Mr. Tucker completed his BSL degree at Western State University, Fullerton, in 1979 and continued to receive his Juris Doctorate from Western State University in 1980.
Admission to Practice
- 1981 – California State Bar
- 1982 – United States District Court, Central District
- 1987 – Supreme Court of the United States
- 1978-1984 Garrett & Dimino
- 1984-1986 Law Office of Barry Regar
- 1986-1987 Heiting & Irwin
- 1987-1991 Thompson & Colegate
- 1991-1992 Bell, Orrock & Watase
- 1992-2009 Tucker & Ricks (Farmers Insurance Exchange)
- 2009-2010 Law Office of M. Wayne Tucker
- 2010- present Orrock, Popka, Fortino & Brislin
Mr. Tucker is a Past President, San Bernardino County Bar Association; Past President, Association of California House Counsel; Current Director at Large, San Bernardino County Bar Association; Master, Joseph B. Campbell Inns of Court; Current Member, San Bernardino County Bench-Bar Committee. Co-Chair San Bernardino County Lawyer Referral Service; Panel Member of Riverside County Court Mediation Program. Member of the State of California Bar Association.
Areas of Specialty
Mr. Tucker has a general trial practice. He has tried cases for governmental agencies, and insurance companies and their insureds to include issues relating to road design, civil rights, termination, police harassment, real estate appraisal, and personal injury. He does personal injury and auto cases including uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. Beginning in early 2009, Mr. Tucker became involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution as a mediator and continues to provide ADR services. He also became proficient in consumer bankruptcy and assists clients with debt relief under the Bankruptcy Laws.
Jane Doe v Verizon Wireless
- Description: Represented employee in claim for general and punitive damages arising from invasion of privacy causing severe emotional distress relating to personal information alleged to have been taken from plaintiff’s cell phone and published. Verizon Wireless settled out early. Employer and employee went to trial. During jury selection it became clear that jurors were not sympathetic to plaintiff because she put highly personal video clips on her cell phone and should have had no expectation of privacy.
- Outcome: Plaintiff settled for pre-trial offer after first day of trial.
Wyrembeck v Edison
- Description: Claim for damages arising from auto vs. motorcycle crash. Plaintiff lost use of his left arm after being hit by van driven by an independent contractor of client. The claim against my client was defeated by demonstrating that the independent contractor was not in the course and scope of employment at the time of the incident. Additionally, the jury found no liability on the driver who had settled with plaintiff pre-litigation.
- o Outcome: Defense verdict.
Kaufman v Rough
- Description: The collision occurred at the intersection of a four lane major road and a two lane secondary road. The secondary road was controlled by a stop sign. The defendant was driving across the four lane road and was hit by the plaintiffs’ vehicle. Plaintiffs’ claimed they had right of way because there was no stop sign or traffic control for them. The jury found the plaintiff driver to be 20% at fault even though he did not have a stop sign because he did not allow the defendant to clear the intersection. As a result the liability and damages payable by my client was reduced 20%.
- Outcome: Comparative Liability Found against Plaintiff.