Perhaps it’s because he spent his childhood in one country and his adulthood in another, but Yakov Wiegmann combines clear-eyed objectivity with the instincts and intuition of someone who’s learned to adapt and thrive in different cultures. It’s part of what makes him so good at what he does.
Applying equal parts diligence, passion, and careful reasoning, Yakov has guided his clients through toxic tort litigation involving asbestos, pesticides, benzene, and other chemicals, as well as product liability cases involving child car seats, electronics, glass bottles, and tools. His success in the courtroom and the conference room has taught him that the best way to develop a winning long-term strategy is to pay attention to short-term details at every step of the way.
Yakov has represented defendants and plaintiffs in matters involving business disputes, personal injury, and trust litigation. He has experience in every aspect of complex litigation from discovery to trial and appeal, as well as in settlement negotiations, arbitration, and mediation. Born in Moscow, Yakov is fluent and persuasive in both English and Russian. He has a subtle but slightly menacing accent that has been known to rattle the resolve of even the most formidable adversary.
In the Fall of 2016 Yakov became an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches Civil Pretrial Practice to 3L’s.