When Severson & Werson's clients are embroiled in litigation, their aim is not to needlessly litigate but to resolve the matter to the swiftest, surest and most successful result possible. When litigation is necessary to commence or defend, Severson & Werson strives to provide efficient results with a proven track record of trial success. Severson also recognizes that litigation is only one component of legal support necessary to serve its clients. Severson takes great pride in its collective ability to listen to clients and provide the strategic and responsive advice which can often avoid litigation.
As a result, Severson has become a trusted advisor and counselor to many of its clients as they chart their respective business plans. For example, insurance companies, law firms, construction professionals, financial services firms, real estate companies, and many others have all come to count on Severson for practical and straightforward advice serving the immediate and long term interests of the client. In many areas such as insurance defense, insurance coverage, construction, employment practices, and professional liability, this strategic advice takes its final form in the drafting and negotiation of corporate documents and agreements integral to the success of Severson & Werson's clients
Adam A. Hutchinson is a Member in the Firm's Irvine office, Shareholder since 2016, with a practice focusing on insurance defense, construction litigation, financial services litigation, and general business litigation. In the insurance defense realm, Mr. Hutchinson defends a wide variety of personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability and property damage claims, representing numerous types of businesses and individuals, including those in the sports and entertainment and real estate industries. Mr. Hutchinson also defends architects, engineers, real estate professionals and others against errors and omission and related claims. Mr. Hutchinson's construction practice focuses on the defense of design professionals, developers and contractors against construction defect and delay claims, involving projects from condominiums and single family homes to multi-million dollar commercial developments. Mr. Hutchinson also represents financial institutions in actions involving violations of the fair debt collection practices acts, credit reporting, wrongful repossession and foreclosure, refusal of reinstatement, breach of warranty and rescission, lien and title disputes, and leasing act violations. He has complex litigation experience, having participated in the defense of complex class actions in a variety of contexts, including unfair business practices claims under California Business & Professions Code Section 17200. Mr. Hutchinson also handles a wide variety of general business litigation matters with an emphasis on cost-effective strategies that advance the client's interests while minimizing disruption to the enterprise. Mr. Hutchinson is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, and the State Bar of California. He is admitted to practice in all trial courts in California.
Scott Hyman is the Managing Director of the firm's Orange County office, and joined the Firm in 1995. He specializes in representing financial institutions in all aspects of consumer transactions, risk management, litigation, and compliance. Mr. Hyman defends financial institutions in consumer-related litigation and unfair business practices claims brought by private parties or law enforcement. He also advises these financial institutions on compliance with state and federal disclosure and consumer protection laws, the Uniform Commercial Code, and fair debt collection, fair lending and fair credit reporting statutes, and performs risk management regarding these issues. Mr. Hyman has experience representing clients before state administrative agencies, drafting legislation relating to the regulation of consumer transactions, and lobbying on behalf of the industry on pending consumer legislation. Mr. Hyman is a Member of the California and Texas Bars; admitted to practice law before all California State and Federal District Courts; the United States District Court for Arizona; the United States District Court for Michigan; all Texas State Courts; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. Mr. Hyman has published a number of articles and publications, and is a contributing author to Debt Collection Practice in California (CEB), first published in 1998 and updated annually. Since 2008, Mr. Hyman has been the administrator and lead author for hundreds of industry subscribers to Severson & Werson’s California Automobile Finance Industry blog. Scott Hyman was recently appointed to the Governing Committee for the Conference on Consumer Finance Law. He is also active on the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee, as well as a Member Attorney of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Mr. Hyman is affiliated with California Financial Services Association; National Marine Bankers Association; Association of Credit and Collection Industry Professionals; and California Bankers Association; Orange County Bar Association, Financial Services Section.
Kristin Walker-Probst joined Severson & Werson's Southern California office in 2004 after a career as a prosecutor with both the Riverside and Los Angeles County District Attorneys' Offices. She now focuses her practice on civil trials, including case work up, settlement and trial. Ms. Walker-Probst is an experienced trial lawyer and civil litigator. Since 1999, she has tried over 100 cases, including approximately 40 jury trials and 75 bench trials/juvenile adjudications. She has also prosecuted upwards of 1,000 preliminary hearings. Ms. Walker-Probst has examined and counseled thousands of witnesses in a variety of courtroom hearings. She routinely takes and defends depositions – both expert and non-expert. Additionally, she is an adjunct Trial Advocacy Professor at Loyola Law School, where she teaches in the area of trial skills and Evidence. She also has prior experience as an adjunct professor in Evidence and she has coached Loyola Law School's Byrne Trial Team at various times since 2000. With a focus on trial work, Ms. Walker-Probst's litigation background is broad, including labor and employment, bank operations, automobile finance, mortgage litigation, real estate litigation, and general business litigation. Regarding her labor and employment practice, Ms. Walker-Probst presents both on and off-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment and related issues. She routinely deposes Plaintiffs and handles all aspects of litigation – from case inception through trial. Ms. Walker-Probst is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the California Banker's Association (CBA), the Mortgage Banker's Association (MBA), the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) and both the Orange County and San Francisco Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment Sections.