The law firm of Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains is presently located in Santa Ana, California, a few blocks from the county seat. Centrally
located in Orange County, Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains efficiently and effectively handles cases in adjoining Los Angeles County,
as well as the neighboring counties of San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino.
Wayne W. Watten
practices insurance defense, professional liability defense,
general civil litigation, and personal injury
law throughout southern California. Mr. Watten
has been practicing law in the insurance defense industry since
Tony A. Discoe
practices insurance defense and health care liability defense, as well as medical device and pharmaceutical defense. Mr. Discoe has
been practicing law in the insurance defense industry since 1986.
Michael L. Bassett
practices insurance defense and professional liability on behalf of insurance carriers, physicians and hospitals, as well as handling
matters before the Medical Board of California. Mr.
Bassett has been practicing law in the insurance defense
industry since 1990.
Lisa J. McMains
practices insurance defense and professional liability defense on behalf of insurance carriers, physicians, pharmacists and hospitals,
as well as general civil litigation.
Ms. McMains has been practicing law in the insurance defense
industry since 1993.
Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains is responsive to the needs of every individual client
and case, and is capable of providing a cost-effective yet flexible defense of all insureds, self insureds, health care providers and allied fields.
The firm maintains a skilled and organized support staff to ensure a professional performance in all matters.
Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains provides legal defense services in the areas of
insurance defense, general liability, personal injury law, general civil litigation, insurance bad faith, workers’ compensation, insurance coverage
issues, and professional liability. It represents insureds,
self-insureds and services clients throughout Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and
San Diego counties. Its attorneys have litigated lawsuits in all of the state and federal courts in central and southern California.
Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains has experience in the defense of cases from
slip and fall, premises liability, automobile, and personal injury cases, up to complex areas of errors and omission, products liability,
construction litigation, declaratory relief, and insurance bad faith. In addition, Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains has particular expertise
in the area of professional liability, representing medical doctors, pharmacists, hospitals and health care providers in all specialties,
including dentistry, allied oral surgery, osteopathy, podiatry, licensed vocational and registered nursing, anesthetists, physician assistants,
marriage-family-child counselors, psychiatrist, psychologists, and others.
The firm strives to provide quality work in a professional manner. It is committed to
continuing long term relationships with clients and insurers through the providing of personal, prompt, and economical client services. It understands
the need for, and therefore emphasizes, regular communications between its attorneys, clients, and insurers, in order to ensure accurate and informative
decisions are made on all legal matters.
Our attorneys pride themselves in handling their own files from inception through litigation,
each supervised by a partner of the firm. However, the delegation of work to its lawyers is made only after taking into consideration the nature of the
litigation, the exposure and complexity of the dispute, and the experience level of the assigned attorney.
Costs are an important consideration in our practice. We recognize that the majority of cases
filed in central and southern California are resolved without trial. For that reason, it is our strategy to evaluate liability and damages in every case
at the earliest possible opportunity in order to determine whether the case can be resolved by way of alternative dispute resolution, settlement, motion
for summary judgment, or dismissal. If the matter is not amenable to an early resolution, we immediately meet with our client to discuss a litigation plan
and undertake the discovery necessary to ascertain the relevant facts and issues for preparation for arbitration or trial.
We strive to evaluate each case on an individual basis, as to its exposure and discovery needs,
and not to simply handle the files pursuant to a preset schedule. This results in an efficient evaluation and resolution of files, with a minimum of
discovery and litigation and a cost savings to our client. We submit billing statements in particular detail so that our clients can understand each one
of our efforts and we can be responsible for our services.
With high quality and experienced defense counsel, Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains can
efficiently and aggressively defend unwarranted claims through trial, as well as promptly and fairly settle those where liability is reasonably clear.
Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains is dedicated to such flexibility. Our belief has always been that a well-prepared case will result in a successful
Kemper Insurance, Century National Insurance, Chubb Insurance, Broadspire, Gallagher Bassett,
G.A.B., El Pollo Loco, Albertsons, Michaels, Sav-on, Lamps Plus, Atlantic Mutual Insurance, Vons, Western General, Farmers, Crawford and Company, 7 Up,
Firemen’s Fund, White Cap Construction.
In all of its efforts, Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains is confident that it can
provide the best possible legal representation at competitive legal rates, for all of its clients and carriers. Such a result is the goal of every
attorney at Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains.