Attorney Major Langer Killed by Fired Law Partner John A. Mendoza in Long Beach
Attorney John Mendoza kills Langer and shoots Ron Beck, then himself. The 3 were law partners
January 5, 2018
12/29: The Observer has learned the names of both the perpetrator and victims in what Long Beach Police called an act of workplace violence Friday.
"Major Langer came to the office to fire a named partner named John Mendoza. Mendoza pulled out a gun and shot Major dead and shot Ron (Beck) in the stomach. Ron's in the hospital with serious injuries," says our source. "Then Mendoza shot himself to death, too."
In the 1990's, Los Angeles personal injury attorney Larry H Parker became locally famous for his pervasive TV ads with the tag line "I'm Larry H Parker, and I will fight for you!" If he could not settle cases prior to filing suit, he would refer the case to the Perona, Langer firm. Eventually the two firms moved in together.
The shooting took place in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach two days before year end, reportedly at the office of Larry H. Parker. It was actually at Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison. The two law firms share offices at the same address, 300 E San Antonio Drive. Langer was 75 years old, Ron Beck is 68.
"Mr. Langer is the senior managing partner of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison. He has tried over 75 civil and criminal cases to verdict. Mr. Langer handled the case of Weber v. The City of Rolling Hills as a result of the Rolling Hills Landslide," says the Perona Langer website about the dead law partner, https://www.plbsmh.com/firm-overview/attorneys/
"John has successfully litigated thousands of industrial injury cases over the past 20 years. Many of these cases involved trial court decision being overturned, resulting in changes to California laws benefiting not only his clients, but all Californians." says the Perona Langer website about the perpetrator, https://www.plbsmh.com/firm-overview/attorneys/
"Mr. Beck has practiced his entire legal career with Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison. He was named partner in 1983. Mr. Beck specializes in personal injury, real estate, and business litigation cases, trying numerous successful cases including jury cases, court cases, and binding arbitrations.," about the injured attorney, Ron Beck.
From CBS on 12/30/17: Coroner's officials on Saturday released the name of the gunman who fatally shot a man at a Long Beach law office before turning the gun on himself. Lt. Dave Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office identified the gunman as 58-year-old John Mendoza, of Redondo Beach, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The shooter was a partner at the firm of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison — which reportedly acquired the Larry H. Parker law firm years ago and shared the building. The shooter was recently fired, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Major Langer, 75, of Rolling Hills, was identified as the victim. Another shooting victim was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Statement From PLBSMH On Office Shooting Tragedy
December 30, 2017
We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that occurred at the Law Offices of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison yesterday, leaving one of our partners dead and another injured in a senseless act of workplace violence. On behalf of our entire firm, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Major Langer, who was killed in this tragic incident.
Major was a big part of the Law Offices of Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison's success. Major leaves his wife, children, and grandchildren a legacy that was truly as special as he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with Major's family, as well as with the family of Ronald Beck, who was injured and remains hospitalized at this time.
To Our Clients: Rest assured that your case will not be affected and we will continue to vigorously represent you.