Hyperion Sewage Spill Attorneys

Alexander R. Wheeler

Alex joined PARRIS two years out of law school in 2007 and he made partner at the firm in 2012.  Alex has a diverse practice, including Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Insurance Bad Faith, and Class Action litigation.  Alex has been a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2019 and was a “Rising Star” from 2012 to 2018.  Alex has achieved seven- and eight-figure jury trial verdicts.  Courts all over the country have appointed Alex as Lead Class Counsel in class actions cases.  All told, Alex has obtained over $500 million in verdicts and settlements for PARRIS clients.

Alex speaks frequently to large groups of lawyers at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the country.  He speaks on taking effective and trial-focused depositions, all aspects of trial practice and – using and applying what he has learned from firm founder R. Rex Parris – applying cognitive science to the creative practice of law. 

Alex is on the Board of Advisors at Pepperdine University School of Law and was a faculty member at the Law School, where he taught “Advanced Trial Practice.”

Patricia Oliver leads the environmental team at PARRIS where she oversees cases involving exposures to toxic air emissions and water contamination from oil production and waste injection wells. The Los Angeles Superior Court appointed Patricia as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Southern California Gas Leak cases. She represents thousands of families living near Porter Ranch and Save Porter Ranch in personal injury cases stemming from the massive Aliso Canyon gas well blowout. The blowout of the SoCalGas injection well destroyed the quality of life of thousands of residents, and she is on the frontlines to fight for the people impacted. Patricia represents over a hundred residents impacted by the hydrogen sulfide gas exposures from the Hyperion sewage spill. She also assists in representing thousands of individuals impacted by the gas leak from the Sun Valley Generating Station. Patricia’s environmental law cases have garnered nationwide media attention for her work representing victims of the gas blowout and in her ground-breaking work in helping Palla Farms and California farmers investigate the source of saltwater contamination.

Patricia joined Parris in 2013 after serving two years as the President of Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles (“CLA-LA”).  Many people struggle to retain housing, jobs, and families, leading to homelessness that may have been avoided with access to legal counsel.  At CLA-LA, Patricia sought to develop innovative ways to increase access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens including the elderly, disabled veterans, foster children, political refugees, and homeless families.  Patricia taught clients how to represent themselves and taught attorneys and law students how to navigate the legal issues that often lead to homelessness.

Patricia spent most of her career in private practice, specializing in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Patricia K. Oliver

Mark Bloom

Mark Bloom has more than a decade of experience litigating high-stakes cases in the trial courts, federal courts, and courts of appeal. Before founding Bloom Injury Law, Mark worked at several prominent plaintiff law firms where he proved himself as an aggressive trial attorney. He litigated several high-stakes cases in the trial courts, federal courts, and courts of appeal, securing multiple multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.

Early in his career, Mark represented some of the largest corporations in the world. Now, he uses his knowledge and experience to represent individuals and small business seeking justice in the courts. He primarily focuses on bringing his litigation experience and skill to bear on complex and highly contested liability issues.

Mark is licensed to practice in both state and federal court in California. An alumnus of University of Texas at Austin, Mark graduated with honors in two and a half years with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. He earned his law degree in two years from California Western School of Law, serving as a member of the Law Review/International Law Journal.

Mark has partnered with the PARRIS Law Firm to protect the rights of El Segundo residents exposed to hydrogen sulfide after the Hyperion sewage spill.

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