Mr. Ernst is the past president of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the statewide organization devoted to representing injured parties and consumers.
The Ernst Law Group obtained the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in San Luis Obispo County. They have tried (not just settled) cases involving wrongful death, brain injury, serious personal injury, construction accidents, product liability, aviation accidents, insurance class actions, sexual harassment, governmental liability and more. They have successfully won cases against major insurers including State Farm, Allied, Metropolitan Life, American Investors Life, Conseco, Prudential, Unum and many others.
They never do defense work. They never will. The defense wants to minimize the amount of money given to individual clients, even when they are responsible for community harm. The Ernst Law Group will never will fight for the corporate bottom line. They fight for the individual who is trying to put their life back together. Nothing is paid unless they win. They hire the best experts and pay all of the costs. You pay nothing and no fee unless they win. Why is this? They are confident in their ability to prove your case.
Civil Trial Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance Bad Faith
Born in San Luis Obispo County, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics 1971, and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1975. Admitted to the California Bar in 1975. Began practice in San Diego and moved to San Luis Obispo in 1976. Partner in Ernst and Mattison since 1980, specializing in civil litigation. Extensive trial experience. Tried over 100 cases to verdict. Member American Board of Trial Advocates, American Trial Lawyers Associaton, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, President and Founder of the Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association, 1990, San Luis Obispo County Bar Association President 2002-2003, Consumer Attorneys of California board of governors from 1990 to present, and currently President-elect. Taught over 30 CEB programs on tort and insurance law from 1988 to present. Authored articles for Forum and the California Bar Journal on torts and civil procedure. Adjunct professor Cal Poly State University 1978 through 92. Central Coast Trial Lawyer of the Year 1998, 2002. Martindale-Hubbell rated.
Personal Injury (60%); Insurance Bad Faith (40%)
1975, California and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California;
1985, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
University of San Diego, J.D., 1975
Stanford University, B.A., Economics, 1971
San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (President, 2001-2002); State Bar of California; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; Central Coast Trial Lawyer's Association (Founder and President, 1989-1990); Consumer Attorneys of California (Board of Governors, 1989-1999); American Board of Trial Advocates.
Adjunct Professor and Sponsor of 8 Continuing Education Programs in Tort & Insurance Litigation, California State University, 1982-1989.
CCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1998, 2002.
Mariscal v. Old Republic Life Insurance Company, 42 Cal. App. 4th, 1617 (1996).
Atascadero, California, August 3, 1949