Linda Fermoyle Rice
When I started college, I had it in the back of my mind that I might go on to study law, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a career path I really wanted. Then, I went for a job interview at an insurance company and saw what my future might look like if I wasn’t careful. During the interview, I was escorted into a large room filled with cubicles. Papers were being shuffled, phones were ringing, pens were being tapped impatiently. After a panicked flash forward to how my life would look here after five years, I quickly left the interview and started calling universities with law programs. A year and a half later, I was starting my education at Loyola Law School.
At Loyola, it took no time at all for me to realize I had made the right decision. I found my classes fascinating, and my adamance for justice was promptly recognized by my professors — especially when it came to my writing on topics pertaining to discrimination. My natural knack for legal writing led me to become a teaching assistant and to participate on Law Review. My eagerness to fight back against discrimination led me to practice employment law after getting my Juris Doctor.
Like Todd, I now use my knowledge and decades of experience to help the next generation of attorneys. I am frequently asked to speak on educational panels and demonstrate advocacy skills for less experienced lawyers. And from 2002 to 2016, I co-hosted the American Association for Justice’s Trial Advocacy Regional Competition on the West Coast.
I believe that the strength of our civil justice system lies in its ability to give the average person the same rights as big corporations.
MORE THAN JUST A JOB
Because of my strong stance on anti-discrimination, employment law was very naturally incorporated into my work. However, it’s far from being the only aspect of my practice. Since 1987, I have been a personal injury attorney, and I can safely say that this is was what I was born to do. Not only did I escape the confines of an office cubicle and a monotonous routine, but I get to actually make a huge difference in people’s lives. Clients come to me with some of the most difficult, heartbreaking situations, and I get to stand up for their rights and their family’s well-being.
For instance, I’ve worked with families that have been affected by serious, life-altering conditions such as brain damage, cerebral palsy, burn injuries, and wrongful death. I’ve seen the impact that just a moment of careless behavior can cause, and I’ve made it my mission to ensure those mistakes aren’t repeated. I may not be able to undo the damage that has been done to a person or to their family, but I can do my part to hold the responsible party accountable.
A Look to the Future
After more than 30 years in this line of work, you might imagine that my passion would have gradually lessened, but in reality, I believe it’s stronger than ever. I am still extremely active in both my work and my community, and I even continue to feed my creative interests, such as writing, teaching, and cooking. I have never been the kind of person who simply goes through the motions, and as I look to the future, I see no reason to start slowing down now. I will continue to fight for my clients’ best interests, to make my voice heard in the legal community, and to contribute to the betterment of Los Angeles.
J.D., Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, 1978, cum laude
B.A., English, California State University Northridge, 1975, with honors
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Board of Trial Advocates
Consumer Attorneys of California
American Association for Justice
Guest Editor & Writer, The Advocate magazine
Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Kiwanis Club of Warner Center in Woodland Hills
Bioethics Committee, Tarzana Hospital
President, West Hills Neighborhood Association, 1994-1996
AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
9.8 rating, AVVO
CAALA’s Ted Horn Memorial Award, 2012
CAALA’s Presidential Award, 2007
CAALA’s Presidential Award, 2005
CAALA’s Distinguished Service Award, 2003
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