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Our Firm Summary

Ward & Hagen LLP is a full-service civil litigation firm that provides cost-effective solutions to a wide range of insurance, business and consumer clients. From our offices in Solana Beach, California, the trial attorneys at W&H produce consistently high quality work and we aggressively push to resolve cases through trial, arbitration or settlement. Since our founding in 2004, we have earned a reputation in the legal community for dedication to our clients, successful resolution of their cases, and for maintaining the highest standards of legal ethics and professionalism in our practice.

Peter C. Ward – Partner

Peter Ward, Ward & Hagen

BioPeter C. Ward

Bio

Peter C. Ward has been practicing law in the areas of Construction, Insurance, and Business Litigation for 20 years. After attending Yale and then University of California San Diego for his undergraduate studies, Peter received his Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law in 1986. He became a partner at Chapin Fleming & Winet (later known as Chapin Shea McNitt & Carter) in 1991 where he headed up the Construction Defect Litigation Department. After 15 successful years, Peter moved into smaller practice, eventually forming Ward Law Offices in 2002. In 2004, Peter and Christopher H. Hagen formed Ward & Hagen LLP.

Professional Activities Include:

 

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Past-President of San Diego Defense Lawyers Association (1999)
  • Board of Directors (1997-1998)
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Diego Small Claims Court
  • Arbitrator, San Diego Superior Court
  • Licensed California Real Estate Broker (2003-Present)
  • Instructor, San Diego Inn of Court Trial Tactics and Techniques
  • Speaker on Construction Litigation Issues to various professional and trade organizations
  • Past member of San Diego Building Industry Association; Association of Building Contractors (Legislative Committee Member 1999-2000)
  • Past member Defense Research Institute (DRI); Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

 

Civic/Community Activities Include:

 

  • Volunteers of America Board of Directors (1996-2001)
  • Chairman, S.D. County Bar Attorney Assistance Committee (1995-1998)
  • Committee Member for Campaign to Elect Brian Maienschein for San Diego City Council (5th District)
  • Peter has participated in a variety of jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and has briefed and argued several cases
    before the California Court of Appeals (one published opinion).

Christopher H. Hagen – Partner

Chris Hagen, Ward & Hagen

BioChristopher Hagen

Bio

Christopher H. Hagen graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 1995. He joined the newly formed firm of Naumann & Levine, LLP and was soon heading up a variety of construction related cases. Over the next nine years Chris handled the law and motion side of most Construction Defect cases and successfully helped recover money for hundreds of homeowners around San Diego County.

In 2004, Chris joined with Peter Ward to form Ward & Hagen LLP where he continues to practice in the areas of construction and business litigation. Chris is a member of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and his articles can be found in that organizations publication, Trial Bar News.

Ralph W. Peters – Senior Attorney

Bio Ralph, Ward & Hagen

BioRalph W. Peters

Bio

Ralph W. Peters received his Juris Doctorate from University of Buffalo Law School in 1982 and is admitted topractice in California, Massachusetts, The District of Columbia, as well as several levels of the Federal Courtsystem. Ralph is a former partner of McInnis, Fitzgerald, Rees, Sharkey, and has extensive trial experience in the fields of general commercial litigation, property disputes, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, environment allitigation, land use, construction defect, products liability, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, breach of contract, AAA arbitrations, social security disability, and election law.

He is an instructor with the San Diego Inns of Court. He became Of Counsel to Ward & Hagen in 2006. Ralph lives in Rancho Penasquitos with his wife, where he keeps busy as a member of the PQ Town Council, a board member of his church, and as a scoutmaster with his sons’ scout troop.

Steven M. Nuñez – Senior Attorney

Steve Nunez, Ward & Hagen

BioSteven M. Nuñez

Bio

Steven M. Nuñez is a trial attorney who has spent 20 years representing individuals and small businesses in both complex, multi-party litigation as wells as personal injury litigation in both state and federal court. Using analytical skills, persuasive writing abilities and interpersonal communication, Steve seeks justice for his clients, who are generally brought to litigation for the first time by life altering events.

Steve’s work accomplishments include obtaining a $10 million class action settlement on behalf of Ponzi scheme victims; obtaining a $7.5 million judgment as part of a trial team representing a hotel proprietor against his insurance broker; obtaining a settlement in excess of the $1 million policy limits of a historic Hollywood club on behalf of a patron injured in a near riot outside the venue; obtaining a settlement on behalf of migrant farmworkers subjected to a pesticide spray; and, doubling the award of victims of the September 11th tragedy before the Victim’s Compensation Fund in New York City, a feat for which he received commendations from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Steve’s commitment to making his community and the world a better place extends well beyond the courtroom. As a member and director of Old Mission Rotary Steve actively contributes time and money to support inner city youth in their efforts to attend college; to build shelter for the destitute of Tijuana; to contribute to health and well being projects for migrant workers in Baja; and to provide companionship and dinner to wounded warriors at Balboa Naval Medical Center, to name a few things. 

Representative Matters:

  • Los Angeles County Superior Ct. Case No. BC412981 – Obtained a $10 million settlement on behalf of Ponzi scheme victims.
  • Imperial County Superior Ct. Case No. ECU04461 – Obtained a $7.5 million judgment for hotel proprietor against insurance representatives following the denial of a hotel fire claim.
  • Central Dist. of California Case No. 2:15-06336 – Obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of financial fraud victims whose losses totaled $4.9 million.
  • Los Angeles County Superior Ct. Case No. SC118048 – Obtained $1.1 million settlement for patron injured in an altercation outside a nightclub.
  • Orange County Superior Ct. Case No. 30-2010-00394198 – Obtained $800,000 judgment for potential buyer injured while touring a mountain cabin for sale.

Civic Matters:

  • Assistant Governor 2015-2018, Rotary International District 5340
  • Old Mission Rotary Club, 2008 to present, President 2013-2014
  • San Diego Education Fund, 2016 to present, Treasurer 2016-2017

Education:

  • Columbia Law School, New York, NY, J.D. 1995
  • University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Science 1992

Jacob D. Bell – Associate Attorney

Jacob Bell, Ward & Hagen

BioJacob D. Bell

Bio

Jacob D. Bell has been with Ward & Hagen LLP since the firm’s inception. Jacob’s primary area of practice has been the management of complex construction defect litigation and coordination of multi-million dollar financial class actions. He has also overseen discovery and law and motion for several insurance bad faith actions. He currently handles a diverse variety of cases, and recently finished co-chairing a 7 week trial resulting a successful verdict for his clients.  He has several speaking engagements lined up for 2016 and is promoting the use and reform of California’s Right to Repair laws (Cal. Civ. Code §895 et seq.).

Jacob received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 2006 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, San Diego in 2002. He is a member of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the San Diego County Bar Association and the North County Bar Association. He volunteers with the San Diego Service Members Civil Relief Act an is a member of the Wallace Inn of Court.