Thursday, December 4, 2003
By J’AMY PACHECO, Staff Writer
The University of La Verne College of Law will
present its annual Distinguished Alumni award to
Flippin, who earned his law degree from the College of Law in 1989, is a partner with Flippin & Nasmyth, where his practices focuses primarily on employment law with an emphasis on disability discrimination.
Flippin said Tuesday he learned he would receive the award during a golf tournament, when his partner, Peter Nasmyth, made the announcement.
“It came as a surprise,” he admitted. “I was honored. I don’t know what I’ve ever done to deserve it, but I’m happy about it.”
Flippin, 47, earned his
undergraduate degree from the
He partnered with Nasmyth in 2000.
Flippin said he developed his specialty largely as a result of an accident that left him in a wheelchair.
“In 1976, I broke my neck on a trampoline,” he recalled. “I was 20 years old. I had a high school education. I had to figure out something I could do with my head instead of my hands.”
Flippin first attended
“I lived in
Flippin recalled initially having a “difficult time” finding work as a lawyer.
“I guess it was because I’m in a wheelchair,” he reflected. “But I found a place that gave me a chance.”
When the partners dissolved that firm, Flippin said he hung out his own shingle two days later.
“I’ve been here ever since,” he stated.
Flippin’s firm currently handles torts, family law and personal injury in addition to discrimination cases, whether based upon race, age, sexual harassment or disability.
“I guess because I’m in a chair, people assume I know what I’m talking about,” he quipped. “Most of my cases come from other lawyers.”
Flippin has been the recipient of two awards from the
California Department of Rehabilitation. He was a commencement speaker for the
In law school, he was named Student of Distinction by the Student Bar Association. He served as president of the Law Review, and as articles editor. He also received several departmental honors in history and political science.
He speaks at schools and community groups as an advocate on disability issues.
The University of La Verne College of Law is
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually. Past recipients include San Bernardino Judges Peter Norell, Roberta McPeters and Dennis Cole, former District Attorney Dennis Stout, Commissioners Ronald Gilbert and Michael Gassner, and attorneys Audrey Perri and Thomas Ritchie.
The luncheon honoring Flippin will take place
at at the Doubletree Hotel in
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