & Associates, you get Catherine and me as your attorneys. Your case is not assigned to a team of non-lawyers. Your case is handled by Catherine and me from beginning to end.

My firm, McGee, Lerer & Associates, was established in 2003, when I partnered up with my wife, Catherine Lerer. We both left larger personal injury law firms, in order to create a boutique law firm, with a small case load, where we could provide a level of personalized service that we don't see elsewhere in the legal community.

Example cases

• $3.2 million jury trial verdict in a products liability case
• $305,000 settlement in a case involving a young girl who was bitten by her neighbor's dog
• $800,000 settlement in a case involving a pedestrian who was struck by a car that was backing up
• $435,000 settlement in a case involving a pedestrian who was struck by a SUV that lost control and went up onto the sidewalk

Main Office
Long Beach, CA
4401 Atlantic Ave.
Suite 241
Long Beach  CA  90807
  • (562) 216-1515
  • (310) 231-9715


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, we offer a free 90 minute consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We work on a contingency fee basis: if no recovery, then no fee.
Hourly Rates
You pay us nothing up front. Our fees are paid for out of the recovery in your case.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We offer after evening and weekends appointments. To reach us after hours, please call (310) 717-8057.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Yes, we are able to provide assistance for Spanish-speaking clients.

Other Offices

Pasadena Office
1055 E. Colorado Boulevard 5th Floor
Pasadena,  CA  91106
Santa Monica Office
520 Broadway
Suite 350
Santa Monica,  CA  90401
Los Angeles office
11300 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 870
Los Angeles,  CA  90064

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose personal injury because of the profound impact that it has on the lives of accident victims. I have seen all too often how an accident that took a mere few seconds can result in life-altering consequences. As I tell juries: I know that money cannot give my client back his or her former good health, but it can make the pain easier to bear.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage clients to educate themselves about their case. I want them to ask questions and stay involved in the case. Our clients are partners with us on their case; we work as a team. I generally find that the more involved a client is, and the more information-sharing there is between the attorney and the client, then the more ammunition I have to get top dollar for their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am more than glad to review documents prepared by my clients about their case.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

If, after speaking to a client about a potential case, I conclude that they don't really need my representation and can handle the matter without a lawyer, I am happy to provide free advice.

Daniel M. McGee

I was previously employed at one of the leading personal injury law firms in the state of California. While there, I rose through the ranks from law firm manager, to associate attorney, to partner. During my tenure, the firm achieved many multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts, including the largest verdict in U.S. history against a police department.

I have been involved in numerous cases of considerable complexity and have worked on several cases that resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. The knowledge obtained in these large cases has given me an extensive experience that allows me to provide my clients with high-quality legal representation.

I am a straight-shooter. I am honest with my clients about anticipated outcomes in their case. I am known and respected by judges, defense attorneys, and insurance adjusters.

Personal interests:

My family (my wife and I have two daughters), travel, hiking, camping, and relaxing with friends.

  • Bar Number: 171321
    California , 1994
  • Attended Whittier College School of Law
    California Bar Admission , 1982
    Costa Mesa, CA
  • University of Southern California
    Bachelor of Science , 1977
    Los Angeles, CA
    Mechanical Engineering

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