Since the late 1970ís, Cary and Scott, together with others, specialized in the defense of medical malpractice and general liability with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, California. In 1987, AMWT&C was formed and became one of the West Coastís most successful firms in medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense, product liability and general liability, medical staff and insurance law. AMWT&C was also the most prominent law firm in the United States in the area of automobile and motorcycle racing, as well as public, entertainment, and recreational facility litigation.
The Medical Malpractice Group has maintained a long term relationship initially with National Medical Enterprises and continued with Tenet Healthcare Corporation and its related entities, as well as the County of Los Angeles. This part of the practice has expanded with the addition of Adventist Health, Eisenhower Medical Center and Optima Healthcare Insurance Services. Clients represented include general acute care hospitals, specialty surgical centers, teaching hospitals (both public and private facilities), long term care facilities, and individual physicians and nurses.
The product of an automotive racing family for a half-century, it was only natural that when Cary Agajanian graduated from USC School of Law in 1966 that he would practice general liability defense in the sports and leisure industries. Growing up in the sport of auto racing, his family running both racing teams and tracks, Cary was a permanent fixture on the racing scene. Even during his nine-year stint as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, Cary gave legal advice and handled legal matters on the side for racecar drivers. The firmís General Liability Group history largely tracks the development and use of waiver and release, express assumption of risk and indemnity agreements in the context of sports, recreation and leisure activities. Historically, in the 1960ís the waiver and release was used only in the motorsports industry. Other high-risk sports, such as skiing, horseback riding, skydiving, scuba diving and other water sports traditionally did not require participants to sign such documents. As the case law developed and the liability protections for the motorsports industry improved, insurance companies began to take notice of the firmís accomplishments in this area of the law. The firm was setting a precedent in motorsports cases defending the waiver and release, and insurers began making them a requirement for insurance coverage for other sports, recreation, and leisure activities. The firmís clients in this rapidly growing area swelled to include racing sanctioning bodies, sponsors, promoters, racetrack, stadium and recreational facility owners, professional and amateur sports teams, leagues and participants, and members of the entertainment industry. All the while, the medical malpractice defense practice flourished, building strong relationships with well-respected and successful clients.
Today, the firm includes a select group of lawyers that have combined their skills into two distinct practice groups: The Medical Malpractice Group, who among other clients, exclusively represent healthcare corporations and multiple preeminent hospitals in their malpractice and personal injury claims, and The General Liability Group, nationally recognized in waiver and release and express and implied assumption of risk and general liability defense in the sports, recreation and leisure liability industries.