Javier H. van Oordt is a principal at Callahan and Blaine who counsels and represents diverse clients in complex and high value business litigation. He has significant trial and arbitration experience in contract, business fraud, employment, products liability, property, class action and personal injury litigation. He successfully managed international discovery efforts in business litigation involving large multi-national defendants and has taken depositions throughout the world. He is also the firm’s delegate to the International Law Firms (ILF), an international association of independent law firms throughout the world.
Mr. van Oordt has also appeared and successfully argued cases before the California Court of Appeals, Second District. He has published articles on international business litigation and spoken on the subject. He has also published articles in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and Employment Practices Liability Consultant on employment issues, as well as speaking on these topics.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. van Oordt worked in the aerospace industry for the Northrop Corporation. He held different management positions while at the Electronics and Aircraft Divisions and was engaged in a number of high tech military projects. His experience extends to the areas of design and manufacture of complex electronic and electro mechanical systems, as well as information technology development.
Mr. van Oordt was born in Lima, Peru and is fluent in Spanish. He attended California State University, Fullerton, receiving his B.A. in Business Administration in 1982. He received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1996. While at Hastings, he served as the Associate Executive Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and was a research assistant to Academic Dean Leo Martinez. Mr. Van Oordt is admitted to practice in all state courts in California and in the United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California.
Before joining Callahan and Blaine, Mr. van Oordt was associated with Klinedinst P.C. in Santa Ana, California and Carl R. Stevens & Associates in Irvine, California. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association.
Ms. Dunham is an experienced attorney with over 20 years in active practice in California. Ms. Dunham received her B.A. Degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and her law degree from U.C.L.A. Her trial experience includes an $800,000 judgment.
Ms. Dunham was one of the lead attorneys in the recent class action case of Gonzalez v. Freedom Communications Inc., involving approximately 5,000 newspaper carrier class members. Through discovery and law and motion efforts, Ms. Dunham successfully obtained numerous pre-trial orders against Freedom Communications and its attorneys, including approximately $50,000 in sanctions. According to a Daily Journal article, Gonzalez was the first certified class action on the issue of newspaper carriers’ rights to employee benefits, even though carriers had been fighting for those rights since the late 1980's.
Legal articles written by Ms. Dunham have appeared in publications such as The National Law Journal ("Potentially Responsible Parties Can Avoid Some Pollution Exclusion Barriers," January, 1999) and the Orange County Business Journal ("Judging the Merits of Pursuing Litigation," September, 1995).
Human rights advocacy is of great interest to Ms. Dunham. She was a Court Appointed Special Advocate with the County of Orange in 2002-2004, for youth in the foster care system. In 2005, she worked in the legal department of Casa Alianza in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she prepared legal briefs and appeared at court hearings on human rights cases. Ms. Dunham has also provided volunteer legal services to The Human Rights Project and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles.
Ms. Dunham is fluent in Spanish, certified by the California Department of Education. She has worked and lived overseas for more than four years, including years spent in Ecuador, Honduras and Korea.