Mr. Crockett’s approach to the legal profession is very practical. He believes that litigation in America is a “game” that can be won, but it requires careful strategic planning. As more and more cases involve insurance carriers, the “game” is as rigged as ever, but knowing how to navigate the insurance/legal frontier is the key. His experience as an insurance defense and trial attorney provided him inside knowledge of the insurance-litigation “game” and how to beat it.
Mr. Crockett was born into a fiercely competitive family in New York, as one of eight children, six of whom went on to become attorneys. Growing up in a family of eight children left an indelible sense of community that Mr. Crockett cannot help, but carry over to his law practice, where he treats all his clients like family. He was raised in Southern California, where he grew up playing soccer, baseball, and learned to surf. Although, he still roots for some New York teams (Giants and Yankees). He graduated from Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California and then attended UCLA where he majored in Anthropology, focusing his studies on differences between cultures, past and present. After undergraduate school and nowhere to go with his Anthropology degree, he went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University where he met a country girl from Texas and they were married soon after graduation. He currently resides in San Diego where he lives with his wife and child.
Prior to beginning his own practice, Mr. Crockett worked at the largest law firm in California practicing insurance defense litigation in downtown Los Angeles. He practiced several areas of law, from products liability and mass torts to elder abuse and employment matters. However, his primary areas of focus were employment and business law, which have been continuing areas of focus since beginning his own firm.
Before working at a private law firm, Mr. Crockett served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas, Texas. During his time at the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, he represented the City of Dallas in a variety of civil and criminal matters, ranging from property zoning offenses to domestic violence assaults. The highlight of his tenure came when he was selected as the prosecutor to represent the City of Dallas against Uber Technologies for failure to comply with local taxi regulations.
Mr. Crockett’s professional career has taken a broad path en route to becoming a lawyer. Of course, growing up in a large family left little funds for college, so he began to work and pay for his undergraduate education while working for an architect. He ended up spending six years drafting architectural plans for single-family residences, apartment complexes, condominiums, and shopping strips. He learned the construction industry, from planning through completion. In 2005, to further supplement his college education, he obtained his real estate license, which provided him a complete and well-rounded understanding of all facets of property ownership.