Peterson & Bradford, LLP
100 North First Street
Burbank, CA 91502-1845
Tel: (818) 562-5800
Fax: (818) 562-5810
| As a trial attorney, Mr. Bradford has distinguished
himself in court room advocacy representing hospitals
and medical centers, as well as individual physicians
and dental practitioners of all specialties. In
jury trials from San Diego County to Central California,
Mr. Bradford has consistently persuaded juries to
find in favor of his clients, mostly by outright
defense verdicts or at an advantageous economic
cost to the client. Clients include individual as
well as public and private hospitals in claims including
major injury and wrongful death. Equally important
to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Bradford is able
to work with mediators and to negotiate with opposing
counsel to achieve an early and economic resolution
to many claims without the necessity of bringing
the matter to a full trial or hearing.
A major part of Mr. Bradford’s professional
endeavors includes administrative hearings involving
proposed hospital discipline and proposed limitation
or suspension of medical staff privileges and licensing
hearings in disciplinary proceedings instituted
by the Medical Board of California and the California
Board of Dental Examiners. Whether representing
the hospital medical staff or the accused physician
or dental practitioner, Mr. Bradford is regarded
as one of Southern California’s preeminent
legal counsel for administrative matters having
enormous impact on the careers of health care providers.
His track record for successful and economic resolution
of disputed claims involving highly sensitive and
often emotionally charged cases has made him a leader
in this field.
A courtroom advocate for almost a quarter-century,
Mr. Bradford is a member of the American Board of
Trial Advocates, the Association of Southern California
Defense Counsel, and the Southern California Association
of Hospital Risk Managers.
Mr. Bradford also devotes a major portion of his
professional time running the firm’s pro bono
program, which emphasizes children’s advocacy.
As a former foster parent, Mr. Bradford has a special
interest in issues pertaining to adoption and foster
A 1972 graduate of Villanova University with bachelor
degrees in both biology and humanities, Mr. Bradford
then received his Master’s Degree in Health
Care Administration in 1975 from the George Washington
University School of Government and Business Administration
in our nation’s capital. It was at this time
that the seeds of interest in the law were sewn.
Mr. Bradford was born and raised on the East Coast
but when he was flown to Southern California in
December of 1974 for an interview with a major medical
center, he was sold not only on the job but on Southern
California. He packed up his car, drove cross country,
and has been living and working in Southern California
since January of 1975. Mr. Bradford had a distinguished
career in hospital administration for ten years,
with the last five at the level of chief executive
Mr. Bradford’s professional demands as a healthcare
administrator aside, he embarked on the challenge
of night law school at Southwestern University School
of Law in August of 1978. Mr. Bradford graduated
in December of 1982 in the top 10% of his class.
He became a member of the California bar in 1983
and was later admitted to the bars for the U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California,
the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the
United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bradford made his
career switch in 1985.
Mr. Bradford’s outside interests are as diverse
as his professional background. He and his wife
Kathy were licensed foster parents for the County
of Ventura for many years. They have added, via
adoption, to their existing family unit of son Tommy
and daughter Kelly, Molly and Robbie, two of their
former foster care children.
Tom and Kathy Bradford are active in the Ventura
County foster circles, giving advice and guidance
to new and prospective foster parents. Tom is also
an active member of the American Youth Soccer Organization,
having run the 1500 kid strong program in his hometown
for 4 years. He continues to coach and referee.
George E. Peterson
Avi A. Burkwitz