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Reginald Roberts, Jr. is a co-managing partner of Sanders Roberts LLP, and his litigation practice focuses on employment matters, general liability defense, premises liability defense, business litigation and defense of serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has achieved favorable results for his clients including employment matters in which he served as lead defense counsel for a religious institution in a multi-party employment dispute involving a prominent church and a former pastor who accused the church of misconduct and sued for more than $20 million. He prevailed on an Anti-SLAPP motion effectively ending the case and also recovered attorney fees for his client. He has achieved similar success in wrongful death matters and cases with more than $1 million at issue. Some of the results he obtained received favorable coverage in the media including the Los Angeles Times.
Roberts also counsels public and private entities and provides risk analysis. In 1998, he began his legal career working at a boutique litigation firm, Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt, in downtown Los Angeles where he defended both public and private sector clients in various litigation matters including dangerous condition of public and private property cases, and personal injury cases ranging from trip and fall to wrongful death matters. There, he gained extensive experience litigating matters from start to finish in both state and federal courts. He served as lead counsel in employment law cases, general liability defense matters and in civil rights cases involving high-profile police misconduct issues.
In 2006, Roberts joined Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith, a Florida-based law firm with more than 300 attorneys working in offices nationwide. He worked as lead counsel in numerous cases where he provided his clients with vigorous legal representation and consistently achieved favorable results. His litigation experience includes extensive pleadings and motions practice, depositions, case management and budget responsibilities, client contact and presentations to executive boards. He defended municipal and private clients in various tort liability claims, employment matters, in breach of contract actions, business disputes and in insurance coverage disputes. He also represented private financial institutions in real estate litigation and managed wrongful death and personal injury cases involving serious bodily injury. He defended the City of South Gate successfully in a business litigation action seeking over $10 million in damages, and he preserved the victory on appeal.
Roberts has also served in an advisory capacity to public entities on issues including insurance coverage claims, legislative impact on municipal practices and extending municipal powers to address gang violence. He argued successfully insurance coverage issues to an insurance claims board and reduced his client’s coverage costs by $1.5 million.
Roberts has also obtained judgments in favor of his clients in racial discrimination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination cases.
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Susan Estrich writes an op-ed about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is not responding well to the COVID-19 outbreak. She said, "Right now, HIPAA is making it impossible to know whether you have been in contact with an infected person and, in turn, whether you may be infecting a high-risk loved one."
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“Children’s concealment of a minor transgression: The role of age, maltreatment, and executive functioning,” (with Shanna Williams and Kelly McWilliams) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 191 (2020).
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“The effects of the putative confession and evidence presentation on maltreated and non-maltreated 9- to 12-year-olds’ coached concealment of a minor transgression,” (with Angela Evans) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 188 (2019).
"The Adversarial Mindset," Psychology, Public Policy and Law.