Mark D. Bratt

Trial Attorney

Biography

What matters most to me about my work is the opportunity to represent real people with real problems, people whose lives have been devastated by corporate greed and misconduct.

Mark D. Bratt brings to his work at Weitz & Luxenberg the kind of zeal and compassion clients expect from an advocate-litigator focused on obtaining justice for the victims of mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer. He currently serves as the lead trial attorney in our Los Angeles office.

Prior to joining our California office in 2015, Mr. Bratt served as asbestos-practice managing attorney for The Lanier Law Firm in Los Angeles. His role there included serving as a first-chair trial attorney and lead-negotiator of settlements. In total, his efforts there and, earlier, at the El Segundo, California, law firm of Waters, Kraus & Paul resulted in significant recovery for his clients.

Here at Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Bratt’s practice of law focuses on trial work and strategic workup of cases. He is particularly adept at uncovering unique exposures to asbestos, preparing clients for deposition, obtaining valuable but often difficult-to-develop evidence, aggressively cross-examining corporate witnesses, and presenting the strongest expert witnesses for trial.

Clients with whom he works hail from diverse backgrounds, chiefly U.S. Navy veterans, shipyard workers, underground water and sewer pipe installers, maintenance workers in industrial power plants, longshoremen and marine dock clerks, smokers of asbestos-filtered cigarettes, lifetime users of cosmetic talcum powder contaminated with asbestos, persons working with asbestos-laced building products and automotive parts, and family members of people working directly with asbestos products.

The Vancouver, Washington, native began the practice of law in 2006 after obtaining a law degree from Pepperdine University, where he achieved high grades and served on the school’s law review. Mr. Bratt obtained a bachelor’s degree from New York University in 2002.

During his law career, Mr. Bratt has garnered considerable recognition. In 2014, the National Trial Lawyers ranked him among the country’s Top 100 trial lawyers and listed him as one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys. In 2015, Super Lawyer magazine named him a Southern California Rising Star and placed him on its list of Top 100 Up-and-Coming Attorneys of Southern California. He has been named a Southern California Rising Star every year since 2015. Mr. Bratt was recently recognized as a 2018 Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year nominee.

Mr. Bratt enjoys travel, sports events, live music, cooking and fine dining.

Key Verdicts:

  • $11.4 million, combined underlying and punitive damages (2018, Mata v. Park Water)
  • $5.2 million, underlying verdict with malice finding (2016, Against Fluor Corporation)
  • Substantial verdict (2015, first-ever verdict against AAMCO-Hennessy in country)

Speaking Engagements

  • Harris Martin Talc Mock Trial, Beverly Hills (cross-examination of corporate representative)
  • Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference, Beverly Hills (talc litigation)
  • Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference, San Francisco (co-moderator, judges’ panel, California asbestos litigation)
  • Harris Martin Associates and Paralegals Seminar, Los Angeles (case workup issues)

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