Holly Chang Beal is Of Counsel in Selman Breitman’s Orange County office and is a member of the firm’s Construction, General Liability, Trucking and Transportation, and Toxic Tort/Environmental practice groups. Holly represents contractors, distributors, manufacturers, premises owners and public entities in environmental disputes, including cases arising out of asbestos and benzene exposure. Holly’s clients include automotive manufacturers, commercial construction companies, talc producers, and utility companies. She also has experience in defending complex construction and general liability matters, and co-chaired a construction trial which resulted in a unanimous defense verdict.

Holly’s vast experience in toxic tort and environmental provides her with a unique ability to craft her clients' defenses in the early stages of litigation, setting up her cases for the best possible outcome at summary judgment. Clients benefit from her wide-range of litigation skills, including the drafting and arguing of critical motions. She is called upon to prepare and defend clients for depositions and trial examinations. Her superb trial preparation skills have resulted in several defense verdicts.

Holly is originally from Los Angeles, and presently resides in Yorba Linda, California. When not helping clients with their legal needs she is involved with her local Pop Warner chapter, and enjoys watching her children participate in basketball, baseball, football and cheer.

Representative Matters
Mass/Toxic Tort

  • Represented various manufacturers and suppliers of construction materials in cases alleging toxic exposure to asbestos. Many cases resulted in an early dismissal of the client after depositions were taken, while others resulted in favorable settlements well before trial.
  • Represented a former manufacturer of gaskets used in the automotive industry in a case alleging toxic exposure to asbestos. After extensive fact and expert discovery, the plaintiffs agreed to settle the case for an amount far below what other defendants in the case agreed to pay.
  • Represented an oven manufacturer in a wrongful death asbestos matter. Plaintiffs claimed that their decedent, who passed away from mesothelioma, was exposed to asbestos from performing maintenance on the ovens allegedly manufactured by client. Plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in damages, including punitive damages, against client. A motion for summary judgment was filed on client's behalf. Plaintiffs' opposition relied upon three separate declarations to support their case, one from a plaintiff, one from decedent's co-worker, and one from plaintiffs' counsel himself. Aggressive objections were made to all three declarations on client's behalf, on various grounds. After extensive oral argument, the judge entirely disregarded one of the declarations, sustained every one of the objections to the two other declarations, and granted the summary judgment motion.
  • Represented a supplier of asbestos-containing cement pipe in a case brought by a husband and wife. Plaintiffs claimed the wife was dying of the cancer called mesothelioma and that she was exposed to asbestos via the work clothes of her laborer husband. Plaintiffs dismissed the supplier after a motion for summary judgment was filed on client's behalf. The case progressed to trial against the manufacturer of the asbestos-containing cement pipe. The jury returned a verdict in excess of $200 million against the manufacturer.

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA)

Bar Admission

  • California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Education

Loyola Law School, J.D., 1997

University of California, Irvine, B.A., 1993

Major: Economics

Major: Sociology