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Murchison & Cumming's William T. DelHagen Retires After 42 Years of Practicing Law

April 27, 2018


Dan L. Longo, Managing Partner of Murchison & Cumming, LLP has announced that after more than 40 years of practice and 17 years at M&C, Bill DelHagen has retired as Of Counsel at the firm. Mr. DelHagen focused his practice on product liability, aircraft, automotive, trucking, general liability, and business litigation matters and is a Martindale Hubbell "AV-Preeminent" rated attorney. Working at Rockwell International designing military airplanes for almost 10 years as an Advanced Systems Project Engineer gave Mr. DelHagen and his clients an immense advantage as an industry insider.

Mr. DelHagen graduated from MIT with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1966 and moved to Los Angeles where received his MS in Aeronautical Engineering before attending Loyola Law School at night. He graduated from law school in 1975 and passed the California Bar Exam that same year. He was a part of Kirtland & Packard, LLP from 1975 - 1989, then Belcher, Henzie, Biegenzahn until 2001 when he joined M&C.

Mr. DelHagen is a defense trial lawyer to the core, with decades of expertise having tried more than 60 federal and superior court cases. His clients have included, among many others, Cessna Aircraft Company, Bob Hill Hydraulic Cranes, Phoenix Air, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Lear Corporation, Seagrave Fire Apparatus, Kelsey-Hayes Corporation, VKB, Kocks Crane & Marine, Fruehauf Corporation, United Road Services, Vac-Con, Kone Cranes, Paceco/CEM&CO, and Alcoa.

"After more than 40 years as a trial lawyer, Bill has decided to retire. Bill is one of the most prolific defense attorneys of his generation," said Dan Longo. "We will miss his trial skills but we are grateful that he has done his best to pass his knowledge on to our younger lawyers."

Mr. DelHagen states that he will miss the fellowship of his colleagues at M&C and the competition of trial, but he looks forward to a life with no more deadlines. He has never "planned" what to do in retirement, but four years ago he started renting a motorcycle on his birthday so keep an eye out for him each year as he rides around Los Angeles.


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