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3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 603, Los Angeles, California 90010

Established: 1969

Practice Areas

  • Church Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • International Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Tort
  • Tort Claims Defense
  • Wrongful Termination

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About Us

McKay, de Lorimier & Acain is a medium sized law firm with offices in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles. The attorneys of McKay, de Lorimier & Acain are experienced litigators that practice in all State and Federal Courts throughout the state of California.

The firm's primary emphasis is on general civil litigation and trial practice. We have extensive experience in personal injury and property damage matters, including products liability, premises liability, construction, land subsidence, motor vehicle and legal malpractice, as well as intentional torts such as employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and malicious prosecution. We have represented a number of school districts and municipalities and are familiar with the claim requirements and immunities of the California Government Code. In addition we are experienced in insurance law, including reinsurance, excess insurance and bad faith.

We recognize that ninety percent of all Superior Court cases filed in the Southern California Courts are resolved without trial. For that reason, it is our strategy to evaluate liability and damages in every case at the earliest possible opportunity to determine if the case can be resolved by negotiated settlement, motion for summary judgment or voluntary dismissal. If the matter is not amenable to an early resolution, we undertake discovery of relevant facts and issues in order to prepare the case for trial. Our belief is that a well-prepared case will result in a successful resolution, whether by settlement or by jury verdict.

We pride ourselves not only on the high quality of our work but also on the establishment and maintenance of an excellent working relationship with our clients. We are committed to personal, prompt and economical client services, and understand that communication is crucial to this commitment. Thus, we emphasize effective communication among our attorneys, but more importantly, between ourselves and our clients. Our commitment to effective and timely communication with our clients assures them of the opportunity to participate in making informed decisions about the resolution of their legal matters.
McKay, de Lorimier & Acain are recognized as Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale Hubble.
Recognized and Ranked in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Club Med Sales, Inc.
  • Victory Inns, Incorporated

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Personnel Information

Partners


John P. McKay — (Deceased)


Paul A. de Lorimier

Los Angeles, CA

Years of Experience: 36

Practice Areas
  • Church Law
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2003
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Reported Cases:
Northland Insurance Company v. Briones (2000) 81 Cal.App.4th 796; Guardian Angel Polish National Catholic Church v. Grotnik (2004) 118 Cal.App.4th 919; Vasilenko v. Grace Family Church (2017) 3 Cal.5th 1077, 404 P.3d 1196, 224 Cal.Rptr.3d 846
Education:
  • California State University, Los Angeles, B.A., 1978
  • Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1982

Michael P. Acain

Los Angeles, CA

Years of Experience: 20

Practice Areas
  • Church Law
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of California, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2016
Memberships:
  • American and Los Angeles Bar Associations
  • Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles
  • State Bar of California
Reported Cases:
Doe v. California Lutheran High School Association (2009) 170 Cal.App.4th 828; Wiener v. Southcoast Childcare Centers, Inc. (2004) 32 Cal.4th 1138
Education:
  • Loyola Marymount University, B.A. (cum laude), 1996
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1999

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Associates


James Wright

Los Angeles, CA

Years of Experience: 6

Practice Areas
  • Church Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Insurance Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Wrongful Termination
Admitted
  • California, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California, 2014
Memberships:
  • American, Los Angeles County and Orange County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
Education:
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A., History (Dean's List), 2006
  • Western State University College of Law, J.D., 2012

Sharlynne M. Mate

Los Angeles, CA

Practice Areas
  • Church Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Tort Claims Defense
Admitted
  • California, 2020
Memberships:
  • American, Japanese American, Philippine American and Los Angeles County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance
  • Woman Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
Education:
  • California State University, Northridge, B.S. Finance, 2016
  • Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2019
Clerkship:
Certified Law Clerk, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office - White Collar Crime Division 2018 and Preliminary Hearings Unit, 2019

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