Ted W. Pelletier became a partner at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood in January, 2016. He originally joined Kazan Law in 2013 as of counsel and oversaw the firm’s appellate and motion practice. Mr. Pelletier has extensive experience in appellate work. He has litigated appeals for 17 years in the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Because of Mr. Pelletier broad knowledge of trial issues, he is an integral aspect of trial preparation for many of the cases that the firm handles. Mr. Pelletier’s expertise in trial work, including evidentiary matters, jury instructions and post-trial issues, has led to the firm’s successful advocacy on behalf of many clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have suffered other significant injuries.
Mr. Pelletier represents clients in a variety of personal injury matters. Many of Mr. Pelletier’s clients have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases as a result of asbestos exposure decades earlier in the course of their employment. Mr. Pelletier has recovered multi-million-dollar verdicts for many victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases in high profile appellate and Supreme Court cases. Mr. Pelletier brings experience and passion to his work in fighting for the rights of innocent parties who were unknowingly exposed to materials that would subsequently lead to the development of fatal and incurable diseases.
Among his most notable cases, Mr. Pelletier was involved in the representation of asbestos plaintiffs in Scott v. Ford Motor Co., where the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos from vehicle repair and later developed mesothelioma. Under Mr. Pelletier ‘s leadership, the plaintiff’s verdict was affirmed for compensatory damages and remanded for trial on the matter of punitive damages. Mr. Pelletier is actively involved in many groundbreaking appellate cases. In Webb vs. Special Electric, Mr. Pelletier successfully argued that the California Supreme Court should overturn the jury verdict and that the defendant has the burden of proof to demonstrate that it warned the intermediary party about a product’s potential hazards with respect to asbestos contamination.
Mr. Pelletier received his B.A. with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Cum Laude, in 1994. He was admitted to the Order of the Coif and Thurston Society while he was a law student. Mr. Pelletier was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Process. He served as an extern to the Honorable Fern Smith of the Northern District of California. Mr. Pelletier was admitted to the Bar in the State of California in 1994. He has also been admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1995 and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States since 2010.