Attorneys

Jeffrey E. Levine

Partner

EMAIL: jlevine@mathenysears.com
TEL: (916) 978-3434 Ext. 107
FAX: (916) 978-3430
PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

Boston University (B.A. 2001)
Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D. 2007)

BAR ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California

U.S. District Courts of California

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California

BACKGROUND

Since starting at Matheny Sears Linkert & Jaime in 2010, Mr. Levine has represented individuals as well as international, national, regional and local companies. He focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, catastrophic injury cases, wrongful death, products liability, public entity defense, and trucking and transportation. Mr. Levine regularly litigates cases in California State Court and Federal District Court.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Levine gained experience working in the areas of products liability, business litigation, creditor’s rights, professional malpractice defense, and defense of consumer rights actions involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mr. Levine graduated from the Boston University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He obtained his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in December 2007. At Golden Gate University, Mr. Levine was a member of Jesse W. Carter Society for Superior Academic Achievement, graduating in the top 15% of his class. Additionally, Mr. Levine was a Judicial Extern to a United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of California.

Mr. Levine was born and raised in Massachusetts and enjoys golfing, biking, fishing and watching the Red Sox.

SELECTED RESULTS

Obtained defense verdict in 5-week products liability trial as lead trial counsel.  Plaintiff claimed client defendant, Motor Home Step Company, negligently designed and manufactured an automated step system that was installed into plaintiff’s recreational vehicle.  On the night of the incident, plaintiff alleged she stepped out of the living quarters of her RV and defendant’s automated step system had unexpectedly retracted causing her to fall.

Obtained judgment for client trucking company as lead counsel in bifurcated trial regarding large property damage to fully loaded tractor-trailer.  Client’s vehicle was being operated on the interstate highway when it collided with an overpass.  As a result of the collision, the overturned tractor-trailer was deemed a total loss.  Client’s lawsuit against defendant State of California alleged dangerous condition of public property.  The jury returned judgment in favor of client after 3-week trial, and the lawsuit thereafter settled in favor of client.

Obtained judgment of nonsuit in favor of defendant in 5 week wrongful death trial as lead trial counsel.  Decedent claimed client defendant Construction Company negligently installed an electrical utility pole and improperly rehung 12,000 volt electrical distribution lines at a dangerous elevation.  The decedent’s aluminum ladder contacted the electrical distribution lines.  In addition, decedent’s brother also alleged a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress for observing the accident occur.  At verdict, client was included on verdict form for purposes of determining any percentage of fault for the accident.  While plaintiffs ultimately obtained verdict against other defendants for $4.7 million, the jury found client 0% at fault.

Obtained favorable settlement during trial in auto collision case involving allegations that client defendant Car Rental Company negligently entrusted vehicle to a foreign renter.   Plaintiff allegedly sustained severe injuries as a result of a high-speed automobile vs. motorcycle collision.

Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment for client defendant Car Rental Company in wrongful death case.  Decedent claimed client defendant negligently entrusted, maintained and controlled rental vehicle that resulted in the accident.  The Court ultimately found defendant was entitled to judgment as a matter of law on the grounds that it did not engage in any negligent act, and that in any case, the action was barred by the Graves Amendment.

Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment for client defendant Non-Profit Organization in a personal injury lawsuit.  Multiple plaintiffs claimed several hundred thousand dollars in damages in connection with injuries sustained from an automobile accident. The Court ultimately found defendant was entitled to judgment as a matter of law on the grounds that defendant neither owned nor negligently entrusted the subject vehicle, and the person operating the subject vehicle was not defendant’s agent or employee.

Prevailed on a motion to quash service of summons of complaint on international client defendant Fireworks Manufacturer for lack of personal jurisdiction, which resulted in dismissal of action against client. Plaintiff was allegedly injured while attending a professional fireworks display when a defective firework was set off and struck plaintiff.

Obtained dismissal of trucking and transportation broker in trucking case involving wrongful death of driver where plaintiffs’ alleged client was vicariously liable as a highway carrier.

Obtained dismissal of non-profit organization in case involving allegations of breach of contract. Plaintiff alleged client breached agreement that permitted plaintiff to create a spin-off organization of client.

Obtained favorable resolution of auto collision case with pending motion for summary judgment.  Plaintiff sustained severe injuries, including loss of a limb, as a result of a high-speed automobile vs. motorcycle collision.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Sacramento County Bar Association [Board Member 2013-2014]

Leonard M. Friedman Bar Association [President 2013-2014]

Association of Defense Counsel, Northern California and Nevada [Board Member 2017-2018]

DRI – The Voice of the Defense

Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court

American Bar Association