In its second annual supplement devoted to California’s top plaintiff lawyers, the Daily Journal has selected Chris Dolan as one of the state’s “attorneys making a difference far beyond the lives of their clients.” Last year, the Daily Journal also honored Chris in its inaugural review of the plaintiffs attorneys using “their legal skills to forge real and lasting change.”
The founder and lead trial counsel of the Dolan Law Firm, Chris spearheads many of the most significant and challenging lawsuits filed in California state and federal courts against insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies, cities, school districts, public agencies, and product manufacturers.
The Daily Journal highlighted the case Chris brought on behalf of the family of Sophia Liu, a 6-year old San Francisco resident tragically struck and killed by an Uber driver. The ground-breaking lawsuit against Uber, along with lobbying by the Liu family, Chris, and the Consumer Attorneys of California, led to the passage of legislation requiring that transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft have liability insurance covering their drivers.
“Unfortunately, it took the notoriety of Sofia’s death to effect national change,” Dolan said. He foresees an upcoming wave of driverless car litigation to be the next major move in transportation law. “There have been no personal injuries in California yet,” Chris informed the Daily Journal, “but in Philadelphia, Uber has petitioned to put full driverless vehicles in service. This is coming on fast.”
Chris is a party to the California Public Utilities Commission’s rulemaking process as it strives to frame regulations for new forms of transit. “I represent the interests of those hurt by these new transportation network carriers,” he said. “The future is now.”