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Jacqueline D. DeWarr
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jdewarr@whwlawcorp.com

Jacqueline D. DeWarr is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, with a B.A. in English and a California Professional Teaching Credential in English. She attended law school at the University of Kansas School of Law, while assisting her husband as an editor for the National Association of Basketball Coaches. While in law school Ms. DeWarr was admitted as a practicing student attorney by the Kansas Supreme Court and represented her first clients through the Douglas County Legal Aid Society and an Elder Law Clinic through Kansas Legal Services. She also served as a court victims-advocate for the District Attorney’s office in Olathe, Kansas in domestic violence matters, obtaining TROs and assisting victims with their testimony in court. Her first trial, while still in law school, involved the successful representation of a father in a child custody dispute.

After returning to her home state of California, Ms. DeWarr has had the opportunity to successfully represent public school districts, non-profit organizations, and other private clients through all stages of litigation and appeal on issues including: contract interpretation disputes, wrongful death, employment issues, free speech, and equal protection issues. She also served as a U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court Clerk. Her current practice includes professional liability, aviation, insurance coverage, and general civil litigation defense.

Ms. DeWarr’s appellate cases include: Louise Corales, et al. v. Gene Bennett, Ontario-Montclair School District, 567 F.3rd 554 (C.A. 9th Cir. (Cal.) June 1, 2009); Corales v. Bennett (2007) 488 F.Supp.2d 975; Estate of Strader (2003) 107 Cal.App.4th 996; Kare Youth League v. Madsen (2002) Cal.App. LEXIS 11759; Conservatorship of Ayala (2003) Cal.App. LEXIS 3840.

ADMISSIONS:

  • California, all courts, 2000

  • United States District Court, Central, Northern, and Southern Districts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Professional Liability;

  • Aviation;

  • Insurance Coverage; and

  • General Civil Litigation.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • DRI Covered Events - Insurance Section Case Law Updates, Summer and Fall 2004; Tressler Bad Faith Case Law Updates Bulletin, Spring and Summer 2004;

  • “On-Line Liability Issues in the Public University Setting,” Winter 1997, Cyberspace Law Journal;

  • National Elder Law Network: Elderlaw Annotated Bibliographies “Women and Aging, Legal/Health Issues,” Winter 1997; and

  • “Women and Aging, Social/Moral/Legal Issues,” Spring 1998.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Orange County Bar Association, Resolutions Committee, Member;

  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member;

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member;

  • Monterey County Bar Association, Member;

  • U.S. Mock Trial National Competition Judge;

  • Delegate to the 2002 California State Bar Conference of Delegates;

  • Chapman Law School Business Contract Negotiations Competition Judge;

  • Law Day Speaker at local public schools;

  • Pro Bono Family Law Counselor through the Legal Aid Society of Orange County; and

  • Mock Trial Academic Coach at Century High School in Santa Ana




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