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Patricia K. Oliver

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Patricia Oliver leads the environmental team at PARRIS where she oversees cases involving exposures to toxic air emissions and water contamination from oil production and waste injection wells.  The Los Angeles Superior Court appointed Patricia as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Southern California Gas Leak cases.  She represents thousands of families living near Porter Ranch and Save Porter Ranch in personal injury cases stemming from the massive Aliso Canyon gas well blowout.  The blowout of the SoCalGas injection well destroyed the quality of life of thousands of residents, and she is on the frontlines to fight for the people impacted.  Patricia represents over a hundred residents impacted by the hydrogen sulfide gas exposures from the Hyperion sewage spill.  She also assists in representing thousands of individuals impacted by the gas leak from the Sun Valley Generating Station.  Patricia’s environmental law cases have garnered nationwide media attention for her work representing victims of the gas blowout and in her ground-breaking work in helping Palla Farms and California farmers investigate the source of saltwater contamination.

Patricia joined Parris in 2013 after serving two years as the President of Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles (“CLA-LA”).  Many people struggle to retain housing, jobs, and families, leading to homelessness that may have been avoided with access to legal counsel.  At CLA-LA, Patricia sought to develop innovative ways to increase access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens including the elderly, disabled veterans, foster children, political refugees, and homeless families.  Patricia taught clients how to represent themselves and taught attorneys and law students how to navigate the legal issues that often lead to homelessness.

Patricia spent most of her career in private practice, specializing in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

  • Patricia actively represents thousands of residents in one of the largest mass torts in California history against Southern California Gas Co. and Sempra Energy.  Named as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, she continues to oversee the litigation in developing the process for settlement at $1.8 billion.  She participated in the briefing that led to recovery of monetary sanctions in multiple motions and sanctions ordering the reopening of discovery after Defendants wrongfully withheld thousands of documents.
  • Patricia settled water contamination cases for farmers, the terms of which are confidential, but are designed to ensure the continued coexistence of agricultural and oil operations in Kern County.
  • Patricia protected employees in several class actions involving wage theft and illegal employment practices.  Patricia has obtained class action seven figure settlements in these cases, many of which involved the donning of protective gear without compensation.

Prior to joining R. Rex Parris, Patricia worked on the following matters:

  • Patricia represented satellite technicians in California who alleged that DirecTV, Inc. (dba DirecTV Home Services) failed to provide duty-free meal periods, failed to reimburse them for the costs of tools needed for their job, and failed to pay wages for all hours worked. Patricia helped successfully settle the case for $4.4 million.
  • Patricia successfully briefed a motion to recover $1.4 million in attorney fees in a highly contested class action lawsuit on behalf of employees against a private security company.
  • Patricia successfully represented her client in obtaining an extraordinary writ of mandate from the California Court of Appeal ordering the trial court to sustain her client’s demurrer.
  • Patricia assisted in managing a nationwide team that successfully litigated trademark infringement actions against retailers selling counterfeit products in several states.
  • Patricia represented a client in a complex MDL antitrust action where plaintiffs alleged $35 billion in trebled damages. After extensive discovery, the federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of Patricia’s client and enjoined a parallel action bringing the same claims in state court. The Eleventh Circuit unanimously affirmed summary judgment in favor of her client.


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