Tuesday August 3rd 2021

Ian P. Culver



Professional Background and Accomplishments

Mr. Culver has been with BOOTH LLP since it was founded in 2012.  He is an accomplished lawyer with success in handling litigation, transactional, and administrative matters for clients small and large doing business in a wide variety of industries.  Among other things, Mr. Culver is experienced in handling complex freight claims, casualty claims involving commercial vehicles, employment disputes, business torts, and general liability defense.  Mr. Culver has had success in jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, administrative hearings, appeals, and complex law and motion matters.

Mr. Culver is an experienced trial lawyer, including wage and hour cases, and in obtaining a defense verdict for a trucking company and its driver in a wrongful death case involving an accident between a tractor-trailer and a bicyclist.  He also obtains summary dispositions for his clients, often in complex cases involving multi-party indemnifications and seemingly conflicting laws and regulations.  

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Culver worked in television production, environmental advocacy, and publishing.  During law school, Mr. Culver served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a legal extern for the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney in the Real Property Division.

Mr. Culver’s previous practice emphasized environmental, entertainment, and construction litigation.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Response to Covid-19,” The Transportation Lawyer, July 2020, Vol. 22, No. 1
  • “If They Aren’t Cheating—They’re Not Trying: Some Members of the Plaintiff Bar and Their Experts Have Been Pointing to the CDL Manual as an Authoritative Standard of Care, Despite Conflicting—and Even Contrary—State Law,” The Transportation Lawyer, October 2019, Vol. 21, No. 2
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Areas Of Practice

  • Transportation
    • Cargo Claims
    • Casualty Claims
    • Warehouse Liens and Rights
  • Business Litigation
    • Complex Contract Disputes
    • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law and Litigation
    • Wage and Hour
    • Misclassification
    • Class Actions
  • Appellate
    • Trial Court Judgments
    • Writs

Reported Decisions

  • Celtic Int’l, LLC v. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., 234 F.Supp.3d 1034 (C.D. Cal. 2017)
  • Ample Bright Development, Ltd. v. Comis Intern., 913 F.Supp.2d 925 (C.D. Cal. 2012)
  • Hinds Investments, L.P. v. Angioli, 654 F.3d 846 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Palmtree Acquisition Corp. v. Neely, 771 F.Supp.2d 1186 (N.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Team Enterprises, LLC v. Western Inv. Real Estate Trust, 721 F.Supp.2d 898 (E.D. Cal. 2010)


  • Occidental College, AB 1998
  • Loyola Law School, JD 2006
    • Senior Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review
    • Dean's Honor List, 2004-2006

Admissions and Memberships

  • The State Bar of California, 2006
  • United States District Court (Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
    • Co-Chair Motor Carrier Committee
  • Conference of Freight Counsel
  • Claims Litigation Management
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Pasadena Tournament of Roses
  • Rose Bowl Masters Swim Team
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