Barry L. Edzant graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Northridge in 1984 then received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1988. After passing the California bar exam, Mr. Edzant began practicing law in 1989 with his father’s personal injury law firm. Early into his career he handled several serious personal injury matters ranging from serious auto and motorcycle accidents, trip and falls, dog bites, burn cases, death cases, medical malpractice, and product liability matters. He became a partner in his father’s firm within five years. Within his first five years of practice, he secured two seven figure settlements, and handled one of the worst dog bite attacks in North Hollywood’s history.
In the summer of 1996, Mr. Edzant’s personal injury practice would branch off into an unexpected direction. During a family vacation, the brakes on the family's 1996 Dodge Caravan caught fire, prompting a long and frustrating campaign of unsuccessful attempts to repair the brakes. Not knowing much about the California Lemon Law, Mr. Edzant retained a highly respected attorney who specialized in this niche area of law. The case was successful, and the two attorneys would become friends. Over the next several years, Mr. Edzant was trained by his own lawyer how to properly handle lemon law cases and other consumer related claims. Mr. Edzant would soon become an expert in this area of law. He has been retained as an expert witness in lemon law cases and has presented multiple lectures to lawyers on the lemon law at legal conventions.
Mr. Edzant has earned the respect of all the major auto manufacturers, local auto dealerships, and Lemon Law defense attorneys for his competence and cooperative style of practice. A testament to his reputation, Mr. Edzant's clients include a long list of prominent lawyers, including lemon law defense lawyers, mediators, arbitrators, and Superior Court Judges. His goal in every case is to avoid costly and protracted litigation. However, he will not shy away from aggressively litigating cases when it becomes necessary.
Personal Injury cases remain an integral part of Mr. Edzant’s practice having received tens of millions of dollars for injured victims. He firmly believes that injured victims deserve fair compensation for their injuries. Every year, insurance companies become more difficult in plaintiffs’ attempts to fairly resolve cases and will stop at nothing to minimize a victim’s legal rights. Nevertheless, victims’ rights are extremely important to Mr. Edzant and his team, and he will utilize all available resources to ensure a victim is treated fairly.
Since 2009, Mr. Edzant has been a volunteer Judge for the City of Santa Clarita’s nationally recognized youth programs, Community Court, and Teen Court. In cooperation with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, these model programs have guided thousands of youths who have committed minor penal and vehicle code violations giving teens a second chance. He has served for many years on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association, including President. Mr. Edzant was also a Los Angeles Superior Court mediator for several years giving him invaluable insight into both plaintiff and defense negotiation skills and strategies. He was chosen as Santa Clarita’s Lawyer of the Year in 2014. He further has served for over 25 years on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Business Group, including being President of this professional organization13 times.
Mr. Edzant currently resides in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife of 39 years, Patti, who serves as the firm’s accountant. Their adult children, Kevin and Jenna, are also attorneys making them the third generation of Edzant lawyers! When not fighting for consumers and injured victims, Mr. Edzant is an avid woodworker who designs and builds custom furniture, with one original piece being featured in a nationally published woodworking magazine. He is also known for making delicious, authentic barbecue and has hosted several BBQ socials for hundreds of business professionals.