Anika P. Brunson is a 7th year associate in the firm's Newport Beach office. She practices complex civil litigation with a focus on defending domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers in products liability and class action matters at the state and federal level. She also advises automotive clients on regulatory matters and specializes in reporting and compliance issues under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (“TREAD”) Act and its related regulations. Mrs. Brunson is a fully qualified automotive attorney.
Notably, Mrs. Brunson is currently involved in defending Porsche in a number of high-profile wrongful death actions arising out of a single vehicle car crash involving Hollywood celebrity, Paul Walker. The matter involves a complex accident reconstruction and numerous defect claims associated with a carbon fiber vehicle and its unique occupant restraint, crashworthiness, fuel integrity, and suspension systems. She works closely with lead trial counsel and is heavily involved in day-to-day litigation issues including attending court hearings, defending expert depositions and working on trial strategy. Mrs. Brunson is also engaged in several automotive class actions, one of which is gearing towards opposing class certification as well as defending safety claims associated with electrical charging system issues.
Prior to joining Lee Hong, Mrs. Brunson developed her litigation practice working on the plaintiff’s side of personal injury, class action and business disputes. Working on the “other side” has strengthened her ability to strategize on defense issues. While in law school, she completed internships at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and the California Office of the Attorney General where she successfully argued cases before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Divisions 1, 2 and 3.
- Product Liability
- Class Action Defense
- California Western School of Law, J.D., 2010
- University of California, Irvine, B.A., 2007