Colette Magnetta,

Ms. Magnetta defends cases in the casualty group of Armijo, Morovati & Shields in the Los Angeles office.  She brought over 20 years of prior experience as a defense attorney, with a practice reaching across much of Southern California.  Her defense work is composed of premises liability, automobile cases, construction cases, product liability, and general tort litigation.  Colette has also been an active member of the Defense Research Institute, the country's leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, particularly in DRI’s Litigation Skills Committee (formerly the Trial Tactics Committee), including chairing the committee and programs such as the Trial Tactics Seminar and the Complex Medicine Seminar. Notably, she has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent, the highest category, by Martindale-Hubbell, in recognizing legal ability and ethical standards.   

Tulane University School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 2000)
University of the Pacific (B.S. in Business Administration, 1994)

California State Bar, 2000 

U.S. District Court, Central District of CA


  • Defense Research Institute Trials and Tribulations, March 14, 2017. Leadership Notes From the Chair.
  • Defense Research Institute For The Defense, March 2017. Honing Skills to Demonstrate Value.
  • Defense Research Institute, July 2017. The Trial Compendium Foreword


Colette serves as a member and secretary of the board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, a nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877.  Programs and services of spcaLA include Cruelty investigations, Disaster Animal Response Team, Violence Prevention & Humane Education, Animal Safety Net (ASN)™ and a variety of shelter services.  In the earlier part of her law career, Colette actively participated in pro bono activities.  She co-developed a Street Law program for the California Youth Authority's Tools For Success program, in which law students instruct young parolees during a transition period from prison into free society.  Colette then worked with Volunteers in Parole to mentor a recently paroled youth.  She had also volunteered with L.A. County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Project.