The Law Offices of Jeffrey L. Tade is a civil litigation firm specializing in personal injury, workers' compensation, employment and civil rights law. After graduating from law school in 1986 and working for several litigation firms in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Jose, California, I returned to my hometown of Salinas, California and in 1994 established my current practice. For more the 25 years, I have honed my skills as a civil litigator, having successfully handled thousands of cases ranging from wrongful death claims, serious personal injury claims, workers' compensation, insurance bad faith, labor and employments disputes, civil rights and discrimination disputes, contracts and business disputes, intellectual property, construction defect, property and real estate disputes.
The depth and breadth of my knowledge and experience in the civil litigation arena, coupled with my philosophy of providing quality, effective and aggressive legal representation for my clients, remains the driving force behind my continued passion for the practice of law. The firm has a well-established track record of successfully litigating cases in various forums at the trial and appellate levels.
Personal injury, workers' compensation, employment and civil rights litigation require a certain level of tenacity and the ability to overcome many challenges and obstacles unique to these areas of law. I am committed to representing only injury victims and their families who often find themselves particularly vulnerable against the nearly limitless resources of insurance companies.
I employ a pragmatic philosophy of trial advocacy by seeking prompt resolution of disputes through informal settlement, arbitration or mediation. To accomplish this goal, I meticulously and judiciously prepare each case as if it were to go to trial. While it is true that more than 90% of civil cases settle before trial, I believe that being prepared and willing to go the distance is the most effective way to achieve prompt resolution and to maximize settlement results.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey L. Tade is centrally located in Salinas, California and provides services to all California Central Coast communities, including Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.
Doe vs. Roe Packing Company. An auto/big rig accident resulting in severe upper extremnity injury. The workers' compensation case was denied and the matter went to trial, appealed twice and eventually settled for $1,087,500.
Doe vs. Roe Concrete Contractors. Another auto/big rig accident resulting in traumatic brain injury in which the employer denied liability in the workers' compensation claim and the defendants denied liability in the civil claim. Both went to trial in the two forums. The civil case settled for $3,058,000 and the workers' compensation claim settled for $4,400,000 with structured payments over the client's lifetime.
Doe vs. Roe Construction Company. Another auto/big rig accident in which liability and compensability was denied by the workers' compensa;tion carrier. After trial and after exhausting appeals to the 6th District, the matter resolved for $1,250,000 with structured benefits over the client's lifetime.
Doe vs. Roe After being humiliated at work by his supervisor for his Filipino accent, characteristics and religious beliefs, the client was terminated under a "work performance" pretext. We went to trial on the discrimination issue and prevailed with a jury verdict of $50,000. It was not the amount of the verdict, but rather the vindication my client felt after a contentious jury trial. I received as much satisfaction from this "small" case as the other big cases I have litigated over the years.
1611 Bunker Hill Way
Salinas CA 93906
Yes, all consultations are free.
Based on the nature of my practice (contingency), my clients pay absolutely no fee unless I am successful.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager/Paralegal: Teresa Bejar-Hernandez
Yes, my staff speaks Spanish.
I am committed to representing injury victims who find themselves extremely vulnerable against the vast resources of insurance companies who seek to deny and limit the amount of compensation to which the clients are entitled. The notion of fighting the good fight and seeking justice for those who cannot afford to pay attorneys fees up front gives me great satisfaction, and it is well appreciated by my clients.
I believe the attorney should educate the clients on the legal issues particularly where there are complex and disputed issues on liability, causation and damages. The client should educate themselves generally but ought to defer to the attorney for case-specific issues.
We encourage, indeed the courts encourage, that the parties utilize alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. This facilitates and earlier resolution of the case and is less costly than going to trial. Having said that, we prepare each case as if it will go to trial and we will go the distance if and when necessary.
Having started my career as an insurance defense attorney, I am fully aware of the tactics and practices employed by insurance carriers and employers to deny legitimate claims or minimize the nature and extent of those claims.
My experience as a defense attorney representing insurance companies has provided me with a unique inside look at how insurance companies evaluate and handle claims. With such a background, I am a better civil litigator representing injured plaintiffs and their families.
My strength is my substantive knowledge and experience and the meticulous preparation I put into all of my cases. My style is aggressive in both subtle and not so subtle ways.Personal interests:
Golf and spending time with my family. I try to balance my time and appreciate the life I have outside of the office.
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