Lance S. Gams is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Los Angeles office, and primarily assists public agency clients on all aspects of litigation.
Mr. Gams handles high value, complex, and sensitive cases for clients in State and Federal Courts, and advises clients before and during litigation to minimize liability. He frequently evaluates Civil Complaints and Government Claims for clients, and is experienced in government torts and immunities, serious injuries and wrongful death, civil rights and Section 1983 police department litigation, and employment discrimination. Mr. Gams has conducted more than 25 (predominantly jury) trials in State and Federal courts, taken and defended more than 1,000 depositions, handled more than 200 arbitrations and mediations, and argued cases before the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2007, he was elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), at the Associate level.
He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Mr. Gams earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, Gould Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, and received Honorable Mention for Best Brief in the Moot Court Honors Program. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was on the Dean's List for seven semesters, and upon graduation became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.