Lee J. Danforth
A skilled and successful trial lawyer with approximately 38 years of experience, Lee has tried dozens of cases to juries in courtrooms across Northern California. In successive years from 2008-2014, Lee was selected as a California Super Lawyer, an honor bestowed on only five percent of the lawyers in the state.
The cases Lee has tried have involved a broad range of issues. These include commercial, contractual and real estate disputes, insurance claims handling and bad faith controversies, and public nuisance, premises liability, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.
In the area of products liability, Lee has tried to verdict many cases presenting complex technical and engineering issues. These cases have arisen from claims that a variety of products were defectively designed, manufactured or used. The sophisticated products at the center of the cases which Lee has defended include aircraft component parts, aircraft engines, high pressure compressed air valves and tubing and construction materials.
Lee has also represented clients in personal injury cases, particularly those involving major trucking or automobile accidents resulting in severe injury, disfigurement or death.
Lee has tried many cases involving various lines of liability insurance and claims for extra-contractual damages and bad faith. In addition to the insurance claims handling issues, these trials, many lasting weeks or months, have also involved technically or scientifically complex issues, including fire cause and origin and mold contamination.
Clients involved in commercial, business, contractual and real estate disputes have also turned to Lee for counseling and representation. Because Lee represents individuals and corporations in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, electronics, fire protection, security, plumbing products, construction, and retail, the issues presented are equally diverse and often complex. By way of illustration, these disputes have involved damage allegedly caused by high voltage vacuum switches, a wood stove manufacturer's lost profits claim, contract damages asserted by an art gallery and nuisance and trespass claims arising from the operation of a sewage treatment plant. Lee has also represented clients in cases involving allegations of slander, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Lee received his California Real Estate Broker's license in 1982, and he represents both buyers and sellers of real property involved in real estate disputes.
Lee is also actively involved in the area of alternative dispute resolution. In addition to representing scores of clients in mediations and arbitrations, he himself has frequently served as a mediator and as an arbitrator.
His integrity and extensive litigation experience has earned him the respect of the legal community. Consequently, Lee is invited to speak on diverse legal topics, including courtroom evidence, insurance considerations, punitive damages, insurance good faith, and judicial arbitration.
Areas of Practice
- Appellate Practice
- Products Liability
- Business Law & Litigation
- Real Property
- Insurance Law and Services
- California, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
- J.D. - 1976
- California Lutheran University
- A.B. - 1971
- Honors: With Honors
Honors and Awards
- California Super Lawyers Selected for inclusion, 2008 - 2014
- California Real Estate Broker’s license, 1982
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
- Association of Defense Counsel of Nevada
- Defense Research Institute