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Richard L. Stuhlbarg

Richard L. Stuhlbarg


Rick Stuhlbarg concentrates his practice on defending some of the world's largest automotive and consumer product manufacturers in product liability claims and commercial disputes. He has tried cases in state and federal courts involving high-value product liability and Lemon Law cases. Rick is conversational in Japanese which aids him in navigating complex matters for many of his international clients. 

Rick defends some of the most well-known names in the motor vehicle and recreational vehicle industries in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. One of the high-exposure trials he second-chaired in 2010, Lewis v. Yamaha, was named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 10 Defense Verdicts" in California that year. In 2017, he second-chaired an automotive seat belt case that resulted in a defense verdict.  Rick also has taken large sum warranty matters to trial in California, defending luxury motor vehicle manufacturers in more than 35 Lemon Law trials and arbitrations which have involved the California Song-Beverly Act and the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Acts. 

In addition to his robust automotive practice, Rick also serves clients in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. He currently serves as local counsel for a brand manufacturer in a large pharmaceutical mass tort. He has also handled expert depositions in a radiopharmaceutical case and prepared Japanese witnesses for deposition in a case involving a medical device manufacturer.

Rick also has jury and bifurcated bench trial experience in consumer fraud cases concerning the California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act and the Business and Professions Code §17200 or Unfair Business Practices Act. His practice also includes commercial litigation and arbitrations, and he regularly advises his clients on litigation prevention.

As an active member of numerous legal associations, Rick frequently speaks on product liability and warranty topics. In 2019, he spoke at the annual ABA TIPS Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation Conference in 2019 on Recent California Automotive Warranty Appellate Update.


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995
  • Nevada, 2006

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Nevada, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2006


  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 1995
    Chief Note and Comment Editor, International and Comparative Law Journal, 1994 - 1995
  • Bowdoin College, A.B., 1987

    magna cum laude

    Dean's List

    James Bowdoin Scholar

    Major: Art History

    Major: Religion

Professional Associations

    • South Bay Bar Association 
      —Former Chair, Civil Litigation Section
      —President, 2019
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
      —Executive Committee, Litigation Section
    • Japan America Society
    • Japanese American Bar Association


    • Super Lawyers, 2012 — 2017
      —Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine


  • Spanish
  • Japanese

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "Arbitration Organizations and Discovery," Co-Presenter, 30th Annual Manufacturers’ Lemon Law Seminar, October 2022
  • "Effective CCP 998/Rule 68 Offers," Co-Presenter, 29th Annual Manufacturers’ Lemon Law Seminar, November 2021
  • "CCP 998 Offers," Co-Presenter, ASCDC Webinar, July 2021
  • "Recent California Automotive Warranty Appellate Update," Co-Presenter, Hot Topics in Toxic Torts & Environmental Law, American Bar Association TIPS, April 2019
  • "Litigating in State or Federal Court: Advantages and Challenges with Each," Speaker, Manufacturers’ Lemon Law Seminar, July 2018
  • "A Guide to Engineers' Involvement in Litigation," Speaker, IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering, May 2016
  • "Ask a Judge – Everything you wanted to know from the civil judges in the Torrance Courthouse," Speaker, South Bay Bar Association, December 2015
  • "Protecting Against Outrageous Fee Demands," Speaker, 23rd Annual Manufacturers' Lemon Law Seminar, The Lemon Law Defense Counsel Alliance, July 2015
  • "Recent Developments in the Award of Medical Damages in the Aftermath of Howell—Best Practices for Civil Litigators from the Bench, Plaintiffs’ and Defense Bars," Speaker, South Bay Bar Association, Torrance, CA, July 2015
  • "Statutory Offers to Compromise," Speaker, Los Angeles County Civil Litigation Section Luncheon, South Bay Bar Association, December 2013
  • "Strategic Use of Offers to Compromises to Obtain Favorable Settlements and Recovery of Expert Fees," Speaker, South Bay Bar Association, July 2013


  • "California Supreme Court Clarifies “Collateral Charges” in Consumer Lemon Law," Co-Author, Legal Alert, July 2020