Gary N. Stern is the managing attorney at the law firm of Gelfand & Gelfand, APC, located in Beverly Hills. His practice focuses on product and premises liability cases, elder abuse cases involving nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, medical malpractice and major automobile and truck accident cases.
He has tried and resolved hundreds of substantial six and seven figure cases, ranging from a defective road design case which resulted in changes to the road design, to a defective product case involving a two ton bucket that fell on two mine workers when a coupling with a checkered history of safety failed to hold the bucket to a crane boom. His medical malpractice verdicts and settlements have included substantial seven figure results for negligent pre natal and labor/delivery care resulting in a cerebral palsy diagnosis, negligent failure to perform an MRI that would have diagnosed a blood clot which rendered a 17 year old boy a quadriplegic and a wrongful death case involving an elderly Alzheimers patient who wandered away from a supposedly locked assisted living facility where she hit her head on pavement and died. In each case, Mr. Stern is committed to learning the story of his client’s lives, the devastating impact of injury and then presenting their story through the civil justice system.
Mr. Stern’s 35 years of legal experience began while he was earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a Field Representative and Legislative Aide for Congressman Henry A. Waxman and Assemblyman Herschel Rosenthal. While earning his juris doctorate with honors from Southwestern University, he served as Vice-Dean of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and was a member of the Law Review.
Mr. Stern is widely published in the areas of elder abuse and nursing home reform, disability discrimination, medical malpractice and the judicial arbitration system. In addition, he is a well-respected speaker on elder abuse law.
Mr. Stern served as a delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates for seven years. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. In addition, Mr. Stern has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
A community activist, Mr. Stern has volunteered his time for a wide variety of organizations, including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Los Angeles, the State of California Respiratory Care Board, the Glendale Crescenta Volunteers Organized in Conserving the Environment, and Leo Baeck Temple.
Mr. Stern is married to Sandy. His son Daniel is a special education teacher working with autistic children. His daughter is an entertainer and cast member with Disney on Ice.