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Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

  • Editor, Hastings Law Journal

B.A., Stanford University (also attended the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)


California Supreme Court Justice John Arguelles


Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Civil Litigation Defense, International, and Personal Injury Defense-Products (2007-2009, Law & Politics)


  • Spanish

Manuel Saldaña, is Co-Managing Partner in the Orange County office of GRSM and a nationally-recognized trial attorney and litigator. Manuel’s clients include Fortune 500 companies and other large institutions and corporations. He has tried to verdict and successfully handled several complex matters, including those related to aviation, utilities, automobile, playground equipment, elevators, industrial equipment, consumer goods and food products. He has handled claims for general negligence, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, commercial litigation, contractual indemnity, elder abuse, employee benefit plans and insurance, in individual and class action suits.

Manuel’s civil and commercial litigation practice is diverse.  He has defended consumer products and industrial equipment in products liability suits.  He has litigated numerous matters involving contractual and indemnity disputes in various industries, including those related to security, construction and utilities.  He has represented both utilities and their contractors in litigation related to electrocutions, fires, business interruptions, property damage and automobile collisions involving catastrophic injuries.

Manuel has experience litigating aviation matters for over 25 years. He has defended aviation actions ranging from product liability matters relating to engine, fuel and electronic systems, air frame and avionics to negligence claims relating to pilot error, maintenance, air traffic control, and weather. Those matters involved both fixed wing and rotor aircraft. He is versed in FAR Parts 61, 91, 121, and 135.

Manuel has successfully handled several class action matters involving alleged misrepresentations on product labels and advertisements, unfair business practices and consumer protection laws.  He has either defeated class certification and/or has brought successful resolution to those matters.

Manuel quite literally grew up in the food industry, given that his family owned several restaurants during his childhood.  He has now parlayed that background into a food industry practice.  He represents some of the largest food manufacturers, packagers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers in the industry.  He has handled matters ranging from national FDA food recall cases to international supplier dispute to local contractual, collection and employment matters.

Manuel has handled matters venued in different parts of the United States, including California, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Colorado and Tennessee, as well as Latin America.   In addition to his legal practice, Manuel is an Adjunct Professor at Whittier College teaching Business Law and Healthcare Law.


  • California


  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, current Program Vice Chair of Aviation Law Committee; former Chair of the Aviation and Aerospace SLG
  • American Bar Association, former Chair-Elect of the ABA Automobile Law Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Mexican-American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
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