Russell & Lazarus APC - Personal Injury Attorneys

Russell & Lazarus APC - Personal Injury Attorneys

Russell & Lazarus are Personal Injury and Auto Accident Attorneys in Orange County devoted exclusively to helping injured victims of accidents. Contact us NOW for a FREE consultation - (855) 851-2400 for the RIGHT help when you need it most

Firm Overview

Experienced Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys

Russell & Lazarus personal injury attorneys represent injured victims of accidents, who need help obtaining appropriate treatment and compensation for injuries they have incurred. We have personally assisted over 5,000 clients who have sought our experienced legal services; 95% of whom have had successful outcomes. We know first hand how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of a serious accident, especially when you are facing a debilitating injury or the overwhelming struggle to make sense of the tragedy of losing a loved one. We work by way of a contingency contract, which means our clients pay us nothing unless we obtain a recovery on their behalf.

Our compassion and a willingness to work harder and smarter than the opposition insures that we obtain the best possible results for our clients. Our philosophy is simple: Your job is to recover and heal, our job is to do everything else. We are a law firm respected by our opponents, the Insurance Industry and by the Judges. Many of our cases come from the referrals of past and current clients.

How we educate our clients

We help educate our clients and the public at large about their rights, and also about the tactics that insurance companies will use against victims of accidents. Although many injured individuals attempt to settle auto accident claims without retaining a lawyer, it may be advisable to retain an attorney who exclusively handles personal injury claims. A 2004 study entitled "Paying for Auto Injuries" commissioned by the Insurance Research Council, contains statistics showing that insurance settlements paid out on accident claims are 4.8 times higher when a personal injury lawyer is involved in the claim than when an injured individual settles the claim on his or her own. Firm founder, Christopher Russell, has had a similar track record and has such a reputation in handling personal injury claims that he has achieved a perfect 10.0 rating on, the leading on-line attorney rating site, which rates personal injury attorneys primarily as a result of client and peer reviews.

Our team of Orange County personal injury attorneys at Russell & Lazarus urge all victims of accidents caused by others to retain a strong, aggressive, and compassionate law firm. We will be the strength at your side when you need it the most. If you have questions, or need accident related help, please contact us at (855) 851-2400 for a free consultation.

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Main Office
Main Office
1401 Dove Street
Suite 310
Newport Beach  CA  92660
  • (855) 851-2400
  • (949) 851-2422


Free Initial Consultation?
Russell & Lazarus offers free consultations 24/7
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

What Type of Compensation is Available in a Personal Injury Case?

A dollar amount for the injuries sustained is considered compensatory, and includes such items as:

*Medical bills, both past and future
*Loss of wages and other income
*Property damage
*Pain and suffering

In some cases, punitive damages designed to set an example of, and punish, the defendant may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages.

If Insurance Companies Are Involved, Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Insurance is a business; the smaller the payout for settlements, the higher the profit. Statistically, a plaintiff who retains counsel typically receives a larger damage award.

What if I Was Partially at Fault in the Incident which Caused My Injury?

California is a comparative negligence state, which means you can recover the percentage of damages actually caused by another's negligence. For example, if you sustained $100,000 of damages, and it was determined you were 25% at fault, you could still recover $75,000 from the party or parties responsible.

How Do I Know if I Have a Case? How Do I Know How Much My Case Is Worth?

The first thing an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer should do is thoroughly examine your case, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and explain the process to you. Knowing precisely what the case is worth typically takes time to fully understand as the investigation proceeds and all the facts are revealed.

Office Information

Office Hours
Russell & Lazarus offers free consultations 24/7
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Other Offices

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Riverside,  CA  92501
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San Bernardino,  CA  92415
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San Bernardino,  CA  92415
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Ventura,  CA  93009
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Russell & Lazarus APC - Orange County Auto Accident Attorneys

CA  92701
Russell & Lazarus APC - Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys

CA  92701
Auto Accident
If you have a question about a car accident claim, contact an attorney at Russell & Lazarus. You can reach an experienced car accident lawyer by calling 949-851-0222 to schedule a consultation. You don't need to fight your fight alone.

Experienced Orange County Car Accident Lawyers

Few things are scarier than dealing with the aftermath of a serious motor vehicle accident. Not only are you trying to figure out how the ordeal is going to affect your family, but you probably also are wondering if you ever will make a full recovery. The at-fault party's insurance company likely is hounding you, asking you to sign documents or give a statement to an insurance adjuster whom you have never met. You may be off of work with no other way to pay the bills, and this is all happening at the same time that you are trying to regain your health.

The easiest way to let yourself focus solely on getting better is to enlist experienced Orange County car accident lawyers to help you. Hiring an experienced personal injury law firm will not only will increase your chances of obtaining the maximum compensation for your injuries, but a good lawyer also will take over the burden that comes with filing a personal injury claim.

How an Experienced Orange County Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, the last thing you will want to do is deal with lawyers, insurance claims adjusters, and court workers. By hiring an Orange County car accident attorney, you can focus on your recovery, while your attorney deals with the difficult task of collecting damages and bringing a lawsuit.

For more than 25 years, an Orange County car accident lawyer at Russell & Lazarus has helped individuals in Orange and Riverside Counties recover for their injuries.

The ways we help clients include:

**Sit down with the client and his family to find out exactly what happened, review his injuries and expected recovery, and determine what it will take to remedy the situation.

**Obtain the accident report from the police or California Highway Patrol after the car, truck, or motorcycle accident.

**Recreate the scene during an accident reconstruction, which includes mapping out the areas of travel and taking photographs, if necessary.

**Gather witness statements from those people who were present during the accident.

**Obtain the highest possible compensation amount for the car, truck, or motorcycle damage or total loss.

**Ease the burden of constantly being bothered by the at-fault party's insurance company by taking over all correspondence with their office, and directing it to ours.

**Contact the client on a regular basis for medical treatment updates, so that once treatment is finished, medical records and corresponding bills can be ordered and submitted to the insurance company.

**Work with the client and the client's employer to calculate lost wages for reimbursement.

**Let the insurance company know how the accident not only affected the victim's health, but also his personal life, including how the accident has affected relationships with those closest to the victim and his ability to do the things he loves.

**Negotiate with the at-fault insurance company on the victim's behalf to obtain the best possible settlement, and accept only after the client's express consent.
Personal Injury
At Russell & Lazarus APC, we have experience helping injured clients recover from their traumatic injuries. We will work with you throughout every step of the legal process to ensure that you collect what you are entitled to.

Experienced Orange County Traumatic Injury Lawyers

Traumatic injuries often involve permanent disability, significant pain, lost wages, and huge medical bills. The physical, emotional and financial consequences can sometimes last for years, if not for the duration of a person’s life.

Types of Traumatic Injuries

**Head or Brain Injuries

**Spinal Cord Injuries

**Severe Burn Injuries



**Eye Injuries and Vision Loss

Causes of Traumatic Injuries

A Newport Beach traumatic injury lawyer can explain to you that there are many different causes for traumatic injuries including:

**Car and motorcycle accidents

**Sporting and recreational accidents

**Bicycle injuries

**Medical malpractice

**Other collisions and blunt force trauma

These injuries can result in serious harm such as a concussion, memory loss, skull fracture, internal bleeding and hemorrhaging, and long-term behavioral and personality changes.

Contact Our Orange County Traumatic Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Orange County Traumatic traumatic injury claims are difficult for individuals and families to resolve on their own. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the negligence of another person or business, contact our personal injury law firm today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys Chris Russell and Marc Lazarus have over 28 years of experience and a dedicated team who works diligently on the behalf of their clients to obtain ample and appropriate medical care, rehabilitation, and damages including loss of compensation.

If you have suffered a traumatic injury, it is important that you work with an experienced attorney. It can be difficult to prove the extent of your injuries especially when dealing with a closed head injury or wound. Your Newport Beach traumatic injury lawyer can help evaluate your claim and go over your options for recovery.

How a Newport Beach Traumatic Injury Attorney Can Help

Your attorney can help you determine the extent of your injuries and limitations. This can involve tests to determine if you suffer any cognitive or motor impairment and measurements of such limitations. The job of your Newport Beach traumatic injury lawyer is to determine how much damages you need to collect to make you as whole as possible, and then to fight for that amount.

Christopher Russell

Christopher understands personally how overwhelming it is to be involved in a serious accident, as he has had several close family members suffer accident related injuries, including his two youngest daughters who were seriously injured by an intoxicated boat driver.

Christopher has been practicing law since 1984 and is the founder and principal partner of Russell & Lazarus APC. The firm of Russell & Lazarus was established in 1998 and is located in Newport Beach, California, with offices serving Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sacramento and Orange Counties. Mr. Russell began his practice with the premise that by meeting the needs of his clients first, the needs of his firm and his employees would then also be met. Mr. Russell coached high school football as a way to put himself through college. He practices law and lives his life by following the lead of former Notre Dame head coach, Lou Holtz: 1. Do right by people at all times; 2. Do everything to the best of your ability; 3. Show people you care.


Christopher and his Associates have successfully litigated over 3,000 personal injury claims to verdict or have settled the claims prior to trial or arbitration, ranging in value from $25,000 to $7.2 million. Chris belongs to the American Association of Justice (formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association), the Consumer Attorneys Of California, the Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. Chris has also been admitted to all of the courts of the State of California and has argued cases in the Federal Courts as well as the California Court of Appeals. He shares strategies and communicates daily with his Plaintiff attorney colleagues across the State of California on topics including trial tactics, judge selection, expert witness background information, medical provider credibility etc. These strategies help put his clients in the best position to allow them to resolve their injuries as quickly as possible and to obtain fair compensation from at-fault parties who are many times represented by insurance companies which seem to have lost the ability to even understand what the word "fair" means.

He has worked on almost every type of personal injury claim imaginable, including motor vehicle collisions, product liability claims, slip, trip and fall claims, premises liability claims, animal inflicted injury claims, work related claims, sexual assault claims and the list goes on. The common theme to all of these claims was that someone was injured and they needed help. Chris' goal in helping people is two fold; get them better and get them fair compensation. 95% of the time Chris has recovered compensation on behalf of his clients with that number not being 100% only because Chris does not shy away from taking on difficult liability claims when the injuries are substantial.


Christopher has been blessed in being married to Helene St. Pierre Russell for 29 years. He has four grown daughters, who, along with his wife, are the loves of his life. His current hobbies are few, as he lives a busy life practicing law and helping his clients, along with keeping up with weddings and the college comings and goings of his daughters. When his girls were active in sports, he coached, sponsored or helped coach in excess of 50 of their sports teams. When he does have spare time, Chris enjoys giving back to the community in the context of activities or events that involve preventing injuries or honoring those who have been injured or killed in accidents. Chris has been a primary sponsor of the Sarah DeMille annual Cross Country race which was established in memory of one his daughters' classmates who died tragically in a car crash. Chris is also a primary sponsor for "Swim for Life", an organization devoted to preventing child drowning, which is still the number one cause of death for children under the age of 5 in Orange County. Chris is the third of six children with his youngest brother, John, heading up his affiliate office in Northern California, Russell & Philbrick.


In 1981 Chris received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Long Beach State University and in 1984 he received his Juris Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. He has taught business law at the University of California at Irvine and has taught trial practice at Western State Law School. He is the author of "How Smart People do Dumb Things to Destroy Their Personal Injury Claims", a book that focuses on avoiding common mistakes in the claims process after a serious accident or injury.
  • Bar Number: 117356
    California , 1984

Marc Lazarus

Mr. Lazarus teamed up with attorney Christopher Russell and has been litigating cases, in Southern California, with Mr. Russell since 2001. Over the past eleven years, Mr. Lazarus has distinguished himself as a pioneer in the presentation of his clients' stories to juries through the use of video technology, custom computer animation, medical education resources, and the insertion of actual medical films into his multi-media presentations.


Mr. Lazarus has served as lead counsel on hundreds of litigated actions in which he has taken and/or defended over a thousand depositions of parties, witnesses, and experts. He has also represented clients as lead counsel on approximately five bench trials, approximately twenty jury trials, approximately one hundred binding arbitrations, more than a hundred judicial arbitrations, and over two hundred mediations, mandatory settlement conferences, and voluntary settlement conferences.

For more than twelve years prior to becoming a plaintiff personal injury attorney, Mr. Lazarus worked as paralegal with several plaintiff personal injury law firms and he has extensive experience in working with individuals who have been injured in automobile collisions, motorcycle collisions, bus accidents, slip and falls, trip and falls, falls from ladders, product related injuries, medical malpractice claims and work related claims. He specializes in cases resulting in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, shoulder injuries, wrist and hand injuries, knee injuries, and ankle injuries. Mr. Lazarus' knowledge in the area of medicine has served to greatly improve the value of his clients' cases throughout his career.


Mr. Lazarus has had the privilege of giving back some of his experience to the legal community including his work as an instructor at the University of California at Irvine and at Southern California College of Business and Law in their American Bar Association approved paralegal certification programs. Mr. Lazarus has offered his services as a pro bono arbitrator through the Los Angeles Superior Court and is still an active member of the panel of arbitrators. He has also served as a pro bono mediator in resolving disputes in several limited jurisdiction civil actions in Orange County.


Marc Lazarus obtained is Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Technical Writing from the California State University at Northridge in 1992. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Chapman University School of Law as a member of its first graduating class in 1998 and served as an editor of the law journal.


Mr. Lazarus has been married to his wife Cathy for fifteen years, he has enjoyed the privilege of serving as a Boy Scout Den Leader for Pack 632 for three consecutive years, and on weekends he has volunteered as an AYSO Assistant Soccer Coach in Regional 1422 for the past five years.

Mr. Lazarus is currently a member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and Mr. Lazarus enjoys attending classes at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers' College offered on a regular basis throughout the United States.
  • Bar Number: 206680
    California , 2000

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