Firm History

In 1984, Tom Beach was a founding member of the law firm which became known as Beach, Procter, McCarthy, & Slaughter in Ventura, California. The firm grew into a diverse litigation firm with practice groups concentrating on the defense of civil litigation, health care, insurance, general casualty, and employment law. In 2004, Beach • Whitman, LLP was founded with a nucleus of partners, senior associates, and staff from the prior law firm. The firm maintains two offices to serve clients throughout California.

Beach Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP attorneys have been directly involved with numerous significant developments in California tort law involving healthcare, employment, insurance, and general casualty. The firm has also represented California non-profit public interest groups in the development of legislative reform proposals for healthcare providers and patients.

The firm’s lawyers and clinical consultants have also been active as speakers and program presenters in special education programs for California’s Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Defense Research Institute (DRI), Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, Mealey’s Publications, American Conference of Hospital Risk Management, and the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Managers (SCAHRM).

Collectively, our lawyers have successfully defended, through litigation, trials, writs and appeals, more long-term care “elder abuse and dependent adult” cases than any other law firm in the State of California. The great majority of these cases have involved the representation of health care providers including general acute hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, assisted living centers, and residential care facilities. Outside the state of California, the firm has successfully defended and tried cases in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Texas. The firm’s appellate attorneys have an impressive record of success in diverse areas including employment law, healthcare, punitive damages, public entity, and premises liability. Decisions from the California Courts of Appeal include Settles v. Regency Health Care Services, Renko v. Northridge Care Center, Lisa M. v. Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Care Enterprises West v. Superior Court (Segal), Starkey v. Covenant Care, Goliger v. AMS Properties, Lesperance v. Beverly Enterprises, Accardi v. Superior Court.