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:
breach of contract
sales of businesses
mobile home residency law claims
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
Presenter, Programs for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) and other professional organizations and institutions