Page Updated: June 21, 2019

Los Angeles Mesothelioma Lawyer

As one of the most populated cities in California, Los Angeles is a front-runner for economic activity, such as petroleum, tourism, entertainment, manufacturing, and more. The city also has an extensive history of asbestos use in construction and industrial businesses. Consequently, thousands of California workers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. Fill out our form to receive our free Financial Compensation Packet. Our packet is loaded with information on leading Los Angeles mesothelioma attorneys, how to file a claim for asbestos trust funds, how to get paid in 90 days, and more. 

Todd Shipyards

One of the largest companies that used asbestos in Los Angeles was Todd  Shipyards. Created in 1916 during an era when war times in United States demanded more ships, Todd Shipyards began building and repairing ships at a fast rate. During WWII, the company saw a huge economic profit, even though the economy was in a downward spiral, and workers continues to build and repair a massive amount of ships for the war. Eventually the company expanded to do business with private shipyards.

In 1945, the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock became a part of the business. This division of the business was responsible for making foot gates, submarines, pirate ships and steamboats for California’s DisneyLand. Late on the company built the USS Fox and the naval repair ship, Hector ( R-7).

Todd Shipyards continued its success until the mid 1980s, when competition from other shipbuilding enterprises forced the shipyard to close down the Los Angeles site in 1989. In 2010, the company was bought out completely by Vigor International. V

igor International has strict laws in place concerning the use of asbestos on the work sites, yet this law came about decades after thousands of workers at the former Todd Shipyards had been exposed on a daily basis.

Asbestos Lawsuits Against Todd Shipyards

By 2010, Todd Shipyard was facing 490 asbestos claims, 10 malignant mesothelioma claims, and an additional 184 less-serious claims from its former employees. Many of these cases have already been settled, and the company place $3 million in a trust fund bank for future lawsuits. According to court records, however, future lawsuits and costs could equal up to $20 million.

One former employee, Sidney Ombudsman, who suffered for years with symptoms of mesothelioma and other negative health conditions, sued the company for prolonged exposure to asbestos in 1981. The lengthy lawsuit eventually went to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Ultimately, Ombudsman won his case. This gave others the incentive to follow in his footsteps.

Other Places Associated with Asbestos Use in Los Angeles

Along with Todd Shipyards, there have been hundreds upon hundreds of other companies and businesses that have been known to use asbestos-related materials. Schools, plants, mills, hospitals, restaurants, and hospitals are among the many types of businesses that used asbestos prior to its ban in the late 1970s. Listed below are businesses that, at some point in time, have been linked with using asbestos:


  • Aviation High School
  • Banneker High School
  • Bell High School
  • Belmont High School
  • Belvedere Middle School
  • Carson High School
  • El Camino Real Estate School
  • Fairfax Senior High School
  • Fern Avenue School (demolished)
  • Gardena High School
  • Garfield High School
  • Hammel Street Elementary School
  • Hoover Street Elementary School
  • Jefferson High School
  • John Muir Middle School
  • Los Angeles High School
  • Los Angeles Manual Arts High School
  • Los Angeles Technical Trade School
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Los Feliz Elementary School
  • Marvin Avenue Elementary School
  • Pacoima Middle School
  • Ramona Elementary School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Sherman Oaks High School
  • State School for Boys
  • Topeka Drive School
  • Washington High School


  • Aynes Steam Plant
  • Balboa Water Treatment Plant
  • Central Plants Incorporated
  • Dickson Gun Plant
  • El Segundo Steam Plant
  • Haynes Steam Generating Plant
  • Los Angeles County Central Plant
  • Los Angeles Water Plant
  • Mccullough Plant
  • Oxnard Mandalay Plant
  • San Onofre Generating Plant
  • Texallano Plant
  • Trigen Central Plants
  • Union Pacific Plant


  • Alexander Hotel Company
  • Alexandria Hotel
  • Beverly Hills Hotel
  • Biltmore Hotel
  • Blackstone Apartment Hotel
  • Century Plaza Hotel
  • Hunts Hotel
  • Mayflower Hotel
  • Statler Hilton Hotel


  • Angelus Hospital (demolished)
  • Cedars of Lebanon Hospital
  • Childrens Hospital (Vermont Ave)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital
  • Los Angeles County General Hospital
  • Los Angeles Infirmary Sisters’ Hospital
  • Martin Luther King Jr General Hospital
  • Midway Hospital
  • Queen of Angels Hospital
  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • Shriners Childrens Hospital
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Temple Hospital
  • UCLA Medical Center
  • University of Southern California Hospital
  • Veterans Administration Hospital
  • White Memorial Hospital

Chemical Companies

  • Amer Chemical
  • American Potash & Chemical Corporation
  • Ashland Chemical Company
  • Borden Chemical Company
  • Bray Chemical Company
  • Collier Carbon & Chemical Corporation
  • Dixon Chemical
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Filtrol Chemical
  • Food Machinery & Chemical Corporation
  • Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical
  • Kerr Mcgee Chemical Corporation
  • Old Colony Paint & Chemical Company
  • Pacific R & H Chemical Company
  • Rohm & Haas Chemical
  • Shell Chemical Company
  • Southern California Chemical Company
  • Stauffer Chemical
  • Witfield Chemical Corp

Electric Companies

  • Cannon Electric
  • Edison Electric Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Hoagland Lakin Electric and Engineering Company
  • Los Angeles Electric Company
  • Pacific Electric Railway Company
  • Pasadena Los Angeles Electric Railway Company
  • San Gabriel Electric Company
  • Santa Maria Electric and Gas Company
  • Sawyer Electric
  • U.S. Electrical Motors Inc

Additional Businesses

  • A. P. Mc Guinness
  • Aaron Ferer & Son
  • Affiliated Metals
  • Air Reduction Pacific Company
  • Airesearch Corporation
  • Alameda Tank Company
  • Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa
  • Aluminum Extrusion Company
  • Amalgamated Oil Company
  • American Airlines -Los Angeles International Airport
  • American Appliance Company
  • American Brazing Company
  • American Bridge Division
  • American Container
  • American Hair & Felt Company
  • American Manganese Steel Division
  • American Pacific Steamship Company
  • Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation
  • Angelus Floor Covering
  • Angelus Steel Treating
  • Apex Steel Corporation
  • ARCO Twin Towers
  • B F Goodrich Company
  • Balboa Water Treatment Plant
  • Beeson Engineering Company
  • Bradbury Building
  • California Fireproof Door Company
  • California Sanitary Canning Company
  • Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company
  • Devoe & Reynolds Company, Inc.
  • Dominguez Water Corporation
  • E. P. Clark Building.
  • E.B. Wiggins Oil Tool
  • Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
  • Food Machinery & Chemical Corporation
  • Golden State Creamery
  • Kaiser Medical Center
  • United Technology Corporation
  • Valley Place Methodist Church
  • Wesco Steel Rolling Mills Corp

Los Angeles Legal Assistance

As previously mentioned, you may be entitled to financial compensation if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis. Get our free Financial Compensation Packet for info on the top mesothelioma and asbestos lawyers in your area. If you need additional assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-793-4540. 


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