Mr. Cleeland is the Managing Partner of Haight Brown & Bonesteel’s Orange County office. He is a member of the Product Liability, Professional Liability, Construction Law and Business Solutions Practice Groups. He has significant trial experience in State and Federal Courts having answered ready for trial on more than 240 occasions. Trials include product liability, professional liability, commercial and business disputes, construction defect and unique statutory scheme violations. Recognizing that a very small percentage of cases actually go to trial, Mr. Cleeland emphasizes problem resolution of matters throughout case handling, including pre-litigation activity.
Mr. Cleeland has prosecuted and defended claims of:
Mr. Cleeland also has experience handling medical malpractice claims. He has represented cosmetic surgeons, OB-GYNs, hospitals, nursing facilities and medical product manufacturers. He has obtained defense verdicts and otherwise successfully handled numerous professional negligence matters.
Mr. Cleeland’s experience also includes representing and successfully defending contractors and various trades in construction defect litigation.
Past Member, Board of Directors for the Orange County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Pepperdine University School of Law (JD, 1981)
California State Polytechnic University (BA, 1976)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Trial Law Institute
Diversity Law Institute
Barrister, Order of Juris, LCA
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2023
Best Lawyers in America© 2021-2023
Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America