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La Follette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames

Main Office: 865 South Figueroa Street, 31st Floor | Los Angeles | CA | 90017
Phone: 213-426-3600 | Fax: 213-426-3650

Los Angeles

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Reviewed on February 02, 2023

Would like to have more firm-wide events so I can connect more with the attorneys at the other locations throughout California.

The best part of the firm is the people, most have been there 15-30 years. You just don't see that today and as a result, they are resources to be utilized. Everyone is relaxed and supportive. It's great to work for a firm that is ethical, honest, and highly respected by the judges, co-counsels, and even the plaintiff attorneys. Having that much experience and approachability to the partners has helped me learn and adjust faster than expected. Coming into the office is like being home with a big family with always lots to talk about and happening.

We are going through a system conversion which will hopefully be great once it is completed. Glad they are investing in the future but change is always hard. I also wish there was a gym membership since there is an equinox adjacent.

None that I've encountered, yet.

Taking time to celebrate all the holidays, seasons, and employee birthdays throughout the year. I also enjoy the celebrations following trials when the attorney(s) and team share their experiences about the case and what happened as they are always so enthusiastic.

Current Employee

Full time

Reviewed on March 31, 2022

Advice I would give to the firm management would be simply to update firm technology and have specific technical requirements and expectations for the support staff.

I worked at the firm for 3 years prior to leaving California. I gave over 4 months notice before leaving because my superiors were excellent bosses and deserved the consideration. Not only are the leadership great attorneys, they are good people. When my mother passed, I was given as much time as I needed. No one asked me when I would return and simply asked what appearances or work they could cover for me.

Every defense firm has issues as everyone is trying to capture billable time. I've worked at 4 major Southern California defense firms and this was the most enjoyable working experience for me. Sure, there were some personalities within the firm that were hard to work with, and some clients no one wanted to interact with. Any defense lawyer will tell you this comes with the territory. Every time I had a complaint or problem, it was handled fairly and promptly. The firm administrator, managing partner and other shareholders in the Los Angeles / Glendale office treated me with respect and valued my input on potential changes to the firm policies.

From my perspective, the partners at this firm all were willing to mentor and provide advice to me and the other associates. I especially enjoyed working with Duke DeHaas, Christopher Wend and Arthur Zitsow. Their personalities could not be more different, so I was able to learn varied things from each.

The firm was extremely flexible about work hours and location. Even before Covid, one could adjust their own schedule. Attorneys were simply left to themselves to complete their work and meet their billable hours.

Former Employee


Full time



La Follette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames proudly celebrated its 50th year as a preeminent defense trial law firm, specializing in the legal representation of the medical and insurance industries in 2015. Founded by John T. La Follette and Daren T. Johnson, the Firm began practice in Los Angeles in 1965. Since its inception, the Firm has grown with offices now throughout the State of California. The Firm's lawyers have consistently been recognized by their peers and the industry as among the most experienced, trusted and finest trial lawyers in the state.

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La Follette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

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