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John Nojima & David Lederer Recognized for Third Straight Year as SUPER LAWYERS

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

Lederer Nojima's profile at SuperLawyers.com For the third year in a row, attorneys John Nojima and David Lederer have both been named “Super Lawyers” and have been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” for 2018 by the attorney ranking organization Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using multiphase selection process that factors in Peer nominations along with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of professional achievement. Only 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers each year. 

For over two decades, Los Angeles based Lederer & Nojima have represented Plaintiffs throughout Southern California and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. The recent award from Super Lawyers is just one of many the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website .

JOHN NOJIMA & DAVID LEDERER NAMED "SUPER LAWYERS" FOR 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

JOHN NOJIMA & DAVID LEDERER NAMED SUPER LAWYERS FOR 2017

Lederer Nojima's profile at SuperLawyers.comLederer & Nojima, LLP is proud to announce that John Nojima and David Lederer  have both once again been named “Super Lawyers” and have been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” by the attorney ranking organization, Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters.

For over two decades, Los Angeles based Lederer & Nojima have represented Plaintiffs throughout Southern California and have collected millions of dollars on behalf of their injured clients. The recent award from Super Lawyers is just one of many the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website.

ATTORNEY JOHN NOJIMA FEATURED ON CBS NEWS IN SAN DIEGO

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Attorney John Nojima was featured on a recent news story from CBS 8 Television in San Diego with regards to a case involving an elderly woman abused by a care giver.

David Lederer & John Nojima Named "Super Lawyers" for 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016
Super Lawyers 2016

Lederer & Noima, LLP is proud to announce that David Lederer and John Nojima have both been named “Super Lawyers” for 2016 and have both been awarded the designation “Top Rated Personal Injury Attorneys” by the attorney ranking organization, Super Lawyers.

Lederer & Nojima represent Plaintiffs throughout Southern California from their office in Los Angeles and have both been practicing law for over two decades. The recent award from Super Lawyers is one accolade among many that the two personal injury attorneys have received over the course of their careers. For more information about David Lederer and John Nojima, visit the firm's website.

El Segundo Police Help Rescue Elderly Woman Run Over, Trapped Under Car in Store Parking Lot

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Originally posted on KTLA.com

An 80-year-old woman credited three El Segundo police officers with rescuing her after she was run over and trapped underneath a car in the parking lot of a 99 Cents store.

Surveillance video captured the frightening sight of a white car hitting Chickie Lea-Bou as she was returning a shopping cart to the front of the lot last week. The driver, also 80, apparently mistook the gas for the brake, according to the victim.

“The rear tires of the car – the left side — were laying across my ankles and the tire was going back and forth, back and forth,” Lea-Bou said her from her hospital bed on Monday.

The mother of three, who just beat bladder cancer, described the pain as “being worse than having a baby.”

After witnesses called 911, three officers from the El Segundo Police Department quickly responded from a nearby station and lifted the car off Lea-Bou.

“I think we underestimate our police officers,” she said.

The officers have even visited her bedside at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized for major injuries including a concussion and a fractured ankle that required surgery.

A grateful Lea-Bou said she planned to make them a thank you gift.

“I’m an artist, and I’m a painter, and … I’m going to paint them a picture,” she said.

Although Lea-Bou has a long road to recovery ahead of her, she said she is inspired by her young grandson to get better and walk again.

KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.

Attorney John Nojima's College Basketball Career Highlighted in Article

Thursday, April 30, 2015

as originally published at THE DAILY BREEZE

Former North Torrance standout John Nojima passed on Gregg Popovich

By Mike Waldner, Columnist
POSTED: 04/27/15, 

Even though the San Antonio Spurs are the sixth seed in the West and the Clippers the third seed, the assumption going in was that their NBA playoff series would be, as it has been, a knock-down, drag-out battle of basketball big boys.

Such is the respect defending champion San Antonio brings to the court with veteran winners Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and, of course, young gun Kawhi Leonard, who grew up in Carson and Riverside and now is their star of stars.

As much as the NBA is driven by stars, there is no bigger reason for the respect the Spurs generate than Gregg Popovich. He’s as good as it gets among coaches.

The NBA has been crowning champions since 1947. Over the years, only two coaches have been good enough and, yes, fortunate enough, to win more championships that Pop.

The top two are Phil Jackson with 11 and Red Auerbach with nine. Next in line is Popovich with five, on the same plateau with John Kundla, coach of the Lakers when they resided in Minneapolis, and Pat Riley.

It goes without saying that any player who understands and respects the game would love the opportunity to play for Popovich.

No argument. That’s a case-closed comment.

This brings us to attorney John Nojima.

Once upon a time, Nojima was a very nice point guard at North Torrance High. Cal State University Dominguez Hills and Pomona-Pitzer were competing for his services. Not exactly the same as having UCLA and USC recruit you. Still, it is nice to be wanted.

The basketball coach seeking Nojima for Pomona-Pitzer, a sports marriage of Pomona College and Pitzer College, was none other than Gregg Popovich. It was a job he held from 1979 to 1987.

After giving serious consideration to Pomona-Pitzer and Popovich, Nojima signed on with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Dave Yanai, the respected coach there.

A fine basketball player, Nojima was a better student. He was the NCAA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

One of the differences between Cal State University Dominguez Hills and Pomona-Pitzer is that CSUDH is a Division II school while Pomona-Pitzer is in Division III. One difference between DII and DIII is scholarships. DII has scholarships, DIII does not.

CSUDH does not have a full complement of basketball scholarships. Never has, which is just one reason why Yanai was so respected. He did more than most with less financial support. The Toros traditionally split their scholarships throughout their roster, meaning partial scholarships rather than full rides.

At least it was and is some money.

To put the financial situation in perspective, consider current costs. Tuition at Pomona is $45,821. It’s $47,020 at Pitzer. This does not count room and board and more. Tuition and fees at CSUDH is $6,134. If you are from Torrance or elsewhere in the area, you can live at home and attend CSUDH.

Nojima picked CSUDH, had a nice basketball career, including being all-conference and team captain, and won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.

All these years later, his friends cannot resist needling him about passing on the opportunity to play for Popovich.

During a quiet moment recently, Popovich was asked if he remembered recruiting Nojima.

After a slight pause to scan his memory roster, he shook his head.

“No,” he said.

It is understandable he does not recall a recruit who got away all those years ago.

“He remembers every player he had at Pomona-Pitzer,” said Spurs veteran publicity director Tom James.

The kicker is that when needled about passing on playing for Popovich, Nojima responds by saying, “I played for a better coach.”

When the story was related to Popovich, he laughed.

“I love it,” he said.

This little story tells us a lot about Nojima, Yanai and Popovich.


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