Jack F. Altura
t: (213) 489-0028
f: (213) 489-0552
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 Bernard Shaw
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 settlement value likelihood of success at summary judgment and trial. 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), 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 being the second-chair at 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 People v. Sanchez grounds, which dramatically reduced the exposure in the case.
While in law school, Mr. Altura externed for Judge Alex Kozinski on the Ninth Circuit and Margaret Morrow in the United States District Court.