Curriculum Vitae of Todd E. Macaluso, Trial Attorney
Todd Macaluso was born on October 11, 1962 in Oyster Bay, New York. He attended Boston College and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science, Sociology and Business. After graduating Boston College he attended the University of Detroit-Mercy School of law and graduated in 1987. While attending law school, he worked as a law clerk for the prominent Detroit law firm of Plunkett and Cooney specializing in products liability with an emphasis on aviation litigation including airline disasters, general aviation accidents and airport premises liability. He also worked extensively on automotive products liability cases defending Ford Motor Company and General Motors.
During his last year in law school he attended London University in London, England and worked for the solicitors firm Beaumont and Son which specialized in the defense of airlines and general aviation aircraft owners. He regularly worked at Lloyd’s of London, specifically the aviation risks division where he became integrally familiar with the underwriting and claims side of the aviation division. This experience gave Mr. Macaluso an insight into how aviation accident claims were evaluated, reserved and ultimately settled.
Upon concluding his law degree in 1987, Mr. Macaluso assumed an associate position with the New York based national law firm Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker. Mr. Macaluso spent much time in the New York office but was based in the Los Angeles office where he developed the firm’s aviation practice including the defense of airlines, aircraft manufacturers and aviation product suppliers. Clients included American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Allied Signal, Bridgestone Tire, STS Services, Inc., United States Aviation Underwriters, Associated Aviation Underwriters (Now Global Aviation, Inc.) and many other aviation product suppliers. All of Mr. Macaluso’s work focused on the defense of these companies and their insurers. His efforts developed a substantial book of defense business.
After practicing for 5 years with Wilson, Elser, Mr. Macaluso assumed a senior associate position with the Santa Monica based firm Haight, Brown and Bonesteel for 3 years. He continued to represent many of the aviation clients he previously represented.
As a defense attorney, Mr. Macaluso tried over 30 cases to a verdict in state and federal courts. He acquired an integral understanding of the defense side of the practice, including how insurance companies handled claims, set reserves and settled cases. This experience gave him the skill to evaluate cases and, more importantly, how insurance companies settled cases.
In 1995, Mr. Macaluso decided to join a plaintiffs firm specializing in aviation, products liability, premises liability and construction accidents. He joined the firm Schlothauer and Collins which became Schlothauer, Collins and Macaluso as a partner. During his 5 year tenure with this firm, Mr. Macaluso developed a substantial book of plaintiff cases and tried over 30 cases to a verdict. He came to be known as a prominent plaintiffs' attorney in Los Angeles and had a corner on the aviation market.
After 5 very successful years with Schlothauer, Collins and Macaluso, Mr. Macaluso moved his practice to San Diego where he met his wife Angela and was married in 1998. His firm is known as Macaluso & Associates, APC and is recognized as one of the leading plaintiff firms in San Diego and throughout the United States.
Macaluso & Associates has handled serious injury and death cases throughout the United States and abroad including aviation accidents, airline accidents, product liability case against automotive and product manufacturers, premises liability cases and medical malpractice cases.
Since Mr. Macaluso has focused on the plaintiffs’ side of the business, he has settled over $200 million in settlements for his clients. He has a 92% win track record in court before juries.
Mr. Macaluso was the lead attorney in the diet pill litigation against ephedrine manufacturers such as Metabolife, Twin Labs, Inc., Cytodyne Technologies, Inc. and Muscletech. He settled over 100 injury and death cases and tried and settled 4 class actions. One trial against Cytodyne Technologies, Inc. resulted in a $28 million verdict. He represented Baltimore Oriole Pitcher Steve Bechler who died of heat stroke caused by Xenadrine RFA-1, a performance enhancing diet pill manufactured by Cytodyne Technologies, Inc. Mr. Macaluso has given sworn testimony before the United States Congress, House Government Affairs Committee regarding the dangers of ephedrine as used in diet pills. As a result of Mr. Macaluso’s efforts, ephedrine was banned in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 2003-following the verdicts, settlements and testimony given to Congress in connection with the national diet pill litigation he commenced 5 years earlier.
Mr. Macaluso has also been lead counsel in many other high profile cases in San Diego and nationally. This includes a recent jury verdict in the amount of $55.6 Million dollars against San Diego Gas & Electric Company for the utility company negligently failing to light a utility tower on Camp Pendleton. Because the tower was unlighted, four Marines died when their Huey helicopter collided with the tower during a night time training mission.
Mr. Macaluso has given testimony before the United States Congress in the internet pharmacy litigation in which he was integrally involved. He has been interviewed over 100 times by national and local television stations including NBC Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Sixty Minutes, The O’Reilly Factor and many other stations. Many of the interviews and newspaper articles can be seen by doing a Google search “Todd Macaluso, Trial Attorney”.
In addition to representing clients, Mr. Macaluso is also an avid pilot with over 8000 flying hours. He currently owns and operates a Pilatus PC-12, a Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter, and a L-39 Aerobatic Fighter Jet.
2.5 Million Class Action Judgment awarded against Cytodyne Technologies for false and deceptive advertising of Xenadrine RFA-1, an ephedra-based diet pill. A major victory for California consumers.
Todd E. Macaluso, Esq
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