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Attorney Bio

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Vanderpool served four years in the U.S. Army as a Voice Language Intelligence Interception Specialist, receiving an honorable discharge in 1982. Mr. Vanderpool was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, with special assignments in Cuba and throughout Central America. Mr. Vanderpool is fluent in Spanish, and has traveled extensively.

Mr. Vanderpool graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and was chosen as the commencement speaker. In 1992 Mr. Vanderpool graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, as a member of the Thurston Society, which recognizes academic excellence. Mr. Vanderpool also received the William Clark Sanford Scholarship, and the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence.
While still in law school, Mr. Vanderpool worked full time in the litigation department of San Francisco’s Broad, Schulz, Larson & Weinberg, a firm specializing in anti-trust and complex business litigation. During his third year of law school, Mr. Vanderpool worked full time for the in-house litigation department of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, and as a certified law clerk successfully tried (and defensed) his first case.After graduating from law school, Mr. Vanderpool became a litigation associate at the law firm of Rutan & Tucker in Costa Mesa, California, where he specialized in complex business, real estate, and employment litigation. Mr. Vanderpool also taught real estate law for the University of California, Irvine Extension program, and has written articles on developing issues in real property anti-deficiency legislation and case law.Mr. Vanderpool is active in the local legal community, and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and serves as an Arbitrator under the OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration program.In 1996, Mr. Vanderpool opened is own office. This allowed Mr. Vanderpool to offer superior and efficient legal services at a very reasonable and competitive rate. When not practicing law, Mr. Vanderpool loves to travel, enjoys spending time in Joshua Tree, and is passionate about hockey – – especially the Anaheim Ducks.

Significant Trial Victories and Litigation:

  • 2007 – Current: Handling all litigation for several major real estate developers, including actions by and against major banks, subcontractors, and design professionals; defending multi-million dollar products liability action for hose distributor (US and Chinese entities), prosecuting complex real estate fraud cases; defending assault and battery action, and prosecuting several significant personal injury cases.
  • 2005-2006: Prosecuted action against roofer on behalf of homeowner for negligence, (Orange County Superior Court); tried to jury verdict a catastrophic hobby injury – model airplane (Los Angeles Superior Court), complex collection, unfair business practices and trademark case between food manufacturers and distributors (Orange County Superior Court), defending personal guarantee action (Los Angeles Superior Court), defending client in attorney fee dispute (Orange County Superior Court), and co-counsel defending numerous defendants in 40 million dollar alter ego-fraudulent conveyance claim.
  • 1992-2006 Represented major Filipino food manufacturer and distributor in all civil and commercial cases, Los Angeles and Orange County.
  • 2004 $6.7 million jury verdict, damages re-trial after appeal, complex real estate case, Orange County Superior Court – (Murrieta v. Wells Fargo)
  • 2002 $950,000 jury verdict, sports injury – Los Angeles Superior Court (Etheredge v. USA Inline)
  • 2001 Obtained complete defense jury verdict for client and $25,000 verdict on cross-complaint against plaintiff in complex homeowner association, harassment, civil rights and defamation case,

Orange County Superior Court – (Schwarz v. Montego)

  • 2000 $4.9 million jury verdict, complex real estate, wrongful foreclosure case – Orange County Superior Court (Chevron v. Mac Partners)
  • 1999-2000 Tried complex real estate action (combined unlawful detainer and lease forfeiture) on behalf of lessee, successfully retaining leasehold rights.

Riverside Superior Court (Riverside Land v. Anhalt Family Trust)

  • 1999 Defended real estate lender in 4 million dollar commercial claim in bench trial, United States District Court, Southern District of New York (Franklin v. Preferred Credit Corp)
  • 1998-2000 Defended and prosecuted all civil commercial actions on behalf of major real estate lender in California.
  • 1996 $1.0 million bench verdict, complex fraud, quiet title and alter ego action – Riverside Superior Court (Ortega Oaks v. Oaks Park)
  • 1995-1999 Successfully defended medical clinic and physicians in numerous civil and commercial cases in California state court (non-medical malpractice).
  • 1994 Successfully defended homeowner in homeowner association case regarding basketball hoop, obtained monetary sanctions against the HOA and HOA attorneys (Case confidential).
  • 1993 $1.0 million jury verdict, personal guarantees, alter ego and fraudulent conveyance action – Orange County Superior Court

(Commerce Bank v. Sand Dollar)