Belgum, Fry & Van Allen
Belgum, Fry & Van Allen is your premier injury law firm for Southern California. Our team brings together a strong balance of experience and perspective, giving you the competitive edge when taking legal action. Most importantly, we are dedicated to the success of our clients.
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We have a proven track record of prevailing in actions against defendants and their insurance carriers. This is due in large to assigning experienced attorneys to every case who will remain at the lead the entire time. This fuels our firm’s continual success.
There are three things you can count on when working with our law offices:
Rest assured that your case will get the attention it deserves. Because you have a case-specific attorney, you will receive direct support throughout the entire process. This personalized touch allows us to better represent you, as well as provide the best legal representation possible.
We promptly file lawsuits on most cases and are willing to work all the way to a jury verdict if necessary to obtain the best result for each client. We will not give up until you are satisfied.
We won’t accept payment for your representation unless our case is successful. This model takes all of the risk in pursuing action off of you and onto our law firm, which results in a more motivated legal team.
Stephen L. Belgum
Stephen L. Belgum is a 1965 graduate of Whittier College. Entering the service of his country in 1966, on February 7, 1967, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served three tours in Vietnam and was twice awarded the Bronze Star.
Steve then attended USC’s Gould School of Law, graduating in 1972 and becoming of member of the California State Bar, as well as the Federal Bar, that same year. Steve practiced law in Long Beach, California from 1972 through 1988. He was the managing partner of two different law firms. His focus was on trial work, litigating cases involving criminal defense, probate issues, marriage dissolution, business and commercial disputes, workers’ compensation, personal injury, wrongful death, and medical and legal negligence. He also served as a mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court system.
In 1988, he became a named and managing partner of a multi-office firm primarily specializing in the defense of litigated injury, death, and medical malpractice cases. He supervised the work product of the firm’s ninety attorneys as well as its more than one hundred twenty staff members. He personally tried multiple cases to verdict for clients including personal physicians, large medical groups, hospitals, and non-medical insureds.
In early 1998, Steve returned to solely representing individuals and families harmed by the negligence of others. Moving to the San Gabriel Valley, he committed himself to that singular purpose: utilizing his education and experience to bring justice to those aggrieved in cases involving claims of dependent adult (elder) abuse, medical and legal malpractice, wrongful death, and personal injury. He completely restricts his practice toward that end.
Garrett Fry earned his B.A. from U.C. San Diego where he studied political science and philosophy while also clerking at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. After graduation, Garrett worked in India as an international intern for a human rights organization.
Garrett earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, he worked at two civil litigation firms focusing on employment law and business litigation. He also worked in the Major Crimes division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, focusing on capital murder trials, and volunteered at the Van Nuys Superior court helping victims obtain restraining orders against their abusers.
Since joining the firm in 2011, Garrett has served as the lead attorney on hundreds of cases, earning millions of dollars for his clients in settlements, and taking numerous arbitrations, bench trials, and jury trials to verdict. In 2015, Garrett was a made a partner at Belgum, Fry & Van Allen. In 2018, he graduated from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’ Plaintiff Trial Academy, a selective and rigorous six-week program designed to improve and hone the skills of serious trial attorneys. As part of his commitment to fight for individuals harmed by the misconduct of others, Garrett remains active in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, American Association for Justice, and Eastern Bar Association.
In 2019, Garrett was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinguished title granted to only 2.5% of attorneys in all of Southern California.
Brian Van Allen
Brian Van Allen came to the firm with a diverse background. In addition to working in retail management and English language instruction, Brian served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Child Custody Division of the Juvenile Court of Cook County in inner-city Chicago. He graduated with his B.A. from University of California, Riverside and earned his J.D. at DePaul University College of Law.
While pursuing his legal education, Brian worked as a law clerk for multiple civil litigation firms and accrued broad-based experience in personal injury, family law, commercial litigation, and appellate practice. At these firms, he authored numerous writings filed in the circuit courts of Cook County and Illinois Appellate Courts. Brian was named a partner at Belgum, Fry & Van Allen in 2017.
Beverly Ozowara graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she obtained a B.A. in psychology and film, television, theatre. At Notre Dame, she marched with the band of the Fighting Irish and mentored youth at South Bend’s Salvation Army.
Beverly earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, Beverly gained legal experience working at several entertainment companies and by volunteering at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. In 2019, Beverly was made a partner at Belgum, Fry & Van Allen.
Count on the experienced professionals at Belgum, Fry & Van Allen to serve all your litigation needs. We have represented clients in cases ranging from car accidents to birth injuries and more.
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