Nicholas W. Yoka is an attorney with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and focuses his practice on civil rights, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, mass torts and product liability cases throughout California.
Since joining the firm, Mr. Yoka has helped to recover over $50 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Most recently, he assisted Panish Shea & Boyle LLP partner Adam Shea in obtaining a $5,000,000 verdict + punitive damages in Troupe v. Pavestone LLC. He has also assisted in obtaining an eight-figure confidential settlement for a woman who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle as well as a $2,000,000 settlement for the adult children of an elderly man struck and killed by a pole while riding as a passenger in a medical transport vehicle.
In 2019, Mr. Yoka was appointed to serve as a member of the UC Hastings Foundation Board of Trustees for the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is currently serving a three year term. In 2020, he was also appointed to serve a two-year term on the Executive Committee for Foundation Board of Trustees where he will serve as social engagement chair.
Prior to joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Yoka had the honor to serve as a judicial extern to the Honorable William Alsup, United States District Court, Northern District of California. In his first year out of law school, he worked as a defense attorney where he represented several motor vehicle companies and some of the nation’s largest insurance companies.
A member of the State Bar of California and an active member in both the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Mr. Yoka received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he graduated with Pro Bono Society Honors for his volunteer legal service to the community. While in law school, Mr. Yoka was a member of the Hastings Moot Court Team and a Senior Articles Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. He was also a Certified Law Clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he split time between the Major Crimes Division and the Preliminary Hearings Division.
Mr. Yoka graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy, and was accepted and studied for three semesters as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College in the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Department. While studying at the University of Oxford, Mr. Yoka received First Class Honors for his work in the field of Social Policy. He was also a member of the Oxford Law Society and the Oxford Student Union.
ARTICLES WRITTEN BY ATTORNEY YOKA:
Top 10 Cases for Trial Attorneys in Personal-Injury Cases — Advocate, January 2021