William P. Volk has had a distinguished career as a civil trial attorney for three decades. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of interesting and diverse cases throughout California and Nevada, Mr. Volk has successfully handled litigation involving serious personal injuries/wrongful death, construction defects, product liability, business losses, defective drugs/supplements, class actions, multi-district litigation, mass torts, environmental claims, casino/hotel/nightclub security, assault and battery, breach of contract, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, defective medical devices and employment/wrongful termination.
With over 56 jury trials, Mr. Volk has been lead counsel in major litigation and important appellate court decisions, including published decisions involving contractual indemnity (Time for Living, Inc. v. Guy Hatfield Homes (1991) 230 Cal.App.3d 30) and “Dram Shop” or liquor law liability (Cardinal v. Santee Pita, Inc. (1991) 234 Cal.App.3d 1676), as well as many unpublished appellate and Supreme Court decisions. Many of the cases also involved significant insurance coverage issues such as “coverage triggers,” horizontal and vertical exhaustion, excess and umbrella coverage, reformation, rescission, prior acts, consent to settle, “Montrose” endorsements, broad-form property damage, subsidence and soil movement exclusions, pollution exclusions, S.I.R.’s and deductibles.
As a result of his trial experience and reputation, Mr. Volk was elected by his peers in 2003 to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a nationally recognized professional trial lawyer organization in which he holds the rank of “Advocate.” Known as a dogged and aggressive cross-examiner, Mr. Volk has demonstrated trial techniques to other lawyers in ABOTA’s annual “Masters in Trial” program.
ADR has been an important part of Mr. Volk’s legal practice for years. Beginning in the late-1980′s, he became a panelist for the American Arbitration Association specializing in the resolution of complex construction defect, breach of contract, personal injury, wrongful death and product liability claims. He has received formal ADR training through the American Arbitration Association, the San Diego Superior Court, the San Diego Municipal Court, the Clark County, Nevada, District Court and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. He served as a voluntary member of the Judge Pro Tempore panel of the San Diego Municipal Court, where he heard and decided hundreds of small-claims cases. He also volunteered his time as a settlement judge for the Superior Court and helped resolve many cases, which helped relieve the case burden of the Court. Because of his dedication to the ADR process, in 1995 he was awarded a citation for his voluntary service by the Clerk of the San Diego Superior Court, North County Branch.
Mr. Volk is frequently appointed by the Clark County District Court, as well as privately retained by the parties, to mediate or arbitrate complex construction defect, business, personal injury, insurance, product liability and other interesting and diverse matters. He is an active member of the Arbitration Panel for the Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program of the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Professional or Trade Affiliations:
- Member, State Bar of California
- Member, San Diego Bar Association
- Member, State Bar of Nevada
- Member, Clark County Bar Association
- Member, Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
- Member, Lawyers of Distinction
- Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Member, National Institute of Trial Advocates
- Member, American Arbitration Association
- Member, American Institute of Mediation
- Member, Utah State University Alumni Association
- Member, Southwestern University Law School Alumni Association
- Member, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
Honors & Awards:
- Peer-review rated “AV®Preeminent™” by Martindale-Hubbell, 1989
- America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement
- Included in the Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, 1989
- Member, Oxford’s “Who’s Who of Extraordinary Professionals,” 1992-1993
- Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2015
- Named Lawyer of Distinction, 2015
- Named to “2013 Top Lawyers” by the weekly business publication Vegas, Inc.
- Presented ADR Citation by the San Diego Superior Court, North County Branch, 1995
- Mr. Volk has been an invited speaker in professional seminars sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the National Business Institute and has demonstrated trial techniques in the “Masters in Trial” mock trial programs sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates (Notably, Mr. Volk represented “Doc” Holliday in a mock trial of the criminal trial following the gunfight at the OK Corral, in which the presiding judge was Sr. U.S. District Judge, Lloyd D. George).
- In 1982-83, Mr. Volk handled the defense of a target defendant in the MGM Hotel Fire Litigation, gaining valuable experience in handling mass tort litigation. He has since handled large class action cases involving defective drugs and supplements, including L-Tryptophan and “Fen-Phen,” as well as class actions involving defective residential plumbing systems and construction defects.
- In California, Mr. Volk was trial counsel for a defendant in Williams v. National University, wherein the plaintiff, a Ph.D. candidate who claimed to have “multiple personality disorder” with over one hundred different personalities, sued the university and professor and the dean for slander when she was questioned as to whether she plagiarized other authors to write her thesis. Her allegation was that different personalities wrote different portions of her thesis. The plaintiff’s case was shattered while she was on the witness stand when the original source material was introduced and it was proven that she fabricated the claim.
- Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation
- Advisor, Los Angeles County Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled
- Volunteer Legal Advisor, Clark County Courts Pro Bono Program
- Mr. Volk is a 45-year motorcyclist and rides his 2014 Indian Chieftain throughout Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. Mr. Volk is also an ardent amateur historian, focusing on American History. He is the proud owner of a handwritten biography of Abraham Lincoln and a vintage 6-volume biography of President Lincoln by Carl Sandburg, as well as other memorabilia of the period. He is an avid read of non-fiction and spends a lot of time playing with his seven grandchildren.