Christine D. Spagnoli '86
Partner, Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler
Christine Spagnoli is a crusader for the consumer. A partner at Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, she served as co-counsel on the high-profile General Motors case, in which a jury found the company at fault for a defective fuel tank resulting in a landmark $4.9 billion jury judgment. She was lead attorney on Frankl v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which involved defective tires equipped on SUVs and passenger vans.
While attending Loyola, Spagnoli became interested in representing plaintiffs in civil cases. “There is a lot of personal satisfaction in helping to make changes that will protect people," she says. "I feel like I have a positive impact not only on my clients but on important issues such as auto product liability."
Spagnoli received the F. Schott Baldwin Award for the Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer in the Nation by the American Trial Lawyers; and was the first woman to receive the Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. She’s also an advocate of courtesy and collegiality both inside and outside the courtroom. “There’s nothing more important than your integrity,“ she says.
"Treat people with respect, and in turn expect to be treated with respect. It shouldn’t always be about winning, but about making this a livable environment for all."