About us

Trusted In Trial

When you call yourself a trial attorney, you are promising your clients that in the event a trial is required, they will have experienced and skilled counsel who know their way around a courtroom. This skill and confidence to succeed only comes from having “been in the arena…” Because of this hard earned experience, we understand trial is an arena of last resort, but one that clients must be prepared for when faced with unreasonable and uncompromising adversaries. With over 65 jury trials, and thousands of lawsuits resolved short of trial, the partners of this firm have established the trust of their clients. Not because we say so, but because we have proven it in the courtroom.

Our Start

Dale Allen, Peter Glaessner, Mark Hazelwood and Steve Werth individually began practicing law between 1982 and 1989. From Low, Ball & Lynch LLP, through Lombardi, Loper, and Conant, LLP, they learned and developed their skills as trial attorneys from some of the very best and respected lawyers in Northern California. And what they learned most of all is that being prepared for trial and having the respect of your peers as a skilled trial attorney leads to the best representation and best results. Because if your adversary does not believe you are prepared, willing, and able to excel in trial, the client will pay more without the desired results.

AGHW was formed in the belief that as trial attorneys, not simply litigators, our clients would get the best of both worlds. AGHW’s focus is on early evaluation toward resolving a matter, sometimes even prior to the filing of a lawsuit, through directed investigation and possible intervention of a neutral party. If a lawsuit is filed, AGHW evaluates and budgets the lawsuit. An efficient discovery plan leading to a dispositive motion or resolution through mediation on the best terms for the client is pursued. Discovery is thought out and not shotgun. Throughout the litigation, teamwork is emphasized between AGHW and our clients as we strive to ensure the best representation is presented to the court and the adversary. AGHW is always ready and prepared to put the best trial skills forward should the adversary’s position require a trial.

The partners have been in over 80 trials, defending police officers, nonprofits, religious, organizations public and private employers, and governmental and transportation entities. These lawsuits include wrongful death and catastrophic injury, cases involving dangerous condition of public property, private property, sexual misconduct, trucking, train and public bus accidents, employment trials in courts or administrative forums, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistle blowing, and wage and hour. With two partners as members of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and two others having nearly the qualifying number of trials to be proposed, few boutique firms have the number of experienced trial lawyers with the variety of experience as we do.

It has been the goal of each of the partners to share with clients their experience developed over the years. “Paying it forward” is not simply a concept thrown about but a reality for the partners of this firm. All of the partners have lectured at a variety of venues, including Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA), California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA), and the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, as well as personal appearances in home offices all over the country. It is our mission, not simply a claim, to provide our clients with the training and understanding of areas of law so they can better recognize and implement risk prevention, and then if brought into litigation, are better able to defend against the meritless lawsuits.