A Reputation You Can’t Dispute
The Theodore A. Anderson Law Corp. provides results-oriented, practical representation to the Southern California construction industry
Theodore “Ted” Anderson has been serving contractors’ needs in Southern California for more than 40 years, providing quality legal services with small firm costs and big firm expertise. In practice since 1976, Ted has successfully represented countless clients in personal injury and construction claims. Ted’s son, Matt Anderson, joined The Theodore A. Anderson Law Corp. in 2010, and together, the father-son practice approaches each case with an honest, straight-forward attitude.
It is this refreshing willingness to tell clients what other attorneys won’t—or can’t—that keeps the practice buzzing. In fact, the overwhelming majority of the firm’s clients are referred by former clients, colleagues and even opposing counsel, a testament to the reputation the firm has gained for providing exceptional representation and client service.
Practice with Care
Ted grew up and attended college in Pennsylvania, married his high school sweetheart, and then moved west in the early 1970s to attend Western State law school. He’s lived in Southern California since passing the bar in 1973, and is proud to work alongside his two children—his co-counselor, Matt, and his daughter, Amanda, who is now employed by the firm on a part-time basis. “It’s wonderful to be able to practice law and collaborate with people you really care about.”
It is that same sense of care that Ted brings to each and every case his firm takes on. He shares, “My big focus is trying to identify the best possible option for the client once all options have been identified—and then get the client from wherever they happen to be at the moment to a point of resolution. A lot of times that involves doing things that are somewhat unorthodox.”
On one recent case, which resulted in a big win for his client in a dispute with insurance carriers, Ted says, “What we effectively did is short circuit the process to get the carriers to do something they generally don’t want to do or their defense attorneys don’t seem to want to do, which is to look to a resolution sooner as opposed to later.” To achieve this type of result, Ted finds that a cool-headed, no-nonsense approach is almost always the best route.
Over his years in practice, resolving disputes in such a way as to avoid the emotional overreaction by an attorney representing a client has been a key approach. Ted says, “Any time the attorney overreacts or brings in an unnecessarily harsh level of ill will or acrimony into a conversation with the opposing counsel, that will almost always translate into more money being spent by the client. You can ratchet up the dispute with the other attorney, if necessary, as you get into a lawsuit, but to start on day one with an overly arrogant or pompous attitude is absolutely foolish. But it happens an awful lot.”
So, to avoid that, whenever Ted is handling a new case, he will always reach out to the opposing attorney, call him or her, pay his respects and assure them that as the matter goes forward he will extend all reasonable professional courtesies—expecting the same from the other side. He says, “We try to get the matter to a point where we can either solve it or at least narrow what the dispute is, while at all times serving the client’s best economic interests and their particular objective or strategy to get them to resolution. You can look at your client’s case in terms of what’s best for them or you can look at it as a billing opportunity that could go on for an extended period of time. I prefer to focus the issue and try to solve it on day one, if possible. And if not, we’ll do whatever is necessary to get the client an appropriate resolution.”
Construction Litigation Expertise and Efficiency
Uniquely positioned to handle the very specific area of construction litigation, the firm represents subcontractors, contractors, suppliers and other parties in recovering full payment for services rendered and quality issues. Ted explains the key differentiator in using his firm, sharing, “I think it’s our knowledge in terms of the law, deadlines, and how the facts play into the options or strategies to resolve a problem. And honest advice.”
Whether representing families with serious/catastrophic personal injury claims or resolving business disputes, particularly involving real property, the firm’s objective is always to achieve the client’s goals in the most effective, efficient manner.