John H. Ernster

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445 S. Figueroa
Suite 3200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1651

John H. Ernster is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. John has thirty-five years of experience representing all three Class I railroads operating in the Western United States. During that time, he also represented shortline railroads and railroad contractors providing ancillary services to Class I railroads. For the last 10 years, he has also represented passenger rail lines. Prior to entering private practice in 1990, he served as a trial attorney for Santa Fe Railway from 1974 to 1983 and then was General Counsel for Santa Fe Industries – Western Region until the office was closed in 1990.

His commercial litigation experience in state and federal courts has been very broad and includes: food product liability; contract disputes in the food, waste disposal, and construction industries; construction defect actions; insurance coverage actions; title disputes and title insurance litigation; landlord tenant disputes, real estate development litigation including Section 8 housing partnerships.

John’s approach to litigation is to prepare and aggressively litigate every case as though it is going to trial. In his experience, a well planned and executed litigation strategy provides settlement opportunities along the litigation path which may result in a favorable resolution for clients. If settlement is not achieved, the case is well prepared for trial.  

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J.D., Loyola Law School Los Angeles (1974)

B.S., University of California, Berkeley (1971)

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