Mr. De Haas was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of Southern California receiving a B.A. in Psychology in 1963. Thereafter he attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law receiving a J.D. in 1966.
He spent two years as a prosecutor in criminal cases for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where he was then selected, because of his trial results, to the Civil Section of the City Attorney’s Office, where he remained for three years defending the city in large civil exposure cases both in state and federal courts. In 1971, he joined La Follette Johnson where he became a named partner in 1976. Currently, he is the president and senior trial attorney of the firm. Mr. De Haas has tried in excess of 300 jury trials, including over 200 medical malpractice cases. He has also tried multiple administrative hearings representing physicians before the California Medical Board. His litigation exposure consists of jury trials, arbitration, and cases venued both in state and federal courts. Mr. De Haas has argued cases in the appellate court of the State of California and the 9th Circuit Federal Court. He has written multiple appellate briefs for cases in… Read More