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Garrison Giali

Paralegal

Garrison is an experienced litigation paralegal who assists attorneys prepare high-stakes arbitrations and cases for trial in federal and state courts.

Overview

From pre-indictment investigations through trial, Garrison has considerable experience assisting attorneys in all phases of pre-litigation, litigation, and appeals, and has confidently navigated internal investigations, complex business disputes, civil false claims actions, product liability cases, personal injury matters, and securities actions.  In addition, Garrison has acted as the lead paralegal in several federal and state white-collar criminal defense matters involving issues such as tax evasion and obstruction, violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud, medical fraud, and violation of the anti-kickback statute.  He has also assisted attorneys in all aspects of discovery, including depositions, witness interviews, and research on potential expert witnesses, and has prepared comprehensive timelines and multimedia demonstratives.   

Garrison is proficient with different, cutting edge e-discovery platforms, trial presentation software, and practice management tools.  At trial, Garrison has conducted research on potential jurors during voir dire, coordinated witness appearances, and prepared trial exhibits.    

Prior to joining BIENERT | KATZMAN PC in 2015, Garrison assisted attorneys defend leading commercial transportation companies in catastrophic injury, regulatory compliance, and complex business actions.

Garrison earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in United States History from California State University, Fullerton, where he served as an editor and contributor to the Welebaethan Journal of History, and a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.

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Representative Matters

  • Following a three-day jury trial, Garrison helped attorneys secure a complete defense verdict for a professional athlete in a civil suit filed by a paparazzi alleging assault and battery.

  • Assisted attorneys in representing a doctor charged with five felony counts of tax evasion and obstruction. After three years of intense litigation, the team exposed  serious prosecutorial misconduct that led to the removal and discipline of the entire prosecution team and IRS investigators.  All five felonies were dismissed in exchange for a plea to a single misdemeanor and a single payment of $25. 

  • Assisted attorneys in economic espionage case by, among other things, conducting a large-scale document review in an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) case prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. The team’s efforts resulted in a favorable settlement for an electrical engineer charged in the case.

  • Assisted attorneys represent employees from a preeminent defense contractor working alongside the US Airforce, in a criminal investigation brought by the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of California.

  • Assisted in the drafting of pleadings in a complex civil case, where the plaintiff successfully recovered unpaid fees in a breach of contract matter in Orange County Superior Court.

  • Arranged witness materials and conducted jury research in a Ventura County jury trial, which resulted in a multi-million dollar award for an electrician who was injured while working on an offshore oil platform.

  • Reviewed government discovery and helped prepare a high-profile securities fraud case for trial in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

  • Assisted with pretrial motions and trial preparation in a False Claims action, in which Bienert | Katzman secured a $280 million settlement on behalf of a whistleblower in the pharmaceuticals industry.

  • Assisted attorneys secure a pre-litigation settlement for a minor who suffered severe injuries and trauma as a result of an at-home accident. 

  • Supported attorneys in the defense of former employee of a provider of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment services against charges of felony dependent adult abuse. After a nearly four-week trial, the Bienert | Katzman team secured a mistrial, which led to the government dismissing the charge against the client and all charges against related co-defendants.