Jack F. Altura

Associate

(213) 489-0028

jaltura@imwlaw.com

Knowing what you need to do ahead of time makes you methodical which also helps you spot any details that others could miss

Currently Listening to

Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven

Favorite Film/Series

The Godfather and Pulp Fiction/The Sopranos

Favorite Book

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite Phrase

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernhard Shaw

Los Angeles, CA

Practice Areas

Public Entity Defense

•  Civil Rights

Bar Admission

•  State Bar of California

•  United States District Court, Central District of California

Experience

Jack Altura’s primary practice focuses on public entity defense in civil rights cases brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  Mr. Altura uses his keen intellect to carefully dissect each case to assist the client in making an early determination of the likelihood of success at summary judgment and trial and the settlement value.  Mr. Altura also assists clients in public image issues and evaluating whether an appeal could create helpful or harmful precedent.  Mr. Altura positions each case for resolution on summary judgment, but also prepares each case as if it is going to trial, paying particular attention to evidentiary and foundation issues.

Mr. Altura litigates in both federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels.  He uses his clean, concise style of writing to persuade the reader, focusing the reader’s attention on the dispositive issues.  He is particularly adept at finding and using novel legal arguments to eliminate or reduce the scope of the complaint.

In his brief time at Ivie, McNeill, Wyatt, Purcell & Diggs, Mr. Altura has already achieved many significant victories, including a trial victory, multiple dismissals on demurrer, Rule 12(b)(6), and summary judgment, a motion striking class allegations in a TCPA case, and settling cases at favorable terms for the client.  

This past February, Mr. Altura represented the defendant in a civil rights trial in state court in which the plaintiff suffered a horrific injury in jail and sought $35 million from the defendant.  In addition to chairing the trial and obtaining a complete defense victory, the Court granted Mr. Altura’s mid-trial motion in limine to exclude plaintiff’s life care planner on Sanchez grounds, which dramatically reduced the exposure in the case.

While in law school, he externed for Judge Alex Kozinski on the Ninth Circuit and Margaret Morrow in the United States District Court

Education

•  J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law

•  M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University

•  B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Languages Spoken

•  English