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Royal F. Oakes is a successful litigator and one of the nation’s best-known broadcast legal analysts.
As a partner in the highly regarded Los Angeles law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Royal has been with the firm for over 25 years.

Royal offers extensive trial and appellate experience in the fields of insurance and employment law. A substantial part of his practice is devoted to the defense of class actions. In his career, he has been the lead counsel in numerous appellate cases, including victories in the California Supreme Court and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His most recent trials involved complex cases in both the property-casualty and life insurance fields.

As a legal analyst, Royal has provided commentary on every high-profile case for the last twenty years, from the Rodney King and O.J. Simpson trials, to the Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson cases.