Austin G. Ward is a trial lawyer and focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs in a variety of complex civil cases involving claims of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, and pharmaceutical related injuries in California. Mr. Ward prides himself in helping victims of such injuries pursue their legal rights and obtain full and complete compensation from government entities and large corporations that deny responsibility and minimize the harm they have inflicted on his clients. Mr. Ward has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in jury awards for his clients in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and throughout Southern California.
In Rabb v. State of California, et al., Mr. Ward was part of the trial team that represented a 57 year old husband and father of three who lived in El Centro, California, Jerry Rabb. Mr. Rabb sustained a below the knee amputation and a litany of orthopedic injuries as a result of being struck by a negligently driven truck owned by the State of California. Mr. Ward also represented the victim’s wife in her loss of consortium claim. Mr. Ward, alongside attorneys Deborah Chang and Thomas Schultz, obtained a $9.9 million dollar jury verdict on December 10, 2015. This is the highest jury award for a personal injury lawsuit in Imperial County Superior Court.
In Sheaffer v. NuCo2, et al., Mr. Ward, alongside Brian Panish, Deborah Chang, and Thomas Schultz, represented a 27 year old Ph.D. candidate named Russell Sheaffer, who had sustained severe facial injuries and a mild traumatic brain injury after being involved in a six-vehicle collision caused by a negligently driven NuC02 truck. The trial team successfully obtained a $17.4 million jury verdict in a Vista, California court on June 3, 2015. This is the highest amount ever awarded by a jury in a personal injury case in the North County Division of the San Diego Superior Court.
In Rennie v. FedEx Ground, et al., Mr. Ward was a part of the trial team that represented a grieving mother who had lost her only child, Chelsea Joy Kashergen, when her daughter was fatally struck by a negligently driven FedEx Ground home delivery vehicle. Ms. Kashergen was an accomplished musician, writer, and a 2012 Magna Cum Lade graduate of Cal State Fullerton. At the time of her death, Ms. Kashergen was the President of the New Orleans Jazz Club of Southern California and played Dixieland Jazz in a variety of venues. Mr. Ward, alongside Brian Panish and Deborah Chang, obtained a $7.5 million jury award on December 17, 2014, which is the highest amount ever awarded by a jury in Orange County Superior Court for the wrongful death of an adult child.
Prior to joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Ward completed an internship with the Honorable Robert L. Wilkins in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. While participating in interschool moot court and mock trial teams at Pepperdine University School of Law, Mr. Ward won multiple national and international competitions, receiving the highest honors for his oral and written advocacy. During his final year of law school, Mr. Ward was honored with the 2013 “Top Gun” award, given to the top 16 student trial advocates in the nation.
Mr. Ward received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating cum laude. Mr. Ward is also a member of the Order of the Barristers. In law school, Mr. Ward was Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. He is a member of the State Bar of California, and is licensed to practice law in federal district courts in California as well.