Top trial attorney Brian Panish '84 establishes Civil Justice Chair and Program at Southwestern
Southwestern is proud to announce that Brian J. Panish '84 has provided a transformative leadership gift exceeding $1 million to establish the Panish Chair in Civil Justice and the Panish Program in Civil Justice at the law school. This generous endowment is part of the New Era Campaign as Southwestern begins its second century of educating outstanding lawyers and civic leaders for Los Angeles and beyond. The campaign is focused on generating major support for endowed scholarship funds and faculty chairs, strengthening academic programs and clinics, and enhancing campus facilities.
Dean Austen Parrish said, "This is the first endowment of its kind at Southwestern. Through his inspiring philanthropic vision, Brian Panish will help establish our law school as a national leader in the research, scholarship and promotion of civil justice."
The new Chair and Program in Civil Justice will enable Southwestern to attract top scholars in civil law, support related research, bring leading trial attorneys and judges to speak at the law school, and engage students in meaningful discussions about the civil justice system.
One of the country's leading trial attorneys, Mr. Panish is a partner with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, and has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include a $4.9 billion verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, and more than 30 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million in personal injury, wrongful death and business litigation cases. In addition to Anderson, Mr. Panish obtained two of the largest personal injury verdicts in California history, $58 million in Griggs v. Caterpillar and $55.4 million in Lampe v. Continental Tire, and more than 200 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million dollars.
Mr. Panish has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations as being among the top lawyers in the country, including being named Trial Attorney of the Year by both the California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. He is a member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to the top 100 plaintiffs' lawyers in the country, and has been listed among the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America by the National Law Journal and in California by the Daily Journal.
A loyal and active Southwestern alumnus, Mr. Panish has continued his close association with the law school as a guest speaker, by hiring Southwestern graduates, and by serving as chair of the Judges Tribute Dinner Committee. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Southwestern in 2011. His wife Rosemarie Panish '89, and father Howard Panish '59, are also Southwestern graduates.