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Andrew Twietmeyer is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Since starting practice in California in 2007, Mr. Twietmeyer has represented numerous individuals and businesses both large and small in civil litigation in California and Federal Courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Twietmeyer is admitted to practice in the States of California and Wisconsin, and he is a member of the bar of the United States District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California, the Western District of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Twietmeyer has practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles since 2007, first with the Century City Entertainment Law Firm of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, LLC and later with the West Los Angeles firms of Leader Gorham and Richardson & Patel, LLP. During that time, Mr. Twietmeyer successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters (both large and small) in State and Federal Court and in Arbitration. Mr. Twietmeyer has also negotiated the settlement of numerous business, employment, and personal disputes for his clients.
In 2015, Mr. Twietmeyer briefed and argued Cosentino vs. Fuller, et. al., G050923 (Cal. Ct. App., May 28, 2015) successfully overturning the dismissal (based on sovereign immunity) of his client's civil tort action against five elected tribal officials of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians. The case sent shockwaves through Indian country as it held that tribal officials may be sued in their individual capacities for tortious conduct that exceeds the scope of their official authority.
Mr. Twietmeyer’s other notable accomplishments include winning the dismissal in arbitration of a $3,000,000 legal malpractice claim asserted against a client law firm; obtaining a $500,000 judgement for breach of contract for a major Chinese electronics manufacturer; obtaining (through settlement) over $6,700 for unpaid wages and statutory penalties for a minimum-wage intern who remained unpaid the $800 in wages she was owed; and successfully representing a mother of three children at a hearing of a Request filed by the children’s father seeking full custody of children--ultimately concluding with complete withdrawal of the father's Request.
Mr. Twietmeyer believes that, aside from mastery of the mechanics of advocacy, what sets a truly good lawyer apart is devotion to his client's best interests. Excellent legal representation demands frank communication, and scrupulous attention to a client's individual needs and goals. Mr. Twietmeyer provides his clients with the highest quality legal advocacy, the most honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their case, and works together with his clients to pursue a course of action that best serves their unique needs.
The successful outcomes highlighted above were all dependent on the specific facts of the particular case. The results in any other case will differ if based on different facts.
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On May 28, 2015, the Law Office of Andrew W. Twietmeyer scored a victory for patrons and employees of Tribal Casino's in California in the case of Cosentino vs. Fuller et. al. (G050932). The California Court of Appeal held (as Mr. Twietmeyer argued) that Tribal Officials are not immune from civil suit for tortious conduct that violates the officials' statutory authority.
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