Dan Spradlin is with the law firm Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart
Dan Spradlin is founder and chair of the firm’s litigation department. He joined the firm in 1978, became a Director in 1982 and had his name added to the firm’s name in 1996. During this time, he has seen the firm grow from seven to forty-four attorneys. Mr. Spradlin’s 97% success rate in scores of complex jury trials is based, in part, on his innovative trial practices, cross-examination skills, and jury appeal. He uses these abilities primarily in defending public agencies and public employees accused of wrong doing, but, on occasion, in his advocacy for injured plaintiffs in catastrophic and high-stakes cases. Of the hundreds of public employees he has represented, including police officers, firefighters, teachers, and administrators, not one of them has ever had a verdict against him or her.
Mr. Spradlin has successfully represented both public and private interests throughout the State of California, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Alaska in both state and federal courts. Many of his cases have garnered media attention at both the state and national levels.
Mr. Spradlin has twice been profiled in Verdict magazine.
Mr. Spradlin is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; Alaska Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals; Ninth Circuit District Court; U.S. District Court; Central, Eastern, and Southern District Courts. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Mr. Spradlin serves as a temporary judge, arbitrator, and mediator for the Orange County Superior Court. He has also served as a private mediator and discovery referee
- Acosta v. City of Costa Mesa – First Amendment violation when Plaintiff was forcibly removed from City Council meeting – Defense verdict
- Bauer v. City of Fullerton – Police pursuit resulting in use of police canine to apprehend Plaintiff. Alleged excessive force and violation of rights – Defense verdict
- Fleming v. Capistrano Unified School District – Suit by a former superintendent for wrongful termination – Summary judgment motion granted and affirmed on appeal
- Goodman v. County of Riverside – Employment case alleging sexual harassment and sex discrimination – Defense Verdict
- Pepperdine University, School of Law (J.D., 1978)
- Pepperdine Law Review Staff Member, authoring “Men’s Rea, Due Process, and the Burden of Proving Sanity or Insanity” (Vol. 5, Issue 1, 1978) and “Enslavement in the Twentieth Century” (Vol 5, Issue 3, 1978)
- University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., cum laude, 1975)