Byron M. Purcell
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. Mr. Purcell also represents clients in contractual disputes, complex business matters, Labor Commission claims, commercial and real estate claims, insurance, equipment failures, wild fires, explosions and automobile accidents. He has argued before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeals.
Mr. Purcell became a Partner with Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt in 2001. Before joining the firm as a law clerk in 1994, he clerked with the Federal Public Defenders of San Diego, CA.
While earning his J.D. at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Mr. Purcell 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.
Mr. Purcell 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. Mr. Purcell enjoys teaching and lecturing and has lectured for the National Bar Association. He also served as a Board Member for a charter high school, the Student Empowerment Academy, representing mostly minority and underprivileged students.
John M. Langston Bar Association, Lifetime Member
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
National Bar Association, Member
USC Black Alumni Association, Mentor
HONORS AND AWARDS
Southern California Super Lawyer - 2023-2024
Los Angeles Business Journal Leaders of Influence: Minority Attorneys - 2023
Best Lawyers in America - 2023
State Bar of California
United States District Court – Central District
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D.
University of Southern California, B.S.