Christine D. Spagnoli


Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
222 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Suite 2100
El Segundo, CA 90245

Tel: 866-634-4525


Christine Spagnoli is a partner of Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, specializing in representing plaintiffs in product liability and personal injury cases. She has obtained many multimillion-dollar verdicts, including the 1999 General Motors case in which a defective fuel tank was found responsible for the burn injuries of two adults and four children. The jury returned with a landmark $4.9 billion verdict. She was co-counsel in the largest personal injury verdict in California, a $58 million verdict for a man severely burned by a defective O-ring.

She has also spear-headed litigation to protect consumers from injuries and deaths involving 15 passenger vans including:

  • A March 2018 jury verdict of $25.9 million awarded to the family of a church volunteer in New Port Richey, Florida who died in a rollover of a Ford 15 passenger van after the left rear tire tread separated. (Named by National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2018)
  • A November 2011 jury verdict of $73 million (including $50 million in punitive damages) awarded to the family of a church volunteer in Sacramento who died in a rollover crash of a Ford 15 passenger van following a tire tread separation. In that case, the jury found that the van’s defective design led to the loss of control and that Ford knew about the dangers of tread separations but failed to warn consumers to remove recalled tires that were prone to separation.
  • A July 2010 jury verdict of $5 million for a man injured when the roof of his Ford 15 passenger van crushed in a rollover causing permanent spinal cord injuries.

Within professional organizations, Chris has assumed numerous leadership positions and received many honors for her service. She served as the President of the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) in 2009 and was the 2002 president of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). In 2011 – 2013 she served as the President of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, a national organization of attorneys specializing in automotive product liability cases. She is a member of the Board of the American Association for Justice, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and is also a member of the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) where she holds the rank of Associate. In 1998, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to the Civil Jury Instructions Committee (CACI), where she still serves. Chris also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Rand Institute for Civil Justice as well as the Board of Overseers of her alma mater, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

In 2017 Chris was honored by the American Association of Justice with its prestigious Harry M. Philo Award which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the civil justice system and whose work has advanced the safety and protection of American consumers. In 2012, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles recognized Chris as its Trial Lawyer of the Year, the first time in the history of the organization that a woman trial attorney received that honor.

In 2001 she was named Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer, the F. Scott Baldwin Award, by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), New Lawyers Division. She also received Loyola Law School’s 2001 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. She has also been nominated as a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year and the Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyer of the Year on multiple occasions.

In 2018 Chris was named as one of California’s Top 30 Plaintiff attorneys by the Daily Journal, which also has ranked her as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California and one of the Top 50 Women Litigators since 2004. She has also been named a “Super Lawyer” in the Southern California Super Lawyers peer-nominated listings compiled and published by Law & Politics, and one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc., based on a survey of her peers.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles product liability lawyers understand that seriously injured people must focus on healing. We represent clients whose lives were permanently altered by an injury caused by defective products.

Our team has investigated and analyzed countless accidents that were related to product defects, using our vast resources to investigate products and uncover evidence proving that defects caused our clients’ injuries.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we believe that manufacturers and others involved in the manufacture and sale of a product should pay for the damages their defective products cause. Product defect cases are complex, and proving that a specific defect caused a specific injury can pose extraordinary difficulties. Our Los Angeles product liability attorneys, however, understand the legal and medical issues and the evidence required to prove a product defect case.

Our Los Angeles product liability law firm has helped many seriously injured people recover damages for brain trauma, burn injuries, amputations, asphyxiations, and other catastrophic injuries caused by defective products. Through hard work and determination, our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments in complex product defect cases.

We have also represented families in wrongful death actions against responsible manufacturers. We’ve worked hard to produce the best outcomes for our clients – and we will seek to do the same for you and your loved ones.

Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping victims of serious accidents recover physically and financially from the harm they suffered due to another’s negligence. We concentrate our efforts on representing people who have been seriously injured by the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another.

Our catastrophic injury law firm has taken on many major corporations and big businesses, and has achieved success in many cases. With that said, every case involves a degree of uncertainty and a degree of risk. Our lawyers understand the anxiety and worry our clients go through, for we go through it ourselves.

If you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries because of negligence, we’re here to stand by your side throughout the legal process. We invite you to review more about our experience, our reputation, our resources and our record of success in the courtroom.

Every single one of our lawyers can point to million-dollar verdicts or settlements they obtained or helped obtain. Each of our lawyers can rightfully claim that they have made differences in the lives of our clients, and in the communities we serve. Above all else, the ability to make a difference in people’s lives keeps us hungry and ready to take on the next challenge.