Hector E. Salitrero is an insurance trial lawyer and the managing partner of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.’s California office, located in Orange, California. Hector is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in California and is also licensed in Wisconsin. Hector is certified by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (“NASP”) as a Subrogation Recovery Professional (“CSRP”). Hector received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California in 1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from the U.C.L.A. School of Law in 1976. Hector has specialized in a wide spectrum of insurance subrogation law, most recently as Of Counsel to the Los Angeles firm of Mendelson, Goldman & Schwarz, A.P.C., as Senior Staff Attorney for The Hartford Insurance Company, and Senior Field Attorney for Gibson & Sharps (Trover Solutions). Hector also holds a certificate as a mediator awarded by the Orange County Human Relations Commission and has done pro bono volunteer work for the Orange County Superior Court.

Hector worked as a senior associate/team leader for over a decade for the plaintiff’s firm of Sayre & Chavez, handling major plaintiff’s litigation. He served as senior associate for major insurance defense firms, including the national firm of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP. As such, he has a broad spectrum of tort/personal injury litigation experience, which he brings to bear in his subrogation practice. He began his career as a prosecutor, first as a Deputy District Attorney for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin and then as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. He has served as a first chair litigator in more than 60 jury trials and has led teams of attorneys in major litigation. He also has extensive appellate experience.

Hector has been an active member of the NASP, regularly attending conferences and publishing articles in the organization’s Subrogator magazine. Hector is bilingual in Spanish and is well-versed in issues presented by California’s diverse workforce. Hector is active in southern California civic activities, including service as member of the advisory board of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California and is on the board of his homeowner’s association.

When Hector isn’t working, he enjoys reading biographies, golfing, and playing chess.

Reported Decisions

United States v. Whitten, 706 F.2d 1000 (9th Cir. 1983) (conviction of multiple members of a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution ring, convictions and 20 year sentences affirmed).

United States v. Taheri, 648 F.2d 596 (9th Cir. 1981) (conviction of former Iranian police officer for smuggling $10 million worth of heroin).

United States v. Impink, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 728 F.2d 1228 (9th Cir. 1984) (federal drug distribution conviction affirmed).

United States v. Lopez-Beltran, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 607 F.2d 1223 (9th Cir. 1979) (immigration conviction affirmed).

United States v. Hopkins, 703 F.2d 1102 (9th Cir. 1983) (federal bank robbery conviction affirmed).

United States v. Crisco, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 725 F.2d 1228 (9th Cir. 1984) (conviction of Army recruiting Sargent for conspiracy to distribute cocaine).

United States v. Gabriel, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 625 F.2d. 830 (9th Cir. 1980) (Alien smuggling convictions affirmed).

Representative Cases

Evanston Ins. Co. v. Atain Specialty Ins. Co., U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose), Case No. 16-CV-04304-LHK, 2017 WL 2311401 (N.D. Cal., May 26, 2017) (insurance coverage issue regarding auto exclusion).

Ernesto Manimtim, et al. v. Elsner Engineering Works, Inc., U.S. District Court Southern District of California (San Diego), Case No. 3:12-cv-01081, 2012 WL 2966886 (recovery in products liability workers’ subrogation case where injured worker circumvented numerous safety devices, but had to check operation malfunction while machine was in operation in order to locate malfunction).

Sentinel Insurance Co., Ltd. v. Five Harvest Co., Inc., San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CGC-14-539965 (third-party carrier paid 100% of workers’ compensation subrogation claim to avoid jury trial which exposed it to additional damages for injured worker).

Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co. v. Rivera, San Diego County Superior Court, Case No. 37-2014-00013760-CU-IC-CT (workers’ compensation subrogation jury trial regarding pursuit of third-party carrier’s insured when carrier settled with injured worker).

Hartford Insurance v. Capital Improvement Service, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC565257 (products liability/workers’ compensation subrogation case involving wall mirror detaching and falling on worker).

American Home Ins. Co. v. Classic Homes Remodeling, Inc., Ventura County Superior Court, 2012 WL 6852145 (property subrogation court trial with court judgment in favor of plaintiff for $36,100).

Dentists Insurance Company v. Daily Journal Corporation, California Court of Appeal, 4th Dist. Div. 1, Case No. D067725 (commercial lease subrogation waiver issues in water damage case).

American National Property & Casualty Co. v. Electrolux North America, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Case No. 3:11 CV 01340-JNS, 2011 WL 91983351 (subrogation clothes dryer fire case).

Bagato v. Speedway, et al., San Bernardino County Superior Court, Case No. CIVDS 1006814 (catastrophic injury workers’ compensation subrogation case with issues of employer fault).

Morales v. Laughlin, Falbo, Levy, & Moresi, LLP, California Court of Appeals, 4th Dist. Div. 3, Case No. G051643, 2016 WL 1688289 (4/25/2016) (successful defense of law firm for alleged negligent hiring and supervision of attorney).

Barcenas v. Ford Motor Company, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Div., Case No. 03-046444-RMW, 2004 WL 2827249 (products liability auto/tire defect catastrophic injury case).

Victoria Nemer v. Metro Apartments, et al., Orange County Superior Court, Case No. 02CC18017 (jury verdict $694,074, premises liability).

Huerterro Saldivar v. City of Huntington Beach, U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Los Angeles, Case No. SA 01-1136 (civil rights wrongful death case, jury verdict, $2.1 million).

Education

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1976

  • Articles Editor, U.C.L.A. Chicano Law Review

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts, 1973

  • Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity

Certified Subrogation Recovery Professional (CSRP), National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)

Orange County Human Relations Commission, 10-Week Mediator Training Certificate

U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute – Trial Advocacy – Certified

U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute – Appellate Advocacy – Certified

U.S. Department of Justice Special Emphasis Manager (Diversity/Employment Discrimination Training) – Certificate

University of Southern California -Employment/Personnel Law Certificate

Published Works

How Well Are California Lawyers and Trial Judges Addressing ‘Active Participation,’” published by National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2011.

Speaking Engagements

Overcoming Obstacles To Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Recovery, October 9, 2018, Webinar presented to National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) membership.

State Sovereign Immunity & Tort Caps, presented to 2018 AGRIP Governance & Leadership Conference, San Diego, California, March 6, 2018.

Survey of California Products Liability Law,” presented to Employers Insurance Company In-House Workshop, Boise, Idaho, 2013.

Your Civil Liberties – How Will 9-11 Affect Them,” presented at Orange Coast College Symposium.

Marketing to Specific Minority Groups,” presented at 2009 Annual American Association For Justice Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • California State Bar, Workers' Compensation Section Member
  • Wisconsin state Bar
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM)
  • Longshore Claims Association (LCA)
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB)
  • Liability Insurance Research Bureau (LIRB)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • California School Boards Association
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group (Automobile, Products Liability Plaintiffs’ Attorney's Group)

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