Byron Michael Purcell


(213) 489-0028

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Los Angeles, CA

Practice Areas

•  Corporate & Commercial
•  Labor & Employment 
•  General Liability/Personal Injury

Bar Admission

•  State Bar of California

•  United States District Court, Central

•  District of California


Byron Michael Purcell is an experienced litigator who has successfully tried dozens of cases in a wide range of areas, including commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury defense, real estate and employment discrimination. He has argued before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals. Byron also represents clients in contractual disputes, complex business matters, commercial and real estate claims, insurance, equipment failures, wild fires, explosions and automobile accidents.

His clientele includes Fortune 500 Companies, such as Walmart, Bank of America, DIRECTV, Hertz, Chase Bank and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Byron became a Director with Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in 2001. Before joining the firm as a law clerk in 1994, he clerked with the Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

While earning his J.D. at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Byron was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. He was the regional champion of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition for the 1993-1994 season.

Byron obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Southern California. He was recognized as a Merit Scholar and received USC’s Achievement Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship. In 1991, he became a fellow of the Counsel on Legal Educational Opportunity (CLEO) and in 1993, he served as a legal teacher’s assistant in Huntington, NY.


•  University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., 1994

•  University of Southern California, B.S., 1991

Professional Activites

•  Los Angeles County Commission on Insurance, Commissioner, 1993-2005

•  Los Angeles County Commission for Public Social Services, Commissioner

•  State Bar Committee on Professional Liability Insurance

•  UCLA Black Alumni Association, Board Member and former Chairman of the Board

•  CAM Foundation, Board of Directors

•  Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

•  Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member

•  National Bar Association, Member

•  John M. Langston Bar Association, Member

•  Consumer Attorneys of California, Member

Honors and awards

•  University of Southern California Merit Scholar

•  University of Southern California’s Achievement Scholarship and Dean’s Scholarship

Languages Spoken

•  English