E. Todd Chayet


2670 Mission Street
Suite 200
San Marino, California 91108

Tel:  626-431-2787
Fax:  626-431-2788

Professional Experience

Todd Chayet focuses on litigation in the areas of medical malpractice, construction products liability, and appellate law.  Before joining Cole Pedroza, Mr. Chayet was an associate with Thelen Reid & Priest LLP and counsel with Tucker Ellis LLP.  Mr. Chayet received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, with Honors in the Major of English and Distinction in General Scholarship. He also earned Master of Fine Arts degree from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.  He graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. During his last year of law school, he worked as an extern for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena ; “Electronic Submission of Plans to OSHPD Permitted,” ConstructionWebLinks.com (2007); “OSHPD May Further Extend Deadline for Meeting Seismic Safety Retrofit Requirements,” ConstructionWebLinks.com (2007); “OSHPD Required to Train Fire, Life Safety Officers,” ConstructionWebLinks.com (2007); “Court Enforces Contract Providing that Statute of Limitations Runs from Substantial Completion Rather than from Discovery of Breach,” ConstructionWebLinks.com (2007); “Contractor, Subcontractor Guilty of Mishandling Hazardous Waste Found on Jobsite,” ConstructionWebLinks.com (2002).


Mr. Chayet was identified as a "Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2008 and has authored a number of published articles, including: "California Code of Civil Procedure Section 437c: The Ghost in the Empty Chair After a Codefendant's Summary Judgment," IADC Drug, Device and Biotechnology Newsletter (August 2013 - Second Edition); “The Role of Service in Removal: Congress Meant What it Said and Said What it Didn’t Mean,” IADC Product Liability Newsletter (April 2012); "'Heir' on the Side of Caution: California Supreme Court Holds That A Patient-Signed Arbitration Agreement May Bind Future Heirs in Case of Wrongful Death," The Recorder (August 2010).

His practice includes civil cases involving medical malpractice appeals and the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”), construction, pharmaceutical products liability, and medical device products liability.  He has briefed and argued a wide variety of issues in trial and appellate courts throughout California and Texas. Mr. Chayet is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in California as well as all federal district courts in Texas. 

In construction cases, Mr. Chayet has represented large general contractors in litigation including: over $100 million redevelopment of a 1,000,000 square foot shopping mall and business center; construction of theaters in a 250,000 square foot complex; security projects at major ports; a fiber optic communications cable installation project across several counties; major freeway construction projects; and billion-dollar light rail projects. 

Representative Published Decisions

Cases in which Mr. Chayet represented parties or amici, and that resulted in published decisions, include: Stinnett v. Tam (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 1412 (constitutionality of Civil Code § 3333.2); Ruiz v. Podolsky (2010) 50 Cal.4th 838 (MICRA’s arbitration provision); Skaff v. Meridien North America Beverly Hills (9th Cir. 2007) 506 F.3d 832 (Americans with Disabilities Act); Mayes v. Bryan (2006) 139 Cal.App.4th 1075 (medical malpractice causation and settlement offsets); Quintanilla v. Dunkelman (2005) 133 Cal.App.4th 95 (informed consent); Covenant Care, Inc. v. Superior Court (
Inclan) (2004) 32 Cal.4th 771 (elder abuse); TrafficSchoolOnline v. Clarke (2003) 112 Cal.App.4th 736 (Gov’t. Claims Act).

Representative Unpublished Decisions

Hiromoto v. University of Southern California School of Dentistry, et al. (2015) California Court of Appeal No. B257881 (statute of limitations); Automated Switching & Controls, Inc. v. Modern Continental Roadway (2008) California Court of Appeal No. B197244 (prompt pay penalties); Themeing Solutions v. Peck/Jones-OC America Construction (2004) California Court of Appeal No. B171395 (contractor licensing)

Professional Licenses

Admitted to practice in California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and all United States District Courts in California and Texas.

Unites States Coast Guard 100 Ton Merchant Mariner Credential.
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