R. Derek Classen, who
graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA,
is a partner at PGBR.
He graduated from UCLA in 1989 with a degree in History
and a Business Emphasis. Afterward, he attended Law School
at the University of San Diego, graduating Cum Laude in
the top 6% of his class. While in law school, he was a
member of Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence
Award in Insurance Law.
In 1992, Mr. Classen
began his practice at Knapp, Petersen & Clarke,
a large Los Angeles defense firm. While there, he co-authored
an article entitled "Rollback Regulations Under Prop.
103: Will the California Supreme Court Uphold Them?",
Federation of Regulatory Counsel Quarterly Journal, Winter
Quarter, December 3, 1993.
Mr. Classen is a member of the California State Bar, the
Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Association
of Southern California Defense Counsel. He is admitted
to practice in all of the State Courts of California and
the U.S. District Court - Central District. His practice
primarily includes the defense of premises liability, products
liability, multi-party construction defect litigation,
security guard defense, toxic torts, insurance coverage
and general business litigation.